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8th Grade Language Arts: Informational Texts Chapter Exam

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Question 1 1. Which is a way to challenge yourself in finding the gist?

Question 2 2. If you were to create a one or two-sentence summary of a story, this would be the _____.

Question 3 3. How is literary nonfiction different from fiction?

Question 4 4. An article you read in a magazine where a celebrity answers questions is an example of what type of nonfiction?

Question 5 5. Clues to an author's intended meaning may be found through historical contexts, culture contexts, the author's background, and _____.

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Question 6 6. If you're writing an argumentation essay, what kind of supporting details are especially important?

Question 7 7. What should be identified to better understand the main point of a piece of literature?

Question 8 8. In which of the following ways does getting the gist guide you through the process of reading?

Question 9 9. The best approach to making an inference is to _____.

Question 10 10. Which of the following statements is true?

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Question 11 11. In step 3, you are advised to try to provide a summary of the piece to an individual unfamiliar with the writing. How would you explain the piece in this final challenge?

Question 12 12. What does it mean to make an inference?

Question 13 13.

Read the passage below. Then determine which answer is the best example to illustrate the main idea through supporting details?

''The Wolf in Sheep's Clothing'' by Aesop

One day a hungry wolf was wandering around, looking for his next meal. He stumbled upon a group of sheep. Before he made his attack, he noticed a shepherd with attack dogs. He plotted the whole day how he would find his way to the sheep without being caught. He saw in the distance sheep pelt, laying in a far away area. The wolf made his way to the pelt, placing it upon his own pelt. Shortly after, he walked over to where the sheep were. The wolf would trick sheep, one by one, to lead the sheep away from the others. Once alone, the wolf would eat the sheep. He continued doing this for weeks, enjoying good meals. Appearances can at times be deceptive.

Question 14 14. What is the definition of 'gist'?

Question 15 15. What are the two types of nonfiction?

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Question 16 16. Which is a characteristic of all nonfiction?

Question 17 17. What should all the supporting details relate to?

Question 18 18. Which are types of informative nonfiction?

Question 19 19. You have a dinner party and all the guests ask for seconds. What is the most logical conclusion?

Question 20 20. What term is used for the words, phrases, and statements that support, define, or explain the main idea?

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Question 21 21. Why would you use an explanation for supporting details?

Question 22 22. What are supporting details?

Question 23 23. A student finds herself constantly trying to figure out what the author meant when she reads sections of her textbook. Which of the following is NOT a way to improve her reading for the gist of the section?

Question 24 24. What is the purpose of comparing and contrasting two items?

Question 25 25. When reading a story, it is important to _____ or find the intended meaning.

8th Grade Language Arts: Informational Texts Chapter Exam Instructions

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