Grade 4 Reading Literature - Sentence Openers 2
Rolling about in the hay, the children had a wonderful time in the hay barn.

Grade 4 Reading Literature - Sentence Openers 2

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This quiz is going to concentrate on the use of sentence openers in complex sentences. Instead of starting your sentences with 'the' all the time, try using some different sentence openers. First, you need to know what a simple sentence is: it's a sentence that consists of a single subject and a single predicate; there are no clauses, e.g. 'David likes rugby': 'David' is the subject, 'likes rugby' is the predicate and 'likes' is the predicate verb.

A complex sentence consists of a simple sentence joined with one or more dependent clauses, e.g. 'He was early for work because he caught the 7 o'clock train'. A dependent clause is a clause that is not a complete thought; therefore, it cannot stand alone as a sentence, e.g. 'because he caught the 7 o'clock train' makes you ask 'What happened?' Always try to use complex sentences in your writing: it will be more interesting than just using simple and compound sentences. It would be a good idea to do the Clauses and Phrases and the Complex Sentences quizzes before you do this elementary school English quiz. Enjoy yourself!

The Sound

At 9 p.m., I crawled in bed and quickly went to sleep. It was easy to do because I had worked for 10 hours today moving heavy boxes up three flight of stairs to my friend’s new apartment. Then I had to travel half an hour back to my house. I watched television for an hour and then decided to go to bed.

A whispering sound emerged about three hours since I went to bed. I woke up startled by the noise. I looked around my room to determine where the sound was coming from. I gulped. I strained to hear what the sound was. Was it whispering? Was it noise from the air conditioner? Was it an animal scratching?

After listening for ten minutes, I decided to go investigate. Tiptoeing, I crept outside my bedroom and into the hallway. The whispering was slightly louder. Then I moved toward the stairs and stepped down each step. As the sound got louder and louder, I shivered more and more. However, I knew I needed to find out who or what was uninvited to my house. Realizing the sound was coming from my family room, I entered the room and saw the television had been left on. I sighed with relief and quickly turned off the television.
1.
Read the story above - The Sound.
Why is the narrator tired?
He worked a long time today.
He heard a noise.
He woke up at midnight.
He couldn’t get to sleep.
The narrator worked for a long time by helping his friend move.
2.
Which sentence helped you answer question 1?
It was easy to do because I had worked for 10 hours today moving heavy boxes up three flight of stairs to my friend’s new apartment.
At 9 p.m., I crawled in bed and quickly went to sleep.
Then I had to travel half an hour back to my house.
I watched television for an hour and then decided to go to bed.
This sentence shows how many hours the narrator worked that day.
3.
Read the story above - The Sound.
When did the narrator first hear the sound?
At 11 p.m.
At midnight.
At 10 p.m.
At 9 p.m.
The narrator walked down the stairs at midnight.
4.
Which sentence helped you answer question 3?
At 9 p.m., I crawled in bed and quickly went to sleep.
I looked around my room to determine where the sound was coming from.
I woke up startled by the noise.
A whispering sound emerged about three hours since I went to bed.
This sentence describes how long the narrator was asleep from when he went to sleep to the time he woke up.
5.
Read the story above - The Sound.
How does the narrator feel during most of the story?
Tired.
Excited.
Startled.
Fearful.
The narrator shows fear through his actions.
6.
Which sentence helped you answer question 5?
Tiptoeing, I crept outside my bedroom and into the hallway.
I looked around my room to determine where the sound was coming from.
The whispering was slightly louder.
Then I moved toward the stairs and stepped down each step.
If you tiptoe and creep around the house, you would be scared or fearful.
7.
Which word(s) could definitely NOT be used in place of the italicized sentence openers if the meanings of the following sentences are to remain as much unchanged as possible?
Rolling about in the hay, the children had a wonderful time in the hay barn.
Playing
Sitting
Jumping around
Messing around
'Sitting' is not the same as 'Rolling'
8.
Which word(s) could definitely NOT be used in place of the italicized sentence openers if the meanings of the following sentences are to remain as much unchanged as possible?
Distressed by the loss of her puppy, she posted a reward in the local newspaper.
Distraught
Troubled
Worried
Content
'Content' is not the same as 'Distressed'
9.
Read the story above - The Sound.
What did the narrator probably think the sound might be?
The television.
His friend who he helped move.
A robber.
His dog.
Since the narrator did not know what the sound was, he thought it was probably a robber.
10.
Which sentence helped you answer question 9?
The whispering was slightly louder.
After listening for ten minutes, I decided to go investigate.
However, I knew I needed to find out who or what was uninvited to my house.
Realizing the sounds was coming from my family room, I entered the room and saw the television had been left on.
This sentence infers that there is a robber in the room because the person is uninvited.
Author:  Amy Flanders

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