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Analyzing Informational Texts (Grade 6)

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Analyzing Informational Texts

1. 
What is the best meaning for outdistancing in the passage?
  1. to leave someone or something behind
  2. a final or decisive result
  3. to run a distance of 48 kilometers
  4. characteristic of, or belonging outdoors
2. 
The passage above uses its text structure?
  1. to give comparisons of Labor Day celebrations.
  2. to describe how people celebrate Labor Day.
  3. to give a history of the Labor Day holiday.
  4. to show the effect of Labor Day on the country.
3. 
Which organizational pattern did the author use for this passage?
  1. cause and effect
  2. sequential order
  3. compare/contrast
  4. description
4. 
Tomatoes were once considered poisonous. Some brave people finally took a bite of a tomato, and they survived. Now, we use tomatoes in our salads and sandwiches. Do you ever use tomato sauce or ketchup? These products are made of tomatoes. If it weren't for these brave individuals, you might not be able to enjoy ketchup with your French fries.

The author's purpose is to:
  1. entertain
  2. persuade
  3. inform
  4. create mysterious mood
5. 
Hurricanes begin when the weather conditions are just right for a cluster of thunderstorms to form over a tropical ocean. If such a cluster remains long enough, it organizes into a tropical depression, with winds of up to 42 miles per hour. If a tropical depression increases to winds of 43 to 74 miles per hour, it is a tropical storm. A tropical storm is given a name and watched closely, by satellite, to see if it gets worse and begins to have the telltale circular shape of a hurricane. If the air pressure continues to drop, the wind rises to above 75 miles per hour, and a true hurricane is born.

Which of the following causes weather forecasters to say a storm has become a hurricane?
  1. A cluster of thunderstorms form over a tropical ocean.
  2. A cluster begins to organize into a tropical depression.
  3. Winds increase to over 75 miles per hour.
  4. Winds increase to 23 to 42 miles an hour.
6. 
A                 is the way in which something is presented or organized.
  1. integrate
  2. format
  3. visual
7. 
During the Revolutionary War, a Yankee invented a submarine called the Turtle. A number of years later, Robert Fulton became interested in undersea craft. In 1800, he built the Nautilus. Then, during the American Civil War, another underwater craft was built.

Choose an appropriate topic sentence for this paragraph:
  1. For many years man tried to find ways to travel underwater.
  2. For many years Robert Fulton was interested in undersea craft.
  3. Underwater crafts were very important during American Civil War.
  4. For many years man tried many ways to win the Revolutionary War.
8. 
You can learn a lot about people by simply watching or talking to them. Looking at the floor can also give you information about people. You can tell where people walk most frequently because of the worn carpet. The next time you're riding in someone's car, notice the music on the radio. The kind of music played on the radio station can tell you a lot about that person.

Choose an appropriate topic sentence for this paragraph:
  1. There are many ways to learn where people walk.
  2. There are many ways to learn about people.
  3. There are many ways to listen to the radio.
  4. There are many ways to watch people.
9. 
The people of ancient Egypt created an advanced civilization. More than 6,000 years ago, they developed a calendar with 360 days divided into 12 months. The people made paper and learned how to write. They also built huge monuments with machines they invented.

What is this story mainly about?
  1. How people in Egypt made paper
  2. The creation of an advanced civilization in Egypt
  3. How the people in Egypt built huge monuments
  4. Where an ancient calendar was developed
10. 
Students at school have been sick all winter long. Many students have missed over a week of school due to the viruses passing from student to student. A few students, though, have not gotten sick at all. They have had perfect attendance. When asked why they had not gotten sick, the students explained that they cleaned their hands regularly with hand sanitizer.

What is the CAUSE of the students not getting sick?
  1. They missed no school.
  2. They missed many days of school.
  3. They used hand sanitizer.
  4. They ate breakfast everyday.

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