Grade 6 English Language Arts Practice Questions

1. In Tom Sawyer, Tom gets punished for skipping school after he disappoints his aunt. This is how he feels: "Then he betook himself to his seat, rested his elbows on his desk and his jaws in his hands, and stared at the wall with the stony stare of suffering that has reached the limit and can no further go." This means that:

a. Tom is feeling angry that he was caught skipping school.
b. Tom is suffering the most pain that any human being could ever feel.
c. Tom does not understand that what he did was wrong.
d. Tom feels that his suffering is great, because it is all he thinks about.

2. Tom and Huck are able to watch their own funerals taking place. Why do they feel a sense of accomplishment?

a. Tom is really trying to run away forever.
b. Tom and Huck love the attention that their prank generates.
c. Huck is really trying to run away forever.
d. Tom and Huck want to see what a real funeral is like.

3. Tom Sawyer joins a club called the Cadets, which forbids smoking, chewing tobacco, and swearing. This makes him want to do these things even more. What is the closest comparison to how Tom is feeling?

a. Tom envying Huckleberry Finn for not having parents around
b. Tom misbehaving many times in school
c. Tom making excuses to his aunt for something he did wrong
d. Tom letting himself be punished in school instead of Becky

The following poem, "The Road Not Taken" by Robert Frost, appears below. Use it to answer questions 4-7.

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, And sorry I could not travel both And be one traveler, long I stood And looked down one as far as I could To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair, And having perhaps the better claim, Because it was grassy and wanted wear; Though as for that the passing there Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay In leaves no step had trodden black. Oh, I kept the first for another day! Yet knowing how way leads on to way, I doubted if I should ever come back. I shall be telling this with a sigh Somewhere ages and ages hence: Two roads diverged in a wood, and I- I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.

4. In the second stanza, is there a big difference between one road and the other?

a. Yes, because one path is more dangerous than the other.
b. Yes, because one road is much less traveled than the other.
c. No, because one road is only a little less traveled than the other.
d. No, because both roads lead to the same place in the end.

5. Why does the narrator of the poem say that he will tell the story of the two roads "With a sigh/ Somewhere ages and ages hence"?

a. The narrator is regretting the choice he has made.
b. The narrator is sad that he had to walk alone.
c. The narrator is looking back on a fond memory.
d. The narrator does not remember what happened.

6. Why is the path in the middle of the woods, rather than a road through the city?

a. There are no signs to point out which road is faster.
b. There are no distractions from the decision that the narrator has to make.
c. There are no other people who can give the narrator advice.
d. All of the above

7. Recite the first line of the poem aloud, and then read it again in silence. What words blend together when spoken in a way that is not as easy to see in written form?

a. Two roads
b. Yellow wood
c. Roads diverged
d. Diverged in

8. How would you compare the novel Little Women to the kind of stories that young Jo writes?

a. Jo's stories are full of mystery and horror, and Little Women is a family novel.
b. Jo's stories are much more deep and meaningful than Little Women.
c. Jo's stories did not contain any female characters, unlike Little Women.
d. Little Women has no male characters, while Jo's stories do.

9. How does Jo March's writing change over the course of the book?

a. Her writing becomes so boring that she is embarrassed to publish it.
. Her writing becomes steadily more outlandish.
c. Her writing contains less scandal and is truer to human nature.
d. Her writing style changes from comedy at the beginning to tragedy at the end.

10. Four athletes are each interested in a different sport. What is the most interesting way to write this information?

a. Michael liked skating, Henrietta liked hockey, Violet liked archery, and Geoffrey liked football.
b. Michael and Geoffrey liked skating and football, while Henrietta and Violet liked hockey and archery.
c. Michael liked skating, but Henrietta liked hockey, and Violet liked archery, but Geoffrey liked football.
d. Michael preferred skating, Henrietta favored hockey, Violet was wild about archery, and Geoffrey loved football.

Answer Explanations

1. D: Tom is caught up in his own guilt, so he thinks that he is suffering more than he actually is.

2. B: What Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn are proudest of is the amount of attention they get when they "die" and when they turn up alive. In fact, this is why they pull many of their pranks during the book.

3. A: Tom frequently wants what he cannot have, and the more he cannot have it, the more he thinks he wants it. Tom does misbehave in school and make excuses to his aunt for his bad behavior, but these happen for many reasons, not just envy.

4. C: Both roads in the woods are more or less equally covered in leaves. One is only a little more traveled than the other, but this is enough for the narrator to choose the less-traveled path.

5. A: The narrator of the poem is wistful for the choice he made, but not because he had to walk alone. Robert Frost said the poem was based on a friend of his, who was always regretting choices he'd made in the past.

6. D: The poem is based on the narrator having to decide upon a path based only on his own personality and how well traveled the road is. It is a decision that he must make alone.

7. B: Spoken aloud, "yellow wood" sounds more like one word than two. This helps the poem sound more melodic than if the writer had chosen "red wood" or "green wood."

8. A: Little Women is all about the March family, while Jo's early stories are full of exciting events and intrigue.

9. C: Jo's writing at the beginning is overly dramatic and the characters do not behave like real human beings. Toward the end of the book, her writing is full of real-life wisdom.

10. D: The different verbs say something about each of the athletes in question, making the sentence more interesting. Repeating the same verb over and over in a sentence can be boring.

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Grade 6 Common Core English Language Arts Language Overview

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