Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment SystemPractice TestEnglish Language ArtsReading ComprehensionGRADE 10Student NameSchool NameDistrict NameMassachusetts Department ofELEMENTARELEMENTARYTARTARYY & SECONDARSECONDARYRYRY
This is a practice test. Your responses to practice test questions must be recorded on yourPractice Test Answer Document.Mark only one answer for each multiple-choice question. If you are not sure of the answer,choose the answer you think is best.HOW TO ANSWEROPEN-RESPONSE QUESTIONS M ake sure that your response is CLEAR, COMPLETE,and ACCURATE. P rovide enough IMPORTANT DETAILS from the selectionto completely support your response.
Reading ComprehensionDIRECTIONSThis practice test contains one reading selection with two multiple-choice questions and oneopen-response question. Mark your answers to these questions in the spaces provided onpage 4 of your Practice Test Answer Document.The speaker of the following poem looks out onto a moonlit ﬁeld of snow. Read the poem and answer thequestions that follow.DECEMBER MOON5101520Before going to bedAfter a fall of snowI look out on the ﬁeldShining there in the moonlightSo calm, untouched and whiteSnow silence ﬁlls my headAfter I leave the window.Hours later near dawnWhen I look down againThe whole landscape has changedThe perfect surface goneCriss-crossed and written onWhere the wild creatures rangedWhile the moon rose and shone.Why did my dog not bark?Why did I hear no soundThere on the snow-locked groundIn the tumultuous dark?How much can come, how much can goWhen the December moon is bright,What worlds of play we’ll never knowSleeping away the cold white nightAfter a fall of snow.—May Sarton“December Moon” by May Sarton, from Coming into Eighty. Copyright 1994 by May Sarton. Reprinted by permission of W. W. Norton& Company, Inc.1Go On
Reading Comprehension ID:254250 C Common1 ID:253723 C Common2 What is the main purpose of the firststanza?Read line 21 of the poem in the box below.What worlds of play we’ll never knowA. It describes a universal experience.B. It introduces the speaker’s conflict.To what does the line most likely refer?C. It establishes the mood created bythe setting.A. dreams that are forgottenB. places that are not visitedD. It raises the questions to be answeredby the poem.C. opportunities that are missedD. ideas that are not understoodQuestion 3 is an open-response question. Read the question carefully.Explain your answer.Add supporting details.Double-check your work.Write your answer to question 3 in the space provided on page 4 of your Practice Test AnswerDocument.ID:253727 Common3 Explain how the speaker’s perspective changes throughout the four stanzas of the poem. Supportyour answer with relevant and specific details from the poem.2STOP
English Language ArtsMASSACHUSETTS COMPREHENSIVE ASSESSMENT SYSTEMGrade 10 English Language ArtsPractice Test Answer DocumentMarking InstructionsSchool Name: District Name:Last Name of Student:First Name of Student:33Use a No. 2 pencil only.Do not use ink, ballpoint, or felt tip pens.Make solid marks that ﬁll the circles completely.Erase cleanly any marks you wish to change.Make no stray marks on this form.Do not fold, tear, or mutilate this form.Go On
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Reading Comprehension GRADE 10. Student Name School Name. District Name. ELEMENTELEMENTARY & SECONDARYTARAARRY & SECONDAR&RY. Massachusetts Department of. This is a practice test. Your responses to practice test questions must be recorded on your Practice Test Answer Document. Mark only one answer for each multiple-choice question. If you are not sure of the answer, choose the answer you think ...