Les. 18 The Kid Who Named Pluto Vocabulary And Reading Test

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  • 1. 

    What is the author's MAIN purpose for writing this selection?

    • A.

      To tell why planets have Greek names

    • B.

      To tell how a planet was discovered

    • C.

      To explain how a planet was named

    • D.

      To explain where a planet is located

    Correct Answer
    C. To explain how a planet was named
    Explanation
    The author's main purpose for writing this selection is to explain how a planet was named. The other options are not relevant to the main focus of the text.

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  • 2. 

    Why was Venetia especially interested in naming a planet?

    • A.

      She wanted to become a famous astronomer.

    • B.

      Her great-uncle had named the moons of Mars.

    • C.

      She thought the planet should be named by a girl.

    • D.

      Her family hoped they would be greatly honored.

    Correct Answer
    B. Her great-uncle had named the moons of Mars.
    Explanation
    Venetia was especially interested in naming a planet because her great-uncle had named the moons of Mars. This suggests that Venetia was inspired by her great-uncle's accomplishment and wanted to follow in his footsteps by making her own mark in the field of astronomy. Naming a planet would be a significant achievement and would help her gain recognition and possibly become famous in the field.

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  • 3. 

    Why did Venetia, upon hearing about the new planet, begin looking through her books?

    • A.

      She knew that planets were traditionally named from mythology.

    • B.

      She needed to learn how the other eight planets had been named.

    • C.

      She wanted to prove that a child in England could name a planet.

    • D.

      She wanted to read about the astronomer Percival Lowell.

    Correct Answer
    A. She knew that planets were traditionally named from mythology.
    Explanation
    Venetia began looking through her books because she knew that planets were traditionally named from mythology. This suggests that she was aware of the naming conventions for planets and wanted to understand the historical and cultural significance behind the names. By researching and studying mythology, she could gain insights into the naming process and potentially contribute to the naming of the new planet.

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  • 4. 

    How do you know that "The Kid Who Named Pluto"is expository nonfiction?

    • A.

      It is written in the first-person point of view.

    • B.

      It tells about people, places, and events that are real.

    • C.

      It is set in the future and has technology of the future.

    • D.

      It has details about important events in the author's life.

    Correct Answer
    B. It tells about people, places, and events that are real.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is that "The Kid Who Named Pluto" is expository nonfiction because it tells about people, places, and events that are real. This means that the book provides factual information about actual individuals, locations, and occurrences, rather than presenting a fictional story or narrative.

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  • 5. 

    What is the MOST LIKELY reason Zymal was not chosen as the new planet's name?

    • A.

      Zymal referred to just one of the planet's characteristics.

    • B.

      Zymal was not the last word in many current dictionaries.

    • C.

      The observatory members wanted a name with Lowell's initials.

    • D.

      Scientists did not know this was the last planet in the solar system.

    Correct Answer
    A. Zymal referred to just one of the planet's characteristics.
    Explanation
    Zymal was not chosen as the new planet's name because it referred to just one of the planet's characteristics. This suggests that the name did not encompass all the qualities or significance that the observatory members or scientists were looking for in a name for the new planet.

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  • 6. 

    Which sentence in an OPINION from :The Kid Who Named Pluto"?

    • A.

      An unknown object was traveling across the solar system.

    • B.

      The object could only be one thing, Planet X!

    • C.

      Percival or Lowell just didn't seem to fit.

    • D.

      At first they favored Cronus.

    Correct Answer
    C. Percival or Lowell just didn't seem to fit.
    Explanation
    The sentence "Percival or Lowell just didn't seem to fit" is an opinion because it expresses a subjective judgment or belief about Percival or Lowell not being suitable or appropriate. It is not a factual statement but rather a personal perspective or viewpoint.

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  • 7. 

    How does the author organize information in most of "The Kid Who Named Pluto"?

    • A.

      He arranges details about naming Pluto from greatest to least importance.

    • B.

      He states an opinion about naming Pluto and supports it with details.

    • C.

      He compares the naming of Pluto to the naming of another planet.

    • D.

      He tells events related to naming Pluto in the order they occurred.

