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Following Instructions Practice Exercises

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Updated on Aug 25, 2011

Read the following study guide for a concept review:

Following Instructions Study Guide

Exercise 1

Questions

Read the instructions below for playing cricket. Then answer the questions that follow.

To play cricket, assemble two teams of 11 players each. The playing field is a flat grass field with a center strip called a pitch. First, place a wooden wicket at each end of the pitch to use as a target. Then, one bowler from the fielding team bowls a hard leather ball toward the opponent's wicket. To defend his wicket, the opponent's batsman uses a cricket bat to stop the ball.

  1. What is cricket?
    1. a board game
    2. a classroom learning game
    3. an outdoor sport
    4. an indoor gym sport
  2. What is the pitch?
    1. the center strip in the playing field
    2. a bat
    3. a wooden stick
    4. the action of the team's bowler
  3. What is the purpose of a wicket?
    1. to hit the ball
    2. to protect the opponent's pitch
    3. to stop the ball
    4. to serve as a target
  4. Which term describes the name of one team?
    1. bowler
    2. fielding
    3. batsman
    4. wicket

Exercise 2

Underline the key word(s) in each test question.

Questions

  1. Which word best describes how Crater is feeling?
  2. What is the main reason that Sara's family moved to Dallas?
  3. What does Mim do after Ryan hits a home run?
  4. Which word means about the same as hyperbolic?
  5. Which word is an antonym to belligerent?
  6. What is the difference between copper and iron?

Exercise 3

Read the magician's instructions for doing a magic trick. (The sentences are numbered for easy reference.) Then answer the questions below.

Magic Bottle Trick

(1) Have a volunteer touch and examine the bottle to prove that it's normal. (2) Drop your magic wand into the bottle, saying, "Notice how easily it falls in." (3) Then secretly slip a piece of eraser into the bottle (don't let anyone see this part!). (4) Turn the bottle upside down slowly, pulling on the wand slightly when turning to wedge the eraser into the opening. (5) Your wand will be magically suspended in the bottle when you let go. (6) This simple trick will really impress your friends!

Questions

  1. Are these instructions for a beginner or a professional magician? What makes you think so?
  2. Which step sounds the most complicated?
  3. What information could be added to make these instructions more helpful?

Exercise 4

Questions

Use what you've learned about effective instructions to write directions for how to make your favorite sandwich. Be sure to include all the necessary steps, and try to make the directions clear enough for a young friend to follow.

Answers

Exercise 1

  1. c
  2. a
  3. d
  4. b

Exercise 2

  1. Which word best describes how Crater is feeling?
  2. What is the main reason that Sara's family moved to Dallas?
  3. What does Mim do after Ryan hits a home run?
  4. Which word means about the same as hyperbolic?
  5. Which word is an antonym to belligerent?
  6. What is the difference between copper and iron?
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