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The Mists of Avalon - Reading Passage

The Mists of Avalon is a novel written


by Marion Zimmer Bradley. The story is
unique because it is retold through the
lives and viewpoints of the women who
possessed power beyond the throne.
Morgaine, half sister to King Arthur, is a
high priestess in the land of Avalon. The
magical land of Avalon believes that
women are the gatekeepers of knowledge
and the creator of life. It is Morgaine's
quest to move Britain away from
Christianity, which has a different view.
The novel is told with clarity and
wonderful detail. This spellbinding novel is
magical and a must.

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The Mists of Avalon - Worksheet


Directions: Circle the correct answer to each question. Base each
answer on the information presented in the paragraph above.

1. The Mists of Avalon was written by

A. E. B. White C. Robert Conwell

B. Marion Zimmer Bradley D. Judy Blume

2. Morgan is half sister to

A. Sir Lancelot C. Guinavere

B. Jennifer D. King Arthur

3. Morgain is a high priestess in the land of

A. Oz C. Avalon

B. Kingdoms D. Luxury

4. The author of this paragraph thinks The Mists of Avalon is told with

A. honesty C. humor

B. clarity D. excitement

5. The Mists of Avalon is told through the viewpoint of

A. women C. children

B. men D. fiction

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The Mists of Avalon - Worksheet


Directions: Answer the following questions in complete sentences.
Remember to use correct spelling, capitalization, and punctuation.

1.What is the Mists of Avalon?

2. Who is Morgaine, and what is her goal?

3. What makes this story special?

4. Who authored The Mists of Avalon?

5. Name two beliefs held by residents of the land of Avalon.

6.What does the author of this review think about this novel?
(What is his/her opinion of the story?)

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Henry Matisse - Reading Passage

Henry Matisse has often been referred


to as one of the great artistic masters of
the 20th century. As one of the founders of
modern art, Henry Matisse is often
compared to Pablo Picasso.
Henry Matisse was able to work with in
a variety of artistic mediums. He worked as
a painter, book illustrator, printmaker,
stage and costume designer. Toward the
end of his life Matisse designed a total
work of art that today, can be found in the
Chapel of Rosary at Venice. Matisse
designed every detail and item.
Matisse was a patient and cautious
man. His works often were the result of
these qualities, as well as long meditations
and preliminary ones.

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Henry Matisse - Worksheet


Directions: Circle the correct answer to each question. Base each
answer on the information presented in the paragraph above.

1. Henry Matisse was a

A. painter C. dancer

B. musician D. ship builder

2. It is said that Henry Matisse was one of the founders of

A. snow boarding C. modern art

B. kyaking D. mining

3. Matisse is often compared to other artists such as

A. Winslow Homer C. John Pike

B. Picaso D. Rembrant

4. Matisse attended to every artistic aspect in this chapel

A. Mount Alverna C. Sistine Chapel

B. The Cathedral D. Chapel of Rosary

5. Matisse was often described as

A. impulsive C. patient

B. humorous D. depressed

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Henry Matisse - Worksheet

Directions: Answer the following questions in complete sentences.


Remember to use correct spelling, capitalization, and punctuation.

1.Who was Henry Matisse?

2. Who is Matisse often compared to?

3. Identify the mediums that Matisse worked with. (Name at least three.)

4. Where is the Chapel of Rosary located, and what does the artwork
represent?

5. Describe Matisse. Use at least two characteristics.

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Museum of Fine Arts - Worksheet

The Museum of Fine Arts, located in


Boston, Massachusetts, was founded in
1870.The current structure, the result of
many additions and restructures of the
original building, was completed in 1981.
Today the museum is home to more
than 25,000 square feet of exhibition space.
The collection varies and includes Asian art,
Egyptian Old Kingdom sculptures, and
distinguishable collections of silver,
decorative arts, furniture, drawings,
costumes, and musical instruments.
One special note is the Museums
extensive Impressionistic collection. Work
from artists such as Degas, vanGogh, and
Monet are included and available for public
viewing.

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Museum of Fine Arts - Worksheet


Directions: Circle the correct answer to each question. Base each
answer on the information presented in the paragraph above.

