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Read the two selections and the viewing and representing piece. Then answer the questions that follow.




Use “Set Free” to answer questions 1–11.

1One of the reasons the boy hesitates before releasing the dog is that he —
Afears the dog might be run over by a car
Brealizes how angry his mother will be
Cworries that he will lose the dog
Dthinks the dog will come back

2Read the following dictionary entry.

 Which definition best matches the meaning of the word watch as it is used in paragraph 5?
FDefinition 1
GDefinition 2
HDefinition 3
JDefinition 4

3How is the boy’s father involved in the dog’s care?
AHe feeds the dog twice a day.
BHe walks the dog once a day.
CHe cleans up the dog’s messes.
DHe gives the dog a lot of affection.

4What is paragraph 1 mainly about?
FThe boy identifies with the dog’s confinement.
GThe dog is unhappy with his situation.
HThe boy is angry with his father.
JThe dog lunges and jerks against his cable.

5The story’s point of view helps the reader understand —
Athe mother’s loneliness
Bthe boy’s frustration
Cthe father’s anger
Dthe dog’s contentment

6The climax of the story occurs when —
Fthe boy considers freeing the dog
Gthe mother feeds the dog
Hthe dog goes into his doghouse
Jthe boy releases the dog’s collar

7The author develops the character of the boy’s father through —
Athe father’s dialogue with his son
Bthe boy’s perspective
Cthe author’s own thoughts
Dthe dog’s actions

8What does the “gurgle from the depths of his black rounded stomach” symbolize in paragraph 14?
FThe dog’s rebellion
GThe dog’s freedom
HThe dog’s confusion
JThe dog’s contentment

9The boy assumes that the dog —
Awill snap the chain
Bdislikes the father
Cis unhappy
Dhas no feelings

10What can the reader conclude about the boy’s feelings toward the children next door?
FHe enjoys riding their bicycles and playing on their tire swing.
GHe likes them more than he likes his friends in the city.
HHe doesn’t approve of the way they treat their cats.
JHe dislikes them for using his possessions.

11The author of “Set Free” builds suspense by —
Adescribing the mother’s actions when she is afraid of the dog
Bhaving the boy think about the consequences of freeing the dog
Csuggesting that the dog is unstable and may turn on the boy
Dpresenting evidence of the father’s temper when the boy misbehaves

Use “Summer of the Raccoons” to answer questions 12–22.

12In paragraph 26, the word forage means —

13The first seven paragraphs of the selection are mainly about the author and his wife —
Afinding two baby raccoons
Bplaying golf at Stony Brook
Carguing about responsibility
Dseeking peace and quiet

14How did the raccoons look when Shirley first found them?

15Which of the following is the best summary of “Summer of the Raccoons”?
ADaniel, the author’s son, was preparing to go to college at Penn State. Daniel’s three older siblings had already left home. When his parents brought home two baby raccoons, he offered his father advice but no real help. Eventually his father learned to feed and care for the baby raccoons on his own.
BWhile playing golf, the author found two baby raccoons. He called a wildlife expert, who told him that he would have to care for the animals all summer. The author was frustrated but continued to take care of the animals. Eventually he discovered that miniature bottles made for a specific doll were perfect for feeding the raccoons. The raccoons ate well and soon became strong enough to eat cereal and bananas.
CThe author built a wooden pen to house two orphaned raccoons that he and his wife found. At his son Daniel’s suggestion, the author left the door to the pen open so the two raccoons could venture outside. He worried about the animals as they explored the world, but Daniel assured his father that they would be fine.
DDespite the author’s initial resistance to caring for two orphaned raccoons, he was enchanted by the animals and grew to love them. The raccoons began to stay away from home longer as they grew up, and the author found it difficult to let them go. His son, who would soon be leaving home too, helped his father understand that he had done his job; the animals would now have to take care of themselves.

16The raccoons were named after two famous robbers because —
Fthey were always stealing food
Gtheir markings looked like masks
Htheir voices were scratchy
Jthey climbed into the author’s hair

17Which sentence expresses a theme of the selection?
A“I don’t want them to get lost or hurt out there,” I said, sounding more like a mother hen than a surrogate father raccoon.
BAs the only child remaining with us, Daniel was my potential raccoon-relief man.
C“The object,” he coached, “is to take care of them until they can go back to the woods and take care of themselves.”
DWhen I held them at feeding time, they still spoke in the same scratchy voice, but now it was a contented hum.

18The author uses figurative language twice in paragraph 25 to —
Fdescribe the backyard setting
Gcompare the raccoons to children playing
Hillustrate the beauty of the raccoons’ habitat
Jcontrast the personalities of the two raccoons

19In paragraph 27, the author writes that he was more like a mother hen than a father raccoon to indicate that he was —
Aoverly concerned about the safety of the baby raccoons
Beager to separate himself from the raccoons
Cextremely proud of the progress the raccoons had made
Dannoyed about having to accept responsibility for the raccoons

20Which of the following lines from the selection supports the idea that Daniel identified with the baby raccoons?
F“Go get a banana for her,” I suggested to Daniel.
GSoon the days were getting shorter, and the raccoons were six-pound butterballs.
H“Don’t do anything for her that she can do for herself.”
JYou don’t think the noisy, exuberant procession of kids and their friends will ever end.

