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Common Core Standard RL.8.4 Questions

Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative and connotative 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 Figurative Language CCSS: CCRA.R.4, RL.8.4
Grade 8 Context Clues CCSS: CCRA.R.4, RL.8.4

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In the next to last line, the speaker uses the word TEMPEST. The meaning of the word tempest is most likely
  1. a play by Shakespeare.
  2. a Greek god.
  3. a calm ride on a ship.
  4. a violent, windy storm.
Grade 8 Figurative Language CCSS: CCRA.R.4, CCRA.L.5, RL.8.4, L.7.5, L.7.5a

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

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What does the author of the passage most likely mean by the phrase "idle hands could be dangerous"?
  1. Being lazy could get you in trouble with the gods.
  2. Not keeping busy can lead to trouble and curiosity.
  3. The jar was tempting Pandora to ignore her chores.
  4. Zeus would be disappointed in her if she didn't work hard.
Grade 8 Poetic Devices CCSS: CCRA.R.4, RL.8.4
When reading poetry aloud, whenever you come across a strange space between words you should:
  1. observe it in your pace
  2. ignore it
  3. fill a word of your choice in
  4. write a nasty letter to the poet
Grade 8 Langston Hughes CCSS: CCRA.R.4, RL.8.4
What is the speaker referring to when he says "I am the darker brother?"
  1. His family role
  2. His troubled past
  3. His skin color
  4. His angry mood
Grade 8 Figurative Language CCSS: CCRA.R.4, RL.8.4
"Does anyone know what is going on?" asked Kytara as she approached her friends. Everyone at Bilderbuss High School was gathered in the parking lot, and the front doors of the school were blocked by firefighters. Kytara noticed that the air was full of hushed whispers and nervous laughter.
"The fire alarm started blaring an hour ago," Digger told her in hushed tones. "The fire department is checking each room to make sure there's no danger before they let everyone back in."
"I sure hope it's a false alarm," said Oibo with a sigh. "I am supposed to be studying for my history exam, but my books are inside the library."
"Look, there is Principal Rawthorne," Kytara said, her eyes wide with admiration. The principal moved through the anxious crowd like a swan sailing effortlessly across a lake.
"Everything will be okay now," said Digger. "Principal Rawthorne served in the U.S. military for more than 20 years before becoming a teacher. There's nothing she can't handle."
"Oh, good," Oibo replied happily. "Maybe I'll pass that history exam after all."

The author uses an analogy in which of the following statements?
  1. Kytara noticed that the air was full of hushed whispers and nervous laughter.
  2. "Principal Rawthorne served in the U.S. military for more than 20 years before becoming a teacher."
  3. The principal moved through the anxious crowd like a swan sailing effortlessly across a lake.
  4. Everyone at Bilderbuss High School was gathered in the parking lot, and the front doors of the school were blocked by firefighters.
Grade 8 Langston Hughes CCSS: CCRA.R.4, RL.8.4
Grade 8 Figurative Language CCSS: CCRA.R.4, RL.8.4

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In this line from the poem, which statement most accurately describes the meaning of the hyperbole?

living all the lifetimes in a heartbeat
  1. The author shows the importance of the moment when the speaker feels grown up.
  2. The author suggests that one should always listen to the heart instead of the mind.
  3. The author tells the reader that some moments are longer than many lifetimes.
  4. The author implies that the speaker has a heart condition and needs to be careful.
Grade 8 Story Elements CCSS: CCRA.R.4, RL.8.4

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Why is the story ironic?
  1. The kids are on a mission to find something mysterious.
  2. It involves Bigfoot and suspense.
  3. It is called "The Sighting" but the kids don't see anything.
  4. The kids end up being spooked by a large boar.
Grade 8 Figurative Language CCSS: CCRA.R.4, RL.8.4

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Grade 8 Reading Strategies CCSS: CCRA.R.4, RL.8.4

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In the fifth paragraph, Mrs. Dunderfluke is referred to as the school's benefactor. Which of these phrases best describes the meaning of benefactor?
  1. one who receives money
  2. one who lives in near poverty
  3. one who works as a seamstress
  4. one who gives aid to others
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