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This test measures how well students are achieving the benchmarks in Florida’s Sunshine State Standards. Table of Contents Gail Devers/
Knowing How to Overcome Failure Is Part of Being Successful .............. Page 4
Poppa and the Spruce Tree ............................................................................... Page 16
Clown Alley ........................................................................................................ Page 27
Picking Tomatoes ............................................................................................... Page 38
Catfish Bigger Than Kids ................................................................................. Page 43
The Golden Windows ....................................................................................... Page 54

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Finally. She ran down the track. She was hoping that she would be able to walk again. just before the 100-meter dash in the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona. the announcement came over the loudspeakers. in the summer of 1988. Gail Devers had won the 100-meter dash in 10. just in time. to be held in Seoul. they found that Devers’s shoulder had crossed the finish line first. The race was so close that it looked as if at least five sprinters might have won. and hurled herself across the finish line. a doctor discovered that Devers had Graves’ disease. using every ounce of strength in her body. which made it too painful for her to walk. After the judges studied the finish-line photo. Eighteen months earlier she wasn’t thinking about running. Spain. Soon she was well enough to begin training for the 1992 Olympic Games. Go get it. Then she waited. South Korea. Her feet were covered with blisters. The blast from the starter’s gun sounded. Then. By 1991. Her doctors really did not know what was wrong with her. as she stood on the huge platform in the giant stadium and received an Olympic gold medal.FCAT Reading Released Test Book Read the article “Gail Devers” and the poem “Knowing How to Overcome Failure Is Part of Being Successful” before answering Numbers 1 through 9. and she burst forward. her doctors might have had to amputate her feet.” Jackie Joyner-Kersee told her friend. she began to feel very tired all the time and failed to make the Olympic finals. most of her hair. With new treatment.82 seconds. Then Devers experienced the highlight of any sprinter’s career. Gail Devers.PAR1 “YOU’VE WORKED HARD FOR THIS. The instant replay on the stadium scoreboard kept showing the five runners crossing the finish line. and forty pounds in weight. Devers began to recover. Gail Devers by Arlene Bourgeois Molzàhn BPA07. she had lost some of her eyesight. as Devers was training for the Olympic Games. Devers set her feet in the starting blocks and hoped that she would run a good race. If she had gone two more days without proper medication. Left Page 4 FCAT 2006 Reading Released Test � 2006 Florida Department of Education SESSION: 50 PAGE: 4 5/19/106 8:32 LOGIN IS-eileen PATH: @sun2/xydisk2/CLS_psycorp/GRP_florida/JOB_07g6-10/DIV_g7rdg-ak .PAR1 C ArtCodes BPA07. Just four years earlier.

when someone doesn’t know where to turn. tell people I was there. able to live their own lives. California. although their parents were strict. 1966. was a member of the 4 � 100-meter relay team that won the gold medal. Their parents limited the amount of television the children could watch. to grow up to be independent. COLLEGE: University of California at Los Angeles. I kept going. United States Olympic Committee 1993 Athlete of the Year. Devers brought her winning ways to the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. Right Page 5 FCAT 2006 Reading Released Test � 2006 Florida Department of Education SESSION: 50 PAGE: 5 5/19/106 8:32 LOGIN IS-eileen PATH: @sun2/xydisk2/CLS_psycorp/GRP_florida/JOB_07g6-10/DIV_g7rdg-ak . Washington. They taught their children to feel good about themselves. At night they had to be in the house as soon as the streetlights came on. and finished fourth in the 100-meter hurdles.PAR2 C ArtCodes BPA07. After a successful high school track career at Sweetwater High School in National City. Seattle.FCAT Reading Released Test Book Gail Devers was born in Seattle. California.” Devers said. California.” BPA07. National City. Devers enrolled at the University of California at Los Angeles. and grew up in San Diego. After winning the Olympic gold medal in 1992. Georgia. He was right. Bob Kersee. HIGH SCHOOL: Sweetwater High School. Washington. gave her much encouragement and told her she could be a world-class runner someday.PAR2 Gail Devers BORN: November 19. She won the 100-meter dash.” “Use me as an example. who had become the track coach at the university. Gail Devers is a great runner and an excellent example of the meaning of the saying “Never give up. So can others. RECORDS/AWARDS: Won three gold medals in Olympic Games. She and her brother were happy. “When the walls are closing in.

© AFP/CORBIS. From Top 10 American Women Sprinters by Arlene Bourgeois Molzàhn. speaker and trainer. To advance into the unknown. It molds. you must risk failure.” It’s only a word.” Tim Connor. you must take a chance. best-selling author. To test your vision. you must spread your wings. To see beyond the horizon. Copyright © 1998 by Arlene Bourgeois Molzàhn. and go beyond your proven limits. Failure is not negative. To tell your story. refines. It is a teacher. flex. To temper your ego. But it carries with it so much pain and so little concern. try. Photo of Gail Devers.PAR3 “Failure.FCAT Reading Released Test Book Knowing How to Overcome Failure Is Part of Being Successful BPA07. To bridge the silence. so much frustration and so little respect. but your next step and then the next that will tell the story of your life. and polishes you so that one day your light will shine for all to see. you must risk rejection. Inc. “Gail Devers” by Arlene Bourgeois Molzàhn. you must stretch. All rights reserved. you must attempt the impossible.PAR3 by Tim Connor C ArtCodes BPA07. “Knowing How to Overcome Failure Is Part of Being Successful. so much stress and so little understanding that people spend their lives running through their days in the hope of avoiding the long arm of this little word. To be all you can be. Left Page 6 FCAT 2006 Reading Released Test � 2006 Florida Department of Education SESSION: 50 PAGE: 6 5/19/106 8:32 LOGIN IS-eileen PATH: @sun2/xydisk2/CLS_psycorp/GRP_florida/JOB_07g6-10/DIV_g7rdg-ak . Enslow Publishers. you must risk the peril of all your previous beliefs and emotions that feel so secure. It isn’t the failure you experience that will determine your destiny.

2.” The correct answer for each multiple-choice question is circled. He coached Devers at the University of California and in her Olympic trials. He understood Devers’ potential and encouraged her to become a top athlete. He persuaded her to try to win the gold medal in the Olympics. Benchmark LA. To the left of each answer choice is the percentage of students who chose that answer. He recognized that she was suffering from Graves’ disease. 1 � 2% 9% 07LAE231MB525 3019354 According to the article. D.1 Right Page 7 FCAT 2006 Reading Released Test � 2006 Florida Department of Education SESSION: 59 PAGE: 7 7/7/106 12:10 LOGIN IS-pam PATH: @sun2/xydisk2/CLS_psycorp/GRP_florida/JOB_07g6-10/DIV_g7rdg-ak . Base your answers on the article “Gail Devers” and the poem “Knowing How to Overcome Failure Is Part of Being Successful. Content Focus character development Content Difficulty Moderate 13% C 76% � C.E. B.3. how did Bob Kersee influence Gail Devers’ athletic career? A.FCAT Reading Released Test Book Answer Numbers 1 through 9.

