6th ELA Tri 3 CFA (5.1.13)

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6th Grade
Third Trimester Assessment
Vocabulary and Concept Development
1. When Ryan answered the questions correctly, his teacher said he “hit
the nail on the head.” What does “hit the nail on the head” mean?
O A. thinking hard
O B. the right answer
O C. biting your nails
O D. hitting your head
2. The following sentence is an example of what?
This process is as delicate as a doctor performing surgery.
O A. metaphor
O B. simile
O C. alliteration
O D. symbolism
Directions: Read the dictionary entries below. Then answer question 3.
keep (kep) v. kept (kept), keep•ing, keeps. –tr. 1. To continue to
possess: May I keep these photos? 2. To store: Mom keeps the canned
goods in this cabinet. 3. To write in regularly: keep a journal. 4. To fulfill:
keep your word. –Idiom. for keeps. Forever. You may have that book for
keeps. [Old English cepan, to seize.]
3. What is the number of the definition of keep as it is used in this
I think Granddad keeps his fishing rods in the garage.
O A. 1
O B. 2
O C. 3
O D. 4
Directions: Choose the answer that is closest to the meaning of the
underlined word.
4. As Roberto left the room, he turned to the group and said, “Ciao.”
O A. I’m hungry.
O B. Goodbye.
O C. Look at me!
O D. What’s happening?
5. Tony’s serious speech made a profound impression on the audience.
O A. general
O B. humorous
O C. slight
O D. deeply felt
6. Before I subtract expenses, I will have a gross income of $1,242,00.
O A. total
O B. revolting
O C. secret
O D. partial
Reading Comprehension
7. Which of these could be guide words on a dictionary page that includes
O A. notion/novice
O B. nose/notary
O C. nose/novice
O D. normal/notary
Directions: Read the passage below and answer the questions that follow.
Artists at Work
Henri Matisse and Marc Chagall were both famous artists. The two men painted
in France in the early part of the twentieth century. Their paintings influenced many
other artists of their time.
Henri Matisse was born in a small town in France in 1869. He grew up in a
wealthy family and showed no early interest in art. Then, while recovering from
surgery in 1890, he began to pass the time by painting. From then on, he considered
himself a painter.
In his paintings, Matisse used color in a way that no artist had before. His bold
and unusual use of color let the viewer see the world in a new way. When he grew ill
and could no longer paint, Matisse did not give up being an artist. He cut out large and
colorful paper shapes and arranged them on a canvas. In this way, he was able to
create beautiful art until the end of his life.
Marc Chagall was born in a small Russian town in 1887. His family was poor,
but young Chagall begged his parents to let him study art. After working for some time
as an artist, Chagall decided to go to Paris. He studied and worked there for four years
before returning to Russia, where he met and married his wife. Eventually, he moved
his family to Paris, where he stayed for most of his remaining years. His later work
included murals and stained-glass windows.
Chagall’s paintings remind some people of scenes they might see in a dream.
Animals and people float in the air. Wonderfully unusual colors add to the dream-like
quality. Chagall used ideas from Russian fairy tales and Jewish folktales in many of
his works.
Matisse and Chagall each used art and color to show ideas in new and unusual
ways. Today their paintings hang in fine museums all over the world. Along with
artists like Monet and Picasso, they are considered pioneers of modern art.
8. How are Chagall’s paintings like those of Matisse?
O A. They include fairy tale scenes.
O B. They use color in unusual ways.
O C. They are all portraits.
O D. They are made of cut-out shapes.
9. Which of the following sources would provide the best evidence to
support the main idea in paragraph 6?
O A. a magazine article about the way artists of the early 1900’s use color
O B. an editorial about popular artists
O C. biographies about Matisse and Chagal
O D. a book about painting murals
10. In which of the following passages does the author imply Matisse and
Chagall are talented artists?
O A. “From then on, he considered himself a painter.”
O B. “His later work included murals and stained-glass windows.”
O C. “The two men painted in France.”
O D. “They are considered pioneers of modern art.”
Directions: Read the advertisement and answer questions 11 and 12.
