Reading Assessment Part B
  • 1. Which statement best describes how Damocles views the life of Dionysius at the beginning of the story?
A) wonderful, because he has riches and fine things
B) easy and carefree, because he is so cruel
C) dangerous, because his subjects may kill him
D) lonely, because his subjects don’t like him
  • 2. Which word best describes Damocles at the beginning of the story?
A) frightened
B) jealous
C) happy
D) adventurous
  • 3. Why is Dionysius referred to as “the tyrant”?
A) to remind us that he is a good friend to Damocles
B) to remind us that he is very rich
C) to remind us that he is a very cruel and unfair king
D) to remind us that he doesn’t want to be king anymore
  • 4. Dionysius rules his kingdom like a tyrant, so his subjects
A) are happy for him.
B) want to kill him.
C) refuse to eat and drink with him.
D) would prefer Damocles be king.
  • 5. When Damocles chooses to live like the king, what does he learn?
A) He learns that being the king is hard work
B) He realizes that having riches only brings problems.
C) He has an argument with Dionysius.
D) He understands that the king’s life is not as easy as he thought.
  • 6. What problem does Damocles have at the start of the story and how does he solve it?
A) His life is in danger, but he is able to gain protection from the king by becoming his friend.
B) He is upset that the king is a tyrant, and he convinces the king to be kinder.
C) He envies the king’s riches, but he realizes that his own life is happier.
D) He is very hungry, and he is able to have his fill of food and drink at the palace.
  • 7. Which of the following statements might Damocles make at the end of the story?
A) “I will do my best to protect the king from danger.”
B) “I will try to find a stronger rope to hold the sword.”
C) “I don’t want to be king, but I still want to be wealthy and strong.”
D) “I don’t want to be rich and powerful because it might not make me happy
  • 8. Which is an example of figurative language from the story?
A) When Damocles tells Dionysius, “I should not want any greater happiness.”
B) He was so badly frightened that he dared not move.
C) He lacked nothing that could give him pleasure.
D) When Dionysius tells Damocles, “I have a sword over my head all the time.”
  • 9. Who was Regulus?
A) a man who made laws
B) a leader from Carthage
C) a prison guard
D) a general from Rome
  • 10. Why did Regulus leave Rome?
A) He believed that his first duty was to fight for his country.
B) The people of Carthage asked him to move to their country.
C) He wanted to travel to see other countries
D) He had to find a job so he could support his family.
  • 11. What happened to Regulus during the war?
A) He was injured in a battle.
B) He was captured.
C) He won the war.
D) He left his family in Carthage.
  • 12. Why did the rulers of Carthage let Regulus return to Rome?
A) His children begged them to send him home.
B) His wife was sick and he needed to go home.
C) They knew that the Romans would make him return.
D) They knew he would keep his promise to them.
  • 13. What consequence did Regulus face when he chose to tell the Romans to keep fighting?
A) He had to beg the Roman leaders to let him return to Carthage.
B) He had to go back to Carthage and return to prison.
C) He had to face imprisonment in Rome.
D) He had to send his wife and sons to Carthage.
  • 14. Which one of the following words best describes Regulus when he returned to Carthage?
A) frightened
B) tired
C) dishonest
D) courageous
  • 15. What might a soldier from Carthage say about Regulus?
A) “He is a weak man and a poor general.”
B) “He is a fine soldier whom we should ask to fight for us.”
C) “He is a good peacemaker.”
D) “He is a man of honor.”
  • 16. What inference can you make about Regulus?
A) He has won many battles in his life.
B) He wants to help Rome succeed.
C) He is a very good father
D) He wants to die in Carthage.
  • 17. Which of the following is a possible theme for the story?
A) By no means should you ever be captured in war.
B) It is important to encourage your country to win a war.
C) Never forget your family and friends.
D) An honest person keeps his word.
  • 18. Which of the following choices would make a good title for this article?
A) Improving Roads Throughout History
B) The Importance of Turnpikes Today
C) Famous Industrialists
D) How to Build a Strong Road
  • 19. How can you tell that this is a nonfiction passage?
A) because it gives facts and information
B) because it does not have any dialogue
C) because it has a main character
D) because it does not have a title
  • 20. Where might you look for the definitions of the boldfaced words if you were reading this passage in a textbook?
A) title page
B) glossary
C) table of contents
D) index
  • 21. Which of the following is a fact?
A) People enjoy driving on macadam roads because they are not bumpy
B) Most of the local volunteers who built roads in the 1700s were lazy.
C) Tolls on turnpikes paid for construction and repairs to the roads.
D) Building roads is interesting and enjoyable work.
  • 22. Which sentence best states the main idea of paragraph 4 in the passage?
A) Roads built with McAdam’s methods had a great effect on both road development and the British economy
B) Heavy traffic caused roads to break apart into small bits of rock.
C) Crushed rock is an important component in making roads.
D) John McAdam was one of Scotland’s greatest inventors.
  • 23. Why were merchants able to carry larger loads with fewer horses on macadam roads?
A) The horses were able to move faster on the new roads.
B) People who rode horses on the new roads did not suffer as much as before.
C) The new roads were able to withstand heavier traffic.
D) The price for using the new roads fell.
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