G.2 Left Page 8 FCAT 2006 Reading Released Test � 2006 Florida Department of Education SESSION: 59 PAGE: 8 7/7/106 12:10 LOGIN IS-pam PATH: @sun2/xydisk2/CLS_psycorp/GRP_florida/JOB_07g6-10/DIV_g7rdg-ak .3. “Use me as an example. H. I.” 07LAA232MB523 3019352 Why is this quotation included in the article? 3% 91% 2% 5% C � F. to tell how proud Devers is of winning three gold medals to show that Devers hopes her experiences will inspire others to explain why Devers chooses to compete with other athletes to illustrate that Devers believes athletes should follow her routine Content Focus author’s purpose Content Difficulty Moderate Benchmark LA.FCAT Reading Released Test Book 2 � Read this quotation by Gail Devers.A.2.

Devers was awarded the gold medal for the 100-meter dash in 1992. C.3.8 Right Page 9 FCAT 2006 Reading Released Test � 2006 Florida Department of Education SESSION: 59 PAGE: 9 7/7/106 12:10 LOGIN IS-pam PATH: @sun2/xydisk2/CLS_psycorp/GRP_florida/JOB_07g6-10/DIV_g7rdg-ak . D. What evidence best shows that people in sports were impressed by Devers? Devers was named Athlete of the Year in 1993.2.A. Content Focus strong vs. weak argument Content Difficulty High 17% C 26% Benchmark LA.FCAT Reading Released Test Book 3 � 46% 11% 07LAA238MB530 3019359 � A. B. Devers was made a member of the Olympic relay team in 1996. Devers was encouraged by friends and coaches to race.

He presents the symptoms of Graves’ disease and then shows how Devers’ life and career were affected by it. He describes one of Devers’ successful races and then retraces the challenges she overcame to achieve her big win.A.3. He describes events in the order in which they happened.FCAT Reading Released Test Book 4 � 6% How does the author organize the article about Gail Devers? 07LAA231MB524 3019353 67% C 6% � G. beginning with Devers’ early Olympic training and ending with her winning the gold medal. Content Focus patterns of organization Content Difficulty Moderate 21% Benchmark LA. F. He begins with a quotation from Devers about how important her Olympic medals are to her and then describes Devers’ Olympic feats in detail.1 Left Page 10 FCAT 2006 Reading Released Test � 2006 Florida Department of Education SESSION: 59 PAGE: 10 7/7/106 12:10 LOGIN IS-pam PATH: @sun2/xydisk2/CLS_psycorp/GRP_florida/JOB_07g6-10/DIV_g7rdg-ak . H.2. I.

Both believe that taking risks can be too demanding to be worthwhile. D. Both believe that working through difficulties provides the greatest rewards.7 Right Page 11 FCAT 2006 Reading Released Test � 2006 Florida Department of Education SESSION: 59 PAGE: 11 7/7/106 12:10 LOGIN IS-pam PATH: @sun2/xydisk2/CLS_psycorp/GRP_florida/JOB_07g6-10/DIV_g7rdg-ak .2.2.A.FCAT Reading Released Test Book 5 � 6% 3% 07LAA227MB534 3019363 What point of view does Gail Devers share with Tim Connor? A. Benchmark LA. Content Focus comparison Content Difficulty Moderate 6% C 86% � C. Both think that people should set goals they can easily reach. B. Both think that some people face fewer challenges than others.

Content Focus conclusions/inferences Content Difficulty Moderate � H. people spend their lives running through their days in the hope of avoiding the long arm of this little word. G. Failure can be compared to a hurtful person whom others try to escape. . What is the meaning of these lines? 9% 15% 10% 67% 07LAA132MB521 3019350 C F.FCAT Reading Released Test Book 6 � Read these lines from the poem.3. Failure can become a pattern that harms a person’s future. People are afraid to admit that they have experienced failure. .A.1.2 Left Page 12 FCAT 2006 Reading Released Test � 2006 Florida Department of Education SESSION: 59 PAGE: 12 7/7/106 12:10 LOGIN IS-pam PATH: @sun2/xydisk2/CLS_psycorp/GRP_florida/JOB_07g6-10/DIV_g7rdg-ak . People pass up potential opportunities trying to stay out of failure’s reach. Benchmark LA. . I.

Benchmark LA.3. there is a story of great success. For every story of failure.2. D.A. people should learn from it.FCAT Reading Released Test Book 7 � 5% 3% 07LAA231MB522 3019351 Which statement best expresses Tim Connor’s attitude toward failure? A. There is no excuse for failure. C. Instead of avoiding failure. Some risks are not worth taking.1 Right Page 13 FCAT 2006 Reading Released Test � 2006 Florida Department of Education SESSION: 59 PAGE: 13 7/7/106 12:10 LOGIN IS-pam PATH: @sun2/xydisk2/CLS_psycorp/GRP_florida/JOB_07g6-10/DIV_g7rdg-ak . Content Focus main idea/essential message Content Difficulty Moderate 72% C 20% � B.

07LAE231MB532 3019361 C 6% 2% 4% 88% How would Gail Devers most likely respond to these lines? F. I.FCAT Reading Released Test Book 8 � Read these lines from the poem. G. She would state her belief that people must accept their limits.E. Benchmark LA. She would question whether the poet was being overly optimistic. It isn’t the failure you experience that will determine your destiny. Content Focus character point of view Content Difficulty Moderate � H. She would agree that people should keep trying instead of becoming discouraged. She would argue that success is impossible without encouragement from others.2. .1 Left Page 14 FCAT 2006 Reading Released Test � 2006 Florida Department of Education SESSION: 60 PAGE: 14 7/17/106 16:21 LOGIN IS-lori PATH: @sun2/xydisk2/CLS_psycorp/GRP_florida/JOB_07g6-10/DIV_g7rdg-ak .3. .

The poem urges caution in approaching obstacles.2.2. The poem lists several ways of achieving goals. D. Benchmark LA. while the article tells a true story of overcoming challenges.FCAT Reading Released Test Book 9 � 10% Which sentence best describes the difference between the poem and the article? A.A. while the article shows how difficult it can be to overcome failures. while the article inspires readers to take action. B. The poem develops the idea of facing challenges. while the article concentrates on only one way to achieve a goal. Content Focus contrast Content Difficulty High 07LAA227MB535 3019364 9% C 75% 5% � C.7 Right Page 15 FCAT 2006 Reading Released Test � 2006 Florida Department of Education SESSION: 59 PAGE: 15 7/7/106 12:11 LOGIN IS-pam PATH: @sun2/xydisk2/CLS_psycorp/GRP_florida/JOB_07g6-10/DIV_g7rdg-ak . The poem focuses on success.

