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Making Inferences and Drawing Conclusions (Grade 7)

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Making Inferences and Drawing Conclusions

What can you do about the growing pile of unwanted mail in your mailbox and unwelcome telemarketers on your phone? Actually, there's a lot you can do.

1. Tell companies you do business with to remove your name from customer lists they rent or sell to others. Look for information on how to opt out of marketing lists on sales materials, order forms and websites.

2. Utilize the services provided by the Direct Marketing Association to remove you from most national telemarketing, mail and e-mail lists.

3. Call the credit reporting agencies' notification system at 1-888-567-8688. This will reduce the number of unsolicited credit and insurance offers you get. All three major credit bureaus participate in this program. You also may submit your request to opt out online.

4. Report violations of U.S. Postal Service Rules to the USPS. Under U.S. Postal Service Rules, it is illegal to send mail that looks like it is from a government agency when it isn't. It is also illegal to send mail that looks like a bill when nothing was ordered, unless it clearly states it is not a bill.

Which statement about unsolicited mail and phone calls is most likely true?
  1. The U.S. Postal Service has many rules that are too difficult and confusing to follow.
  2. A number of consumers are actively solicited by companies they have little to no interest in.
  3. The Direct Marketing Association is an organization established by telemarketing companies.
  4. Unwanted advertisements are part of modern-day life and relatively unavoidable.
Which statement about credit reporting agencies is most likely true?
  1. While the intentions of these agencies are good, their follow through is not very effective.
  2. Getting in touch with these agencies is often quite challenging for the average consumer.
  3. These agencies work in cooperation with other organizations such as credit bureaus.
  4. The focus of these agencies is to cut down on bills that seem to come from government agencies.
Which statement about customer lists is most likely true?
  1. These lists are sometimes sold to other companies.
  2. These lists are how customers get the best discounts.
  3. These lists are illegal for companies to maintain.
  4. These lists can only be shared with customer permission.
Jennifer could hear the street fair for at least three blocks before she could see anything. Music of all kinds seemed to splash over her like waves, and her nose had already picked up the scents of sizzling sausages, sweet caramel corn, and cinnamon-roasted almonds. Once her parents found an elusive parking space, Jennifer had to decide if she wanted to find her friends, hurry and catch a live concert, or grab a snack first. All three options were appealing, but a rumbling stomach helped her make up her mind.

"This is going to be such fun," gushed Elizabeth, Jennifer's best friend.

Liz was visiting from Indiana, where she lived in a town of only 500 people. Coming to Portland, a city of almost 600,000, was quite the culture shock for her. Today, the Cooper family wanted to share a neighborhood street fair with their young guest. From the smile on Liza's face, it was obvious their decision was a delightful one.
What will the girls most likely do first when they get to the street fair?
  1. Find a concert
  2. Get something to eat
  3. Find a good parking space
  4. Introduce Elizabeth to her friends
What word best describes how Elizabeth might be feeling?
  1. Overwhelmed
  2. Brazen
  3. Decisive
  4. Enthusiastic
What does the author of the passage mean by the phrase "elusive parking space"?
  1. The driver of the car is not sure where to find free parking.
  2. The traffic is so thick, it is hard to know where to park.
  3. The fair did not provide enough parking spaces for people.
  4. The fair is so popular, it is difficult to find a place to park.

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