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Fourth Grade (Grade 4) Reading Strategies Questions

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Grade 4 Main Idea
The sun is some ways away from Earth. It may not seem that far when you look at it in the sky. However, it is so far away that it takes eight whole minutes for the light from the sun to reach us on Earth. And yet, it is still far closer than any other star in the universe.

What is the main idea of this passage?
  1. The sun is far away from Earth.
  2. The sun’s light takes eight minutes to reach Earth.
  3. The sun appears closer than it is.
  4. There are suns across the universe.
Grade 4 Main Idea
Do you enjoy ice cream? Many people over the ages have enjoyed ice cream. The ancient Greeks ate snow mixed with honey and fruit. It really took off as a dessert in the 18th century. Today, people all over the world enjoy the wonderful taste of ice cream.

What is the main idea of this passage?
  1. The Ancient Greeks ate a version of ice cream.
  2. Ice cream has been around a long time.
  3. Ice cream was popular in the 18th century.
  4. Many people eat ice cream.
Grade 4 Making Inferences and Drawing Conclusions

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Based on the information in the passage, which statement about ancient cultures is true?
  1. They always thought the Sun was female.
  2. They thought the Sun would bring them wealth.
  3. They wanted to develop technology to understand the Sun.
  4. They believed their actions could cause the Sun to change.
Grade 4 Identifying Genre
A story that typically includes royalty and has a clear good and evil character is an example of a                .
  1. myth
  2. legend
  3. tall tale
  4. fairy tale
Grade 4 Main Idea
Libraries have existed for a long time. One of the most impressive of the early libraries was the Library of Alexandria. It was also known as the Great Library. It was estimated to hold tens of thousands of scrolls. Sadly, it was burned down.

What is the main idea of this passage?
  1. The Library of Alexandria was also called The Great Library.
  2. The Library of Alexandria held many scrolls.
  3. The Library of Alexandria was very impressive.
  4. Libraries have existed for a long time.
Grade 4 Main Idea
In the United Kingdom, they have a lot of different words for things we have. Instead of apartments, they have flats. Instead of flashlights, they have electric torches. An elevator is called a lift. Telly is the word for T.V.

What is the main idea of this passage?
  1. The United Kingdom has different words than us.
  2. An elevator is also called a lift.
  3. Apartments are called flats in the United Kingdom.
  4. The United Kingdom is weird.
Grade 4 Main Idea
Immigration has long been a part of American history. During the immigration boom of the 1800s, many immigrants entered through a place called Ellis Island. This island is in New York City. Here immigrants were processed and, if approved, granted access to the U.S.

What is the main idea of this passage?
  1. Immigrants have a long history in the U.S.
  2. Immigrants would often come through Ellis Island.
  3. Ellis Island is located in New York City.
  4. Immigrants had to be approved in order to enter the U.S
Grade 4 Figurative Language
"The lake glistened like a diamond" is an example of a
  1. personification
  2. metaphor
  3. hyperbole
  4. simile
Grade 4 Figurative Language
"The cake was a jaw-breaker" is an example of a                .
  1. simile
  2. hyperbole
  3. metaphor
  4. personification
Grade 4 Main Idea
Your immune system is what keeps you from getting sick. It is made up of two different types of white blood cells. Phagocytes fight off invading germs. Lymphocytes remember the germs so they can be more easily fought next time. Together they do their best to keep you healthy.

What is the main idea of this passage?
  1. White blood cells are part of the immune system.
  2. The immune system keeps you healthy.
  3. There are two types of white blood cells.
  4. Phagocytes destroy invading germs.
Grade 4 Main Idea
The United States used to be a lot smaller. Then President Thomas Jefferson did something to expand it in the 1800s. It was called the Louisiana Purchase. He bought a huge amount of land from France for very cheap. It more than doubled the size of the U.S.

What is the main idea of this passage?
  1. Thomas Jefferson was president in the early 1800s.
  2. The U.S. bought land from France.
  3. Thomas Jefferson was the one to conduct the Louisiana Purchase.
  4. The Louisiana Purchase greatly expanded the United States.
Grade 4 Making Inferences and Drawing Conclusions CCSS: CCRA.R.1, RL.4.1
Bob, Jim, and Kathy pedaled slowly up the hill. They could see the schoolhouse just at the crest of the hill. The sight seemed to make them pedal even slower. On the way, they passed many students. Some they played with every day, but others they had not seen since the last day of school.

Finally, Bob, Jim, and Kathy got to the schoolyard. They parked their bikes and locked them. They didn't have any books to carry into school yet. But, they would be bringing books home. Teachers always give out the books right away. A mean teacher might even give you homework immediately. Ugh!

It is likely that
  1. it is the first day of school.
  2. it is Friday.
  3. it is the day after a long holiday.
  4. everyone is going to a celebration.
Grade 4 Making Inferences and Drawing Conclusions CCSS: CCRA.R.3, RL.4.3
Choose the word that best completes the sentence.

It was obvious that Krista felt                because her face turned red when everyone laughed at her.
  1. shy
  2. embarrassed
  3. angry
  4. happy
Grade 4 Making Inferences and Drawing Conclusions CCSS: CCRA.R.1, RL.4.1
Josh woke up early on Saturday morning and looked outside the window. The sun was out and it was hot. His dad told him the day was perfect and and to get ready for a fun day. Josh grabbed a towel and they left the house.

Where do you think Josh and his dad are going?
  1. To Grandma's house
  2. To the local pool
  3. To the zoo
  4. To school
Grade 4 Figurative Language
The beautiful sunflowers danced in the field.

"Sunflowers danced" is an example of:
  1. metaphor
  2. simile
  3. idiom
  4. personification
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 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. You're a very special person.
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 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.
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