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Passage 6: STAAR English I High School 2014 - Past Paper

Quiz by Christopher Merryman

Grade 9
ELAR (2009)
Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS)

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  • Q1
    The author's purpose for writing this selection is to -
    explain the effect Yankee Stadium had on Billy Crystal
    illustrate Mickey Mantle's importance to baseball
    recognize Billy Crystal's achievements as an actor
    promote the public's increased interest in baseball
  • Q2
    The author includes the quotation in paragraph 16 primarily to substantiate the opinion that -
    renovations made to Yankee Stadium in the 1970s were necessary
    baseball can no longer legitimately be considered the national pastime
    Yankee Stadium remains a magical place even after major changes
    Crystal has matured since his first visit to Yankee Stadium
  • Q3
    From paragraph 9, the reader can infer that Crystal was -
    interested in baseball primarily as a way to please his father
    an incredibly dedicated baseball fan
    determined to be a professional baseball player
    not interested in a career as an actor when he was a teenager
  • Q4
    Which line provides the strongest evidence that Crystal gained the trust of his childhood hero?
    The Mick said on several occasions if anyone ever did produce a movie about him, he'd want it to be Crystal.
    Nearly a half-century after his first trip there, Yankee Stadium remains one of the most special places in Crystal's world.
    "I remember saying, 'Who's pitching today, Casey?' and he looked at me and said, 'You are, kid, suit up.'"
    The Mick's loooooong home run capped an extraordinary day for young Billy-a day that would change his life forever.
  • Q5
    What is the purpose of the photo diagram of Mickey Mantle's two home runs?
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    To show where Crystal was sitting when Mantle hit the home runs
    To highlight how differently the game of baseball was played in the past
    To represent a typical home run
    To compare the paths the home runs took

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