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english language arts test book 3 grade 8 21628 april 26­28 2010 name

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tips for taking the test here are some suggestions to help you do your best · be sure to read carefully all the directions in the test book · plan your time · read each question carefully and think about the answer before writing your response in this test you will be writing about texts that you will be reading your writing will be scored on · · · · how clearly you organize your writing and express what you have learned how accurately and completely you answer the questions being asked how well you support your responses with examples or details from the texts how correctly you use grammar spelling punctuation capitalization and paragraphing whenever you see this symbol be sure to plan and check your writing acknowledgments ctb/mcgraw-hill llc is indebted to the following for permission to use material in this book excerpt from the rufus chronicle another autumn by c w gusewelle copyright © 1996 by c w gusewelle used by permission of the ballantine publishing group a division of random house inc photograph of a golden retriever sitting in armchair rf image no 42-16421557 copyright © dlillc/corbis used by permission excerpt and illustration from the gift of reason by walter d edmonds illustration by jim arnosky text copyright © 1977 by walter d edmonds art copyright © 1977 by jim arnosky text reprinted by permission of harold ober associates incorporated and the artist developed and published by ctb/mcgraw-hill llc a subsidiary of the mcgraw-hill companies inc 20 ryan ranch road monterey california 93940-5703 copyright © 2010 by the new york state education department all rights reserved no part of this publication may be reproduced or distributed in any form or by any means or stored in a database or retrieval system without the prior written permission of the new york state education department.

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book 3 reading and writing d irections in this part of the test you are going to read a passage called rufus and a passage called the gift of reason you will answer questions 31 through 34 and write about what you have read you may look back at the passages as often as you like go on secure material do not reproduce do not discuss contents until end of designated makeup schedule book 3 page

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rufus by c.w gusewelle the bird dog is lost again not lost in the literal physical sense he s still around and still a friend but i have lost him as a useful working animal which hunting dogs are supposed to be it happened during this summer s spell of blistering heat when he discovered air conditioning the bedroom has a window unit when the awful heat came he immediately noticed the difference between the pleasant nights in his chair and the sweltering days outside and it occurred to him he might correct this situation were not the cats in there and cool was not the old dog snoozing in the lap of air-conditioned comfort then why should he a dog of real utility provider of fowl for the family table not have some of this luxury he pressed his hopeful face against the outer glass but our hearts were hard to present his case in a more dramatic way he began sitting on a patio table glaring in accusingly at eye level through a kitchen window it yielded nothing though he remained outside so he learned to open the back door that s right learned to open it himself one afternoon i looked up from my typewriter and there he was indisputably inside looking immensely pleased by his new competence as far as he s concerned the case is closed he s in where it s cool and it s not negotiable he makes himself as small as possible and rarely moves the other day katie called him suggesting it might be time to trot outside on a sanitary errand he didn t budge just looked around the room to see if by some coincidence she might be speaking to another dog of the same name so i called him and he growled as you probably know the main virtue of a fine bird dog apart from a keen nose is unquestioning obedience the master s command is his highest law defiance is unthinkable he is indifferent to the elements if game is downed he will endure any discomfort to find and bring it to hand in a word there is nothing a bird dog will not do for his master wrong this one will not even leave his chair in an air-conditioned room when he was chosen from his littermates several years ago i was looking for a pup with intelligence and staying power that s exactly what i got rufus is no fool and he s staying cool secure material page book 3 do not reproduce do not discuss contents until end of designated makeup schedule.

