8th Grade ELA Presidents' Test (2018)
Directions: Carefully read the excerpt from the selection, "One-Eyed Cat." Then answer questions 1 through 5 by selecting the best answer.
2. Lines 20 through 24 contribute to the development of the plot by
showing that Ned and Mr. Scully are friends
describing the challenges of dealing with heavy snow
suggesting that Mr. Scully has been neglecting the cat
describing weather conditions that can be dangerous for the cat
3. Lines 37 through 42 in the story reveal that Ned feels
4. Ned's decision to leave the cat causes
the cat to become more afraid
Ned to be left behind by the other children
the cat to go hungry for the rest of the day
Ned to be distracted from his work during school
5. Which quotation best supports a central theme of the story?
"He ate breakfast hastily, too preoccupied to read the story on the cereal box." (line 11)
"Twice, his glance passed over the icebox." (line 28)
"...but try as he might, the image of the unmoving animal on the ragged old quilt persisted." (lines 55 and 56)
"Ned read the lines several times before copying them down in his copybook." (line 61)
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