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Eighth Grade (Grade 8) English Language Arts Questions

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Grade 8 :: Main Idea by shelleygeorge
Buenos Aires, the capital city of Argentina, is known as the Paris of South America for its rich cultural treasures and its ability to attract a great many tourists. Lately, however, a bizarre problem has hit the city: it has become very difficult to make change. Indeed, this small economic crisis has come to be known as the great Buenos Aires coin shortage.

People commonly deal in transactions involving only small change, so the problem affects most people in the city. The city buses, the most common form of public transportation, take only change. A quick walk through any of the shopping districts of Buenos Aires will show the casual visitor many No Coins signs in storefront windows. Also, taxi rides are a smidgen more expensive as many drivers have begun rounding prices up to avoid dealing with change. The longest line in the city's central subway station is not for purchasing tickets or getting on the train, it's at the change window!

If you hope to visit this beautiful, up-and-coming city soon, dealing with these small inconveniences is worth it! The artistic treasures, the delicious food, the music, and the nightlife make visiting Buenos Aires truly special. Don't let the great Buenos Aires coin shortage stop you. You do need to plan to spend extra time locating coins for many of your simpler purchases and exchanges. If you are entering the city from other parts of Argentina, get a bag of coins, and take them with you! You may end up being more popular than you've ever been before!

Which sentence best describes the main idea of the news story?
  1. "You do need to plan to spend extra time locating coins for many of your simpler purchases and exchanges."
  2. "Lately, however, a bizarre problem has hit the city: it has become very difficult to make change."
  3. "A quick walk through any of the shopping districts of Buenos Aires will show the casual visitor many "No Coins" signs in storefront windows."
  4. "If you hope to visit this beautiful, up-and-coming city soon, don't let the great Buenos Aires coin shortage stop you."
Grade 8 :: Conjunction by Pixley12
Which answer identifies the conjunctions in the following sentence?

Both Mr. Dunbar and Mr. Marroquin enjoy tacos.
  1. Mr. Dunbar, Mr. Marroquin
  2. both, and
  3. enjoy, tacos
  4. both, tacos
Grade 8 :: Capitalization and Punctuation by acastillo
Choose the words that should be capitalized in the following sentence.

you must go 10 miles north to get to edinburgh.
  1. You, Destination, North
  2. You, Miles, Destination
  3. North, Edinburgh
  4. You, Edinburgh
Grade 8 :: Parts of Speech by Remington

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Identify the part of speech of the word that appears in all caps in the sentence below.

The police ran AFTER the thief.
  1. interjection
  2. conjunction
  3. preposition
  4. verb
Grade 8 :: Alliteration by Grader
Which of the following is NOT an example of alliteration?
  1. Sammy switched swiftly stopping sleepers.
  2. Bob killed Bill before he could travel to New York.
  3. Peter packed pickles partly because he was hungry.
  4. Candles cover cars before the light turned green.
Grade 8 :: Pronouns by Remington
I saw THEM on my way to school
  1. pronoun
  2. conjunction
Grade 8 :: Nouns by Jill75
Which group are abstract nouns?
  1. sadness, loyalty, trust
  2. sadly, loyally, trustworthy
  3. flock, gaggle, crowd
  4. wriggle, twist, shuffle
Grade 8 :: Figurative Language by lissebeck
Which of the following literary symbols most commonly represents evil and corruption?
  1. the eagle
  2. the serpent
  3. gold
  4. the number 3
Grade 8 :: Sentence Structure by Pixley12
Identify the verb in the following sentence:

Some people worry almost all the time.
  1. worry
  2. people
  3. almost
  4. time
Grade 8 :: Capitalization and Punctuation by Pixley12
Which of the following answer choices is punctuated correctly?
  1. On April 14 1985, our community held its bicentennial.
  2. On April 14, 1985, our community held its bicentennial.
  3. On April 14, 1985 our community held its bicentennial.
  4. On April 14, 1985 our community, held its bicentennial.
Grade 8 :: Capitalization and Punctuation by Pixley12
Which of the following sentences is punctuated correctly?
  1. Bill announced, "The library is closing in fifteen minutes."
  2. Bill announced "The library is closing in fifteen minutes"
  3. Bill announced The library is closing in fifteen minutes."
  4. Bill announced "The library is closing in fifteen minutes."
Grade 8 :: Figurative Language by lissebeck
In literature, the element of water is a common symbol that can represent all of the following except:
  1. purification
  2. cleansing
  3. childhood
  4. life
Grade 8 :: Nouns by Michala
Whom or what the sentence is about - noun or pronoun.
  1. Simple Subject
  2. Complete Subject
  3. Simple Predicate
  4. Complete Prediate
Grade 8 :: Capitalization and Punctuation by Pixley12
Which of the following choices is the correct abbreviation for December?
  1. dec
  2. Dec.
  3. Dbr.
  4. dec.
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