Interpreting Non-Literary Sources Practice Exercises

Updated on Aug 25, 2011

Read the following study guide for a concept review:

Interpreting Non-Literary Sources Study Guide

Read these practice passages actively and carefully. Then answer the questions that follow.

Note: If you come across unfamiliar words, do not look them up until after you've completed this practice exercise.

Exercise 1

Planting Flowers in a Container

If you want to have a garden but don't have lots of space, you can plant flowers in a container. Follow these simple steps for a foolproof container garden.

      a container of your choice (such as a pot, basket, wheelbarrow, tire, or boot)
      a drill
      a broken shard of pottery
      potting soil
      plants or flowers

If your container doesn't already have holes in the bottom, use the drill to make at least one drainage hole. Inside the container, place the piece of broken pottery over the drainage hole. This facilitates consistent, steady draining. It also prevents the dirt from washing out the bottom of the container.

As you fill your container, it is important to add materials in the right order. First, fill the container halfway with woodchips. Then add the potting soil up to three inches from the top of the container. Sprinkle a layer of fertilizer on top of the potting soil. Organic Vermicompost is the best fertilizer product available.

Putting it All Together

Now you're ready to add your plants to the container. Position them carefully so the roots will have room to grow. When your plants are in position, add more potting soil to keep them in place.

When you water your plants for the first time, add water until it starts to drain out of the bottom. Then water your plants every time the soil feels very dry. Sun dries container plants very quickly, so be sure to water your container plants in the morning.


Read the following questions. Circle the letter of the answer you think is correct.

  1. What is Vermicompost?
    1. a type of container
    2. a type of fertilizer
    3. a type of potting soil
    4. a type of flower
  2. What is the second step in constructing your container planter?
    1. Fill the container with woodchips.
    2. Place the plant in the container.
    3. Cover the drainage hole with a pottery shard.
    4. Drill holes in the container.
  3. What explanation does the writer give for using a pottery shard?
    1. it prevents the water from draining out
    2. it prevents the soil from draining out
    3. it fertilizes the plants
    4. it keeps the soil dry
  4. Which statement from the text is an example of an opinion?
    1. place the piece of pottery over the drainage hole
    2. fill the container halfway with woodchips
    3. organic Vermicompost is the best fertilizer product available
    4. sun dries container plants very quickly
  5. Which potting material fills the majority of the container?
    1. woodchips
    2. fertilizer
    3. potting soil
    4. water
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