    Correct Answer
    D. He tells events related to naming Pluto in the order they occurred.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "He tells events related to naming Pluto in the order they occurred." The author organizes the information in a chronological manner, presenting the events related to the naming of Pluto in the order they happened. This allows the readers to follow the sequence of events and understand the historical context of the naming process.

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  • 8. 

    What does the author believe is amazing about the discovery of Pluto?

    • A.

      The informatioin used to predict the planet's existence was incorrect.

    • B.

      Clyde Tombaugh was really looking for a star and not a planet.

    • C.

      The planet was discovered by using a Blink-Comparator.

    • D.

      The planet is less that half the size of our moon.

    Correct Answer
    A. The informatioin used to predict the planet's existence was incorrect.
    Explanation
    The author believes that the amazing aspect of the discovery of Pluto is that the information used to predict the planet's existence was incorrect. This suggests that despite the initial assumptions and expectations based on the available information, the discovery of Pluto challenged and overturned those predictions. It highlights the unpredictability and surprises that can arise in scientific discoveries.

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  • 9. 

    Everyone in the crowd was shouting, and the _____ mad it impossible to hear the referee's calls.

    • A.

      Foresight

    • B.

      Beacon

    • C.

      Clamor

    • D.

      Testimony

    Correct Answer
    C. Clamor
    Explanation
    The word "clamor" refers to a loud and chaotic noise, usually caused by a large group of people shouting or making a commotion. In this context, the sentence states that everyone in the crowd was shouting, and the clamor made it impossible to hear the referee's calls. Therefore, the correct answer is "clamor" because it accurately describes the noisy situation that prevented the referee's calls from being heard.

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  • 10. 

    Some citizens disagreed with the City Council's plan, so they attended the meeting and raised _____ to the plan.

    • A.

      Contortions

    • B.

      Distractions

    • C.

      Disturbances

    • D.

      Objections

    Correct Answer
    D. Objections
    Explanation
    In this scenario, the citizens disagreed with the City Council's plan. To express their disagreement and disapproval, they attended the meeting and raised objections to the plan. The word "objections" fits perfectly in the context as it means expressing opposition or disagreement. The other options - contortions, distractions, and disturbances - do not accurately convey the act of expressing disagreement or disapproval.

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  • 11. 

    The powerful light in the lighthouse could be seen for miles and served as a _______ for ships at sea.

    • A.

      Beacon

    • B.

      Premonition

    • C.

      Clamor

    • D.

      Bliss

    Correct Answer
    A. Beacon
    Explanation
    The powerful light in the lighthouse could be seen for miles and served as a guiding signal for ships at sea. A beacon is a strong and visible light that is used to guide or warn ships, making it the correct answer in this context. A premonition refers to a feeling or sense of something about to happen, which is unrelated to the given sentence. Clamor refers to a loud and noisy commotion, which is not relevant to the lighthouse's light. Bliss refers to a state of extreme happiness or joy, which is also unrelated to the given sentence.

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  • 12. 

    _____, I got a phone call from my uncle just as I was about to call him.

    • A.

      Meticulously

    • B.

      Coincidentally

    • C.

      Gingerly

    • D.

      Precisely

    Correct Answer
    B. Coincidentally
    Explanation
    The word "coincidentally" best fits the sentence because it suggests that the phone call from the uncle happened by chance or at the same time as the speaker was about to call him. It implies an unexpected or unplanned occurrence, which aligns with the context of the sentence. The other options, "meticulously," "gingerly," and "precisely," do not convey the same meaning of something happening by chance or coincidence.

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  • 13. 

    I _______ at the Great Pyramid in Egypt and other amazing wonders of the ancient world.

    • A.

      Publicize

    • B.

      Regulate

    • C.

      Marvel

    • D.

      Counteract

    Correct Answer
    C. Marvel
    Explanation
    The word "marvel" is the correct answer because it means to be filled with wonder or astonishment. In the given sentence, the speaker is expressing their experience of being amazed or fascinated by the Great Pyramid in Egypt and other ancient wonders. Therefore, "marvel" is the most appropriate word to convey this sense of awe and admiration.

