Reading Comprehension

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Reading Comprehension -


a.For thousands of years, the Inuit people have lived in what is now the northwest part of Canada. For the last 150 years, the Canadian government has ruled the land. Recently, the government has agreed to let the Inuit |govern| part of Canada's Northwest Territory.
Since April 1, 1999, the Canadian map has included the land of Nunavut, which means "our land" in Inukitut, the Inuit language. The Inuit want control of this land because it is the land of their ancestors. They plan to set up their own govenment.
1. In this story, the word |govern| means
A. build
B. rule
C. map
D. live

2. The Inuit language is called
A. Canadian
B. Inuktitut
C. Nunavut
D. Inuit


3. You can guess from the story that

A. Canada's government once took over Inuit land.
B. Canada's government is unfair.
C. the Inuit cannot speak English.
D. many Canadian people will soon be homeless.
4. Which would come first on a time line?

A. The Inuit make a deal with Canada's government.
B. The Canadian government begins ruling the Inuit's land.
C. The Inuit settle in Canada.
D. Nunavut appears on a map.


b.Animals depend on plants and other animals for food. The relationship among these animals and plants is called a food chain. The food chain keeps nature in balance. Here's how it works:
1. Producers: Plants and other organisms that provide food for animals make up the first link in the food chain.
2. Herbivores: These are animals that eat only plants. Called "prey," they are hunted by meat eaters.
3. Carnivores: These meat eaters feed on herbivores. They are also called "predators," When they die, their remains fertilize the ground and help plants grow.
1. What is the best title for this story?
A. "Plant-Eating Animals"
B. "Understanding the Food Chain"
C. "Predators"
D. "Plants That Need Animals"

2. Animals that eat meat are called
A. herbivores.
B. producers.
C. prey
D. carnivores
3. You can guess from this story that
A. herbivores are hungrier that carnivores
B. herbivores are small animals
C. carnivores eat lots of vegetables
D. each link in the food chain is important


c.In Greek mythology, Zeus and Hera were the leaders of the Greek gods. They were husband and wife, and Hera sometimes became angry with Zeus when he spent too much time away from home. Sometimes, Zeus went to the mountains to play with the forest creatures who lived there. Hera always chased after him because she thought Zeus was wasting time. But every time, a charming creature named Echo chatted with Hera and distracted her until Zeus had escaped. When Hera figured out that Echo had been tricking her, she was |furious.| "Your talk has made a fool of me!" she screamed. "From now on you will have nothing to say, except what others say to you first!" From that day on, poor Echo could only repeat the words of what others said.1. This story is mostly about
A. Greek gods
B. forests
C. Greece
D. tricks

2. You can guess from this story that
A. Zeus was tall and handsome
B. Echo had a loud voice
C. Hera was very gentle
D. Echo lived in the forest
3. In this story the word |furious| means
A. angry
B. foolish
C. happy
D. tricky

4. Zeus and Hera were
A. soldiers
B. married
C. forest creatures
D. human
5. This story is an example of a
A. myth
B. poem
C. news article
D. fairy tale


d.When you play a sport, do you feel that you must win-or else? The Youth Sports Institute in Michigan surveyed 26,000 boys and girls on this topic, and found that many feel pushed to be the best. Where does the pressure come from? Some kids put pressure on themselves, but many say that parents and coaches are to blame. They say these adults care only about the final score-not whether kids tried hard or had a good time.3. The author wrote this article to
A. tell why baseball is a good exercise
B. tell kids to quit playing sports
C. tell about the history of youth sports
D. tell about a problem in youth sports

4. The article probably goes on to talk about
A. solving the problem of sports pressure
B. baseball training camps for kids
C. ways for teams ti win more games
D. youth football programs
1. What is the main idea of this article?
A. Fewer kids should play baseball
B. Youth sports are always fun
C. Many kids feel a lot of pressure to win at sports
D. Parents should be banned from going to kids' games

2. Which of these statements is a fact?
A. Sports pressure is the worst part of kids' sports
B. The Youth Sports Institute surveyed 26,000 kids
C. Winning is important
D. Coaches should not be allowed to pressure players.


e.In 1844, young Elizabeth Blackwell dreamed of becoming a doctor. There was just one problem: No medical school in the U.S. accepted a woman as a student. Blackwell convinced several doctors to teach her privately. Then, in 1847, she was accepted by a small college in New York. She graduated at the top of her class. Blackwell traveled to Paris, France, where she studied at a hospital. Even after losing her sight in one eye, Blackwell did not give up her work as a doctor. In the 1850s, she returned to the U.S. and |established| a hospital for woman and children. Today, we remember Elizabeth Blackwell as the trailblazer who opened the field of medicine for woman in America.3. Which of these is an opinion?
A. Blackwell lost sight in one eye.
B. Blackwell became a doctor.
C. Blackwell lived in the 1800s.
D. Blackwell was very brave.

4. You can guess from this story that Elizabeth Blackwell
A. got good grades in college
B. had French parents
C. eventually became totally blind
D. died in 1860
1. In this story the word |established| means
A. set up
B. cured
C. named
D. lost

2. What is the best title for this story?
A. "Elizabeth Blackwell: Opening College Doors"
B. "Elizabeth Blackwell: First Woman Doctor"
C. "The Autobiography of Elizabeth Blackwell"
D. "Famous Doctors in History"


Passage A: [1.B] [2.B] [3.A] [4.C]
Passage B: [1.B] [2.D] [3.D]
Passage C: [1.A] [2.D] [3.A] [4.B] [5.A]
Passage D: [1.C] [2.B] [3.D] [4.A]
Passage E: [1.A] [2.B] [3.D] [4.A]
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