READING COMPREHENSION TEST 7



FIRST NAME _______________________ INITIAL ______



Put a circle around the number next to each correct answer.



I. Several hundred years ago, an English king, Henry V, fought and won almost half of France. He died trying to win even more of France, and his brother took up where Henry V left off. However, the brother was not successful in war, as Henry V had been. The reason for his lack of success was a peasant maiden who was the head of the French army. Her name lives in history as Joan of Arc. The king of France had put Joan in charge of his army because he believed her when she told him that God wanted her to save France.



A. This story is mainly about -

1. the French army.

2. the English army.

3. Joan of Arc.

4. Henry V.



B. The king of France -

1. believed that Joan of Arc knew a lot about leading armies.

2. believed that God wanted Joan of Arc to be in charge of the French army.

3. believed that the English could not win.

4. believed that he should be leader of his own army.



C. Henry V -

1. wanted his brother to be in charge of the army.

2. won most of France.

3. wanted to be friendly with Joan of Arc.

4. wanted to own France.



D. Joan of Arc was successful because -

1. she had had much army experience.

2. she understood the English.

3. she convinced people that God was on her side.

4. she understood the brother of Henry V.



II. At one time not very long ago, Italy was made up of little states under different rulers. Northern Italy was ruled by Austria. A fisherman's son named Joseph Garibaldi wanted Italy to be one nation. He, along with an army of men, fought the Austrians and won. Then, he and his men got all the little states in Italy to join so that Italy became one nation. They made King Victor Emmanuel their leader. Garibaldi's courage and enthusiasm had a lot to do with making Italy one nation.



A. This story is mainly about -

1. the little states of Italy.

2. the part that Garibaldi played in making Italy into one nation.

3. one nation.

4. courage and enthusiasm.



B. Garibaldi was -

1. a rich man.

2. a ruler of Italy.

3. a peace-loving man.

4. the son of a fisherman.



C. When Garibaldi started out, Italy was -

1. made up of many little states.

2. one nation.

3. ruled by Austria.

4. ruled by King Victor Emmanuel.



D. Garibaldi is mostly known for -

1. having courage and enthusiasm.

2. his part in making Italy one nation.

3. being a friend to King Victor Emmanuel.

4. beating Austria.



III. Just about everyone now knows that the earth travels in a great circle around the sun (actually, a circle slightly flattened). We say that it takes a "year" for the earth to travel around this circle once. While it is traveling, what are the other planets doing? One, Mercury, that is much closer to the sun, travels around the sun more than four times while we are going around it only once. Neptune, on the other hand, takes 165 of our years to go once around the sun.



A. Neptune takes -

1. longer than the earth to travel once around the sun.

2. about the same length of time as the earth.

3. less time than the earth.

4. one of our years to travel around the sun.



B. Mercury takes -

1. longer than the earth to travel once around the sun.

2. about the same length of time as the earth.

3. less time than the earth.

4. one of our years to travel around the sun.



C. The earth travels around the sun -

1. four times while Neptune is traveling around once.

2. once a year.

3. every day.

4. 165 times while Mercury is traveling around once.



D. Planets -

1. travel in a great circle.

2. travel around one another.

3. take 365 days to travel around the sun.

4. take 165 years to travel around the sun.



IV. When you see a flash of light in the sky, it might be a meteor, which circles the sun, just as we do. When the earth cuts across the path of a meteor, the meteor heats up, and its light can be seen. Meteors can be as big as a grain of sand, a bullet, a pebble, a ball, or something even larger. Sometimes, when meteors do not completely burn up, they fall to earth and can be picked up. Some are found in museums.



A. A flash of light in the sky might be -

1. the sun.

2. a circle.

3. a grain of sand.

4. a meteor.



B. We can see a meteor because -

1. it falls to earth.

2. it heats up.

3. the earth cuts across its path.

4. it circles the sun.





C. Meteors found in museums -

1. have fallen to earth.

2. have burned up.

3. circle the sun.

4. are the size of a grain of sand.



D. A meteor heats up because -

1. the air around the earth is hot.

2. it is traveling fast through space.

3. it comes into contact with the air around the earth.

4. the sun shines on it.



V. There is a metal that runs downhill, just as water does. Like water, it is a liquid. Its name is mercury. It is much heavier than water. If you put mercury on a towel, it will not be absorbed by the towel, as water would be. The tiniest parts of mercury - atoms - hold fast together. Push at a puddle of mercury, and it will separate into smaller puddles, but it will not be absorbed by the towel.



A. We know that something is a liquid because -

1. it can be absorbed by a towel.

2. it runs downhill.

3. it separates into smaller puddles.

4. it is heavy.



B. The atoms of mercury -

1. hold fast together.

2. will be absorbed by a towel.

3. are a part of water.

4. cannot be pushed into smaller parts.



C. Mercury will not be absorbed by a towel because -

1. it is a liquid.

2. it is heavier than water.

3. it separates into smaller puddles.

4. its atoms hold fast together.



D. This story is mainly about -

1. liquids.

2. metals.

3. mercury.

4. mercury and water.