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Grade 6 Nature and Science (Stories)

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Grade 4 Animals (Stories)

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What part of its body does a tarantula use as a defense?
  1. its legs
  2. its eyes
  3. its hairs
  4. its antennae
Grade 4 Animals (Stories)

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What does the tarantula's venom do to its victims?
  1. It causes them to go to sleep.
  2. It makes them poisonous to other animals.
  3. It causes them to dissolve into a liquid.
  4. It makes them blend in with the surrounding sand.
Grade 6 Nature and Science (Stories)

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Grade 4 Animals (Stories)

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How does the tarantula know if another creature is near?
  1. It has a great sense of smell.
  2. It can feel the ground vibrate.
  3. It hears the creature approach.
  4. It has a lot of eyes around its head.
Grade 4 Animals (Stories)

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What is one of the tarantula's predators?
  1. a coyote
  2. a wild boar
  3. a desert turtle
  4. a brown anteater
Grade 4 Animals (Stories)

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What happens if a tarantula loses a leg?
  1. It dies.
  2. It goes to hide.
  3. Its leg grows back.
  4. Its body gets smaller.
Grade 6 Games (Stories) CCSS: CCRA.R.2, RI.6.2

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What is the main idea of this passage?
  1. Checkers is such an easy game, it can be played anywhere.
  2. The winters in the city of Janeda, Estonia are extraordinarily cold.
  3. Some Checkers games actually have pieces made out of lead.
  4. Estonia is the home of an extremely unusual checkers game.
Grade 6 Nature and Science (Stories)

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Grade 6 Nature and Science (Stories)

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Which chromosomes do not contribute to your genetic makeup?
  1. your grandmother's
  2. your father's
  3. your mother's
  4. your sibling's
Grade 5 Animals (Stories) CCSS: CCRA.R.1, RI.5.1

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Grade 4 People (Stories) CCSS: RI.4.1
Grade 2 Nature and Science (Stories)

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What is a sand dollar?
  1. a sea shell
  2. the skeleton of starfish
  3. a form of money used by humans
  4. the skeleton from a species of sea urchin
Grade 3 Nature and Science (Stories)

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Why is polar bears' white fur good for them? (Choose all that apply)
  1. It is beautiful.
  2. It is easy to clean.
  3. It keeps them warm.
  4. It helps them hide while hunting.
  5. It keeps humans from spotting them.
Grade 6 Nature and Science (Stories)

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Grade 6 Nature and Science (Stories)

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Based on the passage, deoxygenated most likely means
  1. be full of oxygen.
  2. need oxygen to survive.
  3. have the oxygen removed from.
  4. carry oxygen from place to place.
Grade 3 Nature and Science (Stories) CCSS: CCRA.R.3, RI.3.3

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Why were Uffo and his mother in a den in the snow?
  1. They were caught in a snowstorm.
  2. It helped them stay safe during the winter.
  3. The ice melted and refroze around them.
  4. They were escaping dangerous humans and other bears.
Grade 7 People (Stories) CCSS: CCRA.R.3, RI.7.3

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Which statement best describes Maria?
  1. She was a woman from a big family.
  2. She was a young girl who knew a lot of things.
  3. She was a caring woman who made a difference.
  4. She was a wealthy Italian woman who liked the spotlight.
Grade 6 Nature and Science (Stories)

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Which choice shows the path blood follows when it enters the heart?
  1. aorta - ventricle - atrium
  2. valve - aorta - ventricle
  3. ventricle - valve - aorta
  4. atrium - valve - ventricle
Grade 7 People (Stories) CCSS: CCRA.R.3, RI.7.3

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What caused Maria to write her textbook? Choose all that apply.
  1. She had to help teach her siblings.
  2. She thought calculus was interesting.
  3. She could not find a calculus textbook.
  4. She was tired of performing for her father at parties.
  5. She wanted to do something to impress the empress.
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