Inferences I

Pre Test

Check the letter of the most correct answer.

1. What is the best meaning of the term "drawing inferences?"

A. something you would do in art class
B. to figure something out from clues
C. something you would do in math class
D. curious

Pretend you are at Wal Mart. As you are walking down the candy aisle, you notice a little boy crying and pulling on his mom's skirt as she pushes her cart towards the front of the store. The closer she gets towards the front of the store, the louder the little boy screams. Lots of things could be wrong with the little boy, BUT we can probably conclude that-

A. The little boy is very tired.
B. The little boy is hungry.
C. He wants candy, and his mom said no.
D. He wants his father.

Pretend you are at the doctor's office to get a shot. There are many children of all ages waiting their turn to see the doctor. That same little boy you saw at Wal Mart is sitting on his mother's lap screaming his head off just like he did in the candy aisle. No matter what she does, he will not stop.

3. What can you conclude this time?

A. He is still angry about not getting the candy.
B. He has an earache.
C. He is scared because he is there for a shot.
D. There are not enough clues to draw a conclusion.

Manuel was on the baseball team that was playing the first place team. It was the first game that his grandparents and uncle Thomas attended. Manuel swung his bat while looking for his family in the large crowd. Just as he spotted his grandmother, his greatest fear came true. He lost his grip on the bat, and it started to fall. Even though he caught it quickly, Manuel's face became red. He felt as if he had made a horrible mistake and everyone were staring at him.

4. The passage suggests that Manuel almost dropped his bat partly because he -

A. was thinking about the baseball game
B. wasn't strong enough
C. was looking for his family
D. was frightened by a loud noise

One of the rarest animals in the world is the Tasmanian Devil. I'm not talking about the one you see in cartoons, but the real wolf-like animal that lives on the island of Tasmania.

Every few years someone claims to see one, but they never have proof. A few years ago, some scientists who were studying plants found a skeleton, teeth and some skin in a remote area of Tasmania. They were excited as they believed they had found the remains of the rare Tasmanian Devil. They drew a picture of what they thought the animal may have looked like when it was alive. The scientists then sent the picture along with the skeleton, teeth and skin to Washington D.C.

5. What did the scientists probably do with the skeleton, teeth and bones?

A. Sent them to a country with more experienced scientists.
B. Made clothing, jewelry, and other ornaments out of them
C. Studied them carefully and compared them to other animals
D. Sold them to museums that displayed them

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