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  • 14. 

    The students were so ______ by the acrobats that they kept their eyes focused on the stage throughout the performance.

    • A.

      Entralled

    • B.

      Indebted

    • C.

      Compensated

    • D.

      Persisted

    Correct Answer
    A. Entralled
    Explanation
    The word "entralled" means captivated or fascinated. In this context, it suggests that the students were so mesmerized by the acrobats that they couldn't take their eyes off the stage. This explains why they kept their focus on the performance throughout.

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  • 15. 

    Instead of giving into fatigue, the runner _______ in the race and finally reached the finish line.

    • A.

      Counteracted

    • B.

      Persisted

    • C.

      Petitioned

    • D.

      Entralled

    Correct Answer
    B. Persisted
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "persisted" because it means to continue doing something despite difficulties or opposition. In this context, the runner did not give up or let fatigue overcome them but instead continued to run in the race until they finally reached the finish line.

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  • 16. 

    After the championship game, the noisy victory parties created ________ in several neighborhoods.

    • A.

      Perfectionists

    • B.

      Contortions

    • C.

      Disturbances

    • D.

      Petitions

    Correct Answer
    C. Disturbances
    Explanation
    After the championship game, the noisy victory parties created disturbances in several neighborhoods. This means that the parties caused disruptions or disturbances in the peace and quiet of the neighborhoods. The word "disturbances" accurately describes the situation where the parties were causing noise and possibly other issues that were bothering the residents of the neighborhoods.

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  • 17. 

    What is the first thing you are asked to write on your paper?

    • A.

      First name

    • B.

      Last name

    • C.

      Full name

    • D.

      Middle name

    Correct Answer
    C. Full name
    Explanation
    When starting to write on a paper, the first thing you are asked to write is your full name. This is typically done to identify who the paper belongs to and ensure proper record-keeping. Writing your full name helps to differentiate your paper from others and allows for easy identification and organization.

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  • 18. 

    When checking out an AR book, you must first _____.

    • A.

      Conference with the librarian.

    • B.

      Receive written permission from Mr. Richardson.

    • C.

      Know what your ZPD or reading level is.

    • D.

      Know how many points you need to make your goal.

    Correct Answer
    C. Know what your ZPD or reading level is.
    Explanation
    When checking out an AR book, it is important to know what your ZPD or reading level is because Accelerated Reader (AR) books are categorized based on difficulty levels. Knowing your ZPD or reading level helps you choose a book that is appropriate for your reading abilities, ensuring that you can comprehend and enjoy the book. This also helps in setting realistic reading goals and tracking your progress accurately.

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  • 19. 

    Your first class procedure in all of your classes SHOULD BE ____

    • A.

      To talk to your friends.

    • B.

      To ask "what are we doing today?"

    • C.

      To copy your homework.

    • D.

      To sit and do nothing.

    Correct Answer
    C. To copy your homework.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is to copy your homework. This means that the first thing you should do in all of your classes is to copy your homework. This implies that copying homework is seen as a priority or a necessary task in order to succeed in your classes.

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  • 20. 

    The last class procedure in all of your classes SHOULD BE ______

    • A.

      To make sure you have everything you need.

    • B.

      To leave everything in your desk.

    • C.

      To talk to your friends.

    • D.

      To copy your homework.

    Correct Answer
    A. To make sure you have everything you need.
    Explanation
    The last class procedure in all of your classes should be to make sure you have everything you need. This is important because it ensures that you are prepared for the next class or any assignments that may be due. By taking the time to check that you have all necessary materials, you can avoid the stress and inconvenience of realizing you forgot something later on. It also demonstrates responsibility and good organizational skills, which are important qualities for success in school and beyond.

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  • 21. 

    I studied my vocabulary words.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The statement "I studied my vocabulary words" implies that the person did indeed study their vocabulary words. Therefore, the correct answer is true.

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  • 22. 

    I studied for my weekly reading test.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The given statement implies that the person studied for their weekly reading test. Since the statement is in past tense and indicates an action that was completed, it can be inferred that the person did indeed study for the test. Therefore, the answer is true.

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