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Grade 4 Summarizing
To retell in few words is to               .
  1. predict
  2. explain
  3. infer
  4. summarize
Grade 4 Summarizing CCSS: CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.2, RL.4.1, RL.4.2

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What needed to happen for the old woman to get home?
  1. She had to find her way.
  2. The pig had to jump over the stile.
  3. The fire had to burn the rope.
  4. Her horse had to move.
Grade 4 Summarizing CCSS: CCRA.R.2, RL.4.2

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Which choice is the best summary of the story?
  1. The pig refused to jump over the stile.
  2. A woman gave a saucer of milk to a cat so it would kill a rat.
  3. A woman bought a pig at the market, but she had a hard time getting it home.
  4. The butcher refused to kill the ox.
Grade 4 Summarizing CCSS: CCRA.R.1, RI.4.1

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Select the best summary of the article.
  1. The Trojans were given a peace offering by the Greeks and brought it into their city.
  2. The Trojans were blind and did not see that the peace offering was going to harm their city.
  3. The Trojans had fought long and hard and were finally glad that the war was over.
  4. The Trojans had been in the middle of a long and difficult war against the Greeks.
Grade 4 Summarizing

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Why did the old woman need milk from the cow?
  1. to get the cat to kill the rat
  2. to give to her pig
  3. to make butter for her bread
  4. to sell at the market
Grade 4 Summarizing

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Except for the cat, whenever the old woman asked something to help her, it
  1. would not do it.
  2. called for help.
  3. gave an excuse.
  4. asked for money.
Grade 4 Summarizing CCSS: CCRA.R.6, RL.4.6

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Which sentence summarizes the speaker's thoughts in the poem in the text?
  1. Your name is everything.
  2. Your name is what you make it.
  3. Your name carries a lot of weight.
  4. Your name can make or break you.
Grade 4 Summarizing
To create a timeline of events or show what happened from beginning to end is to               .
  1. formulate
  2. explain
  3. trace
  4. infer
Grade 4 Summarizing CCSS: CCRA.R.1, RI.4.1

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Which two quotations from the article best support the answer to Part A?
  1. There had been a time when the Trojans had gone out and fought with their enemies on the plain, sometimes they had beaten them in battle, and once they had very nearly burnt their ships.
  2. We can easily believe then that Priam, King of Troy, and his people were very glad to hear that one day the Greeks had gone home.
  3. A great rattling sound was heard, and the Trojans, if they had not been very blind and foolish, might have known that there was something wrong.
  4. 'You must make a Horse of Wood to be a peace-offering to Minerva. Make it, I advise you, very great, so that the Trojans may not take it within their walls.
  5. For while Laoco├Ân, the priest of Neptune, the same that had thrown his spear at the Horse, was sacrificing a bull on the altar of his god, two great serpents came across the sea from a certain island that was near.
  6. That night they kept a feast to the gods with great joy, not knowing that the end of their city was now close at hand.
Grade 4 Summarizing CCSS: CCRA.R.2, RL.4.2

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Which sentence summarizes the speaker's thoughts in A Valentine?
  1. Love requires fancy notes and gifts.
  2. A simple "I love you" is good enough.
  3. Grandma looks the same as when she was young.
  4. Grandma has started to look a lot older and has white hair.
Grade 4 Summarizing CCSS: CCRA.R.5, RI.4.5
Read the paragraph below.

Goosebumps happen when your body gets cold or when you have a strong feeling, such as fear. Nerves carry a signal to tiny muscles in the skin. The muscles tighten. The muscles make the hair on the body stand up.

Which of the following sentences would be the best conclusion to the paragraph?
  1. Sometimes I get scared at night and get goosebumps.
  2. This causes the little bumps known as goosebumps.
  3. Science fiction books can be scary, too.
  4. If you have big muscles, you will get goosebumps more often.
Grade 4 Summarizing CCSS: CCRA.R.1, CCRA.R.2, RL.4.1, RL.4.2

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What happened when the old woman gave the cat the milk?
  1. It got dark outside.
  2. The cow became angry.
  3. The cat ran away.
  4. It set off a chain reaction.
Grade 4 Summarizing CCSS: CCRA.R.1, RL.4.1

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Which lines from the poem show evidence of the answer to Part A?
  1. And, though her hair is snowy white,/Her eyes still have their maiden blue,
  2. No perfumed page nor sheet of gold/Was that first hint of love he sent,
  3. But with the secret gran'pa told---/"I love you"---gran'ma was content.
  4. If---though her head be bowed and gray---/If---though her feeble pulse be chill---
Grade 4 Summarizing CCSS: CCRA.R.3, RL.4.3

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In the text, what can be learned about Peter Rabbit from his statement, "I don't see what Mother Nature ever gave me such a common sounding name as that for"?
  1. Peter Rabbit is usually in a bad mood.
  2. Peter Rabbit is angry with his mother.
  3. Peter Rabbit doesn't want to be bothered.
  4. Peter Rabbit doesn't like his name.
Grade 4 Summarizing CCSS: CCRA.R.3, RI.4.3

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Which detail best explains why Stonehenge can be used to determine the summer and winter solstice?
  1. The circular placement of the rocks mimics the shape of the sun.
  2. The heat absorbed by the rocks helped humans tell the time and temperature.
  3. The sun rose an set over one of the main rocks during different times during the year.
  4. The rocks contain marks showing the time between the summer and winter solstice.
Grade 4 Summarizing CCSS: CCRA.R.1, RI.4.1

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Which detail best explains why the area is called the Ring of Fire?
  1. It also has a lot of seismic activity which causes earthquakes.
  2. This ring is actually shaped more like a horseshoe than a ring.
  3. Around 75 percent of all volcanoes on Earth are found in the Ring of Fire.
  4. People who live in the Ring of Fire take extra precautions to make sure they stay safe.
Grade 4 Summarizing CCSS: CCRA.R.7, RI.3.7, RI.4.7

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How long do you have to prepare for a free throw?
  1. 5 seconds
  2. 10 seconds
  3. 15 seconds
  4. 20 seconds
Grade 4 Summarizing CCSS: CCRA.R.3, RL.4.3
Ethan and Eli are brothers. Ethan likes to play with Spiderman toys, whereas Eli likes to play with Disney toys. Both boys like to play computer games.

What sentence compares the brothers?
  1. Ethan and Eli are brothers.
  2. Ethan likes to play with Spiderman toys, whereas Eli like to play with Disney toys.
  3. Both boys like to play computer games.
  4. None of the above.
Grade 4 Summarizing CCSS: CCRA.R.2, RL.4.2
In order to give a good summary of a story, you must make sure you include which of the following:
  1. only the most important details, your own words, what the story is mostly about
  2. as many details as possible, all of the events in the story, in order, the author's words
  3. all of the above
  4. none of the above
Grade 4 Summarizing

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According to "Let Dogs Delight to Bark and Bite," children should be
  1. kind.
  2. angry.
  3. mean.
  4. lazy.
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