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Oregon - Reading - Grade 7 - 2003-2005

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  • The baobab is an essential part of the Dogon people's lives. The word essential most likely means

    exciting.
    strange.
    unusual.
    necessary.


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  • Why does the author want the reader to imagine a group of eight-year-olds holding hands in a circle?

    To help young children learn how to read
    To help young readers learn the parts of the tree
    To help the reader understand the fictional story
    To help the reader understand the size of the trunk


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  • Why do the Dogon people make rattles from the pods of the fruit?

    To heal wounds
    To sell as souvenirs
    To meet basic needs
    To flavor cold drinks


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  • Which statement about the baobab is true?

    The baobab has a narrow trunk.
    The baobab lives for only a few years.
    The shape of the baobab changes with age.
    The fruit pulp of the baobab is sweet and delicious.


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  • Which information from the article is a FACT?

    The fruit tastes more like cotton balls than cotton candy.
    Many believe that there are no young baobab trees.
    The baobab is the most fascinating and unusual tree in Africa.
    The Dogon people live at the base of the Bandiagara Cliffs.


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  • Willie calls the announcer his adversary. The word adversary means

    fan.
    superior.
    opponent.
    sponsor.


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  • Why did Willie temporarily stop calling in answers to the baseball quiz?

    On some days he didn’t know the answer.
    The announcer was using trick questions.
    The announcer found out that Willie had been cheating.
    Willie wanted to win a more impressive amount of money.


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  • Why did the announcer set a policy that Willie couldn’t win any more money?

    No one else could compete with Willie.
    Willie acted rude.
    Willie and Rivers began to cheat the station.
    Other people began to complain that it wasn’t fair.


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  • Which statement below is probably true about the town of Yazoo City?

    The city was almost the size of St. Louis.
    It was a typical small town of the times.
    The people who lived there were dissatisfied with the quality of life.
    People there spent too much time trying to earn money.


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  • Why does the author compare Hannibal, Missouri to Yazoo City, Mississippi?

    To suggest that children everywhere share dreams
    To show the isolation of Yazoo City
    To illustrate how the river sharply divides different cultures
    To emphasize that they both have similar sounding state names


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  • The author’s tone in this selection can best be described as

    nervous.
    conversational.
    depressed.
    persuasive.


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  • Which chapter has an activity using Identification Keys?

    Chapter 1
    Chapter 2
    Chapter 3
    Chapter 4


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  • Using this table of contents, which of the following is true?

    All chapters have at least four lessons.
    All chapters have two activities.
    All chapters end with a unit review.
    All chapters are about animals.


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  • Some plants do not need seeds to reproduce. Which Lesson in Chapter 2 would explain this scientific fact?

    Lesson 2
    Lesson 3
    Lesson 4
    Lesson 5


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  • The first paragraph of this article mentions that the battle to win over consumers is a “subtle war.” This means that

    some soft-drink manufacturers occasionally break rules to get kids to drink their pop.
    the people who want you to drink their pop often use an indirect approach to get you on their side.
    other soft drinks rank below Coke and Pepsi in popularity.
    big soda-pop manufacturers tell you that smaller brands don’t taste as good.


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  • According to this article, which is the most accurate statement made about the advertising campaign the Seven-Up company used in the 1960s and ‘70s?

    The ads wanted to make people believe that 7-Up is healthier than drinks with caffeine.
    The ads were featured in grocery stores and on billboards to attract adults who go to the grocery store and those who drive.
    The ads were not very expensive for the company because in those days a bottle of pop cost only thirty-five cents.
    The company believed that it was worth it to spend a lot of money to make people want to be like the people in the ads.


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  • This article states that “the soda companies risked vast sums of money on new psychological research.” This means that the companies

    used a lot of money hoping to figure out what would make people want to buy their pop.
    used borrowed money to test why people would want to drink a certain kind of pop.
    made some poor business decisions about which kinds of pop to make.
    tried to use expensive, good-quality ingredients to improve the flavor of their drinks.


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  • Which of the following statements from this article is a fact rather than an opinion?

    Be a Pepper.
    America’s Turning 7-Up.
    Vance Packard wrote The Hidden Persuaders.
    You can sell pop by having a catchy tune.


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  • Which sentence from the passage best states the main idea of this selection?

    “Perhaps the most elaborate youth campaign has been carried out by the Seven-Up Company.”
    “Now, the soda-pop industry always had some understanding of this technique.”
    “The Dr Pepper company launched its highly successful ‘Be a Pepper’ theme.”
    “Rather than focusing on the merits of a particular soft drink, the manufacturers attempt to win you over in a different way.”


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  • Which statement below best states the author’s message in The Princess and the Tin Box?

    Fairy tales aren’t at all like reality.
    What you expect will not always happen.
    Princesses are not always persuaded by greed.
    Sometimes choices are hard to make.


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  • Why do the first four princes arrive on beautiful horses while the fifth rides a plow horse?

    Because he was strong and handsome
    Because he wanted to be chosen for his merits
    Because he was very poor
    Because he thought she’d like it


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  • What makes the structure of this story most effective?

    The character development
    The “Once upon a time” beginning
    The surprise ending
    The realistic quality of the story


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  • Why did Thurber organize the story the way he did?

    To develop the princess’ character
    To mislead the reader
    To set the scene
    To show passage of time


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  • The fifth prince’s gift is described as tawdry. Tawdry means

    shabby.
    silly.
    large.
    priceless.


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