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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 7. Analyze and evaluate the author's purposeful use of language

Objective a. Analyze and evaluate how specific language choices contribute to meaning

Selected Response Item

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

Read this sentence from paragraph 3 of the passage.

His sister was a tall, strong girl, and she walked rapidly and resolutely, as if she knew exactly where she was going and what she was going to do next.

In this sentence, the word resolutely means —

  1. calmly
  2. firmly
  3. purposefully
  4. stubbornly
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Correct Answer:
C

Brief Constructed Response (BCR) Item

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

Explain how the author's choice of words and phrases contributes to the somber mood of the passage. In your response, use words and phrases from the passage that support your explanation. Write your answer in the box below.

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Selected Response Item

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

Read this sentence from paragraph 1 of the passage.

The main street was a deeply rutted road, now frozen hard, which ran from the squat red railway station and the grain "elevator" at the north end of town to the lumber yard and the horse pond at the south end.

The word squat suggests that the railway station is —

  1. an ordinary building
  2. a useless building
  3. an old building
  4. a low building
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Correct Answer:
D

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