But not Poppa’s. defeated. Maybe he was five feet six if his heels were not worn. I couldn’t help wondering what Poppa would have said if I told him I was tired or discouraged. where things accumulate for years. especially its hard times. I went up to the den to make some notes. Maybe he weighed 155 pounds if he had a good meal. when I turned up one of Poppa’s old business cards. Then I thought about how he dealt with hard circumstances. Cuomo. Poppa never had occasion to give anyone a calling card. One. My brother Frankie and I could climb poles all day. but one scene came sharply into view. was a great blue spruce that must have been 40 feet tall. that he was so proud of: Andrea Cuomo. rummaging through papers in the back of my desk drawer. We came home from the store that night to find the spruce pulled almost totally from the ground and flung forward. A thousand pictures flashed through my mind.PAR1 In this essay Mario Cuomo. It was first published in the Diaries of Mario M. we could scale fences with barbed wire—but we knew nothing about trees. Maybe he could see a block away if his glasses were clean. I remembered one of his lessons one night when I was ready to quit a political campaign I was losing and wrote about it in my diary: Tired. When we saw our spruce. our hearts sank. PST07. New York.PAR1 by Mario M. from our apartment behind the store.FCAT Reading Released Test Book Read the essay “Poppa and the Spruce Tree” before answering Numbers 10 through 18. the ones we made up for him. even trees. Poppa taught me a lot about life. I was looking for a pencil. Left Page 16 FCAT 2006 Reading Released Test � 2006 Florida Department of Education SESSION: 50 PAGE: 16 5/19/106 8:34 LOGIN IS-eileen PATH: @sun2/xydisk2/CLS_psycorp/GRP_florida/JOB_07g6-10/DIV_g7rdg-ak . We had just moved to Holliswood. But he was stronger than Frankie and me and Marie and Mamma all together. Italian-American Groceries— Fine Imported Products. We had our own house for the first time. its mighty nose bent in the asphalt of the street. it had some land around it. we were great at fire escapes. feeling the many months of struggle. Cuomo C ArtCodes PST07. its cheek on the canvas. but he loved having them. there was a terrible storm. in particular. recalls an experience with his father that serves as an inspiration to him. Less than a week after we moved in. former governor of New York.

pretending it never had its nose in the asphalt. and maybe two hours later looked at the spruce. you would see the great. . Then we shoveled mud over the roots and moved boulders to the base to keep the tree in place. If you were to drive past that house today. Cuomo.” From DIARIES OF MARIO M. pointing straight up to the heavens.PAR2 “Poppa and the Spruce Tree. CUOMO by Mario M. . The rain was falling. with me pulling on the rope and Frankie in the street in the rain. Right Page 17 FCAT 2006 Reading Released Test � 2006 Florida Department of Education SESSION: 50 PAGE: 17 5/19/106 8:34 LOGIN IS-eileen PATH: @sun2/xydisk2/CLS_psycorp/GRP_florida/JOB_07g6-10/DIV_g7rdg-ak . and he stood up by the house. I couldn’t wait to get back into the campaign. tied rope from the trunk to the stakes. Inc. Used by permission of Random House. Poppa? The roots are out of the ground!” “Shut up. “O.K. . “Don’t worry.. helping to push up the great blue spruce. Cuomo. we had it standing up straight again! With the rain still falling. he’s gonna grow again . closed it with a vengeance. copyright © 1984 by Mario M. You couldn’t say no to him.PAR2 C ArtCodes PST07. he’s gonna grow again.FCAT Reading Released Test Book We stood in the street looking down at the tree. making a muddy hole wider and wider as the tree sank lower and lower toward security. So we followed him into the house and we got what rope there was and we tied the rope around the tip of the tree that lay in the asphalt. we gonna push ’im up.” We didn’t know what to say to him.” I looked at the card and wanted to cry. we gonna push ’im up!” “What are you talking about. Poppa drove stakes in the ground. Poppa dug away at the place where the roots were. the crippled spruce made straight by ropes. and said. Then he announced. maybe 65 feet tall. straight blue spruce. I put Poppa’s card back in the drawer. In no time at all. PST07.

1. stood out clearer than others.FCAT Reading Released Test Book Answer Numbers 10 through 18. I.” The correct answer for each multiple-choice question is circled. Content Focus analyze words/text Content Difficulty Moderate � H. Base your answers on the essay “Poppa and the Spruce Tree.3. 07LAA132MB360 3019336 C 5% 8% 6% 81% The words came sharply into view are closest in meaning to the words F.2 Left Page 18 FCAT 2006 Reading Released Test � 2006 Florida Department of Education SESSION: 59 PAGE: 18 7/7/106 12:11 LOGIN IS-pam PATH: @sun2/xydisk2/CLS_psycorp/GRP_florida/JOB_07g6-10/DIV_g7rdg-ak . To the left of each answer choice is the percentage of students who chose that answer. prompted more memories.A. G. appeared as a bright light. Benchmark LA. 10 � Read this sentence from the essay. but one scene came sharply into view. appeared like a movie. A thousand pictures flashed through my mind.

C.FCAT Reading Released Test Book 11 � Read these sentences from the essay. closed it with a vengeance. Benchmark LA. I put Poppa’s card back in the drawer.2 Right Page 19 FCAT 2006 Reading Released Test � 2006 Florida Department of Education SESSION: 59 PAGE: 19 7/7/106 12:11 LOGIN IS-pam PATH: @sun2/xydisk2/CLS_psycorp/GRP_florida/JOB_07g6-10/DIV_g7rdg-ak . Content Focus analyze words/text Content Difficulty Moderate � B.1.3. showing great determination after making a decision. I couldn’t wait to get back into the campaign. feeling sadness because he misses his father. using unexpected force while thinking of something else. D. displaying anger at being behind in the campaign.A. 07LAA132MB384 3019343 C 10% 14% 65% 11% The author uses the phrase with a vengeance to show that he is A.

I. According to the essay. He guides them with love. He shares stories about his life.FCAT Reading Released Test Book 12 � 59% 14% 07LAA231MB382 3019342 � F. Content Focus main idea/essential message Content Difficulty Moderate 19% C 8% Benchmark LA.A.3. how does Poppa teach his children about being successful? He serves as an example.2.1 Left Page 20 FCAT 2006 Reading Released Test � 2006 Florida Department of Education SESSION: 59 PAGE: 20 7/7/106 12:11 LOGIN IS-pam PATH: @sun2/xydisk2/CLS_psycorp/GRP_florida/JOB_07g6-10/DIV_g7rdg-ak . H. He gives them business advice. G.

D. Mario Cuomo’s adult attitude toward his father is appreciative.2 Right Page 21 FCAT 2006 Reading Released Test � 2006 Florida Department of Education SESSION: 59 PAGE: 21 7/7/106 12:11 LOGIN IS-pam PATH: @sun2/xydisk2/CLS_psycorp/GRP_florida/JOB_07g6-10/DIV_g7rdg-ak . C. obedient.3.2. Content Focus author’s point of view Content Difficulty Moderate 21% C 8% Benchmark LA.FCAT Reading Released Test Book 13 � 64% 7% 07LAA232MD046 3022945 � A. B.A. resentful. critical.

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How does the author’s personal situation compare to the problem faced by his father when the tree falls over in the storm? F. G. H. I. Getting the tree to grow again requires skill, but getting elected to office requires luck. Saving the tree requires teamwork, while running for office requires the ability to work alone. Rescuing the fallen tree requires optimism, and running a campaign requires the same positive attitude. Replanting the tree requires detailed planning, and getting back into the campaign requires the same thorough consideration.
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Each relies on the other for help. Both are determined to overcome challenges. D.1 Right Page 25 FCAT 2006 Reading Released Test � 2006 Florida Department of Education SESSION: 59 PAGE: 25 7/7/106 12:11 LOGIN IS-pam PATH: @sun2/xydisk2/CLS_psycorp/GRP_florida/JOB_07g6-10/DIV_g7rdg-ak . Each questions his own decisions. Content Focus conflict/conflict resolution Content Difficulty Moderate 12% 7% 77% C � C.2.3.E.FCAT Reading Released Test Book 17 � 3% 07LAE231MB370 3019339 Which sentence gives the best description of how Mario Cuomo and his father deal with difficult situations? A. Benchmark LA. B. Both are easily distracted.

