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Using the State Curriculum: Reading/ELA, Grade 7

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

Sample Assessments: Each sample assessment item gives an idea of how an assessment item on the MSA might be presented. The items appropriately measure the content of the State Curriculum and may be formatted similarly to those appearing on the MSA; however, these are sample items only and have not appeared on any MSA form.

Standard 3.0 Comprehension of Literary Text

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

Objective d. Analyze characterization

Selected Response Item

Read this passage about a family’s dinner table conversation from the novel Absolutely Normal Chaos.
Dad’s words and actions show that he mostly
  1. is a serious scientist
  2. is loyal to his family
  3. tries to avoid confusion
  4. tries to settle his children

Correct Answer:

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