School Improvement in Maryland

Using the State Curriculum: Reading/ELA, Grade 8

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

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Standard 3.0 Comprehension of Literary Text

Indicator 3. Analyze and evaluate elements of narrative texts to facilitate understanding and interpretation

Objective g. Analyze internal and/or external conflicts that motivate characters and those that advance the plot

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

Selected Response Item

Read this passage from O Pioneers!, a novel by Willa Cather. Then answer the question below.

Emil's main conflict is that he is —

  1. upset about his sister
  2. worried about his kitten
  3. afraid to be in town alone
  4. ashamed of his rude behavior

Correct Answer:

Resources for Objective 3.A.3.g:
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