Benchmark LA.3.1 Left Page 26 FCAT 2006 Reading Released Test � 2006 Florida Department of Education SESSION: 59 PAGE: 26 7/7/106 12:11 LOGIN IS-pam PATH: @sun2/xydisk2/CLS_psycorp/GRP_florida/JOB_07g6-10/DIV_g7rdg-ak .2.FCAT Reading Released Test Book 18 � 7% 11% 07LAA231MB387 3019344 Which sentence best summarizes what happens in “Poppa and the Spruce Tree”? F. I. G. The author helps his father work through what could have been a crisis.A. The author returns to his old house and sees a large spruce tree still growing. Content Focus main idea/essential message Content Difficulty Moderate 8% C 74% � H. The author continues his campaign when he remembers a lesson his father taught him. The author is discouraged because he is losing a political campaign.

They all join in the charivari [shiv-uh-ree]. Clowns lost their voices when the large dimensions of three-ring circuses made it impossible for the audience to hear them.FCAT Reading Released Test Book Read the article “Clown Alley” before answering Numbers 19 through 27. the noisy entrance of the clowns. juggling clowns and others. a collection of more than six hundred eggs that documents for history the faces of male and female clowns from around the world. as part of their routines. Clown alley—from the old ringmaster’s2 call. often both offended and delighted listeners with their comments and songs. Throughout history there have always been people who can make other people laugh. “Clowns. 1 2 slapstick: funny and exaggerated ringmaster: a person who introduces the acts in a circus ring Right Page 27 FCAT 2006 Reading Released Test � 2006 Florida Department of Education SESSION: 50 PAGE: 27 5/19/106 8:40 LOGIN IS-eileen PATH: @sun2/xydisk2/CLS_psycorp/GRP_florida/JOB_07g6-10/DIV_g7rdg-ak . They were not the silent performers seen in today’s circus rings. Each slapstick1 move is carefully timed and well-rehearsed. Most clowns have also been trained as acrobats. and many incorporate such skills into their acts.PAR1 Circus legend has it that a collection of eggs painted with the faces of famous clowns was tragically destroyed by fire long ago. like a huge rubber hammer. Walk-around clowns use an animal or a prop. jugglers or aerial artists. Linda and Leon McBryde of Virginia have honored this egg-painting tradition by creating their Department of Clown Registry. A carpet clown mingles with the audience and performs while the acts change in the rings. from the stupidus of ancient Rome to the court jester. Clowns must be in good physical condition to prevent injuries. riding clowns. It takes up to a week to create one egg portrait. but it’s not. Everything a clown does looks easy. Linda paints each face on a goose egg and then completes the decoration with a variety of materials. Making people laugh can be hard work.PAR1 C ArtCodes CLW07. allez” [ah-lay] (French for “go”)—is the name of the dressing area where the clowns put on their makeup and costumes. Early clowns. Then there are acrobatic clowns. Clown Alley by Linda Granfield CLW07. There are different categories of circus clowns.

A closeup look at a clown’s face frightens some people because the eyebrows aren’t drawn where they naturally grow. It’s also considered bad taste for a clown to appear in public partially out of costume. auguste [oh-gust] and character. and there’s a big red nose.PAR2 C ArtCodes CLW07. A clown’s face is a protected trademark and is never to be exactly copied. He also wears big shoes. and his outfit looks something like loose pajamas with a ruffle around the neck. or for a clown to do “normal” things.FCAT Reading Released Test Book This area is usually near the entrance to the arena because of the frequent number of costume changes. and from this distance every feature looks right. An oversized suit or baggy pants with suspenders allows freedom of movement for all the clumsy tumbles he takes. Copyright © 1997 by Linda Granfield. and the hairline is often gone completely. the face was sometimes whitened with flour to emphasize large. like eating lunch. It takes clowns a great deal of practice to create their performance faces. His facial features are neatly detailed in red or black. Clowns have a long and interesting history and use serious techniques. In the early days.” Excerpt from Circus. while in character. The neat whiteface is usually a strict. But the face is meant to be seen fifty feet above the ring. Some tramp clowns are happy-go-lucky. This clown performs a great deal of slapstick humor. Others are extremely sad. so everyone in the audience could see each exaggerated facial expression. dark eyes and bright red lips. Used by permission of Linda McBryde. Reprinted by permission of the publisher. Department of Clown Registry. Photo of painted eggs as clowns. grandmothers or symphony conductors. lips are lost in a sea of red. The auguste wears light-colored makeup. Making Faces Entertainers have been wearing makeup since ancient times. in-charge character who sets up the punch line for the joke with a partner who is typically an auguste. (Legend has it that a French clown who was a baker by profession was the first to perform with his face white from his job!) A clown today whitens his face with greasepaint.PAR2 “Clown Alley. Each has a specific makeup style and costume. Buchanan. and the need for the clowns to be ready at all times to hustle out into the ring. Still others act like gentlemen who just happen to be out of money. the children and adults at the circus don’t need to know these facts to get ready for fun when they hear “Bring in the clowns!” CLW07. the many props to grab. however. First published in Canada by Groundwood Books/Douglas & McIntyre Ltd. Left Page 28 FCAT 2006 Reading Released Test � 2006 Florida Department of Education SESSION: 50 PAGE: 28 5/19/106 8:40 LOGIN IS-eileen PATH: @sun2/xydisk2/CLS_psycorp/GRP_florida/JOB_07g6-10/DIV_g7rdg-ak . scarecrows. All the makeup can be ordered from companies whose catalogs advertise everything from “age stipple” and “crepe wool hair” to clown white makeup (often the choice of performers who entertain at a fast-food restaurant). Tramps wear different styles of makeup and costumes that are torn or shabby. However. Each has a typical act as well. is the tramp. The most famous character clown. Generally. but white is used around the mouth and eyes. there are three categories of circus clowns—whiteface. VA. Circus legend has it that the auguste clown got his name from a German nickname for someone who is clumsy. Character clowns perform as different personalities—cowboys.

” The correct answer for each multiple-choice question is circled. C.3. began to perform silently because of larger audiences. realized audience members often spoke another language.FCAT Reading Released Test Book Answer Numbers 19 through 27. Content Focus analyze words/text Content Difficulty Moderate 18% Benchmark LA.1. 19 � 13% 66% 07LAA132M3530 014442 When the author states that clowns “lost their voices.A. D. became silent to avoid offending people.2 Right Page 29 FCAT 2006 Reading Released Test � 2006 Florida Department of Education SESSION: 59 PAGE: 29 7/7/106 12:11 LOGIN IS-pam PATH: @sun2/xydisk2/CLS_psycorp/GRP_florida/JOB_07g6-10/DIV_g7rdg-ak . B.” she means that clowns 4% C � A. To the left of each answer choice is the percentage of students who chose that answer. Base your answers on the article “Clown Alley. discovered that physical comedy was becoming more popular.

