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Common Core Standard RI.9-10.8 Questions

Delineate and evaluate the argument and specific claims in a text, assessing whether the reasoning is valid and the evidence is relevant and sufficient; identify false statements and fallacious reasoning.

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Grade 9 Fact and Opinion CCSS: CCRA.R.8, RI.9-10.8
Which of the following statements is a fact?
  1. Heart disease is a leading cause of death in America.
  2. Burning the American flag should be a crime.
  3. It is much harder for someone who is 16 to raise a child than someone who is 30.
  4. People who graduate from college are smarter than people who drop out of high school
Grade 9 Fact and Opinion CCSS: CCRA.R.8, RI.9-10.8
Which one of these statements is an opinion?
  1. According to the MLB rule book, there are 9 innings in a baseball game.
  2. The average salary of an NFL quarterback in 2009 was 15 million dollars.
  3. Barry Bonds holds the record for the most homeruns in a season.
  4. John Elway is still the greatest quarterback in NFL history.
Grade 9 Main Idea CCSS: CCRA.R.8, RI.9-10.8
What Sentence might provide the BEST EVIDENCE for the following controlling idea.

"Before the crusades brought in new food and new flavors from outside, food in the Middle Ages was more varied for the richer population than that of the poor"
  1. "In fact, when you were eating in a medieval castle, the salt would be on the table in a huge fancy salt cellar, and the rich people would sit near the salt so they could use it, while the poor people sat further down the long table and couldn't use the salt." (Paragraph 3)
  2. "In the Middle Ages in Europe, what people ate depended a lot on how rich they were." (Paragraph 1)
  3. "They grew herbs like parsley, chives, basil and rosemary to flavor their food." (Paragraph 2)
  4. "...they had spices to put on their food, expensive spices that had to come all the way from India like pepper and cinnamon." (Paragraph 3)
Grade 9 Fact and Opinion CCSS: CCRA.R.8, RI.9-10.8
Which of the following is not a fact?
  1. George Washington was the first President of the United States.
  2. John Adams was the smartest President.
  3. Ronald Reagan was one of the Presidents of the United States.
  4. George Bush was a Republican became President in 1989.
Grade 9 Fact and Opinion CCSS: CCRA.R.8, RI.9-10.8
The best amendment that was passed by Congress was the 19th Amendment. It states that, "the rights of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex." I think that all women should be proud and vote in every election. It wasn't so long ago, that men prevented the most intelligent gender in America from voting!

Which of the following sentences from above is not an opinion?
  1. The best amendment that was passed by Congress was the 19th Amendment.
  2. It wasn't so long ago, that men prevented the most intelligent gender in America from voting!
  3. I think that all women should be proud and vote in every election.
  4. It states that, "the rights of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.
Grade 9 Fact and Opinion CCSS: CCRA.R.8, RI.9-10.8
Which of the following questions is an opinion?
  1. In the early 1800s, the United States negotiated treaties with European nations to settle boundary disputes.
  2. The treaty, that removed warships from the Great Lakes, is called the Rush-Bagot Agreement
  3. The state of Florida was bought from Spain in the Adams-Onis Treaty.
  4. The Treaty of Ghent tried to settle boundary disputes between the United States and Canada, and was the worst treaty ever.
Grade 10 Making Inferences and Drawing Conclusions CCSS: CCRA.R.8, RI.9-10.8

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What point does Passage 2 bring up that Passage 1 does not include?
  1. The physical problems that result from trying to quit
  2. The negative effects that come from abusing drugs
  3. The power of peer pressure in encouraging drug abuse
  4. The difficulty in overcoming drug abuse
Grade 10 Making Inferences and Drawing Conclusions CCSS: CCRA.R.8, RI.9-10.8

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Which choice shows why Passage 2 cannot reach maximum effectiveness?
  1. The lack of the severity of the consequences
  2. The changed names
  3. A lack of credibility
  4. A limited viewpoint
Grade 9 Author's Purpose CCSS: CCRA.R.8, RI.9-10.8

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Why did the author write this passage?
  1. To help people diagnose themselves with the disorder
  2. To educate others about the disorder
  3. To provide a specific example of someone with the disorder
  4. To encourage those with the disorder to seek help
Grade 10 Making Inferences and Drawing Conclusions CCSS: CCRA.R.8, RI.9-10.8, RST.9-10.8

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Why does the author of this passage refer to the concept of removing a card from a library's card catalog?
  1. To illustrate the complexity of deleting computer data
  2. To contrast the amount of data on computers to that in books
  3. To demonstrate why libraries are falling behind online information
  4. To indicate how often people fail to effectively delete their private data
Grade 10 Making Inferences and Drawing Conclusions CCSS: CCRA.R.8, RI.9-10.8

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Which point about why people abuse drugs from Passage 1 does Passage 2 support?
  1. They want to feel good.
  2. They want to stop feeling bad.
  3. They want to do well in school.
  4. They want to have more energy.
Grade 10 Supporting Details CCSS: CCRA.R.8, RI.9-10.8

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How could the author of the passage make the argument against drug abuse even stronger?
  1. Introduce the names and descriptions of abused drugs
  2. Provide specific examples of problems drug abusers face
  3. Use fear tactics to scare teens away from drugs
  4. Keep repeating how bad drugs are for teens
Grade 9 Main Idea CCSS: CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.8, RI.9-10.2, RI.9-10.8

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The passage seeks to...
  1. Define what it means to buy organic foods
  2. Educate consumers about organic labeling
  3. Explain the problems with buying organic
  4. Argue that the organic labeling system needs work
Grade 9 Supporting Details CCSS: CCRA.R.8, RI.9-10.8

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Grade 10 Supporting Details CCSS: CCRA.R.8, RI.9-10.8

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How does the author enhance the discussion on distracted driving?
  1. By citing a national study on distracted driving
  2. By pointing out instances of distracted driving
  3. By incorporating stories from actual teen drivers
  4. By loading the passage with personal opinion
Grade 9 Point of View CCSS: CCRA.R.8, RI.9-10.8

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What position does the passage take on secondhand smoke?
  1. Secondhand smoke is bad for the smoker.
  2. Secondhand smoke causes lots of problems, including death, to others.
  3. Secondhand smoke is only bad in Europe.
  4. Secondhand smoke doesn't cause as many problems as people think.
Grade 9 Point of View CCSS: CCRA.R.8, RI.9-10.8

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Grade 10 Author's Purpose CCSS: CCRA.R.8, CCRA.R.9, RI.9-10.8, RI.9-10.9

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What purpose does Obama hope to accomplish through this speech?
  1. To instantly solve the tensions between the U.S. and Muslims.
  2. To open the dialogue and begin to improve relations between the U.S. and Muslims.
  3. To remind Muslims of the attacks that took place on September 11, 2001.
  4. To justify the treatment of Muslims since September 11, 2001.
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