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11. Which propaganda technique is used in the following sentence?
You will feel like a champion as you cross the finish line on your Biggie Wheel.
O A. transfer
O B. overgeneralization
O C. faulty cause-and-effect
O D. testimonial
12. Which of the following sentences is an example of bandwagon?
O A. Look no further because Biggie Wheel bikes are made well and
priced right.
O B. You, too, will wonder how you ever rode another brand of bike.
O C. Our lightweight titanium gears give you that competitive edge.
O D. All your friends and neighbors will be buying their new Biggie Wheels,
Literary Response and Analysis
Directions: Read the passage below and answer questions 13 and 14.
Lazy Guy: A Laotian Folktale
Once there was a lazy guy who lived under a wild fig tree eating its fruit.
One day some figs fell into a nearby stream and floated to a spot where the
king’s daughter sat. When the princess tasted the figs, she ran to her father saying,
“I want to meet the man who grew those figs.”
The king ordered all fig growers in the kingdom to bring him samples of
their fruit. But none of their figs had the same delicious taste.
“Lazy guy didn’t bring his figs to court,” the angry king was told.
So, the princess went to Lazy Guy’s tree. Sure enough, it was the tree that
produced the delicious figs.
“Lazy Guy will be my husband,” she told her father, who forbade her
daughter to marry such a worthless creature.
The princess married him anyway. For a while, they lived happily. Then one
day the tree stopped producing figs, and the princess became sick.
Then Lazy Guy did something he had never done before. He planted another
fig tree, watered it, and cared for it. And as the tree grew and produced more sweet
figs, the princess got well.
When the king heard about this, he invited his daughter and her husband
back into the palace. By now, Lazy Guy had decided that work was not so bad. He
became a hardworking and trusted advisor to the king. And, in a special ceremony,
the king crowned him Prince Hard-Working Guy.
13. What motivates Lazy Guy to work?
O A. He wants to become rich.
O B. He wants to please the king.
O C. He wants his wife to be well.
O D. He wants to become king.
14. Which of the following best describes the theme of “Lazy Guy”?
O A. Don’t cry over spilled milk.
O B. You are never too old to learn.
O C. Clothes do not make the man.
O D. A fool and his money are soon parted.
Directions: Read the passage and answer questions 15 through 17.
Kitten Trouble
The phone rang, but Ramón did not want to answer it. He knew it would
be Carl with his daily emergency. “Hello,” Ramón grumbled.
“Ramón, this isn’t good,” whined a gloomy, familiar voice. “It’s about the
kitten.” It was Carl, of course. “Listen, Ramón. I must have been crazy to let you
talk me into taking that kitten. I know it followed us home from school, but
Mom says we can’t keep it. We are now down to one goldfish- one terrified
“Okay, Carl. Let’s think about this. You know I can’t take the kitten
because we’re all allergic to cats at my house. Do you know anyone who might
want a new pet? What about your Aunt June?” Ramón asked.
“I don’t know anyone. And Aunt June doesn’t want a kitten. I’ve already
asked.” Carl fell silent, waiting for Ramón to come up with another suggestion.
“I’ve got an idea,” said Ramón. Stay there, I’ll be right over.” He found a
shoe box and a roll of blue ribbon, and then headed out the door.
At Carl’s house, Ramón cut the ribbon and made a fluffy bow to tie
around the kitten’s neck. Then they put the kitten in the box without the top. The
two boys walked down the block to the neighborhood grocery store. They stood
outside the door, showing the kitten to everyone who came out.
Within minutes, Carl’s neighbor Mrs. Solis said she would love to have
the kitten. In fact, she had been thinking about going to the animal shelter to find
a kitten that same day. She gave the boys a box of cookies to thank them.
As they walked home, Carl turned to Ramón. “When we work together,
we really get results!”
Ramón just shook his head and kept walking.
Oh, it was so dark! We will never know what caused the sudden
blackout at the ball game. We hope the game will be rescheduled.
15. Based on the way they solve their problem, what can you tell about the
O A. Ramón is serious, while Carl is fun-loving.