1. The Museum of Fine Arts is located in

A. New York C. Boston

B. Chicago D. San Francisco

2. The original building was completed in

A. 1870 C. 1976

B. 1981 D. 1988

3. When was the Museum of Fine Arts founded?

A. 1970 C. 1880

B. 1870 D. 1981

4. What type of art collection can be viewed at the museum?

A. antiques C. pottery

B. architecture D. Asian art

5. Which artist’s work is on display at the museum?

A. John Pike C. vanGogh

B. Matisse D. Homer

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Museum of Fine Arts - Worksheet

Directions: Answer the following questions in complete sentences.


Remember to use correct spelling, capitalization, and punctuation.

1. When was the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston founded?

_______________________________________________________________________.

2. Identify and name three Impressionist artists whose work can be


viewed here.

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3. What state is Boston located in?

_______________________________________________________________________.

4. Describe four different types of art collections that can be seen at the
Museum of Fine Arts.

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The American Museum of Natural History


Reading Passage

What makes the American


Museum of Natural History unique? Is
it the fact that the museum spans over
several New York City blocks? How
about that it houses 38 exhibition halls
or that it contains a planetarium?
Could it be that Ulysses S. Grant laid
the cornerstone of the building in
1869? All those and more! What
makes this building so special is that it
is the largest natural history museum
in the world.

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The American Museum of Natural History


Directions: Circle the correct answer to each question. Base each
answer on the information presented in the paragraph above.

1. The American Museum of Natural History is considered

A. old C. unique

B. haunted D. colorful

2. How many exhibition halls does the museum boast?

A. 18 C. several

B. 38 D. 28

3. Who laid the cornerstone to the museum?

A. Thomas Jefferson C. General Patton

B. Hillary Clinton D. Ulysses S. Grant

4. Why is this museum so special?

A. It is the largest natural history C. It is the only museum with a


museum in the world. planetarium.

B. It is the only natural history D. It is the only museum in New


museum in the world. York.

5. When was the cornerstone to the museum laid?

A. 1859 C. 1869

B. 1969 D. 1870

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The American Museum of Natural History

Directions: Answer the following question in paragraph form.

1. Using at least 3 specific examples from the passage above, explain


why the American Museum of Natural History is unique.

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National Baseball Hall of Fame and


Museum

Reading Passage

More than 350,000 fans visit the National


Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum located in
Cooperstown, New York every year. The museum,
established in 1939, is located in the very town where
Abner Doubleday was said to have designed the
game approximately 100 years prior.
Great baseball players, such as Babe Ruth and
Ted Williams, are honored in life size woodcarvings in
the Hall of Fame Gallery. The Cooperstown Room
traces the history and development of baseball.
Displays of women in baseball, the All Star Game,
and world tours can be found on the museums
second floor.
A newly constructed wing houses a 200-seat
movie theatre, and interactive exhibits that make the
trip from just about anywhere worthwhile!

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National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum


Worksheet
Directions: Circle the correct answer to each question. Base each
answer on the information presented in the paragraph above.

1. Where is the National Baseball Hall of Fame located?

A. New Mexico C. New York

B. New Jersey D. Canada

2. Who designed the game of baseball?

A. Abner Doubleday C. Babe Ruth

B. Derek Jeter D. Ted Williams

3. On what floor of the museum are displays of women in baseball


located?

A. first floor C. second floor

B. third floor D. fourth floor

4. How many seats are in the new movie theatre?

A. 2000 C. 300

B. 200 D. 30

5. The game of baseball was designed in about or around this year.

A. 1739 C. 1939

B. 1839 D. 1639

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National Baseball Hall of Fame and


Museum
Worksheet

Directions: Answer the following questions, in complete sentences,


using details from the story.

1. Who is given credit for devising the game of baseball?

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2. What is located in Cooperstown, New York?

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3. What can be learned from visiting the Cooperstown Room?

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4. Who are the two baseball players referred to in the story? What are
they considered to be?

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Glass!
Reading Passage

Come and visit the Corning Museum of Glass!


