6th Grade ELA Turkey Test (2017)
Directions: Carefully read the selection, "Drawing Horses." Then answer questions 1 through 5 by selecting the best answer.
1. How do lines 36 through 38 help convey the theme of the story?
They show that some situations take time to change.
They prove that practice can help natural talents to develop.
They suggest that inspiration may come in unexpected ways.
They demonstrate that new ideas will eventually be accepted.
2. Which sentence best explains why Marisa's final horse drawing was different than her first tries?
"Everything looked special in that light, even the scraggly horses next door." (lines 37 and 38)
"I noticed the curves of their muscles, the shadows on their faces, the shine along their backs." (lines through 44)
"An idea began to take shape in my mind, and just then the cinnamon horse turned its head toward me and nodded three times." (lines 49 and 50)
"I choose a deep brown, pulling it across my paper in the shape of the chocolate horse." (line 52)
3. How does Marisa change while watching her neighbors' horses?
She realizes that Euphemia's horses do not look realistic, so she decides to try to draw better pictures than her friend.
She decides to try a different way of drawing and is proud of her work.
She realizes she can never be an artist like Euphemia but wants to draw like her anyway.
She finally learns that drawing horses is easier with proper lighting and art supplies.
4. Read this sentence from line 32: "I brooded about it all through dinner." What effect does the word "brooded" have in the story?
It shows Marisa's anxiety about her abilities.
It reveals Marisa's motives for drawing.
It emphasizes how Marisa is growing as a character.
It indicates Marisa has a major decision to make.
5. How do lines 14 through 16 contribute to the development of the plot?
They establish Marisa's problem.
They emphasize Marisa's hopefulness.
They contrast Marisa's artistic abilities with Euphemia's.
They illustrate Marisa's determination to not let Luke bother her.
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