Reading Comprehension 5B
Grade 5, Set B (15 Questions)
Students read and understand grade-level-appropriate material. They draw upon a variety of comprehension strategies as needed (e.g.; generating and responding to essential questions, making predictions, refer to the text, comparing information from several sources). These are some of the many strategies used in 'close reading'.
From Mr. Anker Tests
The Trojan Horse
Long ago in ancient Greece there lived a beautiful woman named Helen. Helen was married to King Menelaus and they entertained many people at banquets full of wonderful food. One of their guests was Paris of Troy. Paris decided to kidnap Helen and take her away to Troy. Paris took Helen to Troy, but Helen’s husband, Menelaus was so angry that he went to his brother, King Agamemnon, and all the Greeks got together and launched a thousand ships to get Helen back.
The Greeks and the Trojans fought for ten years, but the Greeks couldn’t break through the thick walls of Troy. Then Odysseus, one of the most cunning Greek kings, had an idea. They built a huge wooden horse and left it 'as a gift' for the Trojans. The Greeks, in the meantime, sailed away from Troy, but just over the horizon where the Trojans couldn’t see them.
The Trojans thought the Greeks had retreated. When they discovered the horse, they were so happy the war was over that they pulled the huge horse into the city.
The Trojans thought the Greeks had retreated. When they discovered the horse, they were so happy the war was over that they pulled the huge horse into the city. The Trojans danced and feasted all night until they collapsed exhausted.
Then during the night a trap door opened in the belly of the wooden horse. The horse was hollow and filled with Greek soldiers! The Greek soldiers opened the gates to the city and let the rest of their army into the city. The rest of the army sailed back to Troy during the night! Before morning, the Greeks had taken over the entire city. Menelaus got Helen back; but from that day on, people have said, “Beware of Greeks bearing gifts.”
1. Which word tells you that this story happened a long time ago?
2. If Helen and Menelaus gave banquets with wonderful food, you can probably guess that a 'banquet' is a:
3. If Paris 'kidnapped' Helen, it means:
He asked her nicely to go with him.
Helen was just a kid.
He stole her.
He introduced her to his kids.
4. When the Greek king launched a thousand ships to get Helen back, you can guess that 'launch' means:
what you eat at noon
put in the water
5. How long had the Greeks and the Trojans fought before Odysseus had his idea?
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more than one century
6. When the story says that Odysseus was 'cunning', it means:
he was sneaky and smart
he was on his way
he was very brave
he was tall
7. 'Huge' means:
the name of the Trojan Horse
8. The Greeks sailed their ships over the horizon. Horizon means:
100 nautical miles
the imaginary line in the distance where the sky and sea seem to meet
the next ocean
9. In the story, what word means “fallen back” or “ran away”?
10. When the Trojans thought the Greeks had gone for good, they were so happy that they:
burnt the wooden horse
danced until they were so tired that they fell down
painted the wooden horse
none of the above
11. Trap doors are different from regular doors because trap doors...
...always trap you and regular doors don’t
...always open through the floor and regular doors open through walls
...are meant to catch animals and regular doors are for people to walk through
...are the doors that trapeze artists enter through
12. The phrase, "The entire city" means:
the round city
the people in the city
the whole city
the tired city
13. The word 'beware', in the phrase, “Beware of Greeks bearing gifts.” means:
be careful of
14. When you are 'bearing' something, you are:
15. An antonym of 'hollow' is:
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