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STAAR Minitest: Literary Nonfiction

Quiz by Rosa Talavera

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  • Q1
    In paragraph 1, why does the author include information about her name being engraved on the typewriter case?
    To hint that her father did believe in Lois's talent as a writer
    To suggest that her father knew Lois was careless and easily lost things
    To educate readers about how costly typewriters were in 1950
    To show that her father was generous and often gave his daughter thoughtful gifts
  • Q2
    But it was not until I went back and timidly pulled at unopened doors in my past that I realized I should be speaking to children. The author uses this sentence to suggest that she--
    wanted to teach children not to be timid
    had to face painful memories from her past to write effectively
    was given the opportunity to write for children, but not for adults
    had many paths closed to her, like many women in the 1950s
  • Q3
    Because the author is telling about her own life, what does the reader learn that the reader wouldn't know if someone else were telling it?
    That she wrote magazine articles for adults in the 1970s
    That she went to graduate school and started writing when she was in her thirties
    That her father retired to Florida when he was over seventy
    That she felt a weight was lifted after she started writing for children
  • Q4
    Why does the author include the quotation from Shakespeare?
    To demonstrate that she enjoys reading sophisticated poetry even though she writes children's books
    To convince readers that she really loved her sister, even though they fought sometimes
    To reinforce the importance of expressing feelings, even when they are painful
    To show readers that she has many interests in addition to family and writing

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