School Improvement in Maryland

Using the State Curriculum: Reading/ELA, Grade 6

Reading/ELA | Informational | Literary | Writing | Language | Listening | Speaking

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Standard 2.0 Comprehension of Informational Text

Indicator 5. Analyze purposeful use of language

Objective b. Analyze specific language choices that create tone

Assessment limit: In the text or a portion of the text

Selected Response Item

Read this article titled "Why Is It So Hard to Get Ketchup Out of the Bottle?" Then answer the question below.

Read these sentences from paragraph 2 of the article.

Ketchup is a liquid, right? Not really. A solid? Nope.

Which of these words best describes the tone of these sentences?

  1. serious
  2. confused
  3. demanding
  4. conversational
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Correct Answer:
D

Resources for Objective 2.A.5.b:
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