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Common Core Standard RI.8.8 Questions

Delineate and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, assessing whether the reasoning is sound and the evidence is relevant and sufficient; recognize when irrelevant evidence is introduced.

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Grade 8 Author's Purpose CCSS: CCRA.R.8, RI.8.8

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Why does the author reference Serena's injuries?
  1. to describe a low point in her career
  2. to show how she has overcome obstacles
  3. to support why she is no longer a strong player
  4. to explain that she is so good she can win despite being injured
Grade 8 Author's Purpose CCSS: CCRA.R.8, RI.8.8

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What is the purpose of the passage as a whole?
  1. to describe different types of weeds
  2. to talk about nettles
  3. to highlight poisonous plants
  4. to share an opinion about weeds
Grade 8 Author's Purpose CCSS: CCRA.R.8, RI.8.8

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Why does the author include information about nettles in India?
  1. to highlight another type of nettle
  2. to describe how much a nettle's sting hurts
  3. to contrast with the sting of an ordinary nettle
  4. to explain why you shouldn't run cold water on a sting
Grade 8 Fact and Opinion CCSS: CCRA.R.8, RI.8.8
Stronger pollution control laws for cars are needed to protect the air.

Which statement best supports the opinion?
  1. The Clean Air Acts required auto makers to reduce pollution emitted by cars.
  2. In the 1960s, Ralph Nader published "Unsafe at Any Speed".
  3. Cars and other means of transportation produce almost 80 percent of the carbon monoxide in the air.
  4. Chlorofluorocarbons can break down the ozone layer.
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 Cause and Effect CCSS: CCRA.R.8, RI.8.8, RST.6-8.8

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What was the main purpose of including the statistics about text-related accidents and fatalities?
  1. To point out how many young people text while they are driving
  2. To explain why all ages are guilty of using their phones in the car
  3. To show how closely the impact of texting on driving is researched
  4. To demonstrate the huge risk involved with texting behind the wheel
Grade 8 Cause and Effect CCSS: CCRA.R.8, CCRA.W.9, RI.8.8, W.8.9, W.8.9b

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