5.9B Post test
Read each passage. Then read each question that follows the passage. Decide
which is the best answer to each question. Circle the letter for that answer.
The volleyball team and its problem
Our volleyball team is in first place in our town. We are scheduled to
play in the state finals in just three weeks. Our coach told us that our
team did not have enough money to pay for the bus, hotel and food while
we were playing in the finals. All the players were upset when we heard
this bad news.
Coach told us we must find a sponsor for the trip. She asked each of us
to visit two stores in our town and ask them to sponsor us. We met and
decided who would visit each store.
1 In this passage, the word sponsor means -
A a player
B an adult
C a supporter
D a storeowner
Paws the hungry cat
My cat's name is Paws. He lives outside. We keep his cat dish on the back
porch and feed him every evening. Lately we noticed that Paws seemed hungry
all the time. We also saw strange muddy footprints near his cat dish. They
were too large to be his footprints. Some animal was eating Paws' food!
My Dad said that the footprints belonged to an elusive raccoon. They are
nocturnal animals and sleep during the day. Everyone in the family watched
the backyard to see the raccoon, but he was very smart. We never saw him.
My Uncle said that the raccoon would not be around during the day, so we
needed to watch after dark. We tried for a long time, but we never saw
the raccoon, only his tracks.
2 In this passage, the word elusive means-
H hard to find
3 In the above passage, the word nocturnal means --
A moves about during the day
B a sneaky animal
C moves about at night
D having sharp claws
The science teacher's problem
Ms. Peterson was the best science teacher at Park Street School. Most
of the students enjoyed her class; except Sammy. He would spend most of
the class writing secret notes and passing them around to his friends.
This disturbed the class as you can imagine.
Sometimes, Ms. Peterson would find a note and read it, which got Sammy
into trouble. Sammy decided to create a code so Ms. Peterson would not
be able to read the secret notes. He worked a long time designing the code.
He thought he could write secret notes that Ms. Peterson could not read.
The next day, Sammy sent a note written in his new code. Ms. Peterson
found it. Being a very smart science teacher, she was able to decipher
it in less than ten minutes. Sammy was on his way to visit Mr. Jameson,
4 In this passage, the word decipher means to --
H figure out
5 In this passage, the word designing means --
C sending to another student
Our volleyball coach told us that we did not have a lot of time to find
a sponsor for our trip to state playoffs. Lots of other teams were already
making hotel reservations. Most of the rooms were already reserved.
Coach told us that in order to be sure we could reserve hotel rooms, we
must find a sponsor prior to next Sunday. We knew that it was time to make
sure we visited the storeowners.
6 In this passage, the words prior to mean --
F to do at a later date
Big trouble in Oakville
When the candy factory closed in Oakville, most of the residents moved
to other towns to find a job. You could walk all over and not see another
person. Most of the buildings needed painting and repair.
There were not even any cats or dogs around. Oakville was desolate
7 In this passage, the word desolate means -
A no inhabitants
D very humid
8 The best definition for the word "vocabulary" is -
F all of the non-fiction books in a library
G all of the words in a large dictionary
H words that begin with capital letters
J a list or collection of words or of words and phrases a person knows
Big trouble in the school band
It was late November and the Christmas concert was in only three weeks.
Mary Verde, the only harpsichord player, had moved back to Dallas. Mr.
Carpenter, the band director, did not know what he was going to do, as
the best piece for the Christmas concert required a harpsichord.
There were other problems too. William Bartles, the kettledrum player,
was causing trouble all the time. He was rude to Mr. Carpenter and to many
of the kids in the band. Most everyone, including his parents, thought
that William was very obnoxious.
Christmas came early for Mr. Carpenter when the Swanson twins moved to
town one week before the concert. Susie Swanson played the harpsichord,
and Sally Kelly played the kettledrum. And guess what? William Bartles
got the flu and could not play in the concert, which went very well. The
band got a standing ovation!
9 In this passage, the word harpsichord means -
A a Christmas song
B a Christmas costume for a band member
C a special game played only at Christmas
D a musical instrument
10 In this passage, the word obnoxious means -
F a poor kettledrum player
G not nice to people
J a good kettledrum player
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