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Topic: Reading/Comprehension of Informational Text/Persuasive Text

Quiz by Texas Education Agency

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

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Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS)


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  • Q1
    Why does the author use sensory images in paragraph 3?
    To illustrate that hearing so well was disturbing
    To prove that she really didn't need a hearing aid
    To describe her irrational fear of sound
    To communicate that she was frequently interrupted
  • Q2
    In which line does the author use alliteration to support the primary message of the selection?
    I listened hard until I heard a faint, unbirdlike, croaking sound.
    Songs imagined are as sweet as songs heard, and songs shared are sweeter still.
    For the first time, I felt unequal, disadvantaged and disabled.
    I imagined capering bullmen and I was disappointed to learn that all we had in the garden were overgrown "baby tears."
  • Q3
    Read this sentence from paragraph 15. The author makes this statement to suggest that -
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    people should prepare themselves for becoming deaf
    she really isn't very different from other people
    she was fortunate to have developed her disability at a young age
    disabilities are affecting people with increasing frequency
  • Q4
    In paragraph 9, the author suggests that when she started using a hearing aid, she -
    experienced a sense of loss
    felt better prepared for job interviews
    was embarrassed about wearing it
    was able to enjoy watching television
  • Q5
    Why does the author conclude the article by addressing the reader directly?
    To include the reader in a personal joke
    To suggest that most non-hearing people do not need hearing aids
    To highlight the most important aspects of a conversation
    To instruct the reader how to treat people with hearing difficulties
  • Q6
    Read this sentence from paragraph 3. In this sentence, the author admits that -
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    acting was not as much fun as it had once seemed
    her quest would be more difficult than she had thought
    it was time to start thinking about a different career
    Hollywood directors didn't think she had much talent
  • Q7
    Which line demonstrates the author's realization that she may have overestimated her abilities?
    But of course what really made me feel like catching the next bus for Arkansas was that in all the offices I managed to invade, not one casting man had looked at me with sudden interest and exclaimed, "That girl has something."
    It tells me no dream is impossible because faith in my inner self will guide me to its fulfillment.
    Since then I've found this inner voice always spoke the truth or made me try to find it for myself.
    No one in my entire family had ever had artistic yearnings, so they looked upon my girlish dreams as a rather silly and impractical phase, which I would surely outgrow and then settle down in Arkansas like my more sensible cousins.
  • Q8
    In paragraph 2, the author suggests that -
    life in Hollywood was made more difficult by pressure from her family
    she knew she would become a successful actress as long as she worked hard
    it would have been wise to have gotten a good job before pursuing her dream
    failing would be acceptable as long as she had made the effort to succeed
  • Q9
    In paragraphs 3 and 4, what kind of argument is the author making?
  • Q10
    Paragraph 14 provides support for the author's claim that -
    trophy and award sales have become a multibillion-dollar industry
    society as a whole suffers when children assume they will benefit from doing very little
    adults are responsible for monitoring the learning and emotional development of children
    children and parents alike expect trophies and prizes for doing their best
  • Q11
    Which quotation challenges the idea that children need constant praise?
    Today, participation trophies and prizes are almost a given, as children are constantly assured that they are winners.
    Carol Dweck, a psychology professor at Stanford University, found that kids respond positively to praise; they enjoy hearing that they're talented, smart and so on.
    In life, "you're going to lose more often than you win, even if you're good at something," Ms.Twengetoldme. "You'vegot to getusedtothattokeep going."
    In recent eye-tracking experiments by the researchers Bradley Morris and Shannon Zentall, kids were asked to draw pictures.
  • Q12
    Which of these best describes the author's purpose for writing this article?
    To argue that the Inuktun dialect will inevitably be lost in the next 10 to 15 years
    To criticize the failure of linguists to document a language before it was nearly extinct
    To analyze the linguistic elements of one of the oldest and most pure Inuit dialects
    To inform the public of a researcher's effort to document a disappearing language
  • Q13
    Which of the following statements best characterizes the objective of the boxed information titled "Did You Know?"
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    To provide facts about languages that are disappearing
    To highlight the effects of climate change described in the article
    To provide multiple theories for why languages disappear
    To suggest that it is possible to prevent languages from disappearing
  • Q14
    On which persuasive technique does the author most rely?
    Personal experience
    Emotional appeal
    Vague generality
    Scientific evidence
  • Q15
    In paragraph 10, the author suggests that his friends -
    share many of the same challenges that he faces
    are very important to him
    have had difficulty understanding his particular struggles
    made his invention of groundball possible

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