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STAAR English I High School 2014 - Past Paper

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

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Measures 20 skills from
Grade 9
ELAR (2009)
Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS)

110.31.b.16.A
110.31.b.13.C
110.31.b.16.D
110.31.b.15.A
110.31.b.19
110.31.b.13.D
110.31.b.17.C
110.31.b.18.B
110.31.b.17.A
110.31.b.18.A
110.31.b.1.B
110.31.b.2.C
110.31.b.5.B
110.31.b.7
110.31.b.8
110.31.b.9.B
110.31.b.9.C
110.31.b.12
110.31.b.10
110.31.b.10.A

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  • Q1
    Damian has not effectively stated the position he is taking in this paper. Which of the following could best replace sentence 7 and provide a stronger position statement for Damian's paper?
    There are groups that review human rights violations in this country as well as in other countries around the world.
    I plan to vote in both national and local elections.
    Can you believe this outrageous statistic?
    This low voter turnout is appalling, and all Americans should exercise their right to vote.
    120s
    110.31.b.16.A
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  • Q2
    What is the most effective way to combine sentences 10 and 11?
    This idea of taxation without representation is part of the reason our forefathers were determined to separate from Great Britain and form their own nation.
    This idea of taxation without representation is part of the reason our forefathers were determined because they separated from Great Britain and formed their own nation.
    This idea of taxation without representation is part of the reason our forefathers were determined, who wanted to separate from Great Britain and form their own nation.
    This idea of taxation without representation is part of the reason our forefathers were determined separating from Great Britain and forming their own nation.
    60s
    110.31.b.13.C
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  • Q3
    Damian would like to use a more appropriate transition in sentence 14. Which of the following is the best replacement for 'Therefore'?
    Meanwhile
    For example
    Furthermore
    However
    60s
    110.31.b.13.C
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  • Q4
    What is the most effective way to revise sentence 21?
    Because it's astounding to me, Texas has one of the lowest voter turnout rates in the United States.
    It's astounding to me what Texas has being one of the lowest voter turnout rates in the United States.
    As astounding as it is, it's also shocking that Texas has one of the lowest voter turnout rates in the United States.
    It's astounding to me that Texas has one of the lowest voter turnout rates in the United States.
    60s
    110.31.b.13.C
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  • Q5
    The meaning of sentence 23 is unclear. What is the most effective way to clarify the meaning of this sentence?
    Change 'population' to 'citizenry'
    Change 'sometimes' to 'there are times when'
    Change 'chooses' to 'selects'
    Change 'them' to 'those important decisions'
    60s
    110.31.b.13.C
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  • Q6
    Damian needs a stronger closing for his paper. Which sentences should he add after sentence 28 to bring his paper to a more effective conclusion?
    Don't be lazy. Get off the couch and do something that matters.
    You must be the one who changes this. It isn't fair to make others think they have all the rights.
    When Election Day comes, go to the polls and cast your vote. It's not only your right but also your responsibility.
    You'll feel better if you persuade people to vote. You can help make your community more vibrant.
    60s
    110.31.b.16.D
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  • Q7
    Katy wants to create a more effective thesis statement for her paper. Which of the following could replace sentence 4 and more accurately convey the thesis of this paper?
    Fearing life in the city, they chose a more rural existence in a big yellow school bus.
    This young couple lives in a uniquely converted school bus that they have affectionately named Rosie.
    Instead of a normal dwelling, they have chosen a vehicle-something quite rare, strange, and out of the norm.
    This couple didn't have to, but they decided that a bus is what they wanted to have.
    120s
    110.31.b.15.A
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  • Q8
    Katy's transition from the second paragraph (sentences 5-9) to the third paragraph (sentences 10-14) is weak. Which of the following could best replace sentence 10 and provide a more effective transition between these two paragraphs?
    What a joy it was to begin an eco-friendly project!
    Then the couple faced the task of turning the school bus into a home.
    Finding the bus on an Internet site had seemed like a miracle.
    It was time to begin all the hard work.
    60s
    110.31.b.15.A
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  • Q9
    Katy realizes that she left the following detail out of the fourth paragraph (sentences 15-22). Where is the most effective place to insert this sentence?
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    After sentence 22
    After sentence 21
    At the beginning of the paragraph
    This sentence is not relevant to the main idea of the paragraph and should not be inserted.
    60s
    110.31.b.15.A
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  • Q10
    Katy wants to use a more appropriate word than 'questions' in sentence 23. Which of these could best replace the word 'questions'?
    points
    curiosities
    landmarks
    challenges
    60s
    110.31.b.13.C
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  • Q11
    Katy would like to add a quotation to the end of her paper to directly support the idea expressed in sentence 28. Which of the following could best follow and support sentence 28?
    "We both struggle with putting things where they go," Natalie said. "It's easy to find space to dump stuff on. I think every home has that."
    "We can cook full meals and people migrate between inside the bus, the backyard, and the campfire," commented Mike. "We've been blessed with this space and the chance to exercise this experiment."
    "Unfortunately, I do get attached to vehicles, so I think we do have to figure out what to do with it for about the next 30 years," Mike added.
    "And, honestly, between the hours of 11 A.M. and 6 P.M., we weren't able to live in here comfortably even with the AC," Natalie once admitted. "We burned one out, it was so hot."
    60s
    110.31.b.15.A
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  • Q12
    How should sentence 4 be changed?
    Change 'was' to 'am'
    Sentence 4 should not be changed.
    Change 'estatic' to 'ecstatic'
    Delete 'so'
    120s
    110.31.b.19
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  • Q13
    What change is needed in sentence 9?
    Change 'to old' to 'too old'
    Change 'cheeks' to 'cheek's'
    Delete 'Although'
    Delete the comma
    60s
    110.31.b.13.D
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  • Q14
    What is the correct way to write sentence 13?
    For the rest of the day, neither of us spoke it was obvious that she was no happier about the arrangement than I was.
    For the rest of the day, neither of us spoke, and it was obvious. That she was no happier about the arrangement than I was.
    For the rest of the day, neither of us spoke. Which made it obvious that she was no happier about the arrangement than I was.
    For the rest of the day, neither of us spoke. It was obvious that she was no happier about the arrangement than I was.
    60s
    110.31.b.17.C
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  • Q15
    What change, if any, needs to be made in sentence 27?
    No change needs to be made.
    Change 'Kaitlyn and I' to 'Kaitlyn and me'
    Delete the comma
    Change 'a lot' to 'alot'
    60s
    110.31.b.18.B
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  • Q16
    What change should be made in sentence 31?
    Insert a comma after 'surprised'
    Change 'We' to 'Because we'
    Sentence 31 should not be changed.
    Change 'became' to 'become'
    60s
    110.31.b.17.A
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  • Q17
    How should sentence 4 be changed?
    Change 'found' to 'it is found'
    Change 'Coral Reefs' to 'coral reefs'
    Change 'is' to 'was'
    Sentence 4 should not be changed.
    120s
    110.31.b.18.A
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  • Q18
    What change needs to be made in sentence 7?
    No change needs to be made in this sentence.
    Insert a comma after 'hold'
    Change 'is' to 'are'
    Change 'than' to 'then'
    60s
    110.31.b.18.B
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  • Q19
    What change needs to be made in sentence 9?
    Change 'Although far' to 'It is far'
    Delete the comma
    No change needs to be made.
    Change 'venomus' to 'venomous'
    60s
    110.31.b.19
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  • Q20
    What change needs to be made in sentence 15?
    Change 'become' to 'became'
    Change 'they're' to 'their'
    Change 'it' to 'them'
    Delete 'so'
    60s
    110.31.b.13.D
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