1 Left Page 30 FCAT 2006 Reading Released Test � 2006 Florida Department of Education SESSION: 59 PAGE: 30 7/7/106 12:11 LOGIN IS-pam PATH: @sun2/xydisk2/CLS_psycorp/GRP_florida/JOB_07g6-10/DIV_g7rdg-ak . G. Content Focus details/facts Content Difficulty Moderate 6% C 85% � H.2. acrobatic clown.3. juggling clown.FCAT Reading Released Test Book 20 � 5% 3% 07LAA231M3536 014452 A poodle would most likely be part of an act performed by a F. riding clown.A. walk-around clown. I. Benchmark LA.

D.FCAT Reading Released Test Book 21 � 16% 16% 07LAE221M3532 014446 “Alley” became a part of the expression “clown alley” because of A. C.2.1 Right Page 31 FCAT 2006 Reading Released Test � 2006 Florida Department of Education SESSION: 59 PAGE: 31 7/7/106 12:11 LOGIN IS-pam PATH: @sun2/xydisk2/CLS_psycorp/GRP_florida/JOB_07g6-10/DIV_g7rdg-ak . a hall built to display images of circus performers. the shape of the dressing room.2. the makeup used by clowns. a foreign word used by the ringmaster. Benchmark LA.E. Content Focus cause and effect Content Difficulty Moderate 53% C 15% � B.

and stupidus support the article by showing that professional clowning has international roots. unusual labels make clowns seem more interesting. Words such as allez.2. G. I.3. audiences are impressed by fancy expressions.8 Left Page 32 FCAT 2006 Reading Released Test � 2006 Florida Department of Education SESSION: 59 PAGE: 32 7/7/106 12:12 LOGIN IS-pam PATH: @sun2/xydisk2/CLS_psycorp/GRP_florida/JOB_07g6-10/DIV_g7rdg-ak . H. some ideas are best expressed in their original forms. weak argument Content Difficulty Moderate 34% C 15% Benchmark LA.FCAT Reading Released Test Book 22 � 40% 11% 07LAA238M3533 014447 � F. Content Focus strong vs.A. auguste.

3.5 Right Page 33 FCAT 2006 Reading Released Test � 2006 Florida Department of Education SESSION: 59 PAGE: 33 7/7/106 12:12 LOGIN IS-pam PATH: @sun2/xydisk2/CLS_psycorp/GRP_florida/JOB_07g6-10/DIV_g7rdg-ak .A. organizes. B. the stupidus and the tramp the auguste and the whiteface the carpet clown and the scarecrow the court jester and the riding clown Content Focus locates.FCAT Reading Released Test Book 23 � 20% 07LAA235M3547 014469 According to the article. which set of clowns would report to you? 69% 7% 4% C � A. if you worked in the dressing room of a circus and you specialized in baggy clothing. D. C.2. and interprets information Content Difficulty High Benchmark LA.

2. greasepaint. H.3.1 Left Page 34 FCAT 2006 Reading Released Test � 2006 Florida Department of Education SESSION: 59 PAGE: 34 7/7/106 12:12 LOGIN IS-pam PATH: @sun2/xydisk2/CLS_psycorp/GRP_florida/JOB_07g6-10/DIV_g7rdg-ak . Content Focus details/facts Content Difficulty Low 23% 68% 4% C � G. Benchmark LA.A. age stipple. bleached flour. light crepe hair.FCAT Reading Released Test Book 24 � 6% 07LAA231M3531 014444 The French clown who “was the first to perform with his face white from his job” most likely appeared with his face coated with F. I.

create a frightening image. Content Focus cause and effect Content Difficulty Moderate Benchmark LA.2.2. employ the most current style of face design. make the face visible from far away. copy the makeup of clowns from ancient times.1 Right Page 35 FCAT 2006 Reading Released Test � 2006 Florida Department of Education SESSION: 59 PAGE: 35 7/7/106 12:12 LOGIN IS-pam PATH: @sun2/xydisk2/CLS_psycorp/GRP_florida/JOB_07g6-10/DIV_g7rdg-ak .FCAT Reading Released Test Book 25 � 9% 07LAE221M3540 014460 A modern clown draws eyebrows where they do not naturally grow and lips that are “lost in a sea of red” in order to 79% 8% 5% C � A. D.E. C. B.

FCAT Reading Released Test Book 26 � 4% 7% 07LAA231M3541 014462 According to the article.1 Left Page 36 FCAT 2006 Reading Released Test � 2006 Florida Department of Education SESSION: 59 PAGE: 36 7/7/106 12:12 LOGIN IS-pam PATH: @sun2/xydisk2/CLS_psycorp/GRP_florida/JOB_07g6-10/DIV_g7rdg-ak .2.3. showing children how to juggle.A. Benchmark LA. Content Focus details/facts Content Difficulty Moderate 8% C 82% � H. posing for an artist painting eggs. G. a professional clown in full makeup would NOT be seen F. eating lunch at a fast-food restaurant. I. walking among audience members.

2.FCAT Reading Released Test Book 27 � 27% 11% 07LAA235M3538 014456 The work of Leon and Linda McBryde is important because it A. Benchmark LA. displays how the three categories of circus clowns differ.A. C. traces modern clowning back to its early origins. shows techniques used in the design of clowning accessories.3. Content Focus synthesizes information (within text) Content Difficulty High 52% C 10% � B. creates and preserves a record of trademarked clown faces. D.5 Right Page 37 FCAT 2006 Reading Released Test � 2006 Florida Department of Education SESSION: 59 PAGE: 37 7/7/106 12:12 LOGIN IS-pam PATH: @sun2/xydisk2/CLS_psycorp/GRP_florida/JOB_07g6-10/DIV_g7rdg-ak .

Grandma assumes I smile in agreement with her tomato selection. She calls me to her side. As always. and then get sidetracked by another that appears to be equally ripe. I spot what looks like a ripe tomato. I usually end up watching Grandma and trying to stay out of her way. just turn circles looking for the ones I think Grandma will like. red ball toward the sunlight before disconnecting it from the vine with a half-hearted smile. and clutches the tomato in her hand. head in its direction. I have to stand to spot the brim of Grandma’s hat amongst the lush plants.1 and they are no different in the vegetable garden. thanking me for my willingness to assist. She turns each round. Grandma’s plentiful tomato garden has been a sign of summer’s end. however. While Grandma’s request for my help in the tomato garden is always the same.PAR1 There we are. I know I smile. She then looks at me. I already know it will end up in the basket with the mound of others Grandma has carefully chosen. kneels beside the vine while enjoying the warmth of the fading sunlight on her face.FCAT Reading Released Test Book Read the passage “Picking Tomatoes” before answering Numbers 28 through 31. 1 discerning: knowing Left Page 38 FCAT 2006 Reading Released Test � 2006 Florida Department of Education SESSION: 50 PAGE: 38 5/19/106 8:42 LOGIN IS-eileen PATH: @sun2/xydisk2/CLS_psycorp/GRP_florida/JOB_07g6-10/DIV_g7rdg-ak . Grandma knows which tomatoes are ready. Grandma has eyes for finding even the tomatoes hidden by undergrowth and other tomatoes. her desire for my help seems to increase each year. Grandma’s eyes are always discerning. However. at her. She pats my head and assures me she cannot pick tomatoes without my youthful eyes and quick mind.” property of the Florida Department of Education. For as long as I can remember. the first time I realize why she requests my help.PAR1 C ArtCodes PIK07. I often feel more of a hindrance than a help. deciding which tomatoes will be picked. She says we need to examine each tomato and agree on its readiness for picking. PIK07. It is. just as the decreased heat of the sun hints at cooler days. It is as if she has been in the garden earlier that day. I try to stay near her so I can hear her comments and directions. instead. lost in the tomato vines. As she walks toward the garden. however. Grandma is scurrying from vine to vine. From afar she spots what looks like a ripe tomato. While Grandma says we need to agree on which tomatoes are ready to be picked. Grandma requests my help in her tomato garden. but from a different angle. Grandma acts as if she needs a final look to be sure. I. It is not until today that I realize it is my company she cannot do without. I nod my head and smile. Picking Tomatoes It isn’t the first time I have picked tomatoes with Grandma. If it passes such inspection. Each September. my participation does not seem very important. she evaluates the tomato for a second time. “Picking Tomatoes. which seems the only way my eyes and mind are useful.

