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2 Match the term with the correct definition or example. 1 simile A Her eyes are stars, shining brightly. 2 metaphor B He was so tall that his head hit the clouds." 3 personification C She crept as sly as a fox. 4 hyperbole D The morning whispered hello to me. 5 rhyme A SMACK! The ball was hit into the outfit and the crowd went wild! 6 onomatopoeia B Justin jumped jovially. 7 alliteration C The stars at night are big and bright. 8 stanza A a musical quality created by the alternation of accented and unaccented syllables 9 rhythm B a group of lines forming a paragraph in a poem 10 repetition C a word or line that is repeated throughout a poem to create a certain effect

3 Read the selection. Then answer the questions that follow. Oranges By Gary Soto 1 The first time I walked With a girl, I was twelve, Cold, and weighted down With two oranges in my jacket. 5 December. Frost cracking Beneath my steps, my breath Before me, then gone, As I walked toward Her house, the one whose 10 Porch light burned yellow Night and day, in any weather. A dog barked at me, until She came out pulling At her gloves, face bright 15 With rouge. I smiled, Touched her shoulder, and led Her down the street, across A used car lot and a line Of newly planted trees, 20 Until we were breathing Before a drugstore. We Entered, the tiny bell Bringing a saleslady Down a narrow aisle of goods. 25 I turned to the candies Tiered like bleachers, And asked what she wanted Light in her eyes, a smile Starting at the corners 30 Of her mouth. I fingered A nickel in my pocket, And when she lifted a chocolate That cost a dime, I didn t say anything. 35 I took the nickel from My pocket, then an orange, And set them quietly on The counter. When I looked up, The lady s eyes met mine, 40 And held them, knowing Very well what it was all About.

4 Outside, A few cars hissing past, 45 Fog hanging like old Coats between the trees. I took my girl s hand In mine for two blocks, Then released it to let 50 Her unwrap the chocolate. I peeled my orange That was so bright against The gray of December That, from some distance, 55 Someone might have thought I was making a fire in my hands. 11 In line 34, the poet of this selection writes I didn t say anything to help the reader understand A he knew he didn t have enough money B he had a dime in his pocket C the girl liked chocolate D he needed a part-time job 12 Read lines of this selection. What does the poet mean by these lines? F the lady expected him to pay the full amount in cash G the lady realized that he wanted to help pay with his orange H the lady could tell he was in love J he is less fortunate than others 13 Why does the poet describe the candies as tiered like bleachers? A to convey the narrow aisle of goods B to convey the way the candies were arranged on the shelves C to compare the candies to tiny bells D to emphasize the size of the shelves

5 14 What did the phrase, the lady s eyes met mine in line 39 mean? F the lady introduced herself to him G the lady recognized him H the lady made eye contact with him J the lady had vision problems 15 Which word from the poem is an example of onomatopoeia? A breathing B quietly C hissing D released 16 How does the poet s use of imagery in lines 1-9 help the reader understand the speaker s feelings? F by conveying his fear of dogs G by conveying the time of year H by showing the world around him J by showing his anxiety as he heads over to a young girl s house 17 The imagery in lines appeals to the sense of A sound B smell C taste D sight

6 18 Fog hanging like old Coats between the trees. The above lines contain what type of figurative language? F Hyperbole G Metaphor H Personification J Simile Read the next poem. Then answer the questions that follow. Starling By David McCord 1 In burnished armor with yellow lance a knighted starling now perchance 5 stiff-legged unhorsed but bold as brass steps from his stirrups across the grass. No guile has he 10 nor sword nor shield; he levels with his lance the field. Pigeon and sparrow yield him way 15 unmailed unequal each are they; whatever it is they pick to peck

7 Sir Starling will 20 in person check. Cold iridescence in the sun he sweeps the terrace with his Begone! 25 For certes court and kingdom lie wherever birds will flock and fly. **starling small songbird 19 Which pair of words from the poem rhyme? A burnished, knighted B lance, perchance C armor, starling D with, now 20 The imagery in lines 1-4 appeals to the sense of F sound G touch H taste J sight

8 21 Which line contains a simile? A line 4 B line 5 C line 6 D line 7 22 Which line contains an example of imagery? F line 1 G line 4 H line 17 J line Identify the rhyming pair in lines A courts, birds B certes, kingdom C lie, fly D wherever, flock 24 The most likely purpose of the simile in line 6 is to F show the starling s personality G illustrate the starling s face H describe the appearance of the stirrups J show the bird s shining feathers

9 Read the selection. Then answer the questions that follow. When Mother Reads Aloud Author Unknown 1 When Mother reads aloud, the past Seems real as every day; I hear the tramp of armies vast, I see the spears and lances cast, 5 I join the thrilling fray; Brave knights and ladies fair and proud I meet when Mother reads aloud. When Mother reads aloud, far lands Seem very near and true; 10 I cross the desert s gleaming sands, Or hunt the jungle s prowling bands, Or sail the ocean blue. Far heights, whose peaks the cold mists shroud, I scale, when Mother reads aloud. 15 When Mother reads aloud, I long For noble deeds to do To help the right, redress the wrong; It seems so easy to be strong, So simple to be true. 20 Oh, thick and fast the visions crowd My eyes, when Mother reads aloud.

10 25 Which line indicates that the speaker is confronting the difference between fiction and reality? A the past seems real as every day; B far lands seem very near and true; C I long for noble deeds to do To help the right, D It seems so easy to be strong, So simple to be true. 26 Read lines 20 and 21 from the poem. Oh thick and fast the visions crowd My eyes, When mother reads aloud. What do these lines mean? F The speaker s eyes begin to blur when Mother reads aloud stories. G The speaker is quick to imagine the stories when Mother reads aloud. H The speaker begins to create her own stories when Mother reads aloud. J The speaker is transported to the past when Mother reads aloud. 27 What can the reader infer about the speaker from this poem? A The speaker must be a child. B The speaker is ill and can only experience adventures through stories. C The speaker has an adventurous spirit. D The speaker is afraid of everything Mother reads about.

11 28 What is most likely the author s purpose for writing this poem? F To tell a story about knights, ladies, deserts, and jungles G To share a personal discovery H To compare stories to real adventures J To show how stories can inspire the imagination 29 As used in line 5, what does the word fray mean? A Cloth B Fight C Shreds D Universe 30 As used in line 16, what does the word noble mean? F Admirable G Aristocrat H Chemical gas J Common 31 What is the best summary of lines 8 through 14? A Mother s stories make the speaker imagine visiting different types of lands. B Mother s stories make the speaker imagine visiting the desert s gleaming sands and the jungle s prowling bands. C Mother s stories make the speaker imagine visiting the past and different lands, the stories make the speaker want to perform courageous acts. D Mother s stories make the speaker imagine deserts, jungles, oceans, mountains, and mystical lands of knights and ladies and dragons.

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