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Common Core Standard RI.9-10.4 Questions

Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative, connotative, and technical meanings; analyze the cumulative impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone (e.g., how the language of a court opinion differs from that of a newspaper).

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Grade 10 Text Elements CCSS: CCRA.R.4, RI.9-10.4, RST.9-10.4

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The author uses terms such as cell membrane, nucleolus, and cytoplasm. These are all:
  1. organelles in a cell.
  2. stages in the life of a cell.
  3. types of cells.
  4. shapes of lipids.
Grade 10 Simile CCSS: CCRA.R.4, RI.9-10.4

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A simile is a comparison that uses like or as. The author of this passage uses a simile to:
  1. explain the difference between endocytosis and exocytosis
  2. compare the process of diffusion to a household product
  3. describe the energy molecules needed to move up concentration gradients
  4. help the reader connect with the main idea of the passage
Grade 10 Context Clues CCSS: CCRA.R.4, RI.9-10.4, RST.9-10.4

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The author says many modern-day fish evolved from earlier types of fish. Based on the information in the passage, EVOLVED means
  1. gradually developed into a more complex form.
  2. moved from one habitat to another.
  3. closely resembled in shape and appearance.
  4. shared the same biological parents.
Grade 10 Context Clues CCSS: CCRA.R.4, RI.9-10.4, RST.9-10.4

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The author says annelids have segmented bodies. Based on the information in the passage, SEGMENTED means
  1. contains a backbone
  2. lack of a backbone
  3. kept as a whole
  4. divided into parts
Grade 10 Context Clues CCSS: CCRA.R.4, RI.9-10.4, RST.9-10.4

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ACTIVE TRANSPORT, as used in the passage, can best be defined as:
  1. the process of moving molecules up concentration gradients
  2. the movement of molecules down concentration gradients
  3. the tiny holes found within concentration gradients
  4. the ability of water to pass through concentration gradients
Grade 9 Context Clues CCSS: CCRA.R.4, RI.9-10.4
"The government first began recognizing the holiday through ordinances in 1885 and 1886."

The word ORDINANCES most likely means...
  1. a religious rite
  2. an authoritative order
  3. a piece of legislation enacted by a city
  4. a regular event
Grade 10 Making Inferences and Drawing Conclusions CCSS: CCRA.R.4, RI.9-10.4

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Based on the text, you can infer that a pickerel is...
  1. A type of flower
  2. A type of frog
  3. A type of fish
  4. A type of weed
Grade 9 Context Clues CCSS: CCRA.R.4, RI.9-10.4

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Grade 9 Making Inferences and Drawing Conclusions CCSS: CCRA.R.4, RI.9-10.4

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What is the most likely meaning of the word "musher"?
  1. Lead dog
  2. Sled driver
  3. Winning racer
  4. Company sponsor
Grade 10 Context Clues CCSS: CCRA.R.4, RI.9-10.4

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The passages discuss drug abuse. In the context of the passages, which choice best represents the meaning of ABUSE?
  1. Use something for a negative purpose
  2. Treat someone with cruelty
  3. Use something improperly
  4. Use something habitually and excessively
Grade 10 Context Clues CCSS: CCRA.R.4, RI.9-10.4

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Based on the passage an IRRITANT is...
  1. Something that is annoying
  2. Something that makes you cry
  3. Something that causes bodily discomfort
  4. Something that is spicy
Grade 9 Main Idea CCSS: CCRA.R.4, RI.9-10.4

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The word QUANDARIES most likely means...
  1. Difficult situations
  2. States of uncertainty
  3. Boundaries
  4. Various items not important enoguh to be mentioned individually
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