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STAAR English I High School 2017 - Past Paper

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

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Measures 22 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.13.D
110.31.b.19
110.31.b.17.C
110.31.b.18.A
110.31.b.18.B
110.31.b.6
110.31.b.2
110.31.b.1.B
110.31.b.9.C
110.31.b.8
110.31.b.11
110.31.b.10.A
110.31.b.12
110.31.b.10
110.31.b.5.C
110.31.b.5
110.31.b.5.B
110.31.b.7

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  • Q1
    Tracy's paper needs a stronger position statement. Which of the following could best replace sentence 5 and more effectively state the position Tracy is taking in this paper?
    Truthfully, electric cars have advantages that must be pondered before making a purchase.
    In other words, the electric car is not what you should buy today, and that is my definitive opinion.
    Therefore, the electric car is the wrong choice if you are currently in the market for a new car.
    However, buying an electric car is always an option when you are thinking about a new car.
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    110.31.b.16.A
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  • Q2
    Tracy has used an ineffective transition in sentence 10. Which word or phrase could best replace 'In the end' in this sentence?
    Obviously
    However
    Instead
    In fact
    60s
    110.31.b.13.C
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  • Q3
    What is the most effective way to combine sentences 15 and 16?
    Furthermore, the batteries in an electric car weaken over time, eventually allowing a person to travel even fewer miles between charges.
    Furthermore, the batteries in an electric car weaken over time, eventually they allow a person to travel even fewer miles between charges.
    Furthermore, the batteries in an electric car weaken over time, which means the batteries eventually allow a person to travel even fewer miles between charges.
    Furthermore, the batteries in an electric car weaken over time because they eventually allow a person to travel even fewer miles between charges.
    60s
    110.31.b.13.C
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  • Q4
    Tracy would like to add the following detail to the fourth paragraph (sentences 13-17). Where should this sentence be inserted?
    Question Image
    After sentence 14
    After sentence 17
    After sentence 13
    Tracy should not add this detail to the fourth paragraph.
    60s
    110.31.b.16.D
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  • Q5
    Tracy has included a redundant sentence in the last paragraph (sentences 18-23). Which sentence should be deleted from this paragraph?
    Sentence 21
    Sentence 18
    Sentence 19
    Sentence 20
    60s
    110.31.b.13.C
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  • Q6
    Fatima realizes she has offered a weak thesis in this paper. Which of the following could replace sentences 1 and 2 and provide a more effective thesis statement for Fatima's paper?
    Mia Hamm is one of the most celebrated female soccer players of all time and is an inspiration to young women everywhere. Her contributions to women's soccer have had an unmistakable impact on the sport, both in the United States and internationally.
    There is a soccer player in this country that is clearly more talented than all the rest. Her name is Mia Hamm, and she is an outstanding player and a model athlete who works hard to make sure she is always setting an example for other athletes and for the world at large.
    Mia Hamm is an interesting and fun personality, and I am grateful for this opportunity to research her story. I think that as you read my paper, you will agree that she has added great energy to women's sports in this country and also to sports around the world.
    If you don't know Mia Hamm, you probably don't know much. Many people say that she is the greatest soccer player of all time because she is so supremely committed to soccer and also to all that it means to herself and the other people of the world.
    120s
    110.31.b.15.A
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  • Q7
    What is the most effective revision to make in sentence 14?
    And at the age of 17, she was playing for the University of North Carolina and won four NCAA championships and breaking many school records along the way, which helped her team.
    And at the age of 17, she was playing for the University of North Carolina, she helped her team win four NCAA championships and broke many school records along the way.
    And at the age of 17, she was playing for the University of North Carolina, which helped her team win four NCAA championships and breaking many school records along the way.
    And at the age of 17, she was playing for the University of North Carolina, where she helped her team win four NCAA championships and broke many school records along the way.
