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

Objective d. Analyze and evaluate figurative language that contributes to meaning and/or creates style

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

Selected Response Item

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

Read this sentence from paragraph 6.

It burrowed in like an animal, and I started up again.

Comparing the movement of the narrator's foot to a live animal suggests its—

  1. unusual shape
  2. dark covering
  3. quick movement
  4. automatic reaction

Correct Answer:

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

Resources for Objective 3.A.7.d: