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STAAR Test Grade 8 Poetry

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  • Q1
    Midnight (by Sara Holbrook) When it’s Sunday and it’s midnight, the weekend put back in its chest, the toys of recreation, party times and needed rest. When I lie in wait for Monday to grab me by the ear, throw me at the shower, off to school and when I hear the train at midnight from so many miles away . . . when it’s Sunday . . . and it’s midnight . . . the train in passing brays and boasts it’s steel-track-straight, on schedule, arrival times to keep. And I meander to its rhythm, flopping like a fish. Why can’t I get to sleep? Why can’t I get to sleep?
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  • Q2
    How are the train and the speaker similar?
    Like the train that travels at midnight, the speaker prefers to work during the night.
    Like the train that brays and boasts, the speaker acts in an overly proud manner.
    Like the train that has a schedule to keep, the speaker has an approaching responsibility.
    Like the train that stays on a straight course, the speaker avoids change.
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  • Q3
    Which line from the poem best expresses the speaker’s sense of dread?
    Line 15: from so many miles away . . .
    Line 2: and it’s midnight,
    Line 8: When I lie in wait
    Line 7: and needed rest.
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  • Q4
    Midnight (by Sara Holbrook) When it’s Sunday and it’s midnight, the weekend put back in its chest, the toys of recreation, party times and needed rest. When I lie in wait for Monday to grab me by the ear, throw me at the shower, off to school and when I hear the train at midnight from so many miles away . . . when it’s Sunday . . . and it’s midnight . . . the train in passing brays and boasts it’s steel-track-straight, on schedule, arrival times to keep. And I meander to its rhythm, flopping like a fish. Why can’t I get to sleep? Why can’t I get to sleep?
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  • Q5
    The metaphor in the first stanza is used to emphasize that the —
    speaker behaves like a small child on the weekend
    speaker’s weekend of fun and relaxation is over
    speaker uses the weekend to organize things
    speaker’s time is wasted during the weekend
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  • Q6
    Midnight (by Sara Holbrook) When it’s Sunday and it’s midnight, the weekend put back in its chest, the toys of recreation, party times and needed rest. When I lie in wait for Monday to grab me by the ear, throw me at the shower, off to school and when I hear the train at midnight from so many miles away . . . when it’s Sunday . . . and it’s midnight . . . the train in passing brays and boasts it’s steel-track-straight, on schedule, arrival times to keep. And I meander to its rhythm, flopping like a fish. Why can’t I get to sleep? Why can’t I get to sleep?
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  • Q7
    The poet uses a simile in lines 23 and 24 to reveal that the speaker —
    might be having a dream
    cannot get comfortable
    does not like fishing
    wants to be outside
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  • Q8
    Dividing the poem into two stanzas allows the poet to —
    incorporate reminders for the reader about where the action takes place
    ask questions to keep the reader guessing about what will happen
    contrast the speaker’s feelings about weekends and Mondays
    compare the speaker’s schedule with the train’s schedule
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  • Q9
    The train is important to the poem because it represents —
    reflecting on the past
    interrupting peaceful memories
    following a planned routine
    visiting distant places
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  • Q10
    Midnight (by Sara Holbrook) When it’s Sunday and it’s midnight, the weekend put back in its chest, the toys of recreation, party times and needed rest. When I lie in wait for Monday to grab me by the ear, throw me at the shower, off to school and when I hear the train at midnight from so many miles away . . . when it’s Sunday . . . and it’s midnight . . . the train in passing brays and boasts it’s steel-track-straight, on schedule, arrival times to keep. And I meander to its rhythm, flopping like a fish. Why can’t I get to sleep? Why can’t I get to sleep?
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  • Q11
    The poet likely intends for the last two lines to express the speaker’s —
    concern about doing well in school
    regret over the experiences of the weekend
    anxiety about the coming day
    fear of the arriving train
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