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Snake Rustlers 1 Carol, Ive been called out on a job. Would you like to ride along?

called Uncle Eric from the kitchen. She eagerly bounced off her bed and grabbed her shoes. Ive been ready forever, replied Carol. For as long as she could remember, she had wanted to accompany her uncle on one of his rattlesnake rustling trips. She thought it had to be one of the most fascinating and exciting jobs in the world. How amazing it must be to track down rattlesnakes that are slithering around inside buildings where they are not wanted! Fearless Uncle Eric had rescued reptiles from dentists offices, fast food restaurants, school libraries, and even movie theaters. In the truck, Carol began assaulting her uncle with endless questions. How do you know if a rattlesnake is going to strike? Where do they like to hide? Do you grab them with your hands? Once you get one, where do you put it? You dont hurt it, do you? How long do they grow? Uncle Eric just looked at his niece, waiting for her to run out of breath. As he was a relatively quiet man, her nonstop chatter was overwhelming. Taking a deep breath, he slowly replied, The snakes make a rattling noise when they are under decks, woodpiles, and staircases. I always use a set of tongs because you never, ever want to risk touching them with your hands. I then take them home and release them safely. The longest one Ive ever caught was just under six feet. Out of breath, Uncle Eric inhaled and then looked over at Carol, immediately noticing that her face looked pale, her eyes were wide, and she appeared to be trembling with fear. Change your mind? he asked with a small smile. Carol nodded and slipped out of the truck.

Good luck, Uncle Eric, she said. Maybe I will start my rattlesnake rustling career by watching them in the zoo.
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In this passage, the word slithering means A B C D sliding along. climbing walls. walking slowly. sleeping soundly.

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The last part of the passage takes place in A B C D the zoo. the kitchen. Carols bedroom. Uncle Erics truck.

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The reader can tell from the passage that Uncle Eric A B C D is looking for a safer job. didnt want to invite Carol on the trip. is very knowledgeable about rattlesnakes. has a fear of rattlesnakes longer than four feet.

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How did Carols attitude about rattlesnake rustling change from the beginning of the passage to the end? Use details from the passage to support your answer. Write your response in the space provided on your answer sheet.
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According to the passage, why does Uncle Eric use a set of tongs to pick up the rattlesnake? A B C D He uses the tongs because he has lost his gloves. It is very dangerous to pick up rattlesnakes with your hands. The tongs help him locate where the rattlesnakes are hiding. The rattlesnakes will stop making noise when they see the tongs.

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Why does Carol get out of the truck? A B C D She was afraid and decided not to go. She is worried there might be a snake in the truck. She wants to buy tongs to practice capturing snakes. She wants to ask her Uncle if she can be his assistant.

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In paragraph 2, Carol describes Uncle Erics work as fascinating, exciting, and amazing because she feels A B C D afraid of rattlesnakes. admiration for Uncle Eric. anxious about snake rustling. surprised Uncle Eric invited her.

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What is the MAIN idea of paragraph 2?


A B C D clues rattlesnakes give before striking Uncle Erics work as a snake rustler the dangers of being a snake rustler how Uncle Eric catches the snakes

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In paragraph 3, the author uses the phrase began assaulting her uncle with endless questions to show that Carol was A B C D speaking in a very loud voice. fearful of seeing a snake that day. asking her uncle very few questions during the drive. asking questions so quickly that her uncle couldnt respond.

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(1) Pizza with pineapple on it may sound strange, but its really quite good. (2) The combination of the salty tomato sauce and cheese mixed with the sweet fruit just cant be beat. (3) Next time you order a pizza, or make one yourself, be brave, try a pineapple pizza. (4) You wont regret it!

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Which of the following corrects the error in sentence 4? A B C D You wont regret it! You is not regret it! You are not regret it! You wouldnt regret it!

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(1) Julia asked me to please accept her apology. (2) She was apologizing for being late to the party. (3) She said she was late because she had to finish her homework. (4) Her mother said she had to finish her homework before she came to the party. (5) Julias brother also had to finish his homework before going to the party.

