TCAP Success Grade 7 ELA Pre Test

TCAP Success Grade 7 ELA Pre Test Sample

Passage 1

1 In 1604, about 18,000 French-speaking Catholic inhabitants from across France established the French colony of Acadia, now Nova Scotia, Canada. This was sixteen years before the Mayflower landed at Plymouth Rock, thus establishing one of the first permanent colonies on the North American continent.

2 The Acadians are the descendants of the 17th-century French colonists who settled in Acadia. The colony was located in what is now Eastern Canada’s Maritime provinces (Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Prince Edward Island), as well as part of Quebec, and present-day Maine. Acadia was a distinctly separate colony of France. As a result, the Acadians developed their own culture, and they also developed a slightly different French language. The Acadians managed to establish a thriving, self-sufficient community. Unfortunately, the Acadian’s good life was about end.

3 In 1713, the British won the Acadian colony from France. The British government demanded that the Acadians pledge allegiance to the British crown and renounce their traditional Catholic religion for that of the Anglican Church. The Acadians refused these demands, so the British government forced the Acadians from their homes in 1755. This tragic event, known as Le Grand Dérangement (The Great Upheaval), separated families and forced people to flee with only the possessions they could carry. Homes and crops were burned by the British. The Acadians went to sea under dreadful conditions, and more than half lost their lives.

4 The survivors were scattered along the U.S. eastern seaboard until 1784 when the King of Spain allowed the Acadians to settle in South Louisiana. Most went to New Orleans, where they received a hostile greeting from the French aristocracy, so they headed west of the city into unsettled territory. They settled along the bayous of south central and south western Louisiana where they could live according to their own beliefs and customs.

5 In 1971, the Louisiana State Legislature officially recognized twenty-two Louisiana parishes and "other parishes of similar cultural environment" for their "strong French Acadian cultural aspects". The Acadians were the largest group to settle in this area of Louisiana from 1765 to 1785. Although other nationalities were already living in the area, the Acadian culture was the most dominant. When these other cultures were added to the Acadian culture, a variation of the Acadian culture was created. These people and this culture became known as Cajun: a spin-off of the word Acadian.

6 For several generations, Cajuns raised various crops and lived on the bayou where they fished and hunted game. Today, Cajuns are famous for their unique French dialect, their music, their spicy cooking, and for their ability to live life to its fullest.

1 pt

Why did the Acadians who moved to New Orleans eventually move west of the city?

1 pt

How were the actions of the British in Canada and the French in Louisiana toward the Acadians similar?

1 pt

Which of the following best states the central idea of the passage?


Write an essay explaining what makes the Acadians unique. What is their history? What specific challenges did they face? How does the emergence of Cajun culture reflect the Acadians’ ability to assimilate? Be sure to use examples from the text to support your position.

Excerpt from "School Days at the Convent" by George Sand

1 We had been out about an hour, spying into the garden, looking down on a great part of the courts and buildings, and carefully hiding behind chimneys whenever we saw a black-veiled nun, who might have raised her head and seen us in the clouds, when we asked ourselves how we should get back. The arrangement of the roofs had allowed us to step or jump down. Going up was not so easy. I think it would have been impossible without a ladder. We scarcely knew where we were. At last we recognized a parlor boarder’s window, Sidonie Macdonald’s, the celebrated general’s daughter. It could be reached by a final jump, but would be more dangerous than the others.

2 I jumped too hurriedly, and caught my heel in a flat skylight, through which I should have fallen thirty feet into a hall, if by chance my awkwardness had not made me swerve. I got off with two badly flayed knees, but did not give them a second thought. My heel had broken into a part of the sash of that deuced window, and smashed half a dozen panes, which dropped with a frightful crash quite near the kitchen entrance. A great noise arose at once among the lay sisters, and through the opening I had just made, we could hear Sister Theresa’s loud voice screaming, "Cats!" and accusing Whisky—Mother Alippe’s big tom-cat—of fighting with all his fellows, and breaking all the windows in the house. But Sister Mary defended the cat’s morals, and Sister Helen was sure that a chimney had fallen on the roof.

3 This discussion started the nervous giggle that nothing can stop in little girls. We heard the sisters on the stairs, we should be caught in the very act of walking on the roofs, and still we could not stir to find refuge. Then I discovered that one of my shoes was gone,—that it had dropped through the broken sash into the kitchen hall. Though my knees were bleeding, my laughter was so uncontrollable that I could not say a word, but merely showed my unshod foot and explained what had happened by dumb show. A new explosion of laughter followed, although the alarm had been given and the lay sisters were near.

4 We were soon reassured. Being sheltered and hidden by overhanging roofs, we could hardly be discovered without getting up to the broken window by a ladder, or following the road we had taken. And that was something we could safely challenge any of the nuns to do. So when we had recognized the advantage of our position, we began to meow, so that Whisky and his family might be accused and convicted in our stead. Then we made for the window of Sidonie, who did not welcome us. The poor child was practicing on the piano, and paying no attention to the feline howls vaguely striking her ear. She was delicate and nervous, very gentle, and quite incapable of understanding what pleasure we could find in roaming over roofs. As she sat playing, her back was turned to the window; and when we burst into it in a bunch, she screamed aloud. We lost little time in quieting her. Her cries would attract the nuns; so we sprang into the room and scampered to the door, while she stood trembling and staring, seeing all the strange procession flit by without understanding it nor recognizing any one of us, so terrified was she.

5 In a moment we had all dispersed: One went to the upper room whence we had started, and played the piano with might and main; another took a round-about way to the schoolroom. As for me, I had to find my shoe, and secure that piece of evidence, if I still had the time. I managed to avoid the lay sisters, and to find the kitchen entry free. And indeed I found the lucky shoe, where it had fallen in a dark corner and not been seen. Whisky alone was accused.

1 pt

According to the passage, why were the girls able to get back inside without being caught?

1 pt

Which paragraph supports the answer to Part B?