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STAAR Reading Grade 5 2014 - Past Paper

Quiz by Texas Education Agency

Grade 5
ELAR (2009)
Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS)

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Measures 15 skills from
Grade 5
ELAR (2009)
Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS)

5.10: Reading - Comprehension of Informational Text - Culture and History
5.11.A: Reading - Comprehension of Informational Text - Expository Text
5.2.B: Reading - Vocabulary Development
5.11.E: Reading - Comprehension of Informational Text - Expository Text
5.11.D: Reading - Comprehension of Informational Text - Expository Text
5.14.D: Reading - Media Literacy
5.8: Reading - Comprehension of Literary Text - Sensory Language
5.4: Reading - Comprehension of Literary Text - Poetry
5.6.A: Reading - Comprehension of Literary Text - Fiction
5.6.B: Reading - Comprehension of Literary Text - Fiction
5.13.A: Reading - Comprehension of Informational Text - Procedural Texts
5.13.B: Reading - Comprehension of Informational Text - Procedural Texts
5.19: Writing - Persuasive Texts
5.7: Reading - Comprehension of Literary Text - Literary Nonfiction
5.3.A: Reading - Comprehension of Literary Text - Theme and Genre

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  • Q1
    The main purpose of paragraphs 7 and 8 is to —
    show that Dusty takes items from only two of Chu’s neighbors
    explain that Chu’s neighbors aren’t bothered when Dusty takes their personal items
    emphasize that Chu’s neighbors deliberately leave objects lying around for Dusty
    describe how Dusty carefully chooses the items he takes from Chu’s neighbors
    60s
    5.10: Reading - Comprehension of Informational Text - Culture and History
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  • Q2
    The author wrote this selection most likely to tell the reader that —
    Dusty is a cat with a habit that has attracted a lot of attention
    because Dusty is a cat, he is active mostly at night
    Dusty should face consequences for his actions
    Dusty has caused major problems for his owners over the years
    60s
    5.10: Reading - Comprehension of Informational Text - Culture and History
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  • Q3
    In what way does Chu stay aware of Dusty’s activities?
    She waits for Dusty on the porch when he leaves the house.
    She watches videos on YouTube to see what Dusty has done.
    She creates a list of the items he has brought home.
    She talks with neighbors each morning to learn about missing items.
    60s
    5.11.A: Reading - Comprehension of Informational Text - Expository Text
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  • Q4
    Which sentence expresses the main idea of paragraph 2?
    Jean Chu and her family adopted Dusty, their pet cat, a few years ago.
    One day they would find a glove and an unfamiliar towel.
    Not long after he moved in, the family members started finding odd objects lying around.
    Soon they realized that the objects always showed up in the morning.
    60s
    5.11.A: Reading - Comprehension of Informational Text - Expository Text
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  • Q5
    In paragraph 1, the word culprit means someone who is —
    extremely annoying to live near
    interested in hunting for treasure
    active mostly at night
    guilty of a wrongful act
    60s
    5.2.B: Reading - Vocabulary Development
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  • Q6
    What does the information presented in this selection suggest about how people view Dusty’s actions?
    They are confused about how Dusty manages to take many of the belongings.
    They are entertained by stories about Dusty.
    They believe that Dusty’s actions are a result of his being in an unfamiliar neighborhood.
    They are surprised that Dusty’s actions have not made Chu find him a new home.
    60s
    5.11.E: Reading - Comprehension of Informational Text - Expository Text
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  • Q7
    The reader can infer that Chu is concerned about Dusty’s habit because she —
    has contacted a group of experts to help her work with Dusty
    reminds her neighbors to gather their belongings before it gets dark outside
    thinks of ways to return the items she finds to their proper owners
    keeps Dusty busy with other activities to try to change his behavior
    60s
    5.11.D: Reading - Comprehension of Informational Text - Expository Text
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  • Q8
    Which of these best summarizes the selection?
    A cat named Dusty has become famous for taking items from neighbors. He has appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman, Must Love Cats, and YouTube. He also appears in parades and fashion shows.
    A cat named Dusty is popular with his neighbors because he takes their items. He sneaks out at night and brings the objects back to his owner’s house. He has been caught on video by a television crew.
    Dusty, a cat in California, has a habit of bringing home items he finds around his neighborhood. One night a crew working for a television show filmed him bringing home an item of clothing. He has since become famous and appeared elsewhere on television.