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in the passage rufus the author describes rufus as having intelligence and staying power using details from the passage complete the chart below with one example of rufus s intelligence and one example of his staying power quality exhibited by rufus example from the passage intelligence staying power go on secure material do not reproduce do not discuss contents until end of designated makeup schedule book 3 page

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the author of the passage says that he lost rufus as a useful working animal during a summer heat spell explain why the author makes this comment about his dog use details from the passage to support your answer page book 3 do not reproduce do not discuss contents until end of designated makeup schedule secure material

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the gift of reason by walter d edmonds walter d edmonds was a writer from upstate new york after seeing dogs help each other he wondered whether animals had the power to reason in this part of his article he tells of another encounter with animals i am carried back to a sweltering midday in august many summers ago i am fishing down cold brook a small stream that rises beyond our back line and circles through the northeast corner of the place and then for better than two miles runs through a heavy growth of alders till it meets the black river at hawkinsville i used to fish it every summer because no matter how warm the river water might have become a trout out of the icy water of cold brook was always prime i also fished it because it was a very sporting stream the heavy growth of alders made using a fly impossible instead to find your trout you floated a worm down the current into the pockets under the alder roots where the water was seldom more than a foot deep i do not know when the two swamp sparrows discovered me i was so preoccupied that it might have been several minutes before their insistence brought them to my attention but then there they were in the bush beside me two small brown birds with dull rusty caps and undistinguished plumage they were profoundly upset spreading their wings repeating over and over a rough single note when i stopped fishing they flew to another bush upstream and repeated their antics i thought that perhaps they had new hatched babies somewhere nearby and wanted to lead me away from them but as i had no intention of harming them i resumed my fishing passing around the next downstream clump of alders to try a new riffle.1 immediately the two birds changed their tactics in an instant they were in front of me fluttering before my face almost like flycatchers still uttering their distressed chink note.2 i stopped again to watch them it would have been impossible to continue fishing with that flurry of wings going on almost in my face once more they flew to a bush upstream but the minute i faced downstream again they were back around my head i put my rod down leaning it against a bush and watched them they quieted but continued to flutter their wings it came to me how i do not know that they were not trying to lead me from something they wanted me to come with them 1riffle a stretch of water 2chink note a sharp sound go on book 3 page secure material do not reproduce do not discuss contents until end of designated makeup schedule.

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as soon as i started back upstream in their direction they fluttered on much less noisily now i followed them for perhaps a hundred feet and then they led me away from the brook until they came to rest in another alder clump their voices were much quieter now in an odd way they sounded reassuring i looked where they were looking there its tiny leg caught in a vertical cleft of an alder stem hung a sparrow nestling it hung totally inert it gave no sign that it might be alive when i went up to it not even when i took the little body in one hand and with the other opened the cleft i held it for several minutes cupped in my hands finally its eyes opened and it stirred a little on my palm only then did i realize that both birds had come close to me they watched the young bird as intently as i and in the end the little body gathered itself the stretched leg moved under it i put it on a branch two feet or so away from its parents they had apparently no fear of me they did not offer to move away when i saw the toes of the baby take hold of the branch i released it and left them so i resumed my fishing but nothing that happened that afternoon was as exciting as my encounter with the swamp sparrows few things that have happened to me since have moved me more page book 3 do not reproduce do not discuss contents until end of designated makeup schedule secure material

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the author of the gift of reason says that few things have moved him more than his encounter with the sparrows explain the most likely reason this encounter has moved him so much use details from the passage to support your answer go on secure material do not reproduce do not discuss contents until end of designated makeup schedule book 3 page

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planning page you may plan your writing for question 34 here if you wish but do not write your final answer on this page your writing on this planning page will not count toward your final score write your final answer on pages 9 and 10 answer page book 3 do not reproduce do not discuss contents until end of designated makeup schedule secure material

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the authors of rufus and the gift of reason are both affected by the animals they write about how does the author of rufus change the way he thinks about rufus how does the author of the gift of reason change the way he thinks about animals which author seems more moved by his experience use details from both passages to support your answer in your answer be sure to · explain how the author of rufus changes the way he thinks about rufus · explain how the author of the gift of reason changes the way he thinks about animals · explain which author seems to be more moved by his experience · use details from both passages to support your answer check your writing for correct spelling grammar and punctuation go on secure material do not reproduce do not discuss contents until end of designated makeup schedule book 3 page

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