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Grade 5 Animals (Stories) CCSS: CCRA.R.1, RI.5.1

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Based on the passage, you can infer that hares...
  1. love being pets and are easy to capture for that purpose
  2. are difficult to capture and tame as pets
  3. make poor pets because of their wild nature
  4. are hard to find and capture in the wild
Grade 5 Animals (Stories) CCSS: CCRA.R.6, RI.5.6

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After reading the passage, you can infer that the author...
  1. thinks squirrels are magnificent creatures
  2. likes squirrels equally as well as other woodland animals
  3. despises squirrels because they belong to the rodent family
  4. finds squirrels to be interesting for scientific study
Grade 5 Animals (Stories) CCSS: CCRA.R.3, RI.5.3

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Why aren't black squirrels seen very often?
  1. They exist in very small numbers, so they are nearly extinct.
  2. They are driven away by gray squirrels who generally populate areas where humans live.
  3. They have fur that changes to red halfway through the year.
  4. They burrow deep into the ground where they have food stores.
Grade 5 Animals (Stories) CCSS: CCRA.R.3, RI.5.3

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Which family does the lynx belong to?
  1. The rodent family
  2. The dog family
  3. The wolf family
  4. The cat family
Grade 5 Animals (Stories) CCSS: CCRA.R.3, RI.5.3

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Which choice best explains why squirrels need lots of hard nuts to eat?
  1. Squirrels like challenges and hard nuts provide them with entertainment and food.
  2. Squirrels have very complicated nests and use the shells of hard nuts to help make their nests.
  3. Squirrels need energy and hard nuts provide the right amount of protein.
  4. Squirrels are gnawers and need nuts to help keep their teeth in shape.
Grade 5 Animals (Stories) CCSS: CCRA.R.3, RI.5.3

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Which feature of the lynx is most captivating?
  1. Its ears
  2. Its eyes
  3. Its fur
  4. Its teeth
Grade 5 Animals (Stories) CCSS: CCRA.R.3, RI.5.3

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When it comes to getting away from danger, the passage says which feature is a hare's best asset?
  1. Its long hind legs
  2. Its keen ears.
  3. Its sharp back claws.
  4. Its ability to swim.
Grade 5 Animals (Stories) CCSS: CCRA.R.1, RI.5.1

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Grade 5 Animals (Stories) CCSS: CCRA.R.3, RI.5.3

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Why does the author claim the hare family is one of the largest in the world?
  1. It is comprised of many different types.
  2. It is found in nearly every area of the world.
  3. It is made up of many large animals.
  4. It is full of many popular creatures.
Grade 5 Animals (Stories) CCSS: CCRA.R.5, RI.5.5

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Why does the author most likely include the story about the lynx and the goat?
  1. To illustrate just how ferocious the lynx is
  2. To help contrast the European lynx with the Canadian lynx
  3. To make the piece more entertaining to read
  4. To warn humans about the dangers of interacting with the lynx
Grade 5 Animals (Stories) CCSS: CCRA.R.3, RI.5.3

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Why did the government of Switzerland offer a reward for every lynx killed?
  1. Because the government wanted the money from the fur
  2. Because the lynx was so dangerous to other animals in the country
  3. Because the government wanted to encourage the lynx to live elsewhere
  4. Because the lynx was becoming overpopulated
Grade 5 Animals (Stories) CCSS: CCRA.R.4, RI.5.4

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According to the passage, why do squirrels often have puffy cheeks?
  1. They like to hold air in their cheeks.
  2. Their cheeks contain stores of extra fat.
  3. They collect nuts and other food in their cheeks to store for the winter.
  4. Their cheeks are full of air which helps them to breathe better.
Grade 5 Animals (Stories) CCSS: CCRA.R.1, RI.5.1

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The author calls the hare a "stupid little beast". Which detail from the passage best supports this observation?
  1. A young hare family remain together until they are half grown, when they separate, continuing to live near their native spot, for hares are not travellers, and, unless disturbed, seldom change their home.
  2. The hare is the worst mother in the world. When her little ones are four or five days old, she leaves them unprotected in their nest, and scampers away to enjoy herself, returning once or twice, perhaps, to nurse her forlorn babies, and then leaving them to shift for themselves.
  3. Hares have no means of defending themselves, except their sharp toe-nails, which they rarely think of using, and they fall an easy prey to the many enemies which beset them.
  4. Hares are good swimmers, but will not enter the water unless to avoid a foe.
Grade 5 Animals (Stories) CCSS: CCRA.R.4, RI.5.4

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What is the name for a chipmunk's nest?
  1. snuggery
  2. gallery
  3. burrow
  4. nest
Grade 5 Animals (Stories) CCSS: CCRA.R.3, RI.5.3

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Which type of lynx would be most easily captured and tamed?
  1. European lynx
  2. Canada lynx
  3. Swamp lynx
  4. No lynx
Grade 5 Animals (Stories) CCSS: CCRA.R.3, RI.5.3

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Which word BEST describes a hare's nest?
  1. Burrow
  2. Camouflage
  3. Visible
  4. Large
Grade 5 Animals (Stories) CCSS: CCRA.R.3, RI.5.3

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Which word BEST describes a squirrel's nest?
  1. intricate
  2. tangled
  3. messy
  4. chaotic
Grade 5 Animals (Stories) CCSS: CCRA.R.5, RI.5.5

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Why does the author MOST LIKELY include the detail about Benjamin Franklin?
  1. To show the popularity of hares as pets
  2. To provide a specific example of a hare as a pet
  3. To show why hares don't always make good pets
  4. To explain how to tame a hare to make it a pet
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