Located in New York's beautiful Finger Lakes Region,
the museum houses the world's premier glass and
glassmaking collection.
The museum takes a close look at 35 centuries
of glassmaking. Prehistoric tools of yesterday to the
advanced and sophisticated tools of today's glass
artists are on display.
Also included in a trip to the Corning Museum of
Glass is the Hall of Science and Industry. This hall is
an honor to all the wonders of glass technology.
These wonders range from the tiny optical fibers that
are changing communications to the first casting of
glass for the Palomar Mount Telescope, one of the
largest glass castings ever made!

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Glass!
Response Questions

Directions: Answer the following questions in complete sentences. Use


specific details from the story to support each answer.

1. What collection does the Corning Museum of Glass contain?

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2. The collection spans what amount of time?

______________________________________________________________________

3. Why is the Palomar Telescope special?

______________________________________________________________________

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Henry Hudson
Reading Passage

Henry Hudson set sail in 1607 in the attempt to find the


Northwest Passage to the Far East. Three subsequent
voyages followed.

Hudson’s first two voyages were made on the ship


Hopewell. After a third unsuccessful voyage, Hudson could
no longer find anyone in England interested in sponsoring
his quest of finding a shortcut to the Orient.

In 1608, Hudson dined with a Dutchman named


Emmanuel van Meteran, an English representative to the
Dutch East India Company. The company was looking for a
shorter route to trade with the Orient. Ultimately, the Dutch
hired Hudson to find that route.

With the assistance of a sturdy Dutch sailing vessel,


Hudson continued on his venture and eventually discovered
a river that had been called an assortment of names. These
names included Muhheakunnuk, Grande River, Rio de Sant
Antonio, and the River of Mountains. This river was once
again re-named and this time, named after Hudson himself:
Hudson River.

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Henry Hudson
Worksheet
Directions: Circle the correct answer to each question. Base each
answer on the information presented in the paragraph above.

1. Henry Hudson first set sail in

A. 1608 C. 1607

B. 1609 D. 1610

2. What was Henry Hudson looking for?

A. a short cut to the Orient C. silver

B. gold D. a wife

3. Who finally sponsored Hudson?

A. England C. United States of America

B. Dutch D. China

4. The Hudson River was at one time also known as the

A. Grande Rio C. Wavy River

B. Dutch River D. Grande River

5. How many total voyages did Hudson make looking for a short cut to
the Orient?

A. 3 C. 4

B. 2 D. 5

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Hyde Park, New York


Reading Passage

Fascinating historic sites await you in


historical Hyde Park, New York. Franklin D.
Roosevelt’s home, Eleanor Roosevelt's Val-Kill
Estate, the Little Red School House, and stately
mansions of the Vanderbilt and Mill families can
delight any visitor from near and far.
Recreation of all kinds and ability levels is
available at the town's parks, and golf courses.
Hyde Park also boasts a roller-skating rink, a
drive in movie theatre and local diners.

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Hyde Park, New York


Worksheet
Directions: Circle the correct answer to each question. Base each
answer on the information presented in the paragraph above.

1. What can people do in Hyde Park?

A. roller-skate C. ice skate

B. swim D. arts and crafts

2. Where is Hyde Park located?

A. California C. Oregon

B. Canada D. New York

3. What type of movie theatre is available in Hyde Park?

A. surround sound C. drive in

B. 3-D D. stadium

4. Hyde Park is considered what type of town?

A. contemporary C. dirty

B. historic D. depressed

5. What was Eleanor Roosevelt's home called?

A. Val Kill C. Stony Kill

B. Eleanor's Inn D. Roosevelt Estate

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Mid Hudson Balloon Festival


Reading Passage

Each June visit to Dutchess County, New York to


attend the Mid Hudson Balloon Festival. Sponsored
and promoted by the Poughkeepsie Area Chamber of
Commerce, balloonists from both New York and New
Jersey pilot their balloons over the beautiful
landscape of the Hudson Valley.
During the entire festival, a variety of other
activities take place at a local City of Poughkeepsie
park. In addition to family shows and rides, carnival
games will be on hand to challenge and entertain
people of all ages. Music and older model cars are
included and on display to transport spectators back
in time and to listen to the oldies. Fireworks, over the
majestic Hudson River, completes the festival.

