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Fourth Grade (Grade 4) English Language Arts Questions

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Grade 4 Main Idea CCSS: CCRA.R.2, RI.4.2
Benjamin Franklin loved the city of Philadelphia. He started the city's first hospital and fire department. Ben also started Philadelphia's first public library. Benjamin Franklin worked very hard to make Philadelphia a better place to live.

What is the main idea?
  1. Benjamin Franklin worked hard to make his city a great place to live.
  2. Benjamin Franklin worked for the fire department.
  3. Benjamin Franklin knew a lot about books.
  4. Benjamin Franklin went to school in Philadelphia.
Grade 4 Hyperbole CCSS: CCRA.L.5, L.4.5
Which is an example of hyperbole?
  1. Her mother told her a million times.
  2. She is one silly girl.
  3. I enjoy having you all in class.
  4. Your a very special person.
Grade 4 Prefixes and Suffixes
Nonsense means to make sense.
  1. True
  2. False
Grade 4 Onomatopoeia CCSS: CCRA.L.5, L.4.5
Which word is an example of onomatopoeia?
  1. run
  2. hit
  3. bang
  4. silly
Grade 4 Types of Sentences CCSS: CCRA.L.1
Which sentence is imperative?
  1. I like your new dress.
  2. Take off your shoes.
  3. Your shoes are muddy.
  4. Those boots are nice.
Grade 4 Figurative Language CCSS: CCRA.R.4, CCRA.L.5, RL.4.4, L.4.5, L.4.5a
The young boy was a skyscraper next to his friend.

What does the sentence mean?
  1. He was a building.
  2. The young boy was shorter than his friend.
  3. The young boy was much taller than his friend.
  4. He had many stories.
Grade 4 Figurative Language
I'm going to "hit the hay" early tonight is an example of which figurative language?
  1. personification
  2. hyperbole
  3. idiom
  4. alliteration
Grade 4 Story Elements CCSS: CCRA.R.2, RL.4.2
Caleb was having a really bad day. He was being rude to everyone! He pushed Fred on his way to class, and even threw Michael's books out of his hands. When it came time to go to the basketball game that night at school, Caleb decided to go to the concession stand and order a hot dog and a soda. As he waited for his food, he stuck his hand in his pocket to get his money but it was gone! He must have lost it. He turned around to ask Michael if he could borrow some money but Michael was just laughing at him.

What would be the BEST theme for this passage?
  1. Everything always works out in the end.
  2. You should always carry extra money.
  3. Always treat people as kindly as you would like to be treated.
  4. Be nice to everyone, they could end up being a good friend.
Grade 4 Capitalization and Punctuation CCSS: CCRA.L.2, L.4.2, L.4.2a, L.4.2b
Which sentence is written correctly?
  1. "How have you been"? asked Kim.
  2. "How have you been," asked Kim
  3. "how have you been?" asked Kim?
  4. "How have you been?" asked Kim.
Grade 4 Main Idea CCSS: CCRA.R.8, RI.4.8
I am very upset with your company and the service I received. I saw a commercial on TV about your latest CD "All the Loud Music Hits" and decided to buy it. I called the number on the screen and ordered the CD and was very excited to receive it so that I could listen to the great songs it was supposed to have on it. It took two weeks for the CD to arrive at my house even though I paid extra to have it arrive in three days. When I got the CD, it was not "All the Loud Music Hits." Instead you sent me "Rockin' With the Oldies" and a bill for $9.99.

Why does the author summarize her experience of discovering, purchasing and receiving the CD?
  1. To provide the company with specific details
  2. To better explain her disappointment
  3. To show where the company went wrong
  4. All of the above
Grade 4 Main Idea CCSS: CCRA.R.2, RL.4.2
In a field one summer's day a grasshopper was hopping about, chirping and singing to its heart's content. A group of ants walked by, grunting as they struggled to carry plump kernels of corn.

"Where are you going with those heavy things?" asked the grasshopper.

Without stopping, the first ant replied, "To our ant hill. This is the third kernel I've delivered today."

"Why not come and sing with me," teased the grasshopper, "instead of working so hard?"

"We are helping to store food for the winter," said the ant, "and think you should do the same."

"Winter is far away and it is a glorious day to play," sang the grasshopper.

But the ants went on their way and continued their hard work.

The weather soon turned cold. All the food lying in the field was covered with a thick white blanket of snow that even the grasshopper could not dig through. Soon the grasshopper found itself dying of hunger.

He staggered to the ants' hill and saw them handing out corn from the stores they had collected in the summer. He begged them for something to eat.

"What!" cried the ants in surprise, "haven't you stored anything away for the winter? What in the world were you doing all last summer?"

"I didn't have time to store any food," complained the grasshopper; "I was so busy playing music that before I knew it the summer was gone."

The ants shook their heads in disgust, turned their backs on the grasshopper and went on with their work.

What is the moral of the story?
  1. Work first, then play.
  2. Share with others.
  3. YOLO (you only live once)
  4. Friendship
Grade 4 Defining Words
Choose the best definition for the word construct from those below.
  1. result, something produced by a cause
  2. to build or form by combining pieces
  3. to verbally disagree
  4. the result of fixing or mending
  5. a route, corridor, or pathway for traveling
Grade 4 Figurative Language
Does the sentence contain a metaphor or a simile?

Cameron looked like a speeding bullet as he raced to the finish line.
  1. Metaphor
  2. Simile
Grade 4 Cause and Effect
A                 is why something happened.
  1. cause
  2. effect
Grade 4 Story Elements CCSS: CCRA.R.3, RL.4.3
Mrs. Melissa called my name to come sit in her chair. First, she washed my hair. I love the smell of the shampoo she uses. Then, once she was done washing my hair, she began to cut my hair. I love getting my hair cut!

What is the setting of this story?
  1. Farm
  2. Desert
  3. Barbershop
  4. School
Grade 4 Simile CCSS: CCRA.L.5, L.4.5a
A simile is an imaginative comparison between two different things using words such as "like" or "as."
  1. True
  2. False
Grade 4 Defining Words
To include is to
  1. have someone or something as a part or member.
  2. have great value.
  3. correct something in writing.
  4. separate a whole into parts.
Grade 4 Figurative Language CCSS: CCRA.L.5, L.4.5c
"We don't want things to get out of hand", means that someone doesn't want a situation to get out of control. These words mean something different than what they are literally saying. This is an example of (a/an)                .
  1. Idiom
  2. Personification
  3. Simile
  4. Onomatopoeia
Grade 4 Context Clues CCSS: CCRA.R.4, RI.4.4
What is Dew?

Moisture collected from the atmosphere by the action of cold. During the day, the powerful heat of the sun causes to arise from the earth and water a moist vapor, which, after the sun sinks below the horizon, is condensed by the cold, and falls in the form of dew. Dew is more copious in the Spring and Autumn than at any other season. It is also more common in warm countries than in cold ones because of the sudden changes of temperature. Egypt abounds in dew all summer long; for the air is too hot to condense the vapors in the day-time and the dew never gathers into clouds and form rain.

According to the passage above, dew is most likely
  1. large drops of rain falling from the sky.
  2. water vapor that condenses in the clouds.
  3. small droplets that form when water vapor condenses.
  4. the water that makes up the lakes and puddles on earth.
Grade 4 Defining Words
Offspring is
  1. traits or behaviors that protect animals.
  2. the ability to protect from harm or attack.
  3. to defend.
  4. the young of an animal or a human being.
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