Inferencing II

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Read each selection, and answer the questions.


Read each selection, and answer the questions.

What are fossils? Fossils serve as a blueprint for what happened on the earth millions of years ago. By studying fossils, scientists can learn what kinds of animals and plants lived on the earth a long time ago. Fossils are the preserved remains or imprints of plants and animals that lived in other geological eras on earth. For a fossil to form, a plant or animal must have been buried, so that neither air nor other animals could get at it. Living things have always been buried or encased in mud. For example, have you ever seen a fish fossil? Scientists even discovered a wooly mammoth deep in the ice in North America. When fossils have been collected and categorized, it is called a geological record. As a result, we have a better understanding of what happened on earth.

1. You can tell that
a. it must have been difficult for the mammoth to get stuck in ice.
b. no one uses geological records.
c. fossils are sometimes blue.
d. all different sizes of animals can become fossils.

2. The reader can infer that
a. fossils no longer exist.
b. what we know about the past is due to studying fossils.
c. fish fossils are the most common type of fossil.
d. only animals can become fossils.

3. Based on the information, you can say that
a. fossils are able to form even if an animal gets in.
b. just recently we have discovered fossils.
c. fossils are worth a lot of money.
d. fossils won't form if air gets in it.


Have you ever seen a peacock? You probably have seen the peacock from the Channel Two television station from Houston; they use the colorful bird as a station symbol. The beautiful tail of the peacock has many shiny colors. The peacock roosts in tops of trees. During the day, they forage for food on the ground. The male peacock tries to lure the female "peahen" by using his colorful tail. Some people believe that if a peacock's feather gets inside the house that it is bad luck. They say that the "eye" or circle at the top of the feather is an "evil" eye that brings bad luck to the owner. The peacock has a beautiful tail, roots in trees, and is a symbol for a television station.

4. The peacock can best described as
a. a good luck symbol.
b. a shy and timid bird.
c. an animal that has a lot of intrigue about it.
d. ugly creature.

5. From the evidence in the passage, you can say
a. that people would throw away a peacock feather if it was in the house.
b. that the peacock's feather is mostly black.
c. that the peacock's feathers are used in pieces of art.
d. that the peacock is used at all television stations.


Katy sadly put her last suitcase in the car. She planned to walk inside the only home she had known for thirteen years. Her dad had been transferred to another state, and he had to move because they needed the money. Katy had already said goodbye to her best friend, Gabby, who lived next door. She had told Gabby not to come over because Katy and her family had to pack their belongings. The truth was that she couldn't bear to say goodbye to her friend and the house she loved. Katy made her final walk through the house as she silently said goodbye to each room. When she finally reached her room, she took a good, long look at it, and closed the door. As she turned around to head for the front door, her parents were standing a few feet from her. Her mom started, "We know you are sad, Katy, but you'll love the new house and make new friends." Katy nodded her head as the tears dripped out her eyes. Her dad gave her an envelope. As Katy opened it, she began to smile. She pulled a round-trip airplane ticket out of the envelope and hugged her parents. Saying goodbye to Gabby wouldn't be that bad after all since they had something to look forward to in the near future.

6. Based on the evidence in the passage, you can tell that Katy
a. will miss her old home.
b. is looking forward to seeing her new home.
c. will not write or call Gabby.
d. is mad at her parents.

7. The mood at the end of the selection after Katy opened the envelope is
a. excited.
b. depressed.
c. apathetic or she didn't care.
d. boredom.

8. What will Katy probably do with the airplane tickets?
a. She will sell the tickets to Gabby.
b. She will fly to Europe.
c. She will fly back to see Gabby.
d. She will keep them and not use them for several years.


Not many days were left. Juanita was going to be skiing down a mountainside in three days. Sometimes she felt like her insides would explode when she thought about the trip. She was so excited that it was getting harder and harder to sleep at night. It was her first time to ski, but Juanita felt like she was "born to ski." Every night she talked to her dad about skiing, and he explained how to ski to her. She thought she could do it. They finally made it to the ski slopes, and Juanita was ready to solo. Her heart was racing as she pushed off from the top. Trees, bushes, and children zoomed past her as she glided herself down the slope. At the bottom of the bunny slope, Juanita was thrilled. She had made it without falling.

9. You can infer that Juanita
a. was anxious about her trip.
b. didn't want to take ski lessons.
c. panicked on top of the mountain.
d. fell down the mountain.

10. The author suggests that beginning skiers use the
a. bunny slope.
b. most challenging slope.
c. any slope they want to ski on.
d. black slope.

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