Selection 3 Volcanoes

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Houghton Mifflin Miami-Dade 5th Grade Theme 1 Selection 3 Supporting Comprehension Questions


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Why do you think the author began the selection by writing about Vulcan and Pele?
    • A. 

      To show that he knows about mythology

    • B. 

      To show that people have been fascinated by volcanoes for a long time

    • C. 

      To inform the reader about Vulcan and Pele

    • D. 

      To persuade the reader to learn about Vulcan and Pele

  • 2. 
  • 3. 
    What do you think the author meant when he says that Mount St. Helens awakened from its long sleep?
    • A. 

      It seemed like the mountain was sleeping when it was quiet and then it seemed like it woke up when it erupted.

    • B. 

      That the mountain woke up the people of the city

    • C. 

      It looked like the mountain was really haunted

    • D. 

      It seemed like an earthquake activated the mountain

  • 4. 
    Do you think the suddenness of Mount St. Helens’s eruption surprised people?  Why or why not?
    • A. 

      Yes, because they thought it was going to erupt during the summer

    • B. 

      No, because the meteorologists had predicted it would erupt

    • C. 

      No, because Mount St. Helens erupts at the same time every three years

    • D. 

      Yes, because if they had expected it, everyone would have evacuated or moved away

  • 5. 
    What do you think happened to the rest of Mount St. Helens’s summit?
    • A. 

      Maybe scientists blasted it so they can study it better

    • B. 

      Maybe it is still there but we haven't found it yet

    • C. 

      Maybe it was blown to small pieces or burned

    • D. 

      Maybe it was blown away by a hurricane

  • 6. 
    Why do you think the author included a diagram on page 89?
    • A. 

      To show how the earth's plates go together and where they are

    • B. 

      To show his artistic skills

    • C. 

      To give his illustrator more work to do

    • D. 

      His camera wasn't working that day

  • 7. 
    How is Hawaiian lava different from the lava produced by volcanic eruptions elsewhere?
    • A. 

      It is thin and flows quickly

    • B. 

      It bubbles out noisily

    • C. 

      It is slow moving

    • D. 

      It flows out slowly and cools quickly

  • 8. 
    How can scientists tell what kind of eruption occurred by studying cooled lava formations?
    • A. 

      The rough, sharp rocks called aa tell scientists tell scientist that the lava flow was thick and slow-moving.

    • B. 

      The smooth, billowy lava called pahoehoe tells them that the lava was thin, hot, and fast moving.

    • C. 

      Scientists can't tell because all lava looks the same after it cools

    • D. 

      Both a and b

  • 9. 
    Why do you think the author included the lava’s Hawaiian names?
    • A. 

      To show that he knows Hawaiian words

    • B. 

      To show how comon lava is in Hawaii

    • C. 

      To show that lava can only be found in Hawaii

    • D. 

      Because the English words were harder to read

  • 10. 
    Why do you think scientists divide volcanoes into groups?
    • A. 

      Maybe they have to share the volcanoes with other scientists

    • B. 

      Maybe to see which one is the tallest

    • C. 

      Maybe it helps them study volcanoes and make predicitons about them

    • D. 

      Maybe there is no reason

  • 11. 
    Why do you think the author compares volcanoes to warriors’ shields and upside - down ice cream cones?
    • A. 

      To give the readers familiar objects to compare them to

    • B. 

      To teach the reader about weapons of long ago

    • C. 

      To persuade the reader to eat ice cream

    • D. 

      To entertain the reader with funny jokes

  • 12. 
    How does the author help readers understand the way a plugged-up volcano erupts?
    • A. 

      By comparing it to a dome shaped building

    • B. 

      By comparing it to an earthquake in California

    • C. 

      By comparing it to a bottle of soda with a cork in it

    • D. 

      By comparing it to a can of soda pop

  • 13. 
    Why do you think Crater Lake is so deep?
    • A. 

      Because several volcanoes kept erupting until it ran out lava

    • B. 

      Because lakes are deeper than any other body of water

    • C. 

      Because hurricanes do not affect lakes

    • D. 

      When it erupted and blew its top off,the remaining rock fell down into the open vents where the magma had flowed up

  • 14. 
    How does the author end the selection?
    • A. 

      Warning us that we are doomed

    • B. 

      Predicitng that a mighty volcano will erupt in 2012

    • C. 

      Describing how life returns a few months after a volcano erupts

    • D. 

      Inviting us to travel to Hawaii and photograph volcanoes

  • 15. 
    Why do you think the author ends the selection in this way?
    • A. 

      Maybe he wants people to understand that good things happen as a result of volcanoes

    • B. 

      Maybe he likes happy endings

    • C. 

      Maybe he does not want the reader to have nightmares

    • D. 

      Maybe he feels volcanoes are the best natural disasters