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Compass Reading Test: Understanding Reading Passages Chapter Exam

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Question 1 1. Which is the correct order to a narrative structure?

Question 2 2.

Which of the following might be included in a close reading of the line from Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet:


Two households, both alike in dignity, in fair Verona, where we lay our scene

Question 3 3. Which of the following literary elements are NOT included in structure?

Question 4 4. An author creating a structure is NOT similar to:

Question 5 5. In examining author style and language, what is it that you need to already have a working knowledge of?

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Question 6 6. At the beginning of William Shakespeare's play Romeo and Juliet, we are given the information that the characters live in Verona. What basic part of comprehension does this information fulfill?

Question 7 7. Which type of document is most likely to be written in order of importance?

Question 8 8. Which of the following is NOT helpful in identifying mood and tone?

Question 9 9. Applying what you know about U.S. history when you read a historical novel is an example of using _____.

Question 10 10. Four of these answer possibilities could be TOPICS of a passage. Which one is actually an ARGUMENT?

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Question 11 11. If you are writing about the reasons the Revolutionary War occurred, what organizational pattern should you use?

Question 12 12. In 'Harry Potter', Professor Snape's first name, Severus, means serious, strict, and severe. The character of Professor Snape is also serious and strict. This is an example of which of the following?

Question 13 13. What is visualization when reading?

Question 14 14. What is denotation?

Question 15 15. What does it mean to make an inference?

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Question 16 16. Which of the following could be used as the ARGUMENT when writing a passage?

Question 17 17. The best approach to making an inference is to _____.

Question 18 18.

Which word could be substituted for 'querulous' in the following sentence?

'The querulous child I babysit just won't stop bothering me until I let him play video games.'

Question 19 19. Tom is guiding a group of his students through a big picture reading of Romeo and Juliet. Which of the scenarios below should NOT be included as part of this guided reading?

Question 20 20. Which of the following BEST demonstrates a reader who is using a big picture reading strategy?

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Question 21 21.

In the following sentence, which word serves as a definition of 'transient'?

'Her transient thoughts of quitting her dead-end job are fleeting, lasting only as long as the weekly meeting she abhors.'

Question 22 22.

Take a look at the following sentences:


Low-fat diets are not any more effective for weight loss than any other kind of diet. Recent research has also found them ineffective for diabetes, heart disease, or any other chronic condition. Despite these new findings, the public-health message has continued to uphold fat reduction at all costs - even if it means more added sugar.


Which of the answer choices identifies a transition in the passage that signals contrast?

Question 23 23. What is the structure of a story?

Question 24 24. What should you NOT focus on when making connections to the text?

Question 25 25. If you are writing an article explaining the similarities and differences between Microsoft and Apple, which pattern of organization should you use?

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Question 26 26. Which of the following sentences has a synonym for 'inconsistent'?

Question 27 27.

Read through these sentences again.


Low-fat diets are not any more effective for weight loss than any other kind of diet. Recent research has also found them ineffective for diabetes, heart disease, or any other chronic condition. Despite these new findings, the public-health message has continued to uphold fat reduction at all costs - even if it means more added sugar.


Does the author of this passage agree that 'fat reduction at all costs' is justified?

Question 28 28. When reading a story, it is important to _____ or find the intended meaning.

Question 29 29. Which of the following is NOT helpful when trying to determine the meaning of an unknown word?

Question 30 30.

Which of the following best describes the tone of this passage:

He gritted his teeth and clenched his fist. He didn't think he could take the sound of the construction crew across the street anymore. The sounds of jackhammers and hammering were driving him insane.

Compass Reading Test: Understanding Reading Passages Chapter Exam Instructions

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