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DIRECTIONS
Read each selection. Then read each question that follows that selection. Decide which is the best answer to each question. Mark the space for the answer you have chosen.


flashback—when the writer interrupts the normal order of events in the story by presenting an earlier moment in time, usually through a character’s memories
D
 


D
 



1Which sentence from the selection is an example of a flashback?
A As I slung my laptop strap over my shoulder, I pushed the kitchen door open.
B My mind was already in my meeting.
C I found myself standing in front of the house on the street where I grew up.
 

2Why does the author use words such as “grabbed,” “snapped,” “popped,” and “slung” in paragraph 2?
FTo emphasize that she is surprised
GTo emphasize that she is in a hurry
HTo emphasize that she is depressed
 


D
 

3Which sentence best supports the idea that the narrator had a difficult childhood?
AThere was little safety to be found in my neighborhood.
BBut there were the lilac bushes.
CMy brother and I spent long days there.
 


D
 

4In paragraph 7, what does the word typical mean?
FPerfect
GUsual
HValuable
 


D
 

5In paragraph 9, the author uses the phrase “bing-bang-boom” to indicate her childhood belief that —
Abeing discovered by Hollywood is painful
Bbecoming rich and famous happens quickly
Clearning how to sing and dance is difficult
 


D
 

6What does Tommy become when he grows up?
FA music teacher
GA computer expert
HA college graduate
 


D
 

7As an adult, the narrator works with teachers to help children —
Alearn computers
Bescape poverty
Cstudy wisely
 

Use the whole story “Side by Side” to answer questions 8–10.


8Why are the recently bloomed lilac bushes near the narrator’s back porch important?
FThey reminded her of a happy time from her past.
GThey made her even later for her meeting.
HThey reminded her of her forgotten coffee.
 

tone—when the author chooses words or phrases because he or she feels a certain way about the subject

9Which of these best describes the tone used by the author in the selection?
ACasual and uncaring
BThoughtful and loving
CInsulting and angry
 

10Which of these is most likely the author’s purpose for writing the selection?
FTo entertain readers with a funny story from her youth
GTo share with readers how she came to an important realization
HTo inform readers about a new educational program
 


D
 


D
 

11What does Mama do in this section of the story?
AShe gives Matthew a picture.
BShe cooks supper for the family.
CShe gives Matthew advice.
 


D
 

12Based on paragraphs 9 and 10, what can the reader tell about Ella’s father?
FHe asked Ella’s mother to marry him before he joined the army.
GHe does not approve of Matthew’s marriage to Jean.
HHe loses arguments with Ella’s mother quite often.
 

13What do Ella and her parents assume?
AJean wants to quit her job.
BJean wants to marry Matthew.
CJean wants to move to a big city.
 


D
 

14Matthew’s goal is to become a —
Fteacher
Gwriter
Hstore owner
 

15In paragraph 17, why does Jean blush?
AShe is hot outside the bus station.
BShe is angry that Mama finds her.
CShe is embarrassed by Mama’s words.
 


D
 

16What is true about Matthew’s letters to his family?
FThey tell how much he misses Jean.
GThey do not give much information.
HThey express his loneliness.
 


D
 

17While the family is getting ready for Matthew’s first visit home, why does Ella become upset?
AShe is angry at Matthew for being late.
BShe thinks Jean is being unfaithful to Matthew.
CShe does not want Matthew to get married.
 


D
 

18How can you tell that Matthew cares very much about his family?
FHe comes home early for Thanksgiving.
GHe brings his laundry home for his mom to do.
HHe is very worried when he sees Ella crying.
 

19Which line shows Ella’s main concern over the end of Matthew and Jean’s relationship?
A“I just thought Bobby Johnson was going to crash his car through the store window.”
B“I told you that hairstyle would look great on you.”
C“Now Matthew won’t ever come home to stay!”
 


D
 

20When Matthew’s mother learns the truth about Jean’s relationship with Matthew, how will she most likely feel?
FExcited
GUncaring
HDisappointed
 

Use the whole story “The Wedding That Wasn’t” to answer questions 21 and 22.


21Which of the following is the best plot summary of the story?
AMatthew and Jean decide to end their romantic relationship the night before Matthew leaves for college. Not knowing that this has happened, Matthew’s mother and his sister Ella keep in touch with Jean. Matthew’s mother even plans a wedding. After Ella sees Jean with another boy, she tells Matthew. Matthew then explains the situation.
BA girl named Ella has always wanted an older sister. When her brother Matthew leaves for college, Ella starts a friendship with Matthew’s girlfriend Jean. They talk about hairstyles that would look nice on Ella. Ella and Jean become friends, and Ella writes her brother long letters filled with news about Jean.
CA young man is about to leave home for college. He talks to his mother about his laundry. During his first semester away, his letters home are short. His family misses him a lot. When he comes home for Thanksgiving, his younger sister is happy to hear that he plans to return home after college.
 

22Which line best explains the reason for Matthew and Jean’s breakup?
FMama had been hurt last night when Matthew had gone to see Jean.
G“Matthew didn’t want me to come today.”
H“She doesn’t want to live in this small town all her life, and I don’t want to live anywhere else.”
 


D
 


D
 

23What change should be made in sentence 3?
AInsert a comma after Lily
BChange me to I
CChange decided to deciding
 

24What is the best way to combine sentences 5 and 6?
FI studied all the hair products at the drugstore, I finally made my choice.
GStudying all the hair products at the drugstore that finally made my choice.
HAfter studying all the hair products at the drugstore, I finally made my choice.
 


D
 

25What change should be made in sentence 11?
AChange couldn’t to could
BChange it to its
CChange me to her
 

26What change should be made in sentence 15?
FChange knew to new
GChange wrong to Wrong
HChange shreiked to shrieked
 


D
 

27What change should be made in sentence 22?
AChange claim’s to claims
BInsert it after box
CChange was to being
 

28Which transition word or phrase could best be added to the beginning of sentence 24?
FFortunately
GLikewise
HFor example
 

29What revision is needed in sentence 27?
ANever been so glad to see it, my blond hair!
BI’ve never been so glad. To see my blond hair!
CI’ve never been so glad to see my blond hair!
 


D
 


D
 

30What change should be made in sentence 1?
FChange piece to peice
GInsert it is after land
HChange dessert to desert
 

31What is the most effective way to revise sentence 4?
AGovernment workers won’t even admit this, that it exists.
BGovernment workers they won’t even admit. That it exists.
CGovernment workers won’t even admit that it exists.
 

32What change should be made in sentence 6?
FInsert a comma after mountains
GChange is to are
HChange visitors to visiters
 


D
 

33What is the best way to improve the organization of the second paragraph (sentences 7–12)?
ADelete sentence 7
BDelete sentence 11
CMove sentence 11 to the end of the paragraph
 


D
 

34Which of these sentences could best follow sentence 14?
FIs the government hiding something?
GHow far is it from Washington, D.C.?
HWhat’s really going on?
 

35The meaning of sentence 18 can be improved by changing it to —
Ahe
Bthe airstrip
Cthe military
 

36What change should be made in sentence 21?
FChange Program to program
GChange explain to explaining
HChange the question mark to a period
 


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