Grade 8 ELA "Presidents' Test"
Read the article, What Do Flies Think About?, and answer questions 1 through 7.
1. The author compare flies to fighter pilots in lines 10 and 11 to show that flies are
2. The sentence in lines 18 through 21 develop a key concept of the article by
A. demonstrating how carefully a fly must target its landing place
B. revealing the difficulty of conducting research on how a fly lands
C. illustrating the complexity of the process a fly's brain must control
D. explaining how rapidly the fly's landing occurs after it makes a loop
3. What information best develops the view that bees are "the Einsteins of the insect world" (line 23)?
A. the discussion about the larger brain sizes of bees
B.the list of intellectual feats that bees can accomplish
C. the reasons that researchers are interested in studying bees
D. the information about the complex colonies that bees live in
4. Which central idea of the article is most supported by lines 34 through 40?
A. Social insects develop larger brains.
B. Brain structures have changed a little over time.
C. Bee colonies can help us understand social systems.
D. Insect brains can help us understand the human brain.
5. Which evidence from the article best supports the claim in lines 41 and 42?
A. "Larger brains usually utilize the same circuits over and over again." (line 31)
B. "The idea of life in a group is firmly rooted in their brains--which is what makes bees so interesting to brain researchers." (lines 35 and 36)
C. "We, too, are social creatures, after all, and scientists suspect that certain neuronal circuits have changed very little over the course of evolution." (lines 36 and 38)
D. "It's likely they need to possess greater thinking capacity in order to compete with rivals in the swarm." (lines 49 and 50)
6. What is the most likely reason for including information about the Smithsonian laboratory in Panama?
A. to emphasize the results of a major study about bees
B. to illustrate why biologists should consider bee research
C. to point out that biologists still know very little about locust brains
D. to provide evidence that other countries are performing studies of locust brains
7. Lines 58 through 69 suggest that the author believes
A. the study of months will reveal changes in insect brains
B. the study of moths can provide ways to enhance technology
C. moth research will teach scientists more about the human brain
D. scientists should develop more advanced methods of moth research
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