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Reading is fun. We learn a lot of things when we do. Below are three easy passages for you to read and to enjoy. Remember that after each short story, you have to answer three or four questions about the text. Click the box beside your answer. Do not stay too long on one question, this practice set is time pressured. You are only given 5 minutes to finish this set. Are you ready?

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### Story 1: Barking DogOne night, Mr. Jones woke up because he heard a dog. He heard a dog barking outside his window. Mr. Jones got out of bed and walked to the window. When he looked out the window, there was a big brown dog on his lawn. It was barking very loudly. Mr. Jones opened his window and looked at the barking dog. “Why are you barking so loud?” he asked the dog. The dog looked at Mr. Jones. Then it stopped barking.What woke Mr. Jones up?

• A.

A dog woke Mr. Jones up.

• B.

His neighbors woke him up.

• C.

A phone call woke him up.

A. A dog woke Mr. Jones up.
Explanation
The story clearly states that Mr. Jones woke up because he heard a dog barking outside his window. Therefore, it can be inferred that a dog woke Mr. Jones up.

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• 2.

### What happened when he asked the dog a question?

• A.

Nothing happened

• B.

The dog stopped barking.

• C.

B. The dog stopped barking.
Explanation
When he asked the dog a question, the dog stopped barking. This suggests that the dog was attentive and responsive to the question, which caused it to cease its barking.

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• 3.

### What time do you think this event happen?

• A.

This event happened in the morning before he went to work.

• B.

The dog started barking at lunch time.

• C.

It happened around 10 in the evening.

C. It happened around 10 in the evening.
Explanation
The correct answer is "It happened around 10 in the evening." This is because the statement mentions that the event happened before the person went to work in the morning and the dog started barking at lunchtime. Therefore, the only remaining option is that it happened around 10 in the evening.

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### Story 2:  Ben’s Favorite Pen Ben, who is eight years old, lost his favorite pen. He could not find it. “Where is my favorite pen?” he asked his younger sister. His sister did not know. “I don’t know where your pen is,” she said. Ben thought about it for a long time. He used his pen before dinner. He used it to write a note to his English teacher. The note said, “Dear teacher, Thank you for helping me. Ben.” He put the note in his notebook. Where was his notebook? He looked in the kitchen, it was not there. When he looked in the living room, he found his notebook and favorite pen there. It was next to the CD player.What did Ben lose?

• A.

C. He could not find his favorite notebook.

• B.

He lost his favorite pencil.

• C.

He could not find his favorite pen.

C. He could not find his favorite pen.
Explanation
Ben lost his favorite pen. He had used it to write a note to his English teacher and put the note in his notebook. He couldn't find his notebook initially, but eventually found it in the living room next to the CD player. Therefore, the correct answer is that he could not find his favorite pen.

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• 5.

### Where did he eventually find his pen?

• A.

It was under his bed.

• B.

He found it next to the CD player

• C.

It was lying on the kitchen counter.

B. He found it next to the CD player
Explanation
The correct answer is "He found it next to the CD player." This means that the person eventually found his pen located near the CD player.

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• 6.

### How old do you think is Ben’s sister?

• A.

She is eighteen years old

• B.

His sister is less than 8 years old.

• C.

They have the same age because they are twins.

B. His sister is less than 8 years old.
Explanation
The correct answer is "His sister is less than 8 years old." This is because the question asks for an estimation of Ben's sister's age, and out of the given options, this is the only one that provides a specific age range. The other options do not give any indication of her age or provide conflicting information. Therefore, it can be inferred that Ben's sister is younger than 8 years old.

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• 7.

### Story 3:  Off to Work Nicole did not have much time. It was time to go to work. She did not want to be late for work. She would lose her job if she was late. She finished her coffee. She drank the last drop. She put the coffee mug in the kitchen sink. She turned on the kitchen faucet. She poured water into the mug. She turned off the faucet. She picked up her keys. The keys were on the kitchen table. She grabbed her black coat which was on the chair. The chair was next to the door. She walked outside. She locked her door with her house key. After locking the door, she realized she needed to go back inside the house.  She forgot her office bag on her bed.Why was Nicole in a hurry?

• A.

She was late for her date.

• B.

She wanted to go to a coffee shop before going to work.

• C.

She did not have much time left.

C. She did not have much time left.
Explanation
Nicole was in a hurry because she did not have much time left. The passage mentions that she did not want to be late for work and that she would lose her job if she was late. This indicates that she had a limited amount of time to get ready and leave for work.

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• 8.

### Did she finish her coffee?

• A.

Yes, she did.

• B.

She did not.

• C.

She dropped the coffee mug before leaving the house.

A. Yes, she did.
Explanation
The answer "Yes, she did" suggests that she finished her coffee. This is indicated by the use of the past tense verb "did" to confirm the completion of the action. The other options, "She did not" and "She dropped the coffee mug before leaving the house," do not directly address whether or not she finished her coffee.

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• 9.

### Why did she go back inside?

• A.

She needed to drink more coffee.

• B.

She wanted to eat breakfast.

• C.

She forgot her bag.

C. She forgot her bag.
Explanation
The correct answer is "She forgot her bag." This is indicated by the phrase "She forgot her bag," which suggests that the reason she went back inside was because she had forgotten her bag. The other options, drinking more coffee and eating breakfast, are not mentioned in the given information and therefore cannot be inferred as the reason for her going back inside.

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• 10.

### What is the color of Nicole’s coat?

• A.

Black

• B.

Brown

• C.

Blue

A. Black
Explanation
The color of Nicole's coat is black, as stated in the answer.

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