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Using the State Curriculum: Reading/ELA, Grade 5

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Standard 3.0 Comprehension of Literary Text

Indicator 7. Identify and describe the author's use of language

Objective c. Identify and explain words and phrases that create tone

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

Selected Response Item

Read this passage from 'Captain Kate', a novel that takes place during the Civil War. Kate and Seth must take the family canal boat to Washington City to sell a load of coal. Then answer the following.

Read paragraph 25.

"The job's getting done, isn't it? As long as Zeke's along, you and I don't have to do the dirty work. And don't look so shocked, Kate. We both know who cleans The Mary Ann and mucks out the stable."

Which word best describes the tone of Seth's words in these sentences.

  1. accusing
  2. frightened
  3. questioning
  4. surprised

Correct Answer:

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