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Common Core Standard RL.11-12.4 Questions

Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in the text, including figurative and connotative meanings; analyze the impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone, including words with multiple meanings or language that is particularly fresh, engaging, or beautiful. (Include Shakespeare as well as other authors.)

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Grade 11 Context Clues CCSS: CCRA.R.4, RL.11-12.4

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The narrator says "had you realized the pathos of it all—you, too, would believe."
The word PATHOS most likely means...
  1. An appeal to ethics and character
  2. An appeal to logic or reason
  3. An appeal to emotion, particularly pity or sadness
  4. An appeal to time
Grade 11 Context Clues CCSS: CCRA.R.4, RL.11-12.4

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Grade 12 Context Clues CCSS: CCRA.R.4, RL.11-12.4

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In line 69, the speaker says "And in deportment meek as any maid."
The word DEPORTMENT as used in the line most likely means...
  1. The act of removing someone from a country
  2. To expel
  3. A person's manners
  4. Conducting oneself in a certain manner
Grade 12 Context Clues CCSS: CCRA.R.4, RL.11-12.4

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The poem itself is seen as an aphorism. An aphorism most likely means...
  1. A concise observation about life or a scientific truth
  2. An allusion to a literary work
  3. A comparison between two unlike objects
  4. The personification of inanimate objects and ideas
Grade 11 Context Clues CCSS: CCRA.R.4, RL.11-12.4

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Grade 12 Context Clues CCSS: CCRA.R.4, RL.11-12.4

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The Knight's son is a squire. The word squire in the context of this passage most likely means...
  1. A man of high social standing
  2. A woman's escort
  3. A knight's apprentice
  4. A person involved in a romantic relationship
Grade 12 Context Clues CCSS: CCRA.R.4, RL.11-12.4

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The Curate visits the house. A CURATE is...
  1. An office clerk
  2. Someone who works at the town museum
  3. A member of the clergy
  4. Someone who lives next door

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