Taking Sides Ch. 7 & 8 Test

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This is a test on the vocabulary and questions in Ch. 7 & 8 in Taking Sides by Gary Soto.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    Lincoln winced after he fell on the court and hurt his leg. Winced means

    • A.

      Laughed

    • B.

      Shouted

    • C.

      Looked hurt

    Correct Answer
    C. Looked hurt
    Explanation
    In this context, the word "winced" indicates a physical reaction to pain. When someone winces, it means that they make a sudden grimace or expression of pain or discomfort. Therefore, the correct answer is "looked hurt" as it accurately conveys the meaning of the word "winced" in the given sentence.

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  • 2. 

    The black asphalt court shined in the rain. Asphalt means

    • A.

      A rubbery-like surface

    • B.

      A tar-like substance

    • C.

      A watery substance

    Correct Answer
    B. A tar-like substance
    Explanation
    Asphalt refers to a tar-like substance. It is a black, sticky, and highly viscous material that is commonly used for paving roads and other surfaces. It is made from a mixture of aggregates, such as sand and gravel, and a binder, which is typically a petroleum-based substance. When it rains, the black asphalt court shines due to the water reflecting off its smooth and glossy surface.

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  • 3. 

    Monica dribbled a synthetic basketball while Lincoln always played with a leather one. Synthetic means

    • A.

      Plastic or man-made

    • B.

      Imaginary

    • C.

      Leather

    Correct Answer
    A. Plastic or man-made
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "Plastic or man-made". The passage states that Monica dribbled a synthetic basketball while Lincoln always played with a leather one. This implies that synthetic refers to a material that is different from leather, indicating that it is either made of plastic or man-made.

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  • 4. 

    Flaco arched his back like a cat as the car sped towards him. Arched means

    • A.

      Bent or curved

    • B.

      Scratched

    • C.

      Rolled

    Correct Answer
    A. Bent or curved
    Explanation
    The word "arched" in this context refers to the action of Flaco bending or curving his back in a manner similar to how a cat would. It implies a shape or posture that is not straight or flat, but rather has a curved or bent form.

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  • 5. 

    The lacquered floor in the gym shined so brightly that is was hard to take a picture. Lacquered means

    • A.

      Rubbery and bouncy

    • B.

      Dull and unpolished

    • C.

      Shiny and coated

    Correct Answer
    C. Shiny and coated
    Explanation
    The correct answer is shiny and coated. Lacquered refers to a finish or coating that is applied to a surface, typically wood, to give it a glossy and polished appearance. In this context, the lacquered floor in the gym is described as shining brightly, indicating that it is shiny and coated with a glossy finish.

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  • 6. 

    "Ni modo," Lincoln said after he lost the game to Monica. Ni modo means

    • A.

      Yes ma'am

    • B.

      No way

    • C.

      Be quiet

    Correct Answer
    B. No way
    Explanation
    "Ni modo" is a Spanish phrase that translates to "no way" in English. In this context, Lincoln is using it to express disbelief or disappointment after losing the game to Monica. It indicates that he did not expect or want the outcome, and is expressing his frustration or resignation.

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  • 7. 

    Ms. Mendoza asked her hijo Lincoln to take out the trash. Hijo means

    • A.

      Daughter

    • B.

      Son

    • C.

      Dog

    Correct Answer
    B. Son
    Explanation
    The word "hijo" is a Spanish term that translates to "son" in English. In the given context, Ms. Mendoza asked her "hijo" Lincoln to take out the trash, indicating that Lincoln is her son. Therefore, the correct answer is "son".

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  • 8. 

    Everyone assumes that jocks do nothing but play sports and never do school work. Jocks mean

    • A.

      Athletes

    • B.

      Coaches

    • C.

      Cheerleaders

    Correct Answer
    A. Athletes
    Explanation
    The term "jocks" is commonly used to refer to athletes. The statement suggests that people generally assume that athletes only focus on playing sports and neglect their academic responsibilities. Therefore, the correct answer is "athletes."

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  • 9. 

    Lincoln contorted his face in pain after getting hit in the jaw. Contorted means

    • A.

      Hid

    • B.

      Masked

    • C.

      Balled up or wrinkled

    Correct Answer
    C. Balled up or wrinkled
    Explanation
    The word "contorted" means to twist or distort something out of its normal shape or position. In the given context, Lincoln's face is described as contorted in pain after being hit in the jaw. This implies that his facial muscles twisted or wrinkled due to the intense pain he experienced. Therefore, the correct answer is "balled up or wrinkled."

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  • 10. 

    I could never eat an exotic meat like ostrich or alligator. Exotic means

    • A.

      Tasteless

    • B.

      Common

    • C.

