SRA Record: Success or Failure – Maybe it’s All in the Mind
Week 7 Story 2
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How well did you read?
Write T if the statement is true according to the story. Write F if the state- ment is false.
1. According to the story, why do many people fail? *
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2. According to the story, what should you do to stop failing? *
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3. According to the story, if you have a fear of success what will probably happen? *
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The main idea of this selection is that people who fear success will very likely fail. Read the following statements. Write Yes if the statement supports the main idea. Write No if it doesn't.
4. John Holt discovered that the children in his class who failed seemed to be afraid of something. *
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5. New work didn't frighten the students who were used to succeeding. *
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6. Some students failed so that they could stay with the work they knew. *
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7. John Holt spent hours telling his students what they needed to know. *
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A: You can often tell the meaning of a word by reading the words around it. Look at each number in parentheses. Find the paragraph in the story with the same number, Then find the word that fits the given meaning. Write the word.
8. empty (2) *
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9. was curious; wished to know (6) *
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10. certain; firmly believing (9) *
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11. laughable; silly (11) *
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12. found out (12) *
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13. work to be done (13) *
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14. abilities gained by practice (16) *
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A word may have more than one meaning. Its meaning depends on the way it is used. Look at each number in parentheses. Find the paragraph in the story with the same number. See how the word below is used in the paragraph. Decide whether it has meaning a or b.
The word watch is an example.
A guard stood watch.
My watch is fast.
15. drilling (4) *
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16. class (8) *
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17. hard (16) *
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C : Pups are (little) dogs, not (big) ones.
Words with opposite meanings are called antonyms. Little is an antonym of big. Read each sentence and the words below it. Write the word that means the opposite of the word in parenthesis.
18. A (strong) rope is hard to break. *
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19. Iron is a (heavy) metal. *
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20. It takes a (brave) person to walk a tightrope. *
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21. You can't think clearly if you're (upset). *
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22. From the plane we could see the ocean (below). *
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23. Please don't (leave) now. *
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24. We used bits of paper to create a (fake) snowstorm. *
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25. (Grab) the dog before he runs away. *
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D: A metaphor is another figure of speech that describes something in an imaginative way. Metaphors sometimes exaggerate a little. In the sentences below, the metaphoric words are in heavy type. Choose one of the words in parentheses to tell what the metaphoric words mean. Write the word.
26. May is a tower of strength. *
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27. The cliffs are (giants reaching for the sky). *
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28. The eat's eyes are (gleaming pearls). *
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29. Jane is a (busy bee). *
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30. She spoke in a (rusty voice). *
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