Name: _____________________________________ Date: __________________ 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 sentence? 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 notice? 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. Buy a Biggie Wheel! Have you been looking for the perfect bicycle? Look no further, because Biggie Wheel bicycles are made well and priced right. Here are just a few good reasons why you should make your next bike a Biggie Wheel. Everyone who rides a Biggie Wheel loves it. You, too, will wonder how you ever rode another brand of bike. Biggie Wheel’s specially designed seat and supersized tires make the ride smooth and comfortable. Biggie Wheel riders win the race. Our lightweight titanium gears give you that competitive edge. You will feel like a champion as you cross the finish line on your Biggie Wheel. Long-distance riders will appreciate Biggie Wheel’s low-maintenance features. Here is what famous long-distance rider Jan Delbar had to say: “I’ve ridden my Biggie Wheel for many long miles. I’ve never had to stop during a trip to make pesky repairs. These bikes hold up, even under harsh conditions.” If you still need a reason to buy a Biggie Wheel bike this week, hang on tight. For a limited time, we will give you a trade-in on your own bike when you buy a new Biggie Wheel. Shop soon at your neighborhood Biggie Wheel dealer to take advantage of this special offer. All your friends and neighbors will be buying their new Biggie Wheel bikes, too! 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, too! 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 goldfish.” “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 characters? 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 a Little itHouse When we twist an ankle orSong get afor headache, doesn’t matter to us that scientists are still studying pain the way the body reacts to it. We just want I’m glad ourand house is a little house, to feel better. We’re luckyNot thattoo aspirin andtoo other pain relievers work so welltall nor wide. Directions: Read the poem below and answer the questions 19 and 20. even if we don’t quiteI’m know how do it. butterflies glad thethey hovering Feel free to come inside. Our little house is a friendly house. It is not shy or vain; It gossips with the talking trees, And makes friends with the rain. And quick leaves cast a shimmer of green Against our whited walls, And in the phlox, the dutious bees 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 objects. 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. (1) Does the idea flyingCurtiss, a car sound ridiculous? Not to dozens of dreamers Invented byofGlenn the car had three (2) wings. d inventors. (3) Since 1936, more than thirty such persons have filed patents for ying car designs. (4) Of course, most of these plans have never made it into the air. Choose most likely topic of this ) Planes from21. other designsthe have flown, only to reach thecomposition. ground sooner than anned. O A. athletic injuries (6) The first flying was shown in the Pan-American Aeronautical Exposition O B.car headaches 1917. (7) It seated aOpilot in front while two passengers rode in a rear area. (8) The C. scientists urtiss Autoplane flew, it was slow. (9) Curtiss abandoned his idea when America O but D. pain relievers 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 fromfollowing 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 generations. 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 tomorrow. O D. There is a lot of stuff students can do to keep forests safe for those to come. 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 products. O D. At home, students can encourage their families to use fewer paper products.