STAAR Reading Questions

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STAAR is a series of state-mandated standardized tests used in Texas public schools to assess a student's achievements and knowledge learned in the grade level. This quiz will assist you in assessing and improving your reading.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Read this story to answer questions 1-7. 
  • 2. 
    Read the story and use it to answer question 8-14.
  • 3. 
    USE BOTH STORIES ABOVE TO ANSWER QUESTIONS 15-17.
  • 4. 
    Why is the multiple meaning of the word offices in line 14 important to the poem? 
    • A. 

      It refers to both a duty and a service done for others.

    • B. 

      It conveys the father’s mixed emotions.

    • C. 

      It refers to both a place and an executive position.

    • D. 

      It indicates the size of the speaker’s house.

  • 5. 
    The photograph reinforces the poem’s tone of — 
    • A. 

      Indifference

    • B. 

      Desperation

    • C. 

      Melancholy

    • D. 

      Whimsy

  • 6. 
    In line 5, the sentence “No one ever thanked him” suggests the poem explores the theme of — 
    • A. 

      Uninformed judgment

    • B. 

      Domestic strife

    • C. 

      Suppressed excitement

    • D. 

      Belated gratitude

  • 7. 
    The poem’s setting is significant because it helps contrast — 
    • A. 

      The family’s physical closeness and emotional distance

    • B. 

      The opinions of the hardworking father and the lazy child

    • C. 

      The presence of the father and the absence of the mother

    • D. 

      The different values of the siblings within the family

  • 8. 
    The tone of this poem can best be described as — 
    • A. 

      Carefree

    • B. 

      Optimistic

    • C. 

      Self-righteous

    • D. 

      Regretful

  • 9. 
    The author begins a new stanza in line 6 most likely to indicate a shift from — 
    • A. 

      The distant past to the immediate future

    • B. 

      Literal language to figurative language

    • C. 

      A focus on the father to a focus on the speaker

    • D. 

      An uncritical attitude to a self-critical attitude

  • 10. 
    Beginning with paragraph 7, the author’s tone shifts from — 
    • A. 

      Complimentary to condescending

    • B. 

      Optimistic to cynical

    • C. 

      Lighthearted to reflective

    • D. 

      Academic to conversational

  • 11. 
    By saying that one of her sons “can walk too well” in paragraph 5, the author implies that — 
    • A. 

      Her son has become overconfident

    • B. 

      She is very proud of her son’s accomplishment

    • C. 

      She is not ready for her son to leave her

    • D. 

      Her son is unusually graceful and agile

  • 12. 
    In which line does the author use passive voice to generalize her experience? 
    • A. 

      The nightmare sleepover.

    • B. 

      That’s what the books never told me.

    • C. 

      I wish I had treasured the doing a little more and the getting it done a little less.

    • D. 

      Believe me, mistakes were made.

  • 13. 
    In the last sentence of paragraph 9, the reader can infer that “the experts” the author refers to are — 
    • A. 

      Her own children

    • B. 

      The authors of parenting books

    • C. 

      The women on the playground

    • D. 

      Her own parents

  • 14. 
    In which line does the author use an analogy to convey her changing philosophy of parenting? 
    • A. 

      How much influence did I really have over the personality of the former baby who cried only when we gave parties and who today, as a teenager, still dislikes socializing and crowds?

    • B. 

      Raising children is presented at first as a true-false test, then becomes multiple choice, until finally, far along, you realize that it is an endless essay.

    • C. 

      One child responds well to positive reinforcement, another can only be managed with a stern voice and a time-out.

    • D. 

      I remember fifteen years ago poring over one of Dr. Brazelton’s wonderful books on child development, in which he describes three different sorts of infants: average, quiet, and active.

  • 15. 
    The author’s purpose for writing the selection was most likely to — 
    • A. 

      Imply that new parents should trust their instincts and enjoy raising their children

    • B. 

      Defend herself against the suggestion that she made mistakes when raising her children

    • C. 

      Poke fun at so-called experts who claim to be authorities on child development

    • D. 

      Blame herself for the choices she made as a parent

  • 16. 
    What is a primary difference between the poem and the essay? 
    • A. 

      The events described in the essay took place many years ago, while those in the poem are current.

    • B. 

      The essay focuses on fewer people than the poem does.

    • C. 

      The poem is told from the perspective of a child, while the essay is from that of a parent.

    • D. 

      The issues explored in the essay are more important than those in the poem.

  • 17. 
    Read these quotations:Those Winter Sundays I’d wake and hear the cold splintering, breaking. When the rooms were warm, he’d call,and slowly I would rise and dress,fearing the chronic angers of that house. All My Babies Are Gone Now There is one picture of the three of them sitting in the grass on a quilt in the shadow of the swing set on a summer day, ages six, four, and one. Which of these best describes the difference in tone between the two quotations? 
    • A. 

      The tone of the first quotation is bright and hopeful, while the tone of the second quotation is gloomy and depressed.

    • B. 

      The tone of the first quotation is stark and apprehensive, while the tone of the second quotation is warm and nostalgic.

    • C. 

      The tone of the first quotation is angry and resentful, while the tone of the second quotation is bored and uninspired.

    • D. 

      The tone of the first quotation is sweet and dreamy, while the tone of the second quotation is matter-of-fact and deliberate.

  • 18. 
    What emotion is expressed in the last two lines of “Those Winter Sundays” and paragraph 7 of “AllMy Babies Are Gone Now”? 
    • A. 

      Regret

    • B. 

      Fear

    • C. 

      Confusion

    • D. 

      Joy

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