O B. Ramón and Carl do not like each other very much.
O C. Carl depends on Ramón to help him solve problems.
O D. Both boys are excellent students.
16. How do the boys solve the problem?
O A. They give the kitten to Mr. Solis.
O B. Carl leaves the kitten in a box at the grocery store.
O C. They take the kitten to the animal shelter.
O D. Ramón decides to keep the kitten himself.
17. Which of these is not a step in the boys’ problem-solving process?
O A. Ramón ties a ribbon around the kitten’s neck.
O B. The boys place the kitten in a box.
O C. The boys show the kitten to grocery store customers.
O D. Mrs. Solis gives the boys a box of cookies.
18. Which phrase from the following paragraph tells the reader that it was
written in first person?
O A. Oh, it was
O B. We hope
O C. the sudden blackout
O D. game will be rescheduled
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answer the questions 19 and 20.
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It is not shy or vain;
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And makes friends with the rain.
And quick leaves cast a shimmer of green
Against our whited walls,
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Are paying duty calls.
-Christopher Morley
19. What is the purpose of the personification in this poem?
O A.
O B.
O C.
O D.
to avoid the need for characters
to show the reader that little houses are the perfect size
to stir up certain emotions in the reader
to help the reader understand how nature interacts with man-made
20. The author achieves his tone by
O A. describing the house as “not too tall nor too wide.”
O B. using cheerful images to describe the house.
O C. using lines of similar length.
O D. setting the poem in the woods.
Writing Strategies
Directions: Read the paragraph below and answer question 21.
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the idea
a car sound
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ying car designs. (4) Of course, most of these plans have never made it into the air.
of this
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to reach
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was shown in the Pan-American Aeronautical Exposition
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in front while two passengers rode in a rear area. (8) The
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tered World War I that year.
22. If you were writing a narrative story, which organizational pattern would
you use?
O A. compare and contrast
O B. categorization
O C. climactic order
O D. order of importance
Directions: Read the following passage and answer question 23.
23. Where would this sentence best fit in the prior selection?
O A. after sentence 1
O B. after sentence 4
O C. after sentence 6
O D. after sentence 8
There are things that every student can do to save forests for people in the
Footpaths wound into the forest.
future. Forests are habitats for many plants and animals. Because paper products
are made from trees, students should recycle these items. Students can also buy
paper products
made the
recycled sentence.
materials. To get to school students can
24. Read
carpool, ride school buses, bike, or use public transportation. This will reduce
air pollution, which is harmful to trees.
Choose the sentence below in which adjectives make the previous
sentence more descriptive and interesting.
O A. Footpaths wound into the forest in all directions.
O B. The bumpy footpaths wound into the lush forest.
O C. Deep into the forest, footpaths wound crazily.
O D. Footpaths wound throughout the forest’s trees and plants.
Directions: Read the following paragraph and answer questions 25
through 28.
25. The paragraph’s first sentence contains weak nouns and verbs. Which
of these is the best replacement for that sentence?
O A. Every student can take actions to preserve forests for future
O B. Every student can work on protecting forests for people to come.
O C. Every student can help keep our forests around for the youth of
O D. There is a lot of stuff students can do to keep forests safe for those to
26. Which of these goes best after the last sentence in this paragraph?
O A. Clear-cutting is logging in which all the trees in a section of forest are
cut down at one time.
O B. Students can buy fewer paper products.
O C. It is important to use shopping bags made of cloth rather than paper.
O D. Students can also take part in tree-planting programs to increase the
number of trees.
27. Which sentence does not belong in the paragraph?
O A. This will reduce air pollution, which is harmful to trees.
O B. Students should recycle paper products.
O C. Forests are habitats for many plants and animals.
O D. Paper products are items made from trees.
28. Which sentence should not be added to the paragraph because it does
not suit the author’s audience?
O A. When buying goods, students can select only those with minimal
paper packaging.
O B. Teachers can ask students to share class handouts.
O C. Students can organize paper drives to collect recyclable paper
O D. At home, students can encourage their families to use fewer paper
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