3.” “She says we need to examine each tomato and agree on its readiness .A.FCAT Reading Released Test Book Answer Numbers 28 through 31. . Benchmark LA.” Content Focus strong vs.” “I usually end up watching Grandma and trying to stay out of her way . weak argument Content Difficulty Moderate 9% 63% 7% C � G.” “Grandma assumes I smile in agreement with her tomato selection.2. H. .8 Right Page 39 FCAT 2006 Reading Released Test � 2006 Florida Department of Education SESSION: 59 PAGE: 39 7/7/106 12:12 LOGIN IS-pam PATH: @sun2/xydisk2/CLS_psycorp/GRP_florida/JOB_07g6-10/DIV_g7rdg-ak .” The correct answer for each multiple-choice question is circled. “I try to stay near her so I can hear her comments and directions. . Base your answers on the passage “Picking Tomatoes. I. To the left of each answer choice is the percentage of students who chose that answer. 28 � 20% 07LAA238MH229 3157088 Which quotation provides the best evidence that the author is not an efficient tomato picker? F. .

The author is an expert gardener. I already know it will end up in the basket with the mound of others Grandma has carefully chosen. Content Focus validity/accuracy of information Content Difficulty High � C. .A.8 Left Page 40 FCAT 2006 Reading Released Test � 2006 Florida Department of Education SESSION: 59 PAGE: 40 7/7/106 12:12 LOGIN IS-pam PATH: @sun2/xydisk2/CLS_psycorp/GRP_florida/JOB_07g6-10/DIV_g7rdg-ak . Benchmark LA. . How does the author “already know” the tomato will “end up in the basket”? 3% 9% 19% 69% 07LAA238MH228 3157087 C A. The author is Grandma’s apprentice.FCAT Reading Released Test Book 29 � Read this quote from the passage. The author has spent a lot of time gardening with Grandma.2.3. D. The author has already inspected the tomato’s ripeness. From afar she spots what looks like a ripe tomato . B.

Grandma assumes I smile in agreement with her tomato selection. the author appreciates Grandma’s skill in finding ripe tomatoes.3. Content Focus main idea/essential message Content Difficulty Moderate Benchmark LA.1 Right Page 41 FCAT 2006 Reading Released Test � 2006 Florida Department of Education SESSION: 59 PAGE: 41 7/7/106 12:12 LOGIN IS-pam PATH: @sun2/xydisk2/CLS_psycorp/GRP_florida/JOB_07g6-10/DIV_g7rdg-ak . 07LAA231MH219 3157078 C 37% 7% 33% 23% � F. the author understands that Grandma wants reassurance. G. at her. the author teases Grandma about her choice of tomatoes. These sentences suggest that the author realizes Grandma’s true intentions. instead. I.2.A. I know I smile. H.FCAT Reading Released Test Book 30 � Read these sentences from the passage.

2. The grandchild’s skill at gardening will become greater than Grandma’s.1 Left Page 42 FCAT 2006 Reading Released Test � 2006 Florida Department of Education SESSION: 59 PAGE: 42 7/7/106 12:12 LOGIN IS-pam PATH: @sun2/xydisk2/CLS_psycorp/GRP_florida/JOB_07g6-10/DIV_g7rdg-ak . The grandchild will gradually become more dependent on Grandma. C. Content Focus character development Content Difficulty Moderate Benchmark LA.3. B. Grandma will develop more patience in working with the grandchild.E. Based on the passage. which prediction accurately describes how the relationship between the grandchild and Grandma will change? Grandma’s need for the grandchild’s company will grow over time.FCAT Reading Released Test Book 31 � 54% 07LAE231MH226 3157085 13% 11% 22% C � A. D.

Nature equipped this feisty little catfish. It drooped over a wheelbarrow.PAR1 Catfish Bigger Than Kids By Homer Circle believe it. one of them can feed a lot of hungry catfish lovers. Locals told me about seeing huge catfish gobble down many things. If an enemy attacks. There are more than 1. CBK07. the walking catfish waddles on stiff forward fins in search of another lake or stream.FCAT Reading Released Test Book Read the article “Catfish Bigger Than Kids” before answering Numbers 32 through 40. I figured it weighed more than 150 pounds. When its swimming hole dries up. This huge family has some mighty peculiar members. The mouth of a 300-pound catfish must be as large as a washtub. the fish flares its top and front fins like sabers and leaps at the attacker to scare it off.000 kinds of catfish. Walking catfish. The armor makes the fish difficult to fillet. This cat has heavy. 28 species are found in the United States’ lakes and rivers. I encountered one of these whoppers at a remote airstrip in Colombia a few years back. crack it open for eating. Let’s meet a few. Weighing in at 300 pounds.PAR1 C ArtCodes CBK07. head and tail almost touching the ground. found in southern Florida. Just as I got off the plane. To cook it. bony plates protecting its body. Some armored catfish are found in C an you imagine a catfish bigger than a boy? Some bewhiskered giants bigger than several boys lurk in South America’s jungle rivers. with an extra lung for breathing on dry land. Armored catfish. I saw a man offering a giant catfish for sale. toss the fish whole into a fire. I can Right Page 43 FCAT 2006 Reading Released Test � 2006 Florida Department of Education SESSION: 57 PAGE: 43 6/14/106 14:50 LOGIN IS-eileen PATH: @sun2/xydisk2/CLS_psycorp/GRP_florida/JOB_07g6-10/DIV_g7rdg-ak . When it is done.

