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Literature Review - Grade 7 (Grade 7)

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Literature Review - Grade 7

As I half-listened to my little sister's babbling, I realized just how different our lives were. Her world still consisted of middle school dances, Friday night sleepovers, and cliques. The biggest problem she worried about was whether or not her crush would ever notice her.

Those days are gone for me, just like Michael Jordan's pro-basketball days are gone for him. Now, I have to worry about finding a decent well-paying job and an affordable apartment.

Which of these sentences from the passage contains an example of onomatopoeia?
  1. "The biggest problem she worried about was whether or not her crush would ever notice her."
  2. "Those days are gone for me, just like Michael Jordan's pro-basketball days are gone for him."
  3. "Now, I have to worry about finding a decent well-paying job and an affordable apartment."
  4. "As I half-listened to my little sister's babbling, I realized just how different our lives were."
Megan was so excited by the parade that she forgot and left her coat at home. Megan stood outside with the rest of the people enjoying the parade and braved the cold weather. As a result, Megan was sick the rest of the weekend. What caused Megan to get sick?
  1. She stayed too long at the parade
  2. She didn't get enough candy at the parade
  3. She left her coat at home
  4. She ate too much candy at the parade
Read the following excerpt and answer the question below:

"I don't want a babysitter. I am eleven years old. My babysitter is only three years older than I am," she loudly yelled to her Mom. Now, she really wished she had somebody with her as she heard the clicking, scratching noises outside of the living room window. "This is silly. It's probably the storm," the girl said. She regretted watching the horror show she had been tuned into for the last half hour. As she searched for the remote to turn off the vampire movie, the front door blew open with a thunderous noise. Carla whirled around to see a dark image."

Carla didn't want a babysitter because:
  1. She believes she is old enough to take care of herself.
  2. She wants to watch scary movies.
  3. Carla's mother leaves her alone all the time.
  4. Carla's babysitter is only three years older than Carla.
The Road Crew
by Bryan Ellett

Seth watched out the front window as a crew of about 10 people worked hard to destroy parts of the street in front of his house. There was a large sign down at the end of the street describing the construction project underway. It said, "Road Resurfacing. Expected completion: Fall 2009." The sign did not explain what Seth was watching out his front window. To Seth, it appeared that the destruction was somewhat random.
One man sat in the seat of a large piece of construction equipment that Seth's dad told him was called a backhoe. This giant piece of metal machinery had a scoop with jagged metal teeth at the end of a long arm, and the operator was controlling the arm and scoop with two joysticks. He would raise the arm high in the air, with the teeth of the scoop pointing downward. Then, he would bring the arm down quickly and with great force, using the teeth of the scoop to crush the concrete that it landed on. Already, this gentleman had ripped out the entire portion of sloped concrete that connected the driveway of Seth's house with the road. Several workers came along and hauled away the large pieces of concrete left behind.
Another worker was in charge of a large circular saw. He would wheel the saw to a particular piece of the road and fire it up. The spinning of the saw, even before it began cutting, created a high whining sound. Then, he would lower the saw into the concrete and cut long sections of the road. The piece of the road Seth watched him cut was about eight feet long and two feet wide. Seth could tell that the saw operator was working extremely hard.
Seth stepped into his front yard and looked up and down the street. Nothing made sense. Several other houses had the front portion of their driveway ripped out just as Seth's had been. But there were several more houses whose driveways were untouched. There were slices of road cut out here and there, but Seth could see no pattern to the places that were cut up. He could even see one worker filling in a recently cut piece of the roadway with fresh cement. Was there any point to what they were doing, or were they just breaking things and putting them back together to kill time? Seth had no way to know, so he just went back to the window to watch. It might not make sense, but, for Seth, destruction was fun to watch.

Which of these best summarizes the last paragraph?
  1. Seth noticed that one worker was filling in with concrete one of the holes that had been cut.
  2. Seth saw that some driveways were being ripped out while others were not being touched.
  3. Seth was happy to be watching workers from his window because he enjoyed watching destruction.
  4. Seth did not understand why only parts of the road were being destroyed, so he decided to just watch and enjoy.
What does it mean when a theme is recurrent?
  1. The author says the theme over and over again.
  2. The same themes can be found in ancient myths, in short stories, in movies, and even in television shows and from works from many time periods and cultures.
  3. The story moves the reader so much that the theme cannot be mistaken.
  4. None of these.
  5. Both A and C.
Jeremy found a wallet in the bushes behind the nursing home. Jeremy picked it up and looked for a name, but found none. Jeremy decided to enter the nursing home.

What do you think Jeremy did with the wallet he found?
  1. Threw it in the trash.
  2. Went to the nursing home to attempt to find the owner.
  3. Removed the money and spent it.
  4. Took it to school for Show-&-Tell.
Devontae wants to be a part of the football team, but he also wants to have time to spend with his girlfriend. His girlfriend always complains because he is at a game on Friday nights when she wants to go on dates. Devontae decides that instead of messing up his football career he is going to dump his girlfriend.

What is the solution that Devontae comes up with for his problem?
  1. Devontae decides to dump his girlfriend.
  2. Devontae decides to give up playing football.
  3. Devontae tries to reason with his girlfriend about his commitment to the team.
  4. Devontae decides to take his girlfriend out on days other than game days.
Read the following poem:

The Road Not Taken
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I-
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

From what point of view is this poem written?

How do you know?

Read this excerpt:

You walk in to the cave, not knowing what to expect. "It's so dark in here," you think. You turn on your headlamp, to get a better view of the dark area you are now in. As you shine your light on the walls and ceiling, you notice a family of bats hanging from a corner of the wall. You count three, maybe four.

What point of view is this?

How do you know?

                is conversation between two or more characters. Plays are comprised almost entirely of                . It appears more frequently in modern fiction than in older works. It can move the action of a story, build suspense, arouse reader interest, develop characters, add variety, establish conflict, and make a story's characters and setting seem real.
  1. characters
  2. dialogue
  3. techniques
  4. protractor

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