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Grade 4 Nature and Science (Stories) CCSS: CCRA.R.1, RI.4.1

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Why are divers needed to gather sea cucumbers?
  1. Because they are hard to see from the surface
  2. Because they grow on the sea floor
  3. Because they stick to the coral reef
  4. Because they need to be gathered quickly
Grade 4 Nature and Science (Stories) CCSS: CCRA.R.3, RI.4.3

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What is MOST unique about the scientific name for the sea cucumber?
  1. It is related to a vegetable, not a sea creature.
  2. It has a meaning that is not at all related to cucumbers.
  3. It is a word with absolutely no meaning.
  4. It has been long debated by scientists.
Grade 4 Nature and Science (Stories) CCSS: CCRA.R.3, RI.4.3

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Which name for the sea-cucumber best describes its appearance?
  1. trepang
  2. sea-slug
  3. sea-cucumber
  4. Holothuroideæ
Grade 4 Nature and Science (Stories) CCSS: CCRA.R.1, RI.4.1

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From the passage you can infer that the color of smoked sea cucumbers is...
  1. black or brown
  2. white or cream
  3. yellow or gold
  4. silver or gray
Grade 4 Nature and Science (Stories) CCSS: CCRA.R.3, RI.4.3

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How do sea cucumbers react when faced with intruders?
  1. They get rid of all of their inside parts.
  2. They bare their teeth to scare them off.
  3. They appear to collapse on the ocean floor.
  4. They wiggle away with their worm-like bodies.
Grade 4 Nature and Science (Stories) CCSS: CCRA.R.1, RI.4.1

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Which detail from the passage BEST illustrates the strength of the sea cucumber's stomach?
  1. Moreover, these stomachs have digestive powers that are not to be despised
  2. far surpassing even those popularly ascribed to the ostrich
  3. he sea-cucumber actually seems to feed upon coral
  4. and even granite has been found in its stomach
Grade 4 Nature and Science (Stories) CCSS: CCRA.R.3, RI.4.3

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How does the look of sea cucumbers affect those who might like to eat them?
  1. It entices them to want to eat them more.
  2. It deters them from wanting to try them.
  3. It makes it easier for them to get to the meat.
  4. It offends their noses and sense of taste.
Grade 4 Nature and Science (Stories) CCSS: CCRA.R.3, RI.4.3

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How are sea cucumbers sold?
  1. Fresh from the sea
  2. Boiled and warm
  3. Smoked and dried
  4. Packed in salt
Grade 4 Nature and Science (Stories) CCSS: CCRA.R.4, RI.4.4

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Which choice BEST describes the meaning of DISEMBOWELED as it is used in the passage?
  1. Cut open and insides removed
  2. Boiled alive in scalding water
  3. Throwing open a stomach
  4. Seasoned with natural seasonings
Grade 4 Nature and Science (Stories) CCSS: CCRA.R.3, RI.4.3

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