    Dusty, a recently adopted cat, began to roam around his neighborhood in California every night. Before long he began to steal things from the neighbors. He stole hundreds of items before being caught.
    60s
    5.11.E: Reading - Comprehension of Informational Text - Expository Text
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  • Q9
    The reader can infer that the author’s attitude toward Dusty is one of —
    outrage
    amusement
    sympathy
    curiosity
    60s
    5.11.D: Reading - Comprehension of Informational Text - Expository Text
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  • Q10
    Based on the photograph, the reader can tell that Dusty —
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    likes wearing outfits
    has stopped taking items from people
    is unwilling to return what he took
    has taken items repeatedly
    60s
    5.14.D: Reading - Media Literacy
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  • Q11
    Which of these lines from the poem helps the reader know what the word confounded means in line 7?
    Bartholomew just wasn’t able to choose.
    He’d end up with yesterday’s oatmeal instead.
    Each hour would bring yet another decision . . .
    He’d go down to breakfast (a little bit smelly),
    60s
    5.2.B: Reading - Vocabulary Development
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  • Q12
    Read these lines from the poem. The imagery used in these lines allows the reader to know that —
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    Bartholomew does not realize his clothes are getting old
    Bartholomew works in a dirty environment
    Bartholomew’s routine has been repeated for a long time
    Bartholomew’s clothes have been damaged by birds
    60s
    5.8: Reading - Comprehension of Literary Text - Sensory Language
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  • Q13
    What idea does the poet convey through the description of Bartholomew in lines 25 through 30?
    That he has become very inactive
    That he has learned to solve his problem
    That he has found other ways to entertain himself
    That he has grown very large
    60s
    5.4: Reading - Comprehension of Literary Text - Poetry
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  • Q14
    Read this line from the first stanza. The repetition in this line emphasizes the idea that Bartholomew —
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    follows a routine for selecting different outfits in the morning
    believes that he has too many choices to make
    thinks that getting ready in the morning requires too much time
    has difficulty finding outfits that match
    60s
    5.4: Reading - Comprehension of Literary Text - Poetry
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  • Q15
    The organization of the poem helps show that Bartholomew’s actions —
    help him discover new ideas
    are a benefit to others
    cannot be controlled
    create worse effects as time goes by
    60s
    5.4: Reading - Comprehension of Literary Text - Poetry
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  • Q16
    Read these lines from the poem. What is the poet most likely suggesting in these lines?
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    Bartholomew likes to spend time with nature.
    Bartholomew enjoys the scent of trees.
    Bartholomew has decided to wear a tree costume.
    Bartholomew has finally become useful as a tree.
    60s
    5.8: Reading - Comprehension of Literary Text - Sensory Language
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  • Q17
    The narrator’s actions in paragraphs 11 through 16 of the story show that he —
    often gets what he wants without much effort
    is determined to achieve his goals
    relies on others to think of solutions to his problems
    knows he should give money away instead of spending it
    60s
    5.6.A: Reading - Comprehension of Literary Text - Fiction
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  • Q18
    What is the meaning of the word withholding in paragraph 5?
    Increasing in amount
    Refusing to give
    Using as one’s property
    Punishing harshly
    60s
    5.2.B: Reading - Vocabulary Development
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  • Q19
    According to the story, the reason the narrator doesn’t initially have enough money to buy the pencils is that —
    he has spent his money on things he doesn’t need
    school supplies are expensive
    the sales tax is too high
    he has damaged someone’s property
    60s
    5.6.A: Reading - Comprehension of Literary Text - Fiction
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  • Q20
    Read the following sentence from paragraph 7. What can the reader conclude about the narrator from this sentence?
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    He will collect money at school before going to the drugstore.
    He will get the money he needs in an unexpected way.
    He will find the money he needs at the drugstore that day.
    He will work at the drugstore after school each day to earn money.
    60s
    5.6.B: Reading - Comprehension of Literary Text - Fiction
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