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FL 2001 Reading Grade 10

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  • Read this sentence from the passage.

    My mother reached into her bottomless supply of maxims and told Doris, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.”

    What does maxims mean?

    explanations
    ideas
    sayings
    stories


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  • Which word best describes Russell’s approach to selling magazines?

    ambitious

    argumentative

    defensive

    passive



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  • Which word best describes the tone of the story?

    discouraged
    dramatic

    reflective

    sarcastic


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  • Read this quote.

    Writers did not have to trudge through the town peddling from canvas bags, defending themselves against angry dogs, being rejected by surly strangers.

    What does surly mean?

    distracted
    ordinary
    penniless
    unpleasant


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  • Why was the author afraid to mention his new career choice to his classmates?

    He was embarrassed that he quit his sales job.
    He was worried that his mother would find out.
    His friends would want to read his composition.
    His friends would reject writing as a serious profession.


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  • Buddy expects to perform better as a writer than as a salesman because he

    succeeds in pleasing his mother.
    is excited about inventing stories.
    is aware of his need for employment.
    acknowledges his weak business skills.


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  • What conflict is revealed when the author writes, “My mother and I had fought
    this battle almost as long as I could remember”?

    the author’s lack of interest in sales versus his mother’s desire for a better life
    the author’s determination to spend money versus his mother’s advice to save it
    the author’s dreams of becoming a writer versus his mother’s plans for him in business
    the author’s struggle for success versus his mother’s disappointment in his performance


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  • Why did the author’s mother urge her son to sell magazines?

    She needed her son to earn additional income.
    She recognized salesman-like qualities in her son.
    She wanted her son to follow in the footsteps of his father.
    She thought her son needed business skills to earn a good living.


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  • Which statement does the article support?

    Cosmic rays are a key to comprehending other parts of the universe.
    Travel outside the solar system is threatened by mysterious particles.
    Finding the source of cosmic rays means re-examining the laws of physics.
    Searching for mysterious particles may increase understanding of other life forms.


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  • Besides traveling at almost the speed of light, what made the “intruder” unique?

    its duration

    its energy

    its size

    its weight



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  • What does “eV” stand for?

    electron-volt
    energy variation
    extraterrestrial vehicle
    extreme velocity


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  • Which of these could make use of data gathered from a cosmic-ray detector?

    a plan to investigate a comet
    a listening device to track intersellar probes
    a formula to calculate near-light-speed travel
    a project to map radiation sources in the night sky


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  • This article would probably be useful for someone doing research on

    new UFO theories.
    stellar map-making.
    the search for space dust.
    the effects of radio waves.


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  • The Giant Array of detectors would find high-energy cosmic rays by

    tracking specific flashes of light.
    mapping variations in Earth's rotation.
    scanning Earth's surface for atmospheric residue.
    measuring how fast light bounces off a telescope.


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