what'sThe Printed Word?
what'sThe Printed Word? 1. The word settled has more than one meaning. In which one
of the following sentences is settled used incorrectly?
A. Dust settled slowly as the truck moved down the road.
B. As far as they were concerned, the matter was settled.
C. Immigrants from Sweden settled in Maryland.
D. Mavis decided that small-town life was settled.2. You spot a small bird with bright yellow feathers on your back porch. Which one of
the following books might be a good place to find out what kind of bird you’ve seen?
A. Bird Feeders for Fun
B. How Geese Find Their Way
C. North American Birds Illustrated
D. The Anatomy of Birds
3. Jeb looked through the paper and came across an article called “A Look Back at the
Civil War.” He wondered if the article had any information on Robert E. Lee. He ran his
eyes quickly over the article, looking for the name Robert E. Lee. He did this in order
to _______ the article.
A. scan C. review
B. preview D. understand
4. From looking at the title, which one of the following books is most likely to be nonfiction?
A. The Spy Who Came in from the Cold
B. The Stranger Within
C. Exercise for All Seasons
D. A Summer in Venice
5. “Mark had been a resident of Larchmont for 17 years, and local folks thought of him as a
solid citizen.” In this sentence, the word solid probably means
A. heavy. C. dependable.
B. indestructible. D. older.
6. If the words brave and courageous were used in the same context, they would be
A. nouns. C. antonyms.
B. verbs. D. synonyms.
7. Suppose you turn to the weather channel on TV because you want to know if the weather
is good for ice-skating. The specific information you’ll probably look for is the
A. 90-day forecast. C. chance of snow.
B. temperature. D. time of sunset and sunrise.
8. You can often tell what a word means by its _______ in a sentence.
A. context C. spelling
B. order D. placementQuestion 9 is based on the following excerpt from a story.
It had been six years since Army captain Godfrey Kline had seen his hometown. He hardly
recognized some of the people who gathered to greet him at the airport.
9. Chances are, this story is about
A. a group of relatives gathered at an airport.
B. a soldier’s return to his hometown.
C. a soldier going to war.
D. Godfrey Kline’s army career.
10. Which one of the following words means the same as cautious?
A. Careful C. Steady
B. Timid D. Caring
Questions 11 and 12 are based on this passage.
As a new newspaper reporter, Amanda was nervous about doing her first interview with
a state senator. She went to a veteran reporter, Clark Webb, for advice. Clark told her the
first rule of an interview is to make the person you’re interviewing comfortable. Be polite
and cheerful. The second rule is to ask open questions. Open questions allow the person
you’re interviewing to give you more information. “How did you decide to run for office?” is
an example of an open question. Third, always try to do more listening than talking. Finally,
be sure to thank the person you interview for his or her time.
11. From this paragraph, you can guess that the word veteran means that Clark Webb is
A. an experienced reporter.
B. Amanda’s boss.
C. older than Amanda.
D. an ex-member of the armed forces.
12. Which one of the following is another example of an open question?
A. Did you know about the crime?
B. What can you tell me about your family?
C. Will you come to the party?
D. Is it raining outside?Question 13 is based on this passage.
When she heard the knocking on the door, Nora had just awakened from a nap. She
rushed into the hallway, about to answer the door. Thinking about how she looked, she
glanced into the hall mirror to see if her hair was messy. It was. She rushed back to her
bedroom and grabbed a hairbrush.
13. In the above passage, which of the following is another meaning for the word knocking?
A. Rapping C. Thundering
B. Ticking D. Popping
14. Preview the following magazine titles. Which one would you expect to include recipes
for healthy meals?
A. Cucina Italiana C. Eating Well
B. Bon Appétit D. Gourmet
15. Preview the following titles of novels. Which one would you expect to be about the
adventures of a sled dog?
A. The Call of the Wild C. A Passage to India
B. Sons and Lovers D. The Secret Agent
16. Which one of the following items would be most likely to have a list of chapter titles?
A. A novel
B. A newspaper
C. A magazine
D. An article
17. If a word is capitalized in the middle of a properly written sentence, chances are the
A. the most important word in the sentence.
B. a proper noun.
C. the start of a definition.
D. a grammatical error.
Question 18 is based on this passage.
As a rule of thumb, it’s best to look before you leap. As they say, an ounce of prevention is
worth a pound of cure.
18. In the context of this passage, the phrase a rule of thumb is best understood to mean a
A. rule to be avoided.
B. rule for an emerge
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