skin and slice them into fillets or steaks. Blind catfish find food through taste buds in their eight whiskers. The safest way to handle an averagesize catfish is to wear a glove and grab it by the lower jaw. published by the Boy Scouts of America.S. All 28 kinds of catfish found in the United States are good to eat. which scramble up shore brush in search of food. But in some large U. You will see how easy it is to overeat these tasty fish. copyright © by Ray-Mel Cornelius. Sensory pores on these whiskers help the fish smell and taste food even in the muddiest of water. Used by permission of the author. They can give you painful puncture wounds. and blind catfish. or pectoral.PAR2 C ArtCodes CBK07. but the 100-pounders live in South America. Then use wire cutters to clip off these dangerous fins. which can deliver a mild shock. about fryingpan size. Left Page 44 FCAT 2006 Reading Released Test � 2006 Florida Department of Education SESSION: 57 PAGE: 44 6/14/106 14:50 LOGIN IS-eileen PATH: @sun2/xydisk2/CLS_psycorp/GRP_florida/JOB_07g6-10/DIV_g7rdg-ak .PAR2 1 guttural: growling “Catfish Bigger Than Kids” by Homer Circle. Flour them and fry in oil until golden brown. When you catch one. climbing catfish. which make guttural1 sounds when you pull them from the water.FCAT Reading Released Test Book Florida. Rounding out the family of odd catfish are talking catfish. Artwork by Ray-Mel Cornelius. electric catfish. the artist. CBK07. or top. rivers. remember that the dorsal. fin and the two forward. which dwell in the inky blackness of underwater caves. The United States does not have catfish anywhere near the size of those in South America. Most of the catfish you are likely to catch will be much smaller. and Boys’ Life. fins have poison glands at their bases. copyright © by Homer Circle. Most catfish have four whiskers on the upper jaw and four on the lower jaw. To cook catfish. blue and flathead catties do top 100 pounds.

3. Benchmark LA.A.2 Right Page 45 FCAT 2006 Reading Released Test � 2006 Florida Department of Education SESSION: 59 PAGE: 45 7/7/106 12:12 LOGIN IS-pam PATH: @sun2/xydisk2/CLS_psycorp/GRP_florida/JOB_07g6-10/DIV_g7rdg-ak .2.FCAT Reading Released Test Book Answer Numbers 32 through 40. To the left of each answer choice is the percentage of students who chose that answer. 32 � 5% 4% 07LAA232M1156 2286766 Why did the author write this article? F.” The correct answer for each multiple-choice question is circled. I. G. Base your answers on the article “Catfish Bigger Than Kids. to explain how to catch a variety of catfish to encourage readers to go fishing for catfish to tell readers about the world’s largest catfish to describe the unusual characteristics of catfish Content Focus author’s purpose Content Difficulty Moderate 19% C 72% � H.

2 Left Page 46 FCAT 2006 Reading Released Test � 2006 Florida Department of Education SESSION: 59 PAGE: 46 7/7/106 12:12 LOGIN IS-pam PATH: @sun2/xydisk2/CLS_psycorp/GRP_florida/JOB_07g6-10/DIV_g7rdg-ak . jaws plates swords whiskers Content Focus context Content Difficulty Moderate � B.1. D.3. 07LAA132M1160 2286546 C 12% 4% 77% 7% What does the word sabers mean? A. the fish flares its top and front fins like sabers and leaps at the attacker to scare it off.A. If an enemy attacks. Benchmark LA.FCAT Reading Released Test Book 33 � Read this sentence from the article. C.

G. remove the dangerous fins so the fish can be handled. make the fish’s poison less harmful without clipping its fins. H.FCAT Reading Released Test Book 34 � 8% 78% 07LAE221M1164 2286916 Putting an armored catfish into a fire enables a person to 10% C � F. Content Focus cause and effect Content Difficulty Low 4% Benchmark LA. remove the poisons from the fish’s body.E.2. I. crack open the shell so the fish can be eaten.2.1 Right Page 47 FCAT 2006 Reading Released Test � 2006 Florida Department of Education SESSION: 59 PAGE: 47 7/7/106 12:12 LOGIN IS-pam PATH: @sun2/xydisk2/CLS_psycorp/GRP_florida/JOB_07g6-10/DIV_g7rdg-ak .

Both are best when cooked whole.2. B.7 Left Page 48 FCAT 2006 Reading Released Test � 2006 Florida Department of Education SESSION: 59 PAGE: 48 7/7/106 12:12 LOGIN IS-pam PATH: @sun2/xydisk2/CLS_psycorp/GRP_florida/JOB_07g6-10/DIV_g7rdg-ak .2. Both have ways of protecting themselves.FCAT Reading Released Test Book 35 � 3% 6% 07LAA227M1170 2286626 How are armored catfish and electric catfish SIMILAR? A.A. Benchmark LA. D. Both can deliver a mild shock. Content Focus comparison Content Difficulty Moderate 4% C 88% � C. Both have an extra lung.

FCAT Reading Released Test Book 36 � 53% 16% 07LAA132M1165 2286547 � F. taste gobble.A. H. lurk overeat. Which words from the article have almost the same meaning? dwell. I. live scare. scramble Content Focus analyze words/text Content Difficulty Moderate 18% C 13% Benchmark LA.3.1. G.2 Right Page 49 FCAT 2006 Reading Released Test � 2006 Florida Department of Education SESSION: 59 PAGE: 49 7/7/106 12:12 LOGIN IS-pam PATH: @sun2/xydisk2/CLS_psycorp/GRP_florida/JOB_07g6-10/DIV_g7rdg-ak .

2.3. to give a mild shock to its prey to injure attackers that try to eat it to send signals of approaching danger to detect food when it cannot see clearly Content Focus synthesizes information (within text) Content Difficulty Moderate 6% C 80% � C.5 Left Page 50 FCAT 2006 Reading Released Test � 2006 Florida Department of Education SESSION: 59 PAGE: 50 7/7/106 12:13 LOGIN IS-pam PATH: @sun2/xydisk2/CLS_psycorp/GRP_florida/JOB_07g6-10/DIV_g7rdg-ak . D.A.FCAT Reading Released Test Book 37 � 6% 9% 07LAA235M1169 2286831 How does a catfish use its whiskers? A. B. Benchmark LA.

afraid hostile amused fascinated Content Focus author’s point of view Content Difficulty Moderate 23% C 70% � H.2 Right Page 51 FCAT 2006 Reading Released Test � 2006 Florida Department of Education SESSION: 59 PAGE: 51 7/7/106 12:13 LOGIN IS-pam PATH: @sun2/xydisk2/CLS_psycorp/GRP_florida/JOB_07g6-10/DIV_g7rdg-ak .FCAT Reading Released Test Book 38 � 2% 5% 07LAA232M1168 2286768 What is the author’s attitude toward catfish in this article? F. G. Benchmark LA.A.3. I.2.

8 Left Page 52 FCAT 2006 Reading Released Test � 2006 Florida Department of Education SESSION: 60 PAGE: 52 7/17/106 16:22 LOGIN IS-lori PATH: @sun2/xydisk2/CLS_psycorp/GRP_florida/JOB_07g6-10/DIV_g7rdg-ak . Some catfish can walk from one lake to another.FCAT Reading Released Test Book 39 � 3% 07LAA238M1157 2286861 Which statement provides the BEST evidence that catfish can be dangerous to people? 89% 5% 3% C � A.2. weak argument Content Difficulty Moderate Benchmark LA.A. Content Focus strong vs. Many catfish have sharp pectoral fins that release poison. C. Most catfish have whiskers on their upper and lower jaws. D.3. B. Armored catfish have bony plates that protect their bodies.

