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STAAR English I High School 2016 - Past Paper

Quiz by Texas Education Agency

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

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Measures 23 skills from
Grade 9
ELAR (2009)
Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS)

110.31.b.15.A
110.31.b.13.C
110.31.b.16.A
110.31.b.16.C
110.31.b.16.D
110.31.b.18.B
110.31.b.18.A
110.31.b.13.D
110.31.b.19
110.31.b.17.C
110.31.b.1.E
110.31.b.9.C
110.31.b.9.A
110.31.b.8
110.31.b.12
110.31.b.10.A
110.31.b.10
110.31.b.1.B
110.31.b.6
110.31.b.7
110.31.b.5.B
110.31.b.5
110.31.b.2.C

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  • Q1
    Alicia has not provided a thesis for her paper. Which of the following should come after sentence 4 to serve as a thesis statement for this paper?
    For example, your basic feelings can be attributed to how people perceive you to be holding your body.
    Interestingly, the entire concept seems to have been proved to work in reverse as well.
    However, you've probably already heard that people assess what you're feeling by observing your body language.
    In other words, the facial expressions and body postures you adopt can actually influence how you feel.
    120s
    110.31.b.15.A
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  • Q2
    Alicia needs to add the following detail to the second paragraph (sentences 5-10). Where should this sentence be inserted?
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    After sentence 6
    After sentence 5
    Before sentence 5
    After sentence 7
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    110.31.b.15.A
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  • Q3
    What is the most effective way to combine sentences 12 and 13?
    Amy Cuddy did a study on how "power poses" affect people, a social psychologist at Harvard University.
    Amy Cuddy, a social psychologist at Harvard University, did a study on how "power poses" affect people.
    Amy Cuddy did a study on how "power poses" affect people she is a social psychologist at Harvard University.
    Amy Cuddy did a study, at Harvard University and with a social psychologist, on how "power poses" affect people.
    60s
    110.31.b.13.C
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  • Q4
    The word 'opposed' is not the best choice for sentence 19. Which word should replace 'opposed' in this sentence?
    differed
    varied
    measured
    contrasted
    60s
    110.31.b.13.C
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  • Q5
    What is the most effective revision to make in sentence 20?
    She found that the people holding their body in a position of power had an increase in the hormone associated with dominance, the hormone associated with stress was decreased.
    She found that the people had an increase in the hormone associated with dominance and a decrease in the hormone associated with stress who were holding their body in a position of power.
    She found that while the people were holding their body in a position of power, the hormones associated with dominance and stress were increased and decreased.
    She found that the people holding their body in a position of power had an increase in the hormone associated with dominance and a decrease in the hormone associated with stress.
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    110.31.b.13.C
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  • Q6
    There is a redundant sentence in the third paragraph (sentences 11-21). Which of these sentences unnecessarily repeats information and should be deleted?
    Sentence 18
    Sentence 14
    Sentence 15
    Sentence 21
    60s
    110.31.b.13.C
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  • Q7
    Simon has used an ineffective transition in sentence 3. Which word or phrase could best replace 'On the other hand' in this sentence?
    Similarly
    As a result
    In the end
    Specifically
    120s
    110.31.b.13.C
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  • Q8
    Simon's paper needs a position statement. Which of these sentences could best follow sentence 7 and state the position that Simon is taking in this paper?
    We have many bicyclists on the roadways of our town.
    It's time to require cyclists to register and license their bikes.
    They're drivers and should be given the respect that they deserve.
    If they're going to use public roadways, they should own them, too.
    60s
    110.31.b.16.A
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  • Q9
    Which of these sentences could best follow and support sentence 13?
    People don't think about how their actions make others feel.
    They consider others, and they recognize and follow rules.
    This means that these commuters are usually polite and nice.
    The next time you're on the road, pay attention to those around you.
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    110.31.b.16.A
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  • Q10
    Simon needs to respond to an argument he has suggested that people will make. Which of the following could come after sentence 32 and best accomplish this goal?
    Bikes don't create potholes, and they don't leave grease and gas marks.
    With that said, it wouldn't be fair to ask bicyclists to pay to use the roadways.
    Bicyclists just want a place to be certain that they can ride on the roads safely.
    This is true, so I would suggest that bike fees be significantly lower than automobile fees.
    60s
    110.31.b.16.C
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  • Q11
    Simon needs a sentence to help close his paper. Which sentence could be added to the very end of this paper to help bring it to an effective conclusion?
    If you own or have access to a bicycle, it might just be the perfect time for you to start riding it to school or work.
    I'm convinced that requiring bicyclists to register and license their bikes would result in safer streets and happier travels for all.
    Bicycling is clearly the most effective form of transportation, and we should encourage all riders to participate actively.
    In closing, it's time for us to add some rules and regulations that all bicyclists will be able to follow and that motorists will appreciate.
    60s
    110.31.b.16.D
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  • Q12
    What change should be made in sentence 2?
    Change 'especially' to 'specially'
    No change should be made.
    Delete the comma after 'brother'
    Change 'comes' to 'come's'
    120s
    110.31.b.18.B
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  • Q13
    What change needs to be made in sentence 5?
    Change 'Freshman' to 'freshman'
    No change needs to be made in sentence 5.
    Delete 'but'
    Delete the comma after 'year'
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    110.31.b.18.A
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  • Q14
    How should sentence 12 be changed?
    Delete the comma after 'cool'
    Change 'fascinated' to 'fasinated'
    Change 'had never pursued' to 'hadn't never pursued'
    Change 'it' to 'them'
    60s
    110.31.b.13.D
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  • Q15
    What change should be made in sentence 16?
    Change 'resourses' to 'resources'
    Change 'than' to 'then'
    Change the comma after 'tournament' to a period
    No change should be made.
    60s
    110.31.b.19
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  • Q16
    What is the correct way to write sentence 24?
    Yes, I'm Tyson's little brother, but that's only part of my identity. Because I'm a cool guy in my own way, too.
    Yes, I'm Tyson's little brother, that's only part of my identity, though, I'm a cool guy in my own way, too.
    Sentence 24 is written correctly in the paper.
    Yes, I'm Tyson's little brother, but that's only part of my identity. I'm a cool guy in my own way, too.
    60s
    110.31.b.17.C
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  • Q17
    How should sentence 4 be changed?
    Delete 'and'
    Change 'sophistacated' to 'sophisticated'
    Change 'were' to 'are'
    Sentence 4 should not be changed.
    120s
    110.31.b.19
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  • Q18
    What change, if any, should be made in sentence 10?
    Make no change
    Insert quotation marks after the period
    Change 'university' to 'University'
    Change 'takes' to 'take's'
    60s
    110.31.b.18.B
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  • Q19
    What change should be made in sentence 26?
    Delete 'but'
    Change 'her skill' to 'no skill'
    Change 'my' to 'our'
    Change the comma after 'attention' to a semicolon
    60s
    110.31.b.18.B
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  • Q20
    How should sentence 38 be changed?
    Change 'admired' to 'admirred'
    Change the comma to a semicolon
    Change 'advise' to 'advice'
    Sentence 38 should not be changed.
    60s
    110.31.b.13.D
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