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    110.31.b.13.C
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  • Q8
    Which of these details could best follow and support sentence 22?
    For 17 years Hamm played with and often led the U.S. Women's National Soccer Team, and she was U.S. Soccer's Female Athlete of the Year from 1994 to 1998.
    Though she had injured her ankle badly in the game, Hamm still managed to take control of the ball and pass it to a teammate who then scored the winning goal.
    Hamm held a record for the most international goals until June 2013, when her record was broken by another American, Abby Wambach.
    Hamm received another great accolade in 2004, when she was included on a list of the 125 Greatest Living Soccer Players.
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    110.31.b.15.A
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  • Q9
    The meaning of sentence 24 is unclear. The clarity of this sentence can be improved by changing 'They' to -
    Various women
    Some advertisements
    International faces
    Sports companies
    60s
    110.31.b.13.C
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  • Q10
    What change, if any, should be made in sentence 2?
    Insert a comma after 'plants'
    No change should be made in this sentence.
    Delete 'so'
    Change 'hardly' to 'really'
    120s
    110.31.b.13.D
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  • Q11
    How should sentence 5 be changed?
    Change the question mark to an exclamation point
    Change 'came' to 'comes'
    Change 'existense' to 'existence'
    Sentence 5 should not be changed.
    60s
    110.31.b.19
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  • Q12
    What is the correct way to write sentences 23 and 24?
    Although many of the species that once made their home on Madagascar are now extinct and scientists are still making discoveries.
    Although many of the species that once made their home on Madagascar are now extinct, scientists are still making discoveries.
    Many of the species that once made their home on Madagascar are now extinct, but there are scientists. Who are still making discoveries.
    Many of the species that once made their home on Madagascar are now extinct, scientists, however, are still making discoveries.
    60s
    110.31.b.17.C
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  • Q13
    What change, if any, should be made in sentence 30?
    No change should be made in sentence 30.
    Change 'Oasis' to 'oasis'
    Change 'deserves' to 'deserved'
    Delete the comma
    60s
    110.31.b.18.A
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  • Q14
    What change, if any, should be made in sentence 2?
    No change should be made in this sentence.
    Change 'environment' to 'enviroment'
    Change 'your' to 'you're'
    Delete the comma
    120s
    110.31.b.13.D
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  • Q15
    What change should be made in sentence 13?
    Delete 'where'
    Change 'a lot' to 'alot'
    Insert a comma after 'class'
    Change 'means' to had 'meant'
    60s
    110.31.b.18.B
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  • Q16
    How should sentence 15 be changed?
    Change 'will help' to 'helped'
    Change 'experiences' to 'experience's'
    Change 'acomplished' to 'accomplished'
    Sentence 15 should not be changed
    60s
    110.31.b.19
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  • Q17
    What change should be made in sentence 22?
    No change should be made in sentence 22.
    Insert a comma after 'day after day'
    Change 'am' to 'was'
    Change 'that' to 'this'
    60s
    110.31.b.18.B
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  • Q18
    What is the correct way to write sentence 26?
    In closing, I give you this solemn promise: if you elect me as president of the sophomore class, I'll give it my all.
    In closing, to give you this solemn promise: if you elect me as president of the sophomore class, I'll give it my all.
    In closing, I give you this solemn promise. That if you elect me as president of the sophomore class, I'll give it my all.
    Sentence 26 is written correctly in the paper.
    60s
    110.31.b.17.C
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  • Q19
    The author uses descriptive examples in paragraph 4 to -
    emphasize that libraries contain many types of books
    differentiate between childhood expectations and adult experiences
    illustrate the power that books have to expand the imagination
    reflect on the ways that libraries have changed over the years
    120s
    110.31.b.6
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  • Q20
    The author uses similes at the end of paragraph 3 to highlight -
    that common things can be taken for granted
    how children's books affected the author
    the impact of childhood memories on learning
    the various ways that language affects people
    60s
    110.31.b.6
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