1 Right Page 53 FCAT 2006 Reading Released Test � 2006 Florida Department of Education SESSION: 59 PAGE: 53 7/7/106 12:13 LOGIN IS-pam PATH: @sun2/xydisk2/CLS_psycorp/GRP_florida/JOB_07g6-10/DIV_g7rdg-ak . I.FCAT Reading Released Test Book 40 � 8% 48% 07LAA231M1159 2286680 If the article needed a new title. which would be BEST? 2% C � F.3. “Catfish out of Water” “A Most Unusual Family” “The Fish That Got Away” “The Hidden Dangers of Catfish” Content Focus main idea/essential message Content Difficulty Moderate 42% Benchmark LA.A. G. H.2.

permissions for reproducing the passage in an online format have not been granted by the author and/or publisher. contact the Office of Assessment and School Performance at (850) 245-0513 or use our Customer Feedback Form at http://data. and the title of the FCAT publication from which the passage is missing. To request a copy of these reading passages. Please provide your name. Left Page 54 FCAT 2006 Reading Released Test � 2006 Florida Department of Education SESSION: 62 PAGE: 54 10/15/107 13:29 LOGIN IS-lori PATH: @sun2/xydisk2/CLS_psycorp/GRP_florida/JOB_g6-10rel/DIV_g7rdg-ak-WebT .org/asp_feedback/.fldoe. However. mailing address. Richards contained in the actual 2006 Reading Grade 7 Test. the passage name.FCAT Reading Released Test Book The following questions 41–45 were derived from the passage “The Golden Windows” by Laura E.

FCAT Reading Released Test Book The following questions 41–45 were derived from the passage “The Golden Windows” by Laura E. Right Page 55 FCAT 2006 Reading Released Test � 2006 Florida Department of Education SESSION: 62 PAGE: 55 10/15/107 13:30 LOGIN IS-lori PATH: @sun2/xydisk2/CLS_psycorp/GRP_florida/JOB_g6-10rel/DIV_g7rdg-ak-WebT . permissions for reproducing the passage in an online format have not been granted by the author and/or publisher. mailing address.org/asp_feedback/. and the title of the FCAT publication from which the passage is missing. the passage name. To request a copy of these reading passages. contact the Office of Assessment and School Performance at (850) 245-0513 or use our Customer Feedback Form at http://data.fldoe. Richards contained in the actual 2006 Reading Grade 7 Test. However. Please provide your name.

permissions for reproducing the passage in an online format have not been granted by the author and/or publisher.org/asp_feedback/.FCAT Reading Released Test Book The following questions 41–45 were derived from the passage “The Golden Windows” by Laura E. the passage name. To request a copy of these reading passages. contact the Office of Assessment and School Performance at (850) 245-0513 or use our Customer Feedback Form at http://data.fldoe. mailing address. and the title of the FCAT publication from which the passage is missing. Please provide your name. Richards contained in the actual 2006 Reading Grade 7 Test. However. Left Page 56 FCAT 2006 Reading Released Test � 2006 Florida Department of Education SESSION: 62 PAGE: 56 10/15/107 13:30 LOGIN IS-lori PATH: @sun2/xydisk2/CLS_psycorp/GRP_florida/JOB_g6-10rel/DIV_g7rdg-ak-WebT .

Content Focus conclusions/inferences Content Difficulty Moderate � C. B. What does the author mean when she says “there came an hour that was all his own”? 07LAA132M1669 4221 C 9% 6% 4% 80% A. for his people were poor farmers. To the left of each answer choice is the percentage of students who chose that answer.1. and could not pay a workman. Benchmark LA. for his father had given it to him.3. The boy was paid for only an hour of labor each day. The boy spent only an hour with his father each day. The boy had an hour in which to rest from his chores.” The correct answer for each multiple-choice question is circled. 41 � Read this sentence from the story. but at sunset there came an hour that was all his own. All day long the little boy worked hard.FCAT Reading Released Test Book Answer Numbers 41 through 45.2 Right Page 57 FCAT 2006 Reading Released Test � 2006 Florida Department of Education SESSION: 59 PAGE: 57 7/7/106 12:13 LOGIN IS-pam PATH: @sun2/xydisk2/CLS_psycorp/GRP_florida/JOB_07g6-10/DIV_g7rdg-ak . Base your answers on the story “The Golden Windows. D. The boy had an hour in which to complete his tasks.A. in field and barn and shed.

A. He thinks that his footprints on the road are walking along with him. H. He notices that the girl has hair as golden as the windows he had seen. G.FCAT Reading Released Test Book 42 � 7% 69% 07LAA238M1663 4215 Which detail of the story best supports the idea that the boy is imaginative? 17% C � F.8 Left Page 58 FCAT 2006 Reading Released Test � 2006 Florida Department of Education SESSION: 60 PAGE: 58 7/17/106 16:23 LOGIN IS-lori PATH: @sun2/xydisk2/CLS_psycorp/GRP_florida/JOB_07g6-10/DIV_g7rdg-ak . weak argument Content Difficulty High 7% Benchmark LA. He supposes that the windows darken because people close the shutters. I.2. Content Focus strong vs. He nearly cries when he discovers clear glass in the windows.3.

E.2. but industrious Content Focus character development Content Difficulty Moderate 5% Benchmark LA. hopeful and bashful curious and courteous cheerful.FCAT Reading Released Test Book 43 � 15% 69% 07LAE231M1667 4219 Which words best describe the boy? 11% C � A. D. B. but discouraged mischievous. C.1 Right Page 59 FCAT 2006 Reading Released Test � 2006 Florida Department of Education SESSION: 59 PAGE: 59 7/7/106 12:13 LOGIN IS-pam PATH: @sun2/xydisk2/CLS_psycorp/GRP_florida/JOB_07g6-10/DIV_g7rdg-ak .3.

2. but when he arrives at his own house.FCAT Reading Released Test Book 44 � 59% 07LAA227M1656 4208 C 10% � F. but when he arrives at his own house. but he arrives at his own house hoping to learn a secret. determined to keep a secret. he is ignored. he is disappointed. G. The boy arrives at the house with the golden windows after the shutters have been closed. H. The boy arrives at the house with the golden windows. What is the difference between the boy’s arrival at the house with the golden windows and his arrival at his own house after his walk? When the boy arrives at the house with the golden windows. he is greeted warmly. he is content.7 Left Page 60 FCAT 2006 Reading Released Test � 2006 Florida Department of Education SESSION: 59 PAGE: 60 7/7/106 12:13 LOGIN IS-pam PATH: @sun2/xydisk2/CLS_psycorp/GRP_florida/JOB_07g6-10/DIV_g7rdg-ak .A. but he arrives at his own house while the shutters are still open. When the boy arrives at the house with the golden windows. I.2. Content Focus contrast Content Difficulty Moderate 16% 15% Benchmark LA.

C. B.A.3.FCAT Reading Released Test Book 45 � 16% 07LAA232M1666 4218 What is the author’s main purpose for including the character of the girl in this story? 61% 12% 11% C � A. to offer the boy someone to talk with him to present the boy with a different view of his own house to contrast the boy with someone who is satisfied with her life to provide the boy with a reason to visit the neighboring hilltop Content Focus author’s purpose Content Difficulty Moderate Benchmark LA.2 Right Page 61 FCAT 2006 Reading Released Test � 2006 Florida Department of Education SESSION: 59 PAGE: 61 7/7/106 12:13 LOGIN IS-pam PATH: @sun2/xydisk2/CLS_psycorp/GRP_florida/JOB_07g6-10/DIV_g7rdg-ak .2. D.

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