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Mid Hudson Balloon Festival


Worksheet

Directions: Circle the correct answer to each question. Base each


answer on the information presented in the paragraph above.

1. When is the balloon festival held?

A. July C. June

B. January D. May

2. What state is Dutchess County located in?

A. New Jersey C. New Orleans

B. New York D. Nevada

3. Balloonists come from this place to participate in the balloon festival.

A. New Mexico C. Illinois

B. Florida D. New Jersey

4. What other activities are included in the balloon festival?

A. old car display C. arts and crafts

B. food D. swimming

5. This display completes the festival.

A. ice cream social C. fireworks

B. parade D. dance

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Florida
Reading Passage

Juan Ponce de Le’on discovered the peninsula of


Florida in 1513. What is currently known today as
Tampa, Florida was the site of Hernando de Soto's
landing in 1539. This landing was complete with ten
ships and 600 men. Following deSoto’s arrival in
Tampa, Hernando de Soto spent three years
wandering around the southeast. In his travels, he
discovered the Mississippi River, where upon his
death was buried.

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Florida Worksheet
Directions: Circle the correct answer to each question. Base each
answer on the information presented in the paragraph above.

1. Who discovered the peninsula of Florida?

A. Panfilo de Narvaez C. Hernando de Soto

B. Juan Ponce de Le'on D. Esteban Gomez

2. When was the peninsula of Florida discovered?

A. 1539 C. 1513

B. 1600 D. 1528

3. Who discovered the Mississippi River?

A. Juan Ponce de Le'on C. Pedro de Quexo

B. Esteban Gomez D. Hernando de Soto

4. How many ships originally arrived in what is currently Tampa?

A. 600 C. 1500

B. 700 D. 650

5. What river is Fernando de Sotto buried in?

A. Mississippi River C. Hudson River

B. St. Lawrence River D. Ohio River

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Answer Sheet

Page 2- Mists of Avalon

1. B

2. D

3. C

4. B

5. A

Page 3- Mists of Avalon

1. The Mists of Avalon is a novel written by Marion Zimmer Bradley.

2. Morgaine is half sister to King Arthur. Her goal is to move Britain away from Christianity.

3. The story is unique because it is retold through the lives and viewpoints of the women who
possessed power beyond the throne.

4. Marion Zimmer Bradley

5. The magical land of Avalon believes that women are the gatekeepers of knowledge and the
creator of life.

6. The author feels that it is a very powerful novel.

Page 5- Henry Matisse

1. A

2. C

3. B

4. D

5. C

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Page 6- Henry Matisse

1. Henry Matisse is one of greatest artist of the 20th century.

2. Pablo Picasso

3. Painting, Illustrating, Printing, Stage Design, and Costume Design

4. Venice (Italy); a total work of art.

5. Matisse was a patient, and cautious man. His works often were the result of these qualities, as
well as long meditations, and preliminary ones.

Page 8- Museum of Fine Arts

1. C

2. A

3. B

4. D

5. C

Page 9- Museum of Fine Arts

1. 1870

2. Degas, vanGogh, and Monet

3. Massachusetts

4. Asian art, Egyptian Old Kingdom sculptures, and distinguishable collections of silver,
decorative arts, furniture, drawings, costumes, and musical instruments.

Page 11-American Museum of Natural History

1. C

2. B

3. D

4. A

5. C

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Page 14- National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum

1. C

2. A

3. C

4. B

5. B

Page 15- National Baseball Hall of Fame

1. Abner Doubleday

2. National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum

3. Displays of women in baseball, the All Star Game, and world tours can be found on the
museums second floor.

4. Babe Ruth and Ted Williams Hall Fame Members

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1. The world's premier glass and glassmaking collection.

2. 35 centuries of glassmaking.

3. It's one of the largest glass castings ever made.

Page 19- Henry Hudson

1. C

2. A

3. B

4. D

5. C

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Page 21- Hyde Park, New York

1. A

2. D

3. C

4. B

5. A

Page 23- Mid Hudson Balloon Festival

1. C

2. B

3. D

4. A

5. B

Page 25- Florida

1. B

2. C

3. D

4. A

5. A

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