Read the introduction to a student’s essay.
Students should speak up when they see someone cheating in class. Doing so lets cheaters know that people are watching and consequences will follow.
What claim is this writer making in the essay’s introduction?
Students are willing to look the other way when they see peers cheating.
Students should report cheaters so the practice can be stopped.
Students are aware that cheating is wrong but are willing to risk it.
What is the origin and meaning of the suffix "-ous"?
It is Latin and means "across."
It is Greek and means "to see."
It is Greek and means "small."
Read the passage from "Times Have Changed."
When I was a boy, you didn’t have to worry.You could play and not hurry home when the street lights went out.
Which sentence best shows the central idea of the passage?
The city is less safe than it used to be.
The city is about as safe as it used to be.
The city will become safer with better street lights.
Times always change, Granddad, but don’t be sad. We always find a wayto live together.
Which word best describes the tone of the passage?
And we're independent these days,not disrespectful. We like to think on our own instead of going off what we've been shown.
The author uses the word "independent" in the passage to show that the grandson
feels some things have changed for the worse.
is disinterested in what his grandfather says.
disagrees with everything his grandfather says.
What is the most likely purpose of the interview in "Talking to the Coach"?
to learn why Coach Thompson enjoys coaching
to learn more about the history of baseball
to learn how to create a team that wins a lot of games
Read the excerpt from "Talking to the Coach."
Did you like being a coach right away?Let me see. It’s so long ago. I think from the start I liked working with the kids. I liked what they brought to the game.
What do they bring?Well, it depends on the kid. Our league is one that encourages kids to play even when they aren’t very good, so you have a wide variety of talent levels and a wide variety of kids–diversity. They have a lot of reasons to be playing baseball.
According to the excerpt, what is one of the main goals of Coach Thompson and the WPPA?
They have a unique style of coaching that leads to a lot of wins.
They encourage all kinds of kids to play baseball.
They only want a select few kids to play baseball.
The goal of the WPPA is "to teach baseball fundamentals and good sportsmanship to kids in a positive and enjoyable atmosphere." The Welles Park program is one of the largest youth baseball programs in the city of Chicago. In this program, every kid on the team plays in every game, and each player is guaranteed at least three defensive innings per game. Each player also bats throughout the game, regardless of whether he or she is playing defensively at the time.
Which sentence best shows the central idea of this paragraph?
The WPPA wants its players to win at any cost.
The WPPA thinks that winning is bad for kids.
The WPPA is an advanced league for the best players.
Read the following question from the interview in "Talking to the Coach."
Why did you start coaching youth baseball?
Because my kids started playing baseball. Cooper started playing, and then Healy, then Spenser. After the kids had been in the league for about three years, I was pressed into service as a coach because they didn’t have enough coaches.
What did the interviewer learn as a result of the question?
opinions Coach Thompson has
how Coach Thompson feels about something
plans Coach Thompson has for the future
What do you think kids learn from playing youth baseball?
I'm not a person who believes that it's a microcosm of life, but you learn to get through difficult situations. And once you get to learn how to play baseball, it offers you a lot of chances to succeed, have fun, play as a team. I think most kids enjoy playing baseball. At the end of the season they’re happy they did it. That's why I still coach.
What statement would Coach Thompson most likely agree with?
Baseball will teach you everything you need to know in life.
Baseball is a chance to learn and have fun
Baseball is a sport that's best for people who are very athletic.
Read the excerpt from "The Players."
But when you really love something, you follow it wherever it leads you,even through jagged landscapes. You follow it even if it isn't the most popular thing to do.
Why did the author most likely use the phrase "jagged landscapes"?
to show that the players dreamed of playing outdoors
to show how playing music is like painting a landscape
to show that following your dream can be difficult
Read "The Players." What was most likely the author's purpose?
Whenever I spot them around schoolwith their horns, I think abouthow silly it looks, and I thinkthey need someone to blow downtheir too cool fronts, to showthem they aren't that differentfrom the rest of us who run, throw, and jump in the hot sun.
Which word best describes the tone of the excerpt?
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