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Using the State Curriculum: Reading/ELA, Grade 8

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 and evaluate elements of narrative texts to facilitate understanding and interpretation

Objective f. Analyze the actions of characters that serve to advance the plot

Assessment limit: In the text or a portion of the text or across multiple texts

Selected Response Item

Read this passage titled 'Deliverance' and answer the following questions. Circle the letter of the correct answer.

Which of the narrator's actions most affects the plot of this passage?

  1. staring at the moonlit river
  2. being aware of the sound of his own breathing
  3. experiencing muscle weakness in his arms and legs
  4. removing his foot from the cliff and having nowhere to place it
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Correct Answer:
D

Assessment limit:
In the text or a portion of the text or across multiple texts

Resources for Objective 3.A.3.f:
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