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Read the story. Then answer the questions below. The STORM “Crack-crack…kowowww! Thunder, and then a shock of lightening etched its reflection upon the corrugated metal siding,” Rowan read aloud. She worked to read clearly, with depth and emotion. Her eyes scanned the next paragraph. She took a breath to continue, but was interrupted by her younger brother Nolan, stretched out on the living room couch, flicking a pencil against his forehead. “I was never a big fan of onomatopoeia,” Nolan said, in his usual, supercilious manner. “It is impossible to write words that truly sound like a thunderstorm, a jar opening, or a falling tree, yes? But


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    As used in paragraph 3, which is the best definition for onomatopoeia?
    • A. 

      A story that is told orally

    • B. 

      a word that imitates the sound it represents

    • C. 

      the repetition of similar vowel sounds

    • D. 

      The use of very detailed description

    • E. 

      The repetition of the initial letter sound

  • 2. 
    Why does Rowan get upset with Nolan?    I. because he is annoying her    II. because he interrupts her reading    III. because he is making fun of her delivery of the reading
    • A. 

      I only

    • B. 

      II only

    • C. 

      I and II

    • D. 

      II and III

    • E. 

      I, II, and III

  • 3. 
    As used in paragraph 3, which is the     best definition for supercilious?
    • A. 

      Arrogant and haughty

    • B. 

      Comical and carefree

    • C. 

      Gifted with words

    • D. 

      Youthful and smart

    • E. 

      Playful and obnoxious

  • 4. 
    Which of the following words best      describes Nolan's personality?
    • A. 

      Juvenile

    • B. 

      Malicious

    • C. 

      Intelligent

    • D. 

      Playful

    • E. 

      Easygoing

  • 5. 
    What is Nolan most likely referring to when he jokes about Rowan's "moment of reckoning"?
    • A. 

      The end of her life

    • B. 

      An upcoming presentation

    • C. 

      A time when Mother will yell at Rowan

    • D. 

      A time when Nolan will annoy Rowan even more

    • E. 

      The moment when Rowan's father returns home

  • 6. 
    In the middle of the story, the author writes, "Mother Ann's comments seemed to assuage Rowan’s irritation."  Which is the best way to rewrite this sentence, while keeping its original meaning?
    • A. 

      Mother Ann's comments made Rowan feel worse.

    • B. 

      Mother Ann's comments were intended to defend Rowan.

    • C. 

      Mother Ann's comments did nothing to help Rowan.

    • D. 

      Mother Ann's comments helped to ease Rowan's irritation.

    • E. 

      Mother Ann's comments proved that Rowan is rightfully irritated.

  • 7. 
    As used at the end of the story, which is the best antonym for despondent?
    • A. 

      Hopeless

    • B. 

      Irritated

    • C. 

      Optimistic

    • D. 

      Critical

    • E. 

      Humiliated

  • 8. 
    What does Mother Ann most likely mean when she tells Rowan, "This is but a mere shower"?
    • A. 

      It has started to rain outside.

    • B. 

      Rowan's presentation will be a disaster.

    • C. 

      The piece Rowan is to read is poorly written.

    • D. 

      Mother's anger with Nolan was just for show

    • E. 

      Rowan’s present situation isn't that bad.

  • 9. 
    If X is tantamount to Y, then X
    • A. 

      Is longer than Y

    • B. 

      Is less than Y

    • C. 

      Equals Y

    • D. 

      And Y have no connection

  • 10. 
    If Mother Ann is castigating Nolan, what is she doing?
    • A. 

      Yelling at him

    • B. 

      Abusing him

    • C. 

      Threatening him

    • D. 

      Punishing him

    • E. 

      Antagonizing him

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