Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System
Practice TestEnglish Language Arts
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Reading ComprehensionDIRECTIONSThis practice test contains one reading selection with four multiple-choice questions and oneopen-response question. For multiple-choice questions, mark your answers by filling in the circlenext to the best answer. For the open-response question, write your answer in the space provided below the question.
Henry and his friend agree that they both want to go to Fitchburg, but they do not agree on the best way to get there. Read Henry Hikes to Fitchburg to fi nd out what the journey is like for the two friends. After you read the story answer the questions that follow.
One summer day, Henry and his friend decided to go to Fitchburg to see the country. “I’ll walk,” said Henry. “It’s the fastest way to travel.”“I’ll work,” Henry’s friend said, “until I have the money to buy a ticket to ride
Henry Hikesto Fitchburg
by D. B. Johnson
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the train to Fitchburg. We’ll see who gets there first!”His friend waved. “Enjoy your walk,” he said.Henry walked down the road to Fitchburg. “Enjoy your work,” he called back.Henry’s friend filled the woodbox in Mrs. Alcott’s kitchen. 10 cents.Henry hopped from rock to rock across the Sudbury River.His friend swept out the post office. 5 cents.Henry carved a walking stick. 25 miles to Fitchburg.Henry’s friend pulled all the weeds in Mr. Hawthorne’s garden. 15 cents.Henry put ferns and flowers in a book and pressed them.His friend painted the fence in front of the courthouse. 10 cents.Henry walked on stone walls.Henry’s friend moved the bookcases in Mr. Emerson’s study. 15 cents.Henry climbed a tree. 18 miles to Fitchburg.His friend carried water to the cows grazing on the grass in town. 5 cents.Henry made a raft and paddled up the Nashua River.Henry’s friend cleaned out Mrs. Thoreau’s chicken house. 10 cents.
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Henry crossed a swamp and found a bird’s nest in the grass. 12 miles to Fitchburg.His friend carried flour from the mill to the village baker. 20 cents.Henry found a honey tree.Henry’s friend ran to the train station to buy his ticket to Fitchburg. 90 cents.Henry jumped into a pond. 7 miles to Fitchburg.His friend sat on the train in a tangle of people.Henry ate his way through a blackberry patch.Henry’s friend got off the train at Fitchburg Station just as the sun was setting.Henry took a shortcut. 1 mile to Fitchburg.His friend was sitting in the moonlight when Henry arrived. “The train was faster,” he said.Henry took a small pail from his pack. “I know,” he smiled. “I stopped for blackberries.”
From HENRY HIKES TO FITCHBURG by D. B. Johnson. Copyright © 2000 by D. B. Johnson. Reprinted by permission of Houghton Miffl in Company. All rights reserved.
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ID:209177 D Common
●1 Which of the following sentences best tells what this story is about?
\A Henry decides to walk to Fitchburg and has many adventures along the way.
\B Henry’s friend wants to go to Fitchburg and decides to earn the money for a train ticket.
\C Henry and his friend enjoy walking to the railroad station, where they take the train to Fitchburg.
\D Henry and his friend want to go to Fitchburg, and each decides to get there differently.
ID:209178 C Common
●2 Where does most of this story take place?
\A in a village and on a train
\B in a pond and in the post offi ce
\C in a town and in the countryside
\D in front of a courthouse and on a road
ID:209183 C Common
●3 Read the sentence from the story in the box below.
Henry walked on stone walls.
Which word in the sentence is an adjective?
ID:209184 A Common
●4 Read the sentence from the story in the box below.
Henry made a raft and paddled up the Nashua River.
Which word means almost the same as raft as it is used in the sentence?
MCAS 2007 Gr3 Reading Practice Test5 STOP
●5 In this story, the reader can tell what the characters are like through their actions. Read the sentences in the chart below about Henry and his friend. Complete the chart with examples from the story that support the sentences. Give two examples for each character.
Henry enjoys the outdoors.
For example:He hops on rocks to get across a river.
Henry’s friend is hard working.
For example:Mr. Hawthorne hires him to pull weeds.
Question 5 is an open-response question.
• Read the question carefully.• Explain your answer.• Add supporting details.• Double-check your work.
Write your answer to question 5 in the lined space below.