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STAAR English II High School 2016 - 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)

110.32.b.13.C
110.32.b.15.A
110.32.b.17.C
110.32.b.18.A
110.32.b.13.D
110.32.b.18.B
110.32.b.19
110.32.b.5.A
110.32.b.2
110.32.b.5.C
110.32.b.5.B
110.32.b.5
110.32.b.1.E
110.32.b.6
110.32.b.7
110.32.b.10
110.32.b.8
110.32.b.11
110.32.b.1.B
110.32.b.9.C
110.32.b.9.B
110.32.b.12.A

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  • Q1
    The meaning of sentence 4 is unclear. Byron can improve the clarity of this sentence by changing 'it' to -
    the famous Trojans
    the extreme wealth
    the magnificent city
    the historical record
    120s
    110.32.b.13.C
  • Q2
    Byron would like to add a sentence to the end of the first paragraph (sentences 1-5) to help transition into the ideas in the second paragraph (sentences 6-9). Which sentence can be added after sentence 5 to help accomplish this goal?
    Aside from the historical references mentioned above, Thonis-Heracleion was essentially forgotten-that is, until recently.
    But one day, as so often happens, everything changed, and it changed rapidly and excitingly and permanently.
    It was difficult to say whether the ancient city was real or had just been a figment of someone's imagination.
    Because no one could definitively prove that it had ever existed, people had trouble believing that it actually had.
    60s
    110.32.b.15.A
  • Q3
    Byron has offered a weak thesis for his paper. Which of the following could replace sentence 9 and provide a more effective thesis statement for this paper?
    In the end it just happened to be the place and the city of Thonis-Heracleion.
    In time they realized that they had actually found what was a very ancient city.
    Before long they realized that they had found the city of Thonis-Heracleion.
    At first no one knew exactly what had been discovered, but there was plenty of curiosity.
    60s
    110.32.b.15.A
  • Q4
    Which of these sentences could best follow sentence 13 and provide additional support for the main idea of the third paragraph (sentences 10-14)?
    The remains of more than 60 ships, at least 700 ancient anchors, gold coins, and bronze, lead, and stone weights indicate that the city was a major trading port in the eastern Mediterranean.
    In his research Goddio has collaborated with archaeologists, Egyptologists, historians, geologists, geophysicists, computer engineers, and others.
    The city was probably an important entry port for trade into Egypt before it sank into the Mediterranean Sea so many centuries ago.
    Some accounts suggest that both Helen of Troy and her lover, Paris, were stranded on the island for a period of time as they hid from her Greek husband.
    60s
    110.32.b.15.A
  • Q5
    Byron would like to close with a relevant quotation that reiterates the main idea of this paper. Which of these could follow sentence 28 and best accomplish this goal?
    According to Damian Robinson, director of the Oxford Centre for Maritime Archaeology at the University of Oxford, "It is a major city we are excavating."
    "We are just at the beginning of our research," Goddio remarked. "We will probably have to continue working for the next 200 years for Thonis-Heracleion to be fully revealed and understood."
    Goddio writes, "I knew that I would never be able to undertake an exploration of this scope by myself, and so, in 1987, I founded the European Institute of Underwater Archaeology (IEASM), an independent organization supported by private patronage."
    "The statuettes allow us to examine their belief system and at the same time have wider economic implications," Oxford researcher Sanda Heinz commented. "These figures were mass-produced at a scale hitherto unmatched in previous periods."
    60s
    110.32.b.15.A
  • Q6
    There is a redundant sentence in the last paragraph (sentences 23-28). Which sentence should be deleted from this paragraph?
    Sentence 25
    Sentence 24
    Sentence 26
    Sentence 27
    60s
    110.32.b.13.C
  • Q7
    In sentence 5, the word 'trip' is not the appropriate word to use. Which of the following should replace 'trip' in this sentence?
    journey
    process
    operation
    standard
    120s
    110.32.b.13.C
  • Q8
    Joe would like to replace sentence 8 with a sentence that better articulates the thesis of his paper. Which of the following will accomplish this goal?
    Surfing requires people who are willing to think about the equipment, the waves, and their own personality traits.
    Surfing requires people who care about the materials used, waves seen, and variety of personality traits represented.
    Surfing requires just the right equipment, careful observation of the waves, and the patience to perfect a difficult skill.
    Surfing certainly requires specific materials, identified waves, and various personality traits.
    60s
    110.32.b.15.A
  • Q9
    Joe thinks he may have included an extraneous idea in the second paragraph (sentences 9-16). Which sentence, if any, should he delete from this paragraph?
    Sentence 13
    No sentence should be deleted from this paragraph.
    Sentence 12
    Sentence 15
    60s
    110.32.b.15.A
  • Q10
    What is the most effective way to revise sentence 21?
    Sentence 21 does not need to be revised.
    These are called breaks, and when surfers find one, they paddle their surfboards out into it because of the perfect wave they patiently wait for.
    These are called breaks, and when surfers find one, they paddle their surfboards out into it, they patiently wait for the perfect wave.
    These are called breaks, and when surfers find one, they paddle their surfboards out into it and patiently wait for the perfect wave.
    60s
    110.32.b.13.C
  • Q11
    What is the most effective way to revise sentence 30?
    With more than 500 miles of coastline, people in their home state are offered ample opportunity to surf right here in Texas.
    With more than 500 miles of coastline, Texas offers ample opportunity for people to surf right here in their home state.
    With more than 500 miles of coastline, there is ample opportunity for people to surf right here in their home state and in Texas.
    With more than 500 miles of coastline, ample opportunity is offered for people in Texas to surf right here in their home state.
    60s
    110.32.b.13.C
  • Q12
    What is the correct way to write sentence 4?
    As I watched friends find dates for homecoming, I was initially a little discouraged. Because it looked as though my first homecoming dance would be missing a key character.
    Sentence 4 is written correctly.
    As I watched friends find dates for homecoming. I was initially a little discouraged because it looked as though my first homecoming dance would be missing a key character.
    As I watched friends find dates for homecoming, I was initially a little discouraged. It looked as though my first homecoming dance would be missing a key character.
    120s
    110.32.b.17.C
  • Q13
    What change, if any, should be made in sentence 7?
    Change 'that' to 'something'
    Change 'High School' to 'high school'
    Make no change
    Change 'situation' to 'sitaution'
    60s
    110.32.b.18.A
  • Q14
    What change should be made in sentence 8?
    Insert a comma after 'together'
    Change 'me' to 'I'
    No change should be made.
    Change 'decided' to 'decide'
    60s
    110.32.b.13.D
  • Q15
    What change needs to be made in sentence 11?
    No change needs to be made in this sentence.
    Change 'lot's' to 'lots'
    Change 'We girls' to 'Us girls'
    Change 'but none' to 'but without none'
    60s
    110.32.b.18.B

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