Introductory Reading Quiz
Introductory Reading Quiz
First Peoples of the Northeast
Read the selection, and then answer the questions that follow.
|(1)||About 10,000 years ago, the first hunter-gatherers arrived on the east coast of what is now the United States. They found forest-covered mountains and valleys, and hundreds of streams and lakes—natural resources that could meet their needs.|
|(2)||The trees provided supplies for building. Forest and water animals, and nuts and berries on land, provided food. People used the soil and water to grow their own food. They planted corn, or maize, and pumpkin, squash, and beans. Summer sun and rain made the crops thrive. Soon people didn't need to be constantly on the move in search of food. So they settled down and built permanent homes.|
|(3)||Villages of dome-shaped wigwams sprang up near lakes and streams. Each wigwam was made by first sticking thin, bendable trees into the ground to form a circle. Next, the poles were bent inward and tied together at the top. More thin branches were wrapped and tied around the poles, leaving space for a door and a smoke hole above the center, where an indoor fire would be. Finally, the whole structure was covered with tree bark.|
|(4)||The men also built a larger, rectangular, council house and a lodge to use for ceremonies. Then they built a stockade around the whole village. The fence helped protect the villagers from enemy attack.|
|(5)||Most of the year, the men hunted in swiftly moving birch-bark canoes. But in winter, the hunters needed sleds and snowshoes to get across the snowy ground. The women raised and prepared the food, even tapping maple trees for the sweet syrup. They made deerskin clothing, adding colored porcupine-quill designs, and pottery jars for cooking and storing food.|
|(6)||After the fall harvest, everyone helped prepare for winter. They dried the crops, and meat and fish from the hunt, in the sun. Then they hung them from the ceilings of their wigwams or stored them in underground pits. Young and old worked together to assure there would be enough food to last until spring.|
|1.||The author probably wrote this to|
|a.||inform readers about early settlers on the east coast.|
|b.||teach readers how to make a wigwam.|
|c.||entertain readers with a scary tale.|
|d.||persuade readers to visit New England.|
|2.||Which text feature does the author use to divide the article into sections?|
|3.||As used in the selection, the meaning of the word spring is|
|c.||season of the year.|
|4.||The people were able to settle down and build homes because|
|a.||they had modern tools to help them.|
|b.||they didn't need to keep moving in search of food.|
|c.||there were not too many rocks in the region.|
|d.||they could travel across the ocean by boat.|
|5.||The author organizes the ideas in this article by|
|a.||telling a problem and suggesting solutions.|
|b.||ranking ideas in the order of their importance.|
|c.||the chronological order in which things happened.|
|d.||comparing and contrasting things.|
From Reading in 15 Minutes A Day. Copyright © 2008 by LearningExpress, LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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