MCAS ELA 10th Grade Sample JFY Course Items

MCAS ELA 10th Grade Sample JFY Course Items

MCAS ELA 10 AUTHOR VIEWPOINT

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2014 Spring Release, English Language Arts – Grade 10
Question 12: Multiple-Choice

Reporting Category: Reading
Topic: 17 – Dramatic Literature
Standard: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.4 – Interpret words and phrases as they are used in a text, including determining technical, connotative, and figurative meanings, and analyze how specific word choices shape meaning or tone.

Reading Selection 40
‘Who chooseth me shall gain what many men desire.’
Why, that’s the lady—all the world desires her.
From the four corners of the earth they come,
To kiss this shrine, this mortal-breathing saint.
The Hyrcanian deserts and the vasty wilds

Reading Selection 45
Of wide Arabia are as throughfares now
For princes to come view fair Portia.
The watery kingdom, whose ambitious head
Spets in the face of heaven, is no bar
To stop the foreign spirits, but they come,

Reading Selections 50
As o’er a brook, to see fair Portia.

What do lines 42–50 imply about Portia?
A. She travels widely.
B. She is a valuable prize.
C. She is demanding of others.
D. She changes her mind often.

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MCAS ELA 10 INFERENCE

2014 Spring Release, English Language Arts – Grade 10
Question 16: Multiple-Choice Reporting

Category: Reading Topic: 13 – Nonfiction
Standard: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.3 – Analyze how and why individuals, events, and ideas develop and interact over the course of a text.

Reading Selection:  At a recent interview, I was asked where would I like to be buried and I answered that I’d like to be in the same place where my ancestors are. The interviewer asked me what would I like on my headstone and I said, “To lie with those who have no marks.” These are the people for whom I wrote letters as a child, read their letters because many of them could not read nor could they write. Many of them had to go into the fields before they had a chance to go to school. Yet they’re the ones responsible for my being here tonight. Not only did they encourage me to stay in school, but they, and only they, have been the source of all of my writings. I’ve said many times before that my novels, my short stories, are just continuations of the letters that I started writing for them some fifty years ago, and since I’ve tried to say something about their lives on paper — their joy, their sorrows, their love, their fears, their pride, their compassion — I think it is only my duty now to do as much as I can to see that they lie in peace forever.

Based on paragraph 5, which of the following best describes how the author feels about his ancestors?
A. He feels ashamed of them.
B. He feels indebted to them.
C. He is jealous of them.
D. He is in awe of them.

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MCAS ELA 10 VOCABULARY CONTEXT

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2014 Spring Release, English Language Arts – Grade 10
Question 26: Multiple-Choice Reporting

Category: Language Topic: 4 – Vocabulary and Concept Development Standard: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.L.4 – Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases by using context clues, analyzing meaningful word parts, and consulting general and specialized reference materials, as appropriate.

Reading Selection: True. I always thought ahead. I was a boy who kept his clothes on numbered hangers to ensure proper rotation. I bothered my teachers for homework assignments far ahead of their due dates so I could draw up schedules. I thought ahead, and that was why I knew there would be other troopers waiting for us at the end of our ride, if we even got there. What I didn’t know was that my father would wheedle and plead his way past them—he didn’t sing “O Tannenbaum,” but just about—and get me home for dinner, buying a little more time before my mother decided to make the split final. I knew we’d get caught; I was resigned to it. And maybe for this reason I stopped moping and began to enjoy myself.

In paragraph 33, the narrator says his “father would wheedle and plead his way past” the troopers. Based on the paragraph, wheedling is a kind of?
A. apology.
B. persuasion.
C. aggression.
D. entertainment.

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MCAS ELA 10 IMPORTANT DETAILS

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2014 Spring Release, English Language Arts – Grade 10
Question 31: Multiple-Choice Reporting

Category: Reading Topic: 13 – Nonfiction Standard: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.1 – Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.

Reading Selection: The role of amylase and the rate of starch breakdown also has implications for diabetes. People who digest starch quickly could be more likely to have larger spikes in blood-sugar levels and thus a need for the body to generate more insulin. This continued demand on the body might lead these people to become insulin resistant or even diabetic if the body’s ability to produce insulin breaks down, says Abigail Mandel, Dr. Breslin’s colleague at Monell and first author on the study.

According to paragraph 10, what factor could contribute to diabetes?
A. severe reactions to sugar
B. rapid absorption of starch
C. difficulties digesting food
D. problems in producing amylase

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MCAS ELA 10 CAPITALIZATION

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2012 Spring Release, English Language Arts – Grade 10

Question 34: Multiple-Choice
Reporting Category: Language Topic: 5 – Structure and Origins of Modern English

In the selection, why is the term “Chalk Marl” capitalized?
A. It is the name of a famous city.
B. It is a recognized geologic feature.
C. It is an outdated term.
D. It is a foreign term.

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MCAS ELA 10 ROOT VOCABULARY

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2012 November Retest, English Language Arts – Grade 10
Question 8: Multiple-Choice

Reporting Category: Language
Topic: 4 – Vocabulary and Concept Development

Reading Selection: The National Association of Black Scuba Divers and a number of archaeologists who helped us with this project, white and black, decided that we wanted to honor and commemorate the African men, women, and children who lost their lives on this ship. We decided to lay a monument on the ocean floor, a one-ton concrete monument with a bronze inscription, to commemorate the loss of life aboard the slave ship during the Middle Passage.

Based on paragraph 14, which of the following is the root of the word commemorate?
A. comuner, meaning “share”
B. memorare, meaning “remind”
C. membrum, meaning “member”
D. communis, meaning “common”

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