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  • 1. 

    What is the main idea of the selection?

    • A.

      All the paddlers got soaked every day rafting on the river.

    • B.

      Two partially blind students from Tucson took a trip.

    • C.

      Everyone in the group went through all the rapids.

    • D.

      Blind and sighted people learned from each other while they enjoyed an exciting rafting trip.

    Correct Answer
    D. Blind and sighted people learned from each other while they enjoyed an exciting rafting trip.
    Explanation
    The main idea of the selection is that blind and sighted people learned from each other while they enjoyed an exciting rafting trip. This suggests that the trip was not only a fun experience, but also a valuable opportunity for both blind and sighted individuals to gain knowledge and insights from each other.

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  • 2. 

    What effect did the rafters observe when the riverbed got narrower?

    • A.

      The water ran faster.

    • B.

      The winds were stronger.

    • C.

      There were fewer rapids.

    • D.

      The desert sun got hotter.

    Correct Answer
    A. The water ran faster.
    Explanation
    When the riverbed gets narrower, it creates a constriction in the flow of water. This causes the water to accelerate and flow faster. Therefore, the rafters would observe that the water ran faster as a result of the narrowing riverbed.

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  • 3. 

    The selection says, "Everyone paddled hard to make headway."  The word headway means

    • A.

      Waves

    • B.

      Progress

    • C.

      Warmth

    • D.

      A race

    Correct Answer
    B. Progress
    Explanation
    The word "headway" means making progress or forward movement. In the given sentence, it is mentioned that everyone paddled hard to make headway, indicating that they were trying to move forward or make progress. Therefore, the correct answer is "progress".

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  • 4. 

    What image does the author use to show how difficult it was to paddle against the wind?

    • A.

      Strong winds blew against the rafts.

    • B.

      The wind held them back like a giant invisible hand.

    • C.

      That was the toughest part of the trip.

    • D.

      Everyone paddled hard to make headway.

    Correct Answer
    B. The wind held them back like a giant invisible hand.
    Explanation
    The author uses the image of the wind holding the rafts back like a giant invisible hand to illustrate the difficulty of paddling against the wind. This image conveys the strong force of the wind and how it hindered the progress of the rafts, emphasizing the challenging nature of the task. It also creates a vivid and memorable visual for the reader, enhancing their understanding of the situation.

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  • 5. 

    What did all of the students on the trip have in common?

    • A.

      They all had trouble controlling their paddles.

    • B.

      They were all blind.

    • C.

      They had never ridden the rapids before.

    • D.

      They all fell off the rafts.

    Correct Answer
    C. They had never ridden the rapids before.
    Explanation
    All of the students on the trip had never ridden the rapids before. This implies that they were all inexperienced in navigating through rapids, suggesting that their lack of experience was a common characteristic among them.

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  • 6. 

    Compared with the sighted people, why were the visually handicapped people better rafters?

    • A.

      They were better than the other sighted rafters.

    • B.

      They were stronger paddlers than the other sighted rafters.

    • C.

      They were perfect paddlers.

    • D.

      They didn't get nervous and listened for commands and responded quickly.

    Correct Answer
    D. They didn't get nervous and listened for commands and responded quickly.
    Explanation
    Visually handicapped people were better rafters compared to sighted people because they didn't get nervous and were able to listen for commands and respond quickly. This implies that their lack of vision did not hinder their ability to perform well in rafting, as they were able to rely on their other senses and follow instructions effectively.

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  • 7. 

    The author's main purpose in this selection is to?

    • A.

      Explain how to paddle through rapids.

    • B.

      Describe the San Juan River.

    • C.

      Inform readers about an entertaining and educational adventure.

    • D.

      Entertain readers with a story about rafting guides.

    Correct Answer
    C. Inform readers about an entertaining and educational adventure.
    Explanation
    The author's main purpose in this selection is to inform readers about an entertaining and educational adventure. The text likely describes a specific experience or journey that the author went on, highlighting the enjoyable and educational aspects of it. The purpose is to provide readers with information about this adventure and potentially inspire them to seek out similar experiences. The other options, such as explaining how to paddle through rapids or describing the San Juan River, are not mentioned in the question and therefore cannot be considered as the main purpose.

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  • 8. 

    Which sentence states a fact?

    • A.

      "It sounds scary, but it's really fun!"

    • B.

      "We paddled for hours without stopping."

    • C.

      "The rapids were great-and so was the food!"

    • D.

      "That was the toughest part of the trip."

    Correct Answer
    B. "We paddled for hours without stopping."
    Explanation
    The sentence "We paddled for hours without stopping" states a fact because it describes a specific action (paddling for hours) that can be objectively verified. It does not express any opinions or subjective feelings, making it a statement of fact.

