When Did It Happen in the Story?

Pretest

Read the following paragraph and answer questions 1-5.

Sam just couldn't stand the thought of all those cats never having a chance to find a new home so he quietly climbed out of his bedroom window and rode his bike to the pound. After carefully picking the lock on the gate, he stood aside as the cats walked out, one by one. The sleek black one with enormous, green shiny eyes was the leader. He told his followers to stay in line, don't look back, don't meow, and walk like a king. The last cat was the youngest one, and he did not follow directions. He stopped and looked back. His heart was breaking-he hadn't finished his dinner. The gray cat in front of him stopped and told him in a no-nonsense manner to get in line and follow the leader. After the cats exited, the gate to the animal shelter slammed shut! Sam sped off on his bike with a huge grin, climbed back in his bedroom window, and tiptoed to bed.

1. What did the leader tell the other cats to do after he told them to stay in line?
a. Walk like a king.
b. Don't drag your tail.
c. Walk in a line.
d. Don't meow.

2. What happened after the last cat stopped and meowed?
a. Cats were told to stay in line.
b. Cats walked out the gate.
c. The cat in front of the last cat stopped.
d. The gate slammed shut.

3. What happened after the cats left?
a. The gate slammed shut.
b. The youngest one cried.
c. The leader gave directions.
d. The youngest was told to get in line.

4. What happened just before Sam rode his bike home?
a. The last cat stopped and meowed.
b. The cats walked through the gate in a line.
c. He tiptoed to bed.
d. A big grin was on Sam's face.

5. What happened after Sam went out of the bedroom window?
a. He rode his bike to the pound.
b. He slammed the gate shut.
c. He picked the lock on the gate.
d. He stood back and watched the cats walk out.


Pretest, page 2

Read the next paragraph and answer the questions 6-10.

Today was just one of those days! First, Mike woke up late because the alarm didn't go off. Then, he forgot to take the electrical cord for his laptop computer with him which he realized after parking his car in the school parking lot. As he locked the car door, he remembered he had not packed the research report due today! While walking to the front door, his friend, Michelle, told him that he missed the Chess Club meeting before school. Was the rest of the day going to be like this? Mike turned around, unlocked the car door, climbed back in his car and drove home to retrieve the computer cord and the research paper. He arrived 45 minutes late for school, missing the first class entirely. With a smile, he decided that he wouldn't let it ruin his day. Things had to get better!

6. What happened just before Mike arrived at school the first time?
a. Mike woke up late.
b. The alarm clock didn't go off.
c. He arrived 45 minutes late.
d. He missed the Chess Club.

7. What happened just before Michelle told Mike he had missed the Chess Club meeting?
a. He missed the first class.
b. He remembered that he had not packed the research report.
c. He locked his car door.
d. He forgot the electrical cord for his laptop computer.

8. What happened just before Mike turned around and walked back to his car?
a. Asked himself if the rest of the day was going to be like this.
b. He walked to the front door.
c. He forgot the electrical cord to his laptop computer.
d. Michelle told him that he missed the Chess Club meeting.

9. What happened just before Mike arrived at school the second time?
a. Decided that he wouldn't let it ruin his day.
b. Michelle told him that he missed the Chess Club meeting.
c. He realized he forgot the electrical cord to his laptop computer.
d. He drove home to retrieve the computer cord and the research paper.

10. What happened just after Mike woke up?
a. The alarm clock didn't go off.
b. He missed the first class.
c. He forgot the electrical cord to his laptop computer.
d. He locked the car door.

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