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STAAR English II High School 2017 - Past Paper

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

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


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  • Q1
    Sofia would like to add the following detail to the first paragraph (sentences 1-8). Where should this sentence be inserted?
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    After sentence 1
    After sentence 6
    After sentence 5
    After sentence 3
  • Q2
    What is the most effective revision to make in sentence 12?
    Realizing that she hadn't recovered from her previous race, a jog was all she could slow her pace to.
    She realized that she hadn't recovered from her previous race, her pace slowed to a jog.
    She realized that she hadn't recovered from the pace of her previous race, which slowed to a jog.
    Realizing that she hadn't recovered from her previous race, she slowed her pace to a jog.
  • Q3
    Sofia wants to add a quotation after sentence 25 to support the idea that she is trying to convey. Which of the following could best accomplish this goal?
    "We are a little bit of a minority being distance runners," Vogel shared sometime later. "I think we all have an instant connection."
    "I remember moving to her position," Vogel recalled after the event. "[McMath] was doing the best she could to keep her body upright."
    Vogel quietly commented at a later time, "At the time, all I was thinking was that she fell so I probably should pick her up."
    "She was in front of me the whole race, so she deserved to finish in front of me no matter what it took," Vogel later commented.
  • Q4
    Which of the following could replace sentence 28 and provide a more effective transition between the fourth paragraph (sentences 20-27) and the fifth paragraph (sentences 28-32)?
    In the days that followed, both girls were inundated with calls from the media.
    Overall, the girls thought they would eventually have to talk to members of the media.
    However, the girls were soon being interviewed over the phone and on national television.
    In conclusion, the media wanted a story, and they were going to get it no matter what it took.
  • Q5
    Sofia would like to add a quotation to the end of her paper to help bring it to an effective conclusion. Which of the following would be the most effective for her to add?
    Looking back at the day that she both won a gold medal and came in last place, Vogel said, "I got more attention for helping Arden than for winning at state, but I don't mind. Sportsmanship is a much bigger deal than winning a race."
    One day Vogel was heard to have said to a group of people who were listening, "When I hear words like that I think of Harriet Tubman and saving people's lives. I don't consider myself a hero."
    Interestingly, Vogel has been reported to have once said to a reporter, "I was just worried about getting Arden across the finish line and not hurting her."
    "It definitely caught me off guard," Vogel said of the attention after the race. "I was expecting the first week of my summer to be pretty relaxed. I was looking forward to getting away. All I could think was, 'You've got to be kidding me.'"

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