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Common Core Standard RI.8.4 Questions

Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including analogies or allusions to other texts.

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Grade 8 Context Clues CCSS: CCRA.R.4, RI.8.4, RST.6-8.4

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The author says that for a red moon to appear the Earth, sun, and moon must align precisely. PRECISELY means:
  1. connect in a circle
  2. happens only twice a year
  3. must happen exactly
  4. on top of each other
Grade 8 Context Clues CCSS: CCRA.R.4, RI.8.4, RST.6-8.4

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The author describes the sun as a dynamic structure. DYNAMIC means:
  1. positive in energy and attitude.
  2. full of constant change or activity.
  3. a large range of sound.
  4. very simple in shape.
Grade 8 Making Inferences and Drawing Conclusions CCSS: CCRA.R.4, RI.8.4

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What does the phrase "ill weeds grow apace" mean?
  1. Weeds that are dying often grow slowly.
  2. The plants we don't want to grow often grow quickly and abundantly.
  3. Removing weeds allows other plants to grow well.
  4. Weeds are sick plants that have the ability to ruin our gardens.
Grade 8 Vocabulary CCSS: CCRA.R.4, RI.8.4

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What is the meaning of the word mordanted as it is used in the last paragraph?
  1. a process designed to keep color strong in fabric
  2. the process of wringing out the fabric
  3. cutting the fabric into two pieces
  4. dyeing the fabric to make it a new color
Grade 8 Vocabulary CCSS: CCRA.R.4, RI.8.4

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Grade 8 Making Inferences and Drawing Conclusions CCSS: CCRA.R.4, RI.8.4

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What does the term anechoic most likely mean?
  1. Sound quality testing
  2. Free of sound
  3. Only natural noise
  4. Noise pollution
Grade 8 Vocabulary CCSS: CCRA.R.4, RI.8.4

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Grade 8 Supporting Details CCSS: CCRA.R.4, RI.8.4

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What is a "Serena Slam"?
  1. How Serena hits the ball
  2. The speed of Serena's serve
  3. Winning all four Grand Slam events
  4. Serena's nickname for her racket
Grade 8 Vocabulary CCSS: CCRA.R.4, RI.8.4

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The key terms abuse and binge are used throughout the article. What trait to these key terms refer to?
  1. appropriate use of alcohol
  2. alcohol use while driving
  3. misuse of alcohol
  4. alcohol use in teens
Grade 8 Reading Strategies CCSS: CCRA.R.4, RI.8.4

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Based on the passage, what does jurisdiction mean?
  1. an area where justice can take place
  2. a place where jurors are allowed to rest
  3. authority of a sovereign power to govern
  4. the power or right to exercise authority
Grade 8 Author's Purpose CCSS: CCRA.R.4, CCRA.R.8, RI.8.4, RI.8.8

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Why does the speaker repeat the words "last night"?
  1. To draw attention to the negative actions of Japan
  2. To make the speech flow better
  3. To show action that will be taken against Japan
  4. To quickly cover what happened
Grade 8 Reading Strategies CCSS: CCRA.R.4, CCRA.R.5, RI.8.4, RI.8.5

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Why are the words (or thoughtful) included in parentheses?
  1. To introduce another personality type
  2. To help define the meditative personality type
  3. To describe Briggs' future son-in-law
  4. To distract the reader from the text
Grade 8 Reading Strategies CCSS: CCRA.R.4, RI.8.4

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Grade 8 Figurative Language CCSS: CCRA.R.4, RI.8.4

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What does the word "premeditated" mean as used in the speech?
  1. Planned in advance
  2. Happened at random
  3. Done intentionally
  4. Not planned thoroughly
Grade 8 Reading Strategies CCSS: CCRA.R.4, RI.8.4
In the passage, the word OBSERVANCE most likely means...
  1. Practice or ceremony
  2. Memorial or somber event
  3. Normal day activities
  4. Pomp and circumstance
Grade 8 Figurative Language CCSS: CCRA.R.4, RI.8.4

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What is the meaning of the word legacy as it is used in the third paragraph?
  1. a gift of money or personal property donated by a will
  2. a memorial commemorating a person after his/her death
  3. a way for people to influence local educational policies
  4. a document containing important historical information

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