5th - The Abacus Contest

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Open Court reading assessment for 5th grade story "The Abacus Contest"


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Which of these happened first in the story?
    • A. 

      Gao Mai walked through the market.

    • B. 

      Gao Mai dreamed she broke the abacus.

    • C. 

      Gao Mai competes in the abacus contest.

  • 2. 
    Where does Gao Mai sleep?
    • A. 

      In a hammock with a blanket

    • B. 

      In a large wooden bed

    • C. 

      On the floor under a quilt

  • 3. 
    What do you think Gao Mai's dream at the beginning of the story means?
    • A. 

      The dream probably means she is worried about Li Zhi beating her at the abacus contest again.

    • B. 

      The dream probably means she is worried about breaking the abacus

    • C. 

      The dream probably means nothing.

  • 4. 
    Why do you think the author described Gao Mai's breakfast?
    • A. 

      The author probably described Gao Mai's breakfast so you would be curious about what she might have for lunch.

    • B. 

      The author probably described Gao Mai's breakfast to gross you out.

    • C. 

      The author probably described Gao Mai's breakfast to give the reader an idea of Gao Mai's culture.

  • 5. 
    What is the market like that Gao Mai sees on her way to school?
    • A. 

      The market that Gao Mai sees on her way to school has lots of fresh fruits and vegetables in baskets.

    • B. 

      The market that Gao Mai sees on her way to school has things like fresh fish and sugar cane right on the street.

    • C. 

      The market that Gao Mai sees on her way to school looks a lot like our current day markets.

  • 6. 
    During the abacus contest, what does Gao Mai pull apart with shaking hands?
    • A. 

      Gao Mai pulls apart the two pages of her book that are stuck together.

    • B. 

      Gao Mai pulls apart two beads that are stuck together.

    • C. 

      Gao Mai pulls apart the cover.

  • 7. 
    What does Gao Mai worry about during recess?
    • A. 

      She worries that the other children will laugh at her if she loses.

    • B. 

      She worries that she won't have fresh fish for dinner.

    • C. 

      She worries that her father will be disappointed that she has not won the contest.

  • 8. 
    What is the unusual situation Mr. Wang tells the class about at the end of the story?
    • A. 

      The unusual situation is that Li Zhi and Gao Mai have tied for first place in the contest.

    • B. 

      The unusual situation is that someone has cheated for the first time.

    • C. 

      The unusual situation is that there was not a first place winner.

  • 9. 
    How did the girls respond to the contest's ending in a tie?
    • A. 

      They burst out laughing

    • B. 

      They both looked confused

    • C. 

      They burst out crying

  • 10. 
    Which of these is true about Li Zhi pulling Gao Mai's ponytail?
    • A. 

      It is an example of being mean.

    • B. 

      It is a gesture of friendly teasing.

    • C. 

      It is a way of slowing Gao Mai down.

  • 11. 
    Based on the story, which of these is most like an abacus?
    • A. 

      A calculator

    • B. 

      A television

    • C. 

      A ruler

  • 12. 
    Li Zhi loved practical jokes and you could tell from her mischievous look that she might try one at any moment. Mischievous means
    • A. 

      Jealous

    • B. 

      Playful

    • C. 

      Foolish

  • 13. 
    To win the abacus contest, the students needed both speed and accuracy. Accuracy is
    • A. 

      Quickness

    • B. 

      Correctness

    • C. 

      Thoughtfulness

  • 14. 
    When the two girls finish their booklets, they jump up from their seats and collide with each other. To collide means to
    • A. 

      Bump into

    • B. 

      Trip over

    • C. 

      Jump over

  • 15. 
    During a few of her timed drills, Gao Mai was even faster than her father with the abacus. In this sentence, a drill is for
    • A. 

      Measuring

    • B. 

      Digging

    • C. 

      Practicing

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