2nd Quarter 4th ELA Test
  • 1. Courtney had only a few minutes before class started. She had to turn in her homework at the beginning of the class. Courtney was going DOWN TO THE WIRE to finish the homework. What does the phrase DOWN TO THE WIRE mean in the sentence above?
A) B. from the front of the class
B) D. before the start of school
C) C. below a thin piece of metal
D) A. until the very last moment
  • 2. Fill in the blank with the correct verb: As part of his job duties, Frank ____notes for his boss.
A) C. taken
B) D. taking
C) B. takes
D) A. will takes
  • 3. Which of the following sentences has a more precise description.
A) D. A young girl is wearing a gray dress with an orange apron and bonnet. She is smiling while holding purple and blue flowers.
B) C. There is someone who is standing very still. The person has a few things in her hands. They look like flowers.
C) B. Flowers can cheer up anyone. I think that is why the girl is happy.
D) A. This is a picture of a girl wearing a dress and holding flowers.
  • 4. While Mrs. Lewinsky was out of town, she had Darryl and Gil take in her mail and newspapers. What are the pronouns in the sentence above?
A) B. of, and
B) A. while, had
C) D. she, her
D) C. in, out
  • 5. Select the correct word or group of words that belongs in the sentence below. Pete and Lee met the ___boxer in the world.
A) C. more greatest
B) A. greater
C) D. greatest
D) B. most great
  • 6. Which sentence has correct capitalization?
A) B. Shelly bought a Christmas present for her niece Amy.
B) C. Shelly bought a christmas present for her niece Amy.
C) D. Shelly bought a Christmas Present for her Niece Amy.
D) A. Shelly bought a christmas present for her Niece amy.
  • 7. By the Sea As I drift to sleep, I like to dream That I live by the sea Just so I can see The fish in the stream. They like to jump high Into the warm air Like swift hares Just bounding by Taking giant leaps. A simile is a figure of speech in which two things are compared using the words "like" or "as" Which of the following lines from the poem above is a simile?
A) D. "Like swift hares"
B) C. "They like to jump high"
C) A. "As I drift to sleep,"
D) B." I like to dream"
  • 8. (1)Through the telescope, Angie could see the stars outside her window. (2) She loved looking at them when everyone else was sleeping. (3) It was really peaceful and quiet. (4) In the deep of night, Angie believed that she could almost touch the stars. (5) Angie's favorite stars made up the Big Dipper it was made up of seven different stars. Which sentence is a run-on sentence?
A) B. 4
B) A. 2
C) D. 1
D) C. 5
  • 9. Amira bought all of ____sisters' Christmas presents months before the actual holiday. Which pronoun is needed to complete the sentence above?
A) D. its
B) B. their
C) C. we
D) A. her
  • 10. Fill in the blank with the correct verb. Angela and Peyton____to the gym three or four times a week.
A) B. goes
B) A. go
C) D. went
D) C. going
  • 11. Which sentence is punctuated correctly?
A) A. At the baseball game, we bought popcorn, hot dogs, and ice cream.
B) D. At the baseball game, we bought popcorn; hot dogs; and ice cream.
C) B. At the baseball game, we bought popcorn, hot dogs and ice cream.
D) C. At the baseball game, we bought popcorn hot dogs and ice cream.
  • 12. On their nine-month anniversary, Hank and Ruth went to dinner at their favorite restaurant. What does the pronoun their refer to?
A) B. Hank and Ruth
B) D. restaurant
C) A. dinner
D) C. anniversary
  • 13. (1)The weather was chilly the day that David forgot his jacket. (2)He had left it. (3)On the back of his chair in his bedroom. (4)Now, David had no other choice but to shiver at the bus stop. (5)The clouds were covering the sun. (6)Then, he remembered that his mom had put a sweater in his backpack. (7)He quickly pulled it over his head. Which of the following is a fragment sentence?
A) D. On the back of his chair in his bedroom.
B) A. Then, he remembered that his mom had put a sweater in his backpack.
C) B. The weather was chilly the day that David forgot his jacket.
D) C. He quickly pulled it over his head.
  • 14. (1)The rain was so thick that we could not see anything. (2)The thunder boomed above, and lightning flashed in the sky. (3)The football players were soldiers battling in the mud. (4)No amount of rain could stop them from playing. Which sentence from the passage is a metaphor?
A) A. sentence 2
B) B. sentence 1
C) D. sentence 4
D) C. sentence 3
  • 15. Which sentence uses correct end punctuation?
A) C. Do some types of penguins really live in South America!
B) B. Do some types of penguins really live in South America.
C) A. Do some types of penguins really live in South America.
D) D. Do some types of penguins really live in South America?
  • 16. Select the comparative form of the adjective SMART in the sentence below. Phyllis said Toby was___than Michael.
A) A. more smarter
B) C. smartest
C) B. most smart
D) D. smarter
  • 17. For his birthday, Alec's parents bought him a new iPod and his own laptop. What does the pronoun his refer to?
A) D. birthday
B) A. laptop
C) B. Alec
D) C. parents
  • 18. "Are you sure you are ready for this?" John asked his best friend Phoebe. He pushed her wheelchair up the ramp to the door. The school gym. Phoebe smiled at John. "Sure," Phoebe. She took a deep breath and gathered her courage. Behind the door. The students cheered as Phoebe rolled into the room. Excited to hear Phoebe read her poetry. "Good luck, Phoebe," John called. He stood close to the door and watched her. Proud of his best friend. Read this sentence from the passage. "Behind the door." What is the best way to rewrite this sentence?
A) B. Behind the door, waiting and watching.
B) D. Behind the door, Phoebe and John.
C) A. Behind the door, Phoebe's wheelchair.
D) C.Behind the door, the whole school waited.
  • 19. "Good posture" means to stand up straight. When you stand up straight, your bones and muscles are in the right places. This helps to prevent back and muscle pain. The first step in getting good posture is to stand with your back flat against a wall. Do you feel how your back and shoulders line up? Now, move away from the wall and try to keep the same posture. As you go through your day, remember to keep your back and shoulders in this position. What sentence should be used to end this paragraph?
A) A. Finally, it is important to take care of your teeth by brushing and flossing.
B) D. Remember that good posture helps your bones and muscles stay healthy.
C) B. You can measure your height by standing with your back against a wall.
D) C. Some people like to sit down to eat meals and other people like to stand.
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