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Literature Review (Grade 5)

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Literature Review

Martin was riding his bike. He looked back to see if his friend was still behind him. Suddenly he heard the crunching of broken glass. Martin had ridden through broken pieces of a bottle. His front tire began to wobble.

Which clues helped you decide what would happen next in the previous question?
  1. He rode through glass and his tire began to wobble.
  2. He looked back.
  3. Martin was riding his bike.
Martin was riding his bike. He looked back to see if his friend was still behind him. Suddenly he heard the crunching of broken glass. Martin had ridden through broken pieces of a bottle. His front tire began to wobble.

What do you think will happen next?
  1. Martin will leave his friend.
  2. Martin's bike will get a flat tire.
  3. Martin will race his friend.
The tortoise and the hare were going to have a race. The hare knew he was faster than the tortoise. After the race had begun, the hare decided he was fast enough he could take a break and catch up to the tortoise later. The tortoise, even though he was slow, kept trying his hardest to win the race. When the hare tried to catch up and beat the tortoise it was too late. He had waited too long to try to win the race and the tortoise beat him.

Which statement provides the best moral for this story?
  1. Being fast means you always win.
  2. Slow and steady wins the race.
  3. You should give up if you are the slowest.
  4. Winning isn't everything.
What is the theme of the poem below?

When You Can Read
by Bobbi Katz

When you can read, then you can go
from Kalamazoo* to Idaho**-
Or read directions that explain
just how to build a model plane-
Or bake a cake or cook a stew-
The words will tell you what to do!
When you can read, then you can play
a brand new game the proper way-
Or get a letter from a friend
and read the very end.

* Kalamazoo - a city in Michigan
** Idaho - a state in the United States
  1. When you read, you can build a model plane.
  2. When you read, you can do many things.
  3. When you read, you can bake a cake or cook a stew.
  4. When you read, you can play a brand new game.
Jessica called Amy Wednesday after school and told her she would be available to
work on their school project after dinner. After dinner, Amy rode her bike over to Jessica's house. When Amy arrived she rang the bell,but there was no answer.
Amy got back on her bike and went home.

What has Amy concluded?
  1. Jessica changed her mind and did not want to meet up to work on the project.
  2. No one was at Jessica's house.
  3. Amy changed her mind and decided to go home.
Which term describes a character who is three-dimensional and complex?
  1. round
  2. dynamic
  3. flat
  4. static
A character who is so one-dimensional as to be predictable is:
  1. static
  2. flat
  3. round
  4. dynamic
"My little dog is sweet like honey." The two words being compared are dog and honey.
  1. True
  2. False
The author says that Angie's first chore is "to diffuse organic grains in front of the chicken coop. . . ." What does diffuse mean?
  1. unconcentrated
  2. to water down
  3. ill organized
  4. spread out
The middle school soccer team had practiced and played hard all season long. The coach really wanted the team to win the state championship game. Finally, the day of the big game arrived. The team played their best, and they won the championship by one goal!

Which BEST describes how the paragraph is organized?
  1. compare and contrast
  2. chronological order
  3. cause and effect
  4. similarity and difference
Adam was training for the track meet for his middle school. He was to run in three races alone and in one relay. He practiced each day. The first thing he did was to stretch his muscles and make sure his muscles were ready to run. He stretched for ten minutes each morning. Then, he would run up and down the stadium steps three times before heading to the track. After running up the stadium steps, Adam would do twenty laps around the track. Finally, he would run all the way home and eat a large breakfast before showering.


                 Adam ran up and down the stadium steps three times.

                 He took a shower.

                Adam stretched his muscles for ten minutes.

                 He ate a large breakfast.

                 Adam did twenty laps around the track.

                 He ran all the way home

Eric was very excited and confident that he was going to win the soccer match because he is one of the best goalies. During the game, he tried hard and worked with his team, but nothing went his way. The other team worked harder and scored more points than Eric's team.

Which sentence best goes with this short story?
  1. They won the victory.
  2. Eric's team was defeated.
  3. They were excited.
  4. After the game, Eric's team got pizza.
Read this line from the poem:

Then, he appeared like the sun peeping through the clouds.

Why does the poet compare the father to the sun?
  1. to demonstrate how bright things can make people happier in crowded places
  2. to explain that it is no longer cold when the father finally arrives at the station
  3. to show how he brightens the speaker's day when he emerges from the crowd
  4. to encourage people to be positive like a ray of sunshine in a cold and dark day
I was shaking like a leaf. My palms were sweating. My heart was pounding so loudly I was sure everyone around me could hear it. I hated presentations.

This passage is written using which point of view?
  1. first person
  2. second person
  3. third person
Which point of view is the following passage written in?

Jim slowly opened the blinds. He couldn't believe his eyes! There was more than a foot of snow! He couldn't be more excited for what he hoped would be a snow day. Mrs. Johnson, on the other hand, his science teacher, was extremely disappointed to find all the snow that morning. That meant another day lost for the long awaited science experiment. She hoped they would have enough time to do the experiment in school the next day.
  1. first person
  2. third person
  3. third person omniscient
Rosie had the best time making her valentine cards for her classmates. She used red and white paper, heart stickers, markers and anything else she could find. It was great! First, she folded her piece of white paper in half. Next, she drew a heart on her red paper and cut it out. Then she glued the heart to the white paper and added heart stickers all over the card. Finally, she wrote Happy Valentines Day on the card with her markers.

What is the purpose of the passage above?
  1. Persuade
  2. Inform
  3. Explain
  4. Entertain
How is a play different from a novel or a short story?

The stories about King Arthur and Big Foot would be considered:
  1. fables
  2. legends
  3. fairy tales
  4. tall tales
A myth:
  1. explains universal and local beginnings and involve supernatural beings.
  2. always starts with once upon a time.
  3. is not a folktale.
  4. never uses magic to tell a story.
Stories about characters like Pele and Maui are what type of stories?
  1. Legends
  2. Fairy Tales
  3. Fables
  4. Autobiographies

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