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  • 9. 

    In this text, the author presents information mainly by

    • A.

      Explaining causes and effects.

    • B.

      Telling events in order.

    • C.

      Explaining problems and their solutions.

    • D.

      Making comparisons and contrasts.

    Correct Answer
    B. Telling events in order.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is telling events in order. This means that the author presents information in a chronological sequence, describing events as they occur in a logical order. This approach helps the reader to understand the progression of events and how they are connected to each other. By presenting information in this way, the author provides a clear and organized narrative structure, making it easier for the reader to follow the story or argument being presented.

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  • 10. 

    The author of this selection would most likely agree that

    • A.

      Everyone benefits when people with and without handicaps work together.

    • B.

      Rafting is too dangerous for most people with handicaps.

    • C.

      Blind people can do anything that sighted people can do.

    • D.

      Sighted people are poor paddlers compared with blind people.

    Correct Answer
    A. Everyone benefits when people with and without handicaps work together.
    Explanation
    The author would most likely agree that everyone benefits when people with and without handicaps work together. This can promote inclusivity, understanding, and empathy among individuals. It allows for the sharing of different perspectives, skills, and experiences, leading to a more diverse and enriched work environment. Collaboration between people with and without handicaps can also lead to the development of innovative solutions and the breaking down of barriers and stereotypes. Ultimately, this inclusive approach fosters a more equal and inclusive society for all.

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  • 11. 

    What did the rafters do on the last day of the trip?

    • A.

      They rode through the biggest set of rapids.

    • B.

      They stopped in the town of Mexican Hat.

    • C.

      They learned to respond quickly to their guides.

    • D.

      They paddled hard to reach Lake Powell.

    Correct Answer
    D. They paddled hard to reach Lake Powell.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "They paddled hard to reach Lake Powell." This answer is supported by the information given in the question, which states that it was the last day of the trip. In order to reach Lake Powell, the rafters would have needed to paddle hard, indicating that this was their activity on the last day.

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  • 12. 

    Which sentence states an opinion?

    • A.

      "The San Juan River flows from east to west across the desert of southeastern Utah."

    • B.

      "Those who could see described the sights to those who couldn't."

    • C.

      "This trip was fantastic."

    • D.

      "Under the hot desert sun, wet clothes dried quickly."

    Correct Answer
    C. "This trip was fantastic."
    Explanation
    The sentence "This trip was fantastic" states an opinion because it expresses a personal judgment or feeling about the trip. It is subjective and based on the speaker's own perception or experience, rather than stating a factual statement or describing an objective observation.

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  • 13. 

    What did the guides conclude about the people who took the trip?

    • A.

      They were perfect paddlers.

    • B.

      When asked to close their eyes, the sighted people would feel uncomfortable.

    • C.

      Both handicapped people and non-handicapped people were able to help each other, have fun, and have a great trip.

    • D.

      Fisher often takes the handicapped on trips.

    Correct Answer
    C. Both handicapped people and non-handicapped people were able to help each other, have fun, and have a great trip.
    Explanation
    The guides concluded that both handicapped people and non-handicapped people were able to help each other, have fun, and have a great trip. This suggests that the trip was inclusive and enjoyable for everyone, regardless of their physical abilities. The statement implies that the participants were able to work together and support each other throughout the trip, creating a positive and inclusive environment.

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  • 14. 

    When they reached their destination, the people in this selection most likely felt

    • A.

      Relieved that they had survived the dangers.

    • B.

      Disappointed that the trip was over so soon.

    • C.

      Determined never to take a trip like that again.

    • D.

      Frightened by what they had experienced.

    Correct Answer
    A. Relieved that they had survived the dangers.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "relieved that they had survived the dangers." This can be inferred from the context that the people in the selection had experienced dangers during their trip. Since they reached their destination, it can be assumed that they were relieved to have survived those dangers and reached their destination safely.

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  • 15. 

    The author of the story used a simile to describe an event.  Which of the following sentences from the story represents a simile?

    • A.

      "They were perfect paddlers!"

    • B.

      "The visually handicapped people actually did a little better."

    • C.

      "You hit the waves, you go down real fast like a rollercoaster."

    • D.

      Paddlers hurled buckets of water at each other.

    Correct Answer
    C. "You hit the waves, you go down real fast like a rollercoaster."
    Explanation
    The sentence "You hit the waves, you go down real fast like a rollercoaster" represents a simile because it uses the word "like" to compare the action of going down the waves to the experience of riding a rollercoaster.

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