      Unusual or foreign

    Correct Answer
    C. Unusual or foreign
    Explanation
    The word "exotic" is used to describe something that is unusual or foreign, so it makes sense that the correct answer is "unusual or foreign". This is because ostrich and alligator are not commonly consumed meats in many cultures, making them unusual or foreign to most people's diets.

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  • 11. 

    What was chasing Lincoln in his dream?

    • A.

      An alligator

    • B.

      A deer

    • C.

      A bear

    Correct Answer
    C. A bear
    Explanation
    In Lincoln's dream, he was being chased by a bear. This could symbolize a feeling of being pursued or threatened by a powerful force or situation in his life. The bear may represent something that is causing fear or anxiety, and Lincoln's dream could reflect his subconscious worries or concerns.

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  • 12. 

    Why does James call his father Daddy-o?

    • A.

      Because he doesn't like his father

    • B.

      Because he doesn't know his father

    • C.

      Because his father is a hippy

    Correct Answer
    C. Because his father is a hippy
    Explanation
    James calls his father Daddy-o because his father is a hippy. Hippy culture often embraces unconventional and laid-back attitudes, and using a nickname like Daddy-o reflects this countercultural lifestyle. It suggests that James's father may have a relaxed and free-spirited personality, which aligns with the hippy subculture.

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  • 13. 

    Why did Lincoln's old school not play hard against his new school when they last met?

    • A.

      Because the game didn't count

    • B.

      Because the game was unfair

    • C.

      Because the players got in a fight

    Correct Answer
    A. Because the game didn't count
    Explanation
    The reason Lincoln's old school did not play hard against his new school when they last met is because the game didn't count. This implies that the game had no impact on the overall standings or outcomes, so there was no motivation for the players to give their best effort.

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  • 14. 

    Where did Lincoln and Monica play basketball at?

    • A.

      Columbus High School

    • B.

      Franklin High School

    • C.

      Cornell Elementary

    Correct Answer
    C. Cornell Elementary
    Explanation
    Lincoln and Monica played basketball at Cornell Elementary.

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  • 15. 

    Describe how Lincoln feels as he approached the basketball court to play Monica.

    • A.

      Upset and mean

    • B.

      Nervous and excited

    • C.

      Happy and confident

    Correct Answer
    B. Nervous and excited
    Explanation
    As Lincoln approaches the basketball court to play Monica, he is likely to feel nervous and excited. The mention of approaching the court indicates that he is anticipating the game, which can lead to excitement. However, the nervousness suggests that he may also have some apprehension or anxiety about the upcoming match. These conflicting emotions are common before a competitive event, as individuals feel a mix of anticipation and worry about their performance.

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  • 16. 

    What parts of the body did Lincoln injure?

    • A.

      Head, toes and eyes

    • B.

      Chin, hand and leg

    • C.

      Leg, head and eyes

    Correct Answer
    B. Chin, hand and leg
    Explanation
    Lincoln injured his chin, hand, and leg.

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  • 17. 

    What does Lincoln discover that he and Roy have in common?

    • A.

      They both are Hispanic and played on all white basketball teams

    • B.

      They both were the only ones on their team that were not the same race as the majority of the players

    • C.

      They both love Ms. Mendoza like a mother.

    Correct Answer
    B. They both were the only ones on their team that were not the same race as the majority of the players
    Explanation
    Lincoln discovers that he and Roy have in common the fact that they were the only ones on their team who were not the same race as the majority of the players. This suggests that they both faced a similar experience of being minorities on their respective basketball teams.

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  • 18. 

    Why didn't Lincoln eat breakfast?

    • A.

      He wasn't hungry

    • B.

      He knew he was going to eat at James' house

    • C.

      He and his mother got in a fight

    Correct Answer
    C. He and his mother got in a fight
  • 19. 

    What does Lincoln talk about with Monica when they first meet at the basketball court?

    • A.

      Basketball and church

    • B.

      Church and venison

    • C.

      Venison and basketball

    Correct Answer
    B. Church and venison
    Explanation
    When Lincoln and Monica first meet at the basketball court, they talk about church and venison. This suggests that they discuss both religious matters and the topic of venison, which is deer meat. This conversation may indicate that they have a shared interest in these subjects or that they are trying to find common ground to connect with each other.

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  • 20. 

    Why does Coach Yesutis treat Lincoln the way he does?

    • A.

      Because he likes him

    • B.

      Because he is Hispanic

    • C.

      Because he does not have a son

    Correct Answer
    B. Because he is Hispanic
    Explanation
    Coach Yesutis treats Lincoln the way he does because he is Hispanic. This suggests that Coach Yesutis may have a bias or preference towards individuals from the same ethnic background as him. It is possible that he feels a sense of kinship or connection with Lincoln based on their shared heritage, leading him to treat Lincoln differently from others. This explanation implies that Coach Yesutis's treatment of Lincoln is based on ethnicity rather than personal qualities or circumstances.

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