21Which line from the selection supports the conclusion that the author was interested in his son’s safety and well-being?
A“By the way, what time did you get in last night?”
B“Your mother thought you needed something more to earn your allowance,” I cracked.
C“You know it’s a mistake trying to hold on to anything that no longer needs you,” she counseled.
D“It’s okay, I’ve got ya, you’re safe,” I said, cuddling them in my arms.

22At the beginning of the selection, the author describes the raccoons with words such as “orphaned,” “alone,” “starving,” and “baby” to make the reader feel —
Fanger and resolve
Gguilt and dismay
Hconcern and sympathy
Jhappiness and contentment

Use “Set Free” and “Summer of the Raccoons” to answer questions 23–25.

23Which of the following is a theme shared by the two selections?
AA person can learn a great deal from nature.
BParents have a responsibility to care for their children.
CA full stomach is more important than freedom.
DIt is hard to let go of something or someone you love.

24While the father in “Set Free” wants to keep the dog chained up, the father in “Summer of the Raccoons” feels obligated to —
Ffree his animals to live in the wild
Gkeep the adult raccoons in a cage
Htrain the animals to live in the house
Jgive the baby raccoons to a wildlife expert

25Which line from “Set Free” would the father in “Summer of the Raccoons” empathize with most?
AMaybe the boy had the right to do with the dog what he wanted.
BHis father hated the mess that cats made and they all hated the yowling of the cats fighting under their windows at night.
CHe wished that he could feed all the dogs in the neighborhood so that they wouldn’t have to eat someone’s old potato peels and beef gristle.
DAnd the question that the boy wondered the most, would the dog ever come back?

Use the visual representation to answer questions 26–28.

26This graphic is mainly about how to —
Fsend kids to college
Gdrop a college class
Hpay for college
Jread a college catalog

27Who is the intended audience for this graphic?
ATeachers and principals
BUniversity administrators
CStudents in small school districts
DParents of college-bound teens

28This graphic would most likely appear —
Fin a magazine
Gon a billboard
Hin a movie
Jon television


Read the introduction and the passage that follows. Then read each question and mark the circle next to the correct answer.


29What change, if any, should be made in sentence 1?
FChange director to directer
GInsert a comma after neurosurgery
HChange hospital to Hospital
JMake no change

30What is the most effective way to improve the organization of the second paragraph (sentences 6–10)?
ASwitch sentences 6 and 8
BDelete sentence 7
CMove sentence 7 to the end of the paragraph
DDelete sentence 10

31Which transition word or phrase should be added to the beginning of sentence 12?
FIn fact,

32What is the most effective way to revise sentence 14?
ACarson’s mother knew that education was the answer for her children.
BCarson’s mother knew the answer for her children, it was education.
CCarson’s mother knew. That education was the answer for her children.
DCarson’s mother knew what the answer was for her children and that it was education.

33What change, if any, should be made in sentence 15?
FChange limit to limits
GChange there to their
HChange viewing to veiwing
JMake no change

34What change, if any, should be made in sentence 18?
AChange Eventually to Eventualy
BInsert it after life
CChange begun to began
DMake no change

35What change should be made in sentence 23?
FChange rose to rised
GDelete the comma after class
HChange started to starting
JChange abilitys to abilities

36What change, if any, should be made in sentence 26?
AChange And to He
BChange determined to determinned
CChange potential to potentially
DMake no change

37What is the most effective way to combine sentences 28 and 29?
FHe is also a motivational speaker who encourages people of all backgrounds.
GHe is also a motivational speaker, he encourages people of all backgrounds.
HHe is also a motivational speaker, and he also encourages people of all backgrounds.
JAlso a motivational speaker encouraging people of all backgrounds.

38What change, if any, should be made in sentence 31?
AChange quite to quiet
BInsert a comma after challenging
CChange profound to profounder
DMake no change


39What change, if any, should be made in sentence 2?
FChange failed to fail
GChange notice to notise
HChange then to than
JMake no change

40What change, if any, should be made in sentence 5?
AChange saw to seen
BChange there was to heard
CInsert a comma after music
DMake no change

41What change, if any, should be made in sentence 7?
FChange who to he
GChange borring to boring
HChange fun to funner
JMake no change

42What change, if any, should be made in sentence 10?
AChange suggested to sugested
BChange he to they
CChange enjoyment to enjoyable
DMake no change

43What revision, if any, is needed in sentence 11?
FHarry assigned jobs. Checking off each task on his clipboard.
GAs Harry assigned jobs, he checked off each task on his clipboard.
HAssigning jobs and checking off each task. Harry used his clipboard.
JNo revision is needed.

44What change, if any, should be made in sentence 13?
AChange said to says
BDelete the comma after you
CInsert quotation marks at the end of the sentence
DMake no change

45Which sentence could best follow sentence 17 to support the idea in that sentence?
FThe oven had to be cleaned by someone.
GI’m glad my mother cleans the oven at home.
HSome pizza parlors have wood-burning ovens.
JI was the only one small enough to fit.

46Which transition word or phrase could be added to the beginning of sentence 21?
BAs a result,

47What is the most effective way to revise sentence 23?
FI scrubbed until the scrubbing job, it was finally done and finished.
GI scrubbed until the job was finally done, it was finished.
HI scrubbed until the job. It was finally done and finished.
JI scrubbed until the job was finally finished.

48Vanessa wants to add the following sentence to the last paragraph
(sentences 23–28):

It was covered in black soot!

Where is the best place to insert this sentence?
AAfter sentence 25
BAfter sentence 26
CAfter sentence 27
DAfter sentence 28

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