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Topic: Reading/Comprehension of Literary Text/Fiction

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
    Which sentence provides the strongest evidence that Jim appreciates what his uncles are doing for him?
    The boy cannot hit the baseball to his satisfaction.
    He has never heard anything so beautiful.
    The boy is arm-weary; he swings as hard as he is able.
    "I hit it just about every time," the boy says.
  • Q2
    Which line provides the best evidence that Jim has high expectations for himself?
    He blames himself for the boy's lack of success.
    He does not want it to stop.
    He silently chides himself for being cheap.
    He does not strike the mighty blow he sees in his mind.
  • Q3
    From paragraph 5, the reader can infer that the three uncles -
    used to play baseball professionally
    prefer baseball to all other games
    miss the days of their youth
    think that winning is important
  • Q4
    Read these sentences from paragraph 3. These sentences imply that Mrs. Lapidus -
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    has made assumptions about the Gangulis because they are Indian American
    is familiar with the Indian naming traditions that the Gangulis follow
    wants to reassure the Gangulis that Gogol will feel welcome among his Indian classmates
    has worried about how the Gangulis will fit into the Indian American community at school
  • Q5
    In paragraph 26, Ashoke can best be described as -
    compassionate and stern
    optimistic and irritable
    insightful and authoritarian
    caring and critical
  • Q6
    Which quotation foreshadows the ultimate decision to allow the boy to use the name "Gogol" at school instead of "Nikhil"?
    Gogol looks down at his sneakers. The way the principal pronounces his new name is different from the way his parents say it, the second part of it longer, sounding like "heel."
    Though Mrs. Lapidus does not understand a word, she listens carefully, hears that name again. Gogol. Lightly, in pencil, she writes it down on the registration form.
    She bends down so that her face is level with his, and extends a hand to his shoulder. "Can you tell me how old you are, Nikhil?"
    He thanks Mrs. Lapidus. "Be good, Nikhil," he says in English. And then, after a moment's hesitation, he is gone.
  • Q7
    The description of the setting in the last paragraph of the story suggests that Gogol will -
    change his mind about which name he prefers
    have trouble fitting in with his new classmates
    continue to feel anxious when he speaks to Mrs. Lapidus
    become comfortable with the routines of kindergarten
  • Q8
    Read these sentences from paragraph 4. In these sentences, the author depicts the daughter as -
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  • Q9
    Read this quotation from paragraph 4. What does this quotation reveal about the narrator's conflict?
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    He is angry that the American apples are being marketed specifically to children.
    He is stunned by how easily children are enticed by the appearance of the apples.
    He is displeased with his daughter's rebellious behavior.
    He is uncertain about whether to buy his daughter what she wants.
  • Q10
    What do the narrator's actions in paragraph 5 reveal about his relationship with his daughter?
    He is supporting her open-mindedness about other cultures.
    He is proud of her determination.
    He is perplexed by her regard for inanimate objects.
    He is frustrated by her constant demands.
  • Q11
    Paragraphs 7 and 8 are important to the development of the plot because they -
    present the solution to the main problem
    signify the point at which the narrator and his daughter understand their conflict
    reflect the narrator's past mistakes and lessons he has learned
    provide an unexpected ending
  • Q12
    Which sentence best explains the narrator's reluctance to buy the American apples?
    It's just that in my heart I didn't want to waste my money on such hot foreign things.
    The red ones are so red, green ones so green, shiny, wax like, as if painted on.
    In this city of ours where people like to chase whatever is fashionable, many kinds of foreign apples flood in like mad, the most attention-catching of which are American apples.
    I had expected my daughter to jump for joy again, yet at the very first bite, she froze, a puzzled look in her vivid eyes.
  • Q13
    In the first 12 lines, the poet uses imagery to describe -
    a world apart from human culture
    an ancient pre-human landscape
    a community of anthropomorphic animals
    a hostile environment of predators and prey
  • Q14
    Read this sentence from lines 7 through 9. The reader can conclude that the speaker is -
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    intimidated by nature
    fearful of nature
    confused by nature
    awestruck by nature
  • Q15
    In the last three lines, the tone of the poem shifts from -
    objective to moralistic
    bleak to playful
    hopeful to apprehensive
    strident to optimistic

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