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Read the passage Everyone is Special, and answer questions.
When I was young, everything that went wrong in my house seemed to be my fault. Once, my brothers tried to make cookies. They blended flour and ginger and made a disgusting paste. Then they tried to wash it down the drain, but it got all over the floor. Later, my brothers said that I did it and I had to wipe it up.
I worried that my parents liked them more than me. One autumn day, I was sure I would make my parents proud. I bought a model rocket. After I put it together, I invited everybody to watch it. I wanted my brothers to envy my technical knowledge. I lit the fuse, but nothing happened.
“Looks like your fireworks don’t work. I hope you kept the receipt so you can return
them,” my brother said.
“It’s not fireworks!” I screamed. They were making fun of me again.
I didn’t know what went wrong. I hadn’t altered anything. I quickly moved the wires on the bottom, hoping that would help. Suddenly, the rocket flew up. We stood aside as it curved through the lawn and ran straight into the mailbox. Then the mailbox collapsed. The rocket was crushed.
Embarrassed, I ran inside and hid. A few minutes later, my mom asked, “Are you OK?”
“I just wanted them to be jealous of me for once. Now I see why you and Dad don’t love me as much as them,” I said.
“That’s not true!” said my mom. “See my fingers… each one is different. You kids are like my fingers: all are different, but I love them all the same.”
l embraced her. Now I know that my parents love me just as much as my brothers.
Answer the questions.
1. All of the following happened when the brothers tried to cook EXCEPT________.CorrectIncorrect
Gerund or Infinitive – Fill in the correct form.
- I can’t imagine at home. (work)
Remember the letter. Otherwise they won’t get it by Saturday. (post)
Why not a weekend in Scotland? (spend)
Don’t you mind away from your family for such a long time? (be)
She eventually managed her bike. (repair)
2. The woman __________ for the Olympics is my mother.CorrectIncorrect
Determine whether the bolded noun phrase is the subject (S), object (O), or complement (C) in the sentence. Write S, O, or C as your answer.
1. Jemison’s exciting and successful career inspired many Afro-American women.
2. The programs at the International Science Camp are very stimulating.
3. Jemison enjoyed acting in “Star Trek: The Next Generation”.
4. A blue moon is a very rare event.
5. Reading can be a very enjoyable pastime.
3. The city investigates every _________ crime.CorrectIncorrect
Fill in the blanks with the correct helping verb to complete the verb phrase in each sentence.
- Bobby Orr (has, have, had) undergone ten knee operations before retiring in 1978.
- After years of practice, Adrian (is, have, has) become a great baseball player.
- You (will, may not, did) want to believe it but that is the truth.
Fill in the blanks with the descriptive words provided.
steaming poured terrified gleamed abandoned drenched stormy howled tightly skipped patiently flashed booming subside arrived
It was a day and the wind through the trees. The girl held on to her little brother’s hand as he was of the lightning that across the sky. Suddenly, after a clap of thunder, rain down on them. They ran for cover in an shack by the roadside. There, they waited for the storm to . Being long, the storm ended and the sun from the clear sky. Happily, the brother and sister down the road on their way home. When they home, they removed their clothing and drank hot chocolate.
Read the passage and answer the question.
Let a storm approach, and the scene is changed. The heavy, black clouds appear in the distance and throw a deep, deathlike shade over the world of waters. The captain and sailors soon see in the clouds the signs of evil. All hands are then set to work to take in sail.
The hoarse notes of the captain, speaking through his trumpet, are echoed from lip to lip among the rigging. Happy will it be, if all is made snug before the gale strikes the vessel.
At last, the gale comes like a vast moving mountain of air. It strikes the ship. The vessel heaves and groans under the dreadful weight and struggles to escape through the foaming waters. If she is far out at sea, she will be likely to ride out the storm in safety. But if the wind is driving her upon the shore, the poor sailors will hardly escape being dashed upon the rocks and drowned.
1. Based on the passage, what is a gale?CorrectIncorrect
Choose the correct participle form of each word to complete the sentence.
1. We pass the ____________ house every day on our way to school.CorrectIncorrect
Determine whether the bolded phrase is an adjective phrase (AJP) or an adverb phrase (AVP). Write AJP or AVP in the blank.
- Modern bicycles are fast and durable.
- The family rode their bikes along the lakeshore.
- They built a big snowman in the front yard.
- My grandpa used to write sweet and funny letters to my grandma.
Identify if the infinitive in each sentence functions as a noun (N), an adjective (Adj), or an adverb (Adv). Write N, Adj, or Adv as your answer.
- To persevere was what Helen Keller had been doing all her life.
- To love is the greatest thing you will ever learn.
- The princess surrendered her crown to the evil queen to survive.
- To prepare, Sera laid out all of the ingredients on the kitchen table.
2. What was Gutenberg trained as?CorrectIncorrect
Identify the infinitive in each sentence
1. We are going to move across town.
2. The teacher instructed us not to interrupt her.
3. Those boys failed to follow the rules.
4. Those kittens like to snuggle.
Read the passage and answer questions.
Johannes Gutenberg was chosen to be the most important figure of the past millennium by the media. You may not be familiar with him but he has definitely influenced your life to some extent. Gutenberg is credited with inventing the printing press and consequently paving the way for printing books.
He was born into a noble family in the city of Mainz, Germany. His early training was in goldsmithing. In 1428, he moved to Strasbourg and lived there for over 20 years. It was in Strasbourg that he probably made his first experiments with movable type.
Choose the best answer for each question.
1. Why was the printing press such an important invention?CorrectIncorrect
Fill in the blanks with the words.
The employees had a long with the owner over their low pay. Eventually, one worker the owner and was finally able to solve the problem.
She looked across the schoolyard, hoping to find an empty where she could rest. Since they were all full, she and sat on the ground instead.
Fill in the blanks with the words.
I was so busy that I could only at my daughter’s of achievement. I will take a better look at it when I get home.
The entire family was filled with as their father’s was slowly lowered into the ground.
State whether the word in bold in each sentence is a participle or a gerund. Write participle or gerund as your answer.
- He was noticed because of his squeaking shoes.
- Complaining is not a solution to the problem.
- Have you thrown away the rotten egg yet?
- Hiccupping is something that we cannot control.
3. The Night Horses are stronger in the rays of the full moon.CorrectIncorrect
2. Galloping through Ghost Valley can be scary.CorrectIncorrect
Directions: Read each of the following sentences and identify the verb phrase.
1. Star’s mane was blowing in the summer wind.CorrectIncorrect
4. The mother tells the girl that her children are like her fingers because _________?CorrectIncorrect
3. Why does her brother say that he hopes she kept the receipt?CorrectIncorrect
2. The girl thought that putting together the model rocket proved her __________.CorrectIncorrect