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Which of the following BEST combines sentences 3 and 4? A She said she was late because her mother told her she had to finish her homework before she could come. B She said she was late because she had to finish her homework her mother said she had to before she came to the party. C She said she was late because she had to finish her homework, or her mother told her she had to do before she came to the party. D She said she was late because she had to finish her homework, and her mother said she had to finish her homework before she could come to the party.
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(1) At the time that Christopher Columbus was discovering America, the Tano Indians had been living in Puerto Rico for a very long time. (2) Tanos performed well when fishing, constructing boats, and navigating them. (3) This culture possessed skills in many areas. (4) Their agricultural and hunting abilities were also first rate.

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This paragraph was written in order to A B C D inform the reader about Tano Indians. describe the Tano Indians to the reader. persuade the reader to study the Tano Indians. tell the reader an amusing story about Tano Indians.

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Which would be the BEST way to organize the sentences in this paragraph? A B C D 2, 3, 4, 1 1, 3, 2, 4 4, 3, 2, 1 1, 4, 3, 2

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(1) This was new territory for the tiny creature, and he appeared determined to explore it all. (2) He poked his little pink nose into every corner of the porch and then headed for the steps. (3) The new puppy wiggled out of Cristinas arms and onto the porch. (4) Before he could fall, Cristina once more scooped him into her arms and walked him down the steps. (5) She released him into the yard, knowing he had more exploring to do.

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Which would be the BEST way to organize the sentences in this paragraph? A B C D 1, 3, 2, 4, 5 2, 4, 3, 5, 1 4, 3, 2, 1, 5 3, 1, 2, 4, 5

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(1) Right now, Mara is reading a book to her little sister, Tita, and hoping she will fall asleep. (2) The book is about a baby penguin living in Antarctica. (3) As she turns the page to the next picture of penguins, Mara hears Tita yawn. (4) Perhaps she falls asleep soon! (5) Then, Mara knows she can finally call her best friend and talk.

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This paragraph was written in order to A B C D inform. persuade. entertain. describe.

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Roger is writing a paper for his English class about the updated film version of Shakespeares Romeo and Juliet. Which supporting statement should be removed in order to keep the essay focused? Although this updated version is certain to appeal to the generation raised from infancy on MTV, it leaves literature fans like myself rather cold. The theme and the spoken words may be the same ones that Shakespeare wrote, but that is where the similarity ends. The modernized setting makes everything seem out of place and leaves the viewer feeling like he is in a time warp. Perhaps the most obvious mistake is that Olivia Hussey is much more attractive than Claire Danes. Although this updated version is certain to appeal to the generation raised from infancy on MTV, it leaves literature fans like myself rather cold. B The theme and the spoken words may be the same ones that Shakespeare wrote, but that is where the similarity ends. C The modernized setting makes everything seem out of place and leaves the viewer feeling like he is in a time warp. D Perhaps the most obvious mistake is that Olivia Hussey is much more attractive than Claire Danes.
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Sarah is composing a speech to give in class about the debate over removing the soda machines from the school grounds. Which of the following statements would make the best TOPIC sentence? According to a recent report in the school newspaper, the administration has decided to remove all of the soda machines from school property. B However, the statistics quoted in that study are surprisingly outdated and thus completely unreliable to base decisions on. C That comment from an unidentified staff member goes to prove that the removal of these machines came as a shock to everyone. D If you support what these studies show, it is time to make your voice heard through letters to the editor of the school paper.
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Choose the correct sentence.


A B C D

Mrs. Hopkins will be here all week, the substitute teacher. Mrs. Hopkins, the substitute teacher, will be here all week. All week Mrs. Hopkins will be here, the substitute teacher. The substitute teacher, all week, Mrs. Hopkins, will be here.

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Choose the correct sentence.


A B C D

Probably be incredibly loud, the concert which starts at 9:00 p.m. At 9:00 p.m. will probably be incredibly loud which the concert starts. Which starts at 9:00 p.m., the concert will probably be incredibly loud. The concert, which starts at 9:00 p.m., will probably be incredibly loud.

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