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STAAR English I High School 2018 - Past Paper

Quiz by Texas Education Agency

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.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.B
110.31.b.18.A
110.31.b.1.B
110.31.b.2.C
110.31.b.5.B
110.31.b.5
110.31.b.2
110.31.b.7
110.31.b.6
110.31.b.8
110.31.b.12
110.31.b.9.C
110.31.b.11
110.31.b.10.A

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  • Q1
    What is the most effective way to combine sentences 3 and 4?
    But online networking promotes short, superficial connections with teens today, which it is very popular.
    But online networking promotes short, superficial connections, it is very popular with teens today.
    But online networking that promotes short, superficial connections, it is very popular with teens today.
    But online networking, which is very popular with teens today, promotes short, superficial connections.
    120s
    110.31.b.13.C
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  • Q2
    How can Susan improve the clarity of sentence 12?
    Change 'they' to 'researchers'
    Change 'a while' to 'some time'
    Change 'these teens' to 'they'
    Change 'suggesting' to 'saying'
    60s
    110.31.b.13.C
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  • Q3
    What is the most effective revision to make in sentence 16?
    Everyone communicates in person differently than they do over the phone, to send texts, or posting online.
    Everyone communicates differently in person than they do when speaking over the phone, sending texts, or writing online posts.
    Everyone communicates in person, over the phone, through texting, or in online posts differently.
    Everyone communicates in person in one way, they communicate in different ways over the phone, through texting, or in online posts.
    60s
    110.31.b.13.C
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  • Q4
    Susan needs a better transition from the third paragraph (sentences 15-20) to the fourth paragraph (sentences 21-25). Which of the following can be added to the beginning of the fourth paragraph, just before sentence 21, to strengthen this transition?
    In a few short years, most teens in our school will be entering the job market or college.
    In a business setting, a teen will need to know how to understand his coworkers.
    Learning to read people's communication cues will help build opportunities for teens.
    This ability to communicate in person becomes even more important as teenagers get older.
    60s
    110.31.b.16.D
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  • Q5
    Sentence 26 does not effectively open the last paragraph (sentences 26-28). Which of the following can replace sentence 26 and help strengthen the concluding paragraph of this paper?
    Every teen will need to practice offline communication so they can get used to talking with others.
    Both online and offline relationships are important in today's world of instant communication.
    Dealing with people when you are a teen offline will help you in a handful of critical ways.
    Offline networking is important because it can improve a teenager's well-being and help prepare him for the future.'
    60s
    110.31.b.16.D
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  • Q6
    Anika has written a weak thesis statement for her paper. Which of the following can replace sentences 4 and 5 and serve as a more effective thesis for this paper?
    Coober Pedy's interesting history includes miners, people living under ground, very hot weather, and media attention. All of this put together makes Coober Pedy an interesting place to me.
    The people who live in Coober Pedy love their special little city. All of these people have made a decision to live in a unique way.
    It isn't what you can see that makes this city amazing; it's what you cannot see. There are 3,500 people who call Coober Pedy home, and almost all of them live and work under ground.
    It isn't because it's abandoned that Coober Pedy is fascinating; it's because it only looks abandoned since people are really living under ground.
    120s
    110.31.b.15.A
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  • Q7
    Anika has not used the most effective transition in sentence 8. Which of the following should replace 'After all' in this sentence?
    Otherwise
    Instead
    Finally
    Soon
    60s
    110.31.b.13.C
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  • Q8
    How should sentence 20 be revised?
    To enhance their surroundings, fake windows with decorative drapes are installed by some people to help them.
    To enhance their surroundings, some people install fake windows and they also use decorative drapes.
    To enhance their surroundings, installing fake windows and decorative drapes helped some people
    To enhance their surroundings, some people install fake windows with decorative drapes.
    60s
    110.31.b.13.C
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  • Q9
    Which of these ideas could best follow and support sentence 23?
    Today the people in this town get the vast majority of their water from under ground from a source 24 kilometers away that has to be pumped in via an underground pipeline.
    More than 150,000 people visit the small town each year, and a host of movies, including Kangaroo Jack, Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, and Opal Dream, have been filmed there.
    Coober Pedy residents now make their livelihood in both the tourism industry and opal-mining industry, and this keeps most of the people working and able to provide for their families.
    Since February of 1915, many of the highest-quality opals in the entire world have been found in Coober Pedy; in fact, Coober Pedy is sometimes even referred to as the opal capital of the world.
    60s
    110.31.b.15.A
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  • Q10
    How should sentence 5 be changed?
    Change 'were written' to 'was written'
    Change 'years' to 'year's'
    Change 'you' to 'they'
    Change 'explore' to 'explored'
    120s
    110.31.b.13.D
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  • Q11
    What change should be made in sentence 9?
    Change 'is' to 'are'
    Insert a comma after 'past'
    Change 'grateful' to 'gratefull'
    Change 'privilage' to 'privilege'
    60s
    110.31.b.19
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  • Q12
    What is the correct way to write sentence 11?
    Most teens are absorbed with their own daily activities. Rarely thinking about the fact that human civilization has been around for a long time.
    Most teens are absorbed with their own daily activities and rarely think about the fact that human civilization has been around for a long time.
    Most teens are absorbed with their own daily activities and rarely think about this fact, human civilization has been around for a long time.
    Most teens are absorbed with their own daily activities and rarely think about human civilization. Which has been around for a long time.
    60s
    110.31.b.17.C
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  • Q13
    How should sentence 23 be changed?
    Insert a comma after 'Davis'
    Sentence 23 should not be changed.
    Change 'Serious' to 'serious'
    Change 'According' to 'Acording'
    60s
    110.31.b.18.B
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  • Q14
    What change should be made in sentence 6?
    Change 'planned' to 'planning'
    Change 'With' to 'Without'
    Change 'guidence' to 'guidance'
    Delete the comma
    120s
    110.31.b.19
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  • Q15
    What change is needed in sentence 13?
    Change 'world freestyle kayak championships' to 'World Freestyle Kayak Championships'
    Change 'became' to 'becomes'
    Change the comma after ranks to a semicolon
    Insert a comma after 'age'
    60s
    110.31.b.18.A
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  • Q16
    What is the correct way to write sentence 24?
    On the day that he was supposed to paddle over Niagara Falls, he went to the top and looked down. He said that things just didn't feel right.
    On the day that he was supposed to paddle over Niagara Falls, he went to the top and looked down. And said that things just didn't feel right.
    On the day that he was supposed to paddle over Niagara Falls. He went to the top, looked down, and said that things just didn't feel right.
    On the day that he was supposed to paddle. Over Niagara falls, he went to the top, looked down, and said things just didn't feel right.
    60s
    110.31.b.17.C
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  • Q17
    What change, if any, needs to be made in sentence 27?
    Change 'safe' to 'safely'
    Change 'confident' to 'confidant'
    No change needs to be made in this sentence.
    Change 'explained' to 'explains'
    60s
    110.31.b.13.D
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  • Q18
    What change, if any, needs to be made in sentence 32?
    Insert quotation marks before the first and
    No change needs to be made in sentence 32.
    Change 'I think' to 'we think'
    Change 'testament' to 'testiment'
    60s
    110.31.b.18.B
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  • Q19
    Which word in paragraph 3 means "given but not returned"?
    sorrow
    unrequited
    furtive
    savored
    120s
    110.31.b.1.B
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  • Q20
    The author uses a simile to describe the apples in paragraph 2 to convey -
    the contrast between Chinese and foreign supermarkets
    the advertising techniques used in foreign magazines
    their mythic appeal
    their universal symbolism
    60s
    110.31.b.2.C
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