The Bouncing Ball

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The Bouncing Ball

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  • 1. 
    Why didn't European know about rubber balls before the 1500s?
    • A. 

      Because rubber balls were not popular in Europe

    • B. 

      Because rubber is from America and Europeans didn't know America yet.

    • C. 

      Because rubber was very expensive.

    • D. 

      Because rubber was a secret of the native Americans.

  • 2. 
    Where did the Aztec and Maya peoples live?
    • A. 

      In Mexico and Central America

    • B. 

      In the United States

    • C. 

      In Spain

    • D. 

      In South America

  • 3. 
    What were Spanish explorers looking for when they arrived to Mexico and Central America?
    • A. 

      They were looking for rubber.

    • B. 

      They were looking for rubber balls.

    • C. 

      They were looking for people.

    • D. 

      They were looking for gold.

  • 4. 
    How was the rubber ball of the Aztecs and Mayas?
    • A. 

      It was light.

    • B. 

      It was heavy.

    • C. 

      It was made of leather.

    • D. 

      It was made of wood.

  • 5. 
    Where did Aztecs and Mayas get the rubber from?
    • A. 

      They got it from a tree.

    • B. 

      They got it from an animal

    • C. 

      They got it from oil.

    • D. 

      They got it from mines.

  • 6. 
    What name means "rubber people"?
    • A. 

      Aztec

    • B. 

      Maya

    • C. 

      Spain

    • D. 

      Olmec

  • 7. 
    What kind of artifacts have scientists discovered in  San Lorenzo, Mexico?
    • A. 

      Ancient people

    • B. 

      Cloths and shoes

    • C. 

      Rubber balls and clay statues

    • D. 

      None of the above

  • 8. 
    How did ancient Aztec and Maya play their ball games?
    • A. 

      They tried to bounce a ball and put it through a ring.

    • B. 

      They had two teams in each game.

    • C. 

      They couldn't use their hands or feet.

    • D. 

      All of the above

  • 9. 
    What happened when Spanish took the Aztec and Maya ballplayers to Europe?
    • A. 

      They fell in love with the ball games.

    • B. 

      They began to use rubber balls in their games.

    • C. 

      They invented new games.

    • D. 

      All of the above

  • 10. 
    In what way do the sports we play today come from the Aztec and Maya's games?
    • A. 

      That in many of our sports, we run.

    • B. 

      That in many of our sports, we use uniforms.

    • C. 

      That in many of our sports, we use bouncing balls.

    • D. 

      That in many of our sports, we have tournaments.

  • 11. 
    Making an inference, how do you know that Europeans balls made of leather or wood didn't bounce?
    • A. 

      Because you know that Europeans didn't play basketball or soccer.

    • B. 

      Because you know that rubber was expensive in Europe.

    • C. 

      Because you know that leather and wood don't bounce.

  • 12. 
    Making an inference, How do you know that Spanish explorers were from Europe?
    • A. 

      Because you know that Spain is in Europe.

    • B. 

      Because you know that Spanish explorers spoke Spanish.

    • C. 

      Because you know that Spanish explorers arrived to Mexico.

  • 13. 
    Making an inference, how do you know that Aztec and Maya were somehow related?
    • A. 

      Because they spoke the same language.

    • B. 

      Because they had the very similar ball games.

    • C. 

      Because they were conquered by Spanish conquistadors

  • 14. 
    Making an inference, how do you know that Olmecs lived long before the Aztecs and Mayas?
    • A. 

      Because they lived in a region where the Spanish couldn't arrive.

    • B. 

      Because they lived around 1000 BC and when Spanish explorers arrived in the early 1500s A.D. they were not there, but the Aztecs and Mayas were there.

    • C. 

      Because Olmecs were killed by Aztecs and Mayas before the Spanish arrived in the early 1500s.

  • 15. 
    Making an inference, how do you know that basketball, tennis or soccer would be very different if we didn't know the rubber?
    • A. 

      Because you know that the balls for these sports need to bounce.

    • B. 

      Because you know that in these sports, we need to win.

    • C. 

      Because you know that these sports need to be played using balls.

  • 16. 
    A person that has the flu may have several symptoms like sneezing and a high temperature. We can infer that "symptoms" are                    .
    • A. 

      An illness

    • B. 

      Signs of an illness

    • C. 

      High temperature

    • D. 

      Cures

  • 17. 
    Some artists plan their paintings around geometric forms like squares, circles and triangles.We can infer that geometric forms refer to the                 of an object.
    • A. 

      Size

    • B. 

      Color

    • C. 

      Shape

    • D. 

      Painting

  • 18. 
    Today I was late for my volleyball game. Mom pulled the car over several times to study the map she had printed off the Internet. Mom even made me go into a convenience store to see if I could get some help in there. When we finally got to the gym, the girls on my team were almost finished warming up. Which of these sentences would be the best inference for this passage?
    • A. 

      The girl and her mom got lost on the way to the game.

    • B. 

      The girl and her mom had car trouble on the way to the game

    • C. 

      The girl was not an important player on her team.

    • D. 

      The coach was angry when the athlete showed up late.

  • 19. 
    Sarah waited nervously. She knew the nurse would call her next. She looked at the models of healthy teeth. She hoped her own teeth would be healthy. Where is Sarah?
    • A. 

      At school?

    • B. 

      At a layer's office?

    • C. 

      At a beauty salon?

    • D. 

      At the dentist?

  • 20. 
    I'm scared, because I am graduating and going to a different school, I'm worried, that I might fail all my classes, but I'm also excited that I can try out for a sport or club I want. What is this person thinking about?
    • A. 

      He's thinking about graduation.

    • B. 

      He's thinking about going to high school.

    • C. 

      He's thinking about going to the gym.

    • D. 

      He's thinking about going to the mall.