TCAP Success Grade 8 ELA Chapter 2

TCAP Success Grade 8 ELA Chapter 2 Sample

Read the passages and answer the questions that follow.

Excerpt from Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky

He had not far to go; he knew indeed how many steps it was from the gate of his lodging house: exactly seven hundred and thirty. He had counted them once when he had been lost in dreams. At the time he had put no faith in those dreams and was only tantalising himself by their hideous but daring recklessness. Now, a month later, he had begun to look upon them differently, and, in spite of the monologues in which he jeered at his own impotence and indecision, he had involuntarily come to regard this "hideous" dream as an exploit to be attempted, although he still did not realise this himself. He was positively going now for a "rehearsal" of his project, and at every step his excitement grew more and more violent.

With a sinking heart and a nervous tremor, he went up to a huge house which on one side looked on to the canal, and on the other into the street. This house was let out in tiny tenements and was inhabited by working people of all kinds--tailors, locksmiths, cooks, Germans of sorts, girls picking up a living as best they could, petty clerks, etc. There was a continual coming and going through the two gates and in the two courtyards of the house. Three or four door-keepers were employed on the building. The young man was very glad to meet none of them, and at once slipped unnoticed through the door on the right, and up the staircase. It was a back staircase, dark and narrow, but he was familiar with it already, and knew his way, and he liked all these surroundings: in such darkness even the most inquisitive eyes were not to be dreaded.

1 pt
1.

What should readers infer from the fact that the protagonist of the passage knew it took seven hundred and thirty steps to reach the gate of his lodging?

1 pt
2.

Which of the following words or phrases would best replace monologues as it is used in the passage?

1pt
3.

Which of the following statements describes the change in the protagonist from the month before? Select all that apply.

1 pt
4.

Which of the following words would best replace tenements as it is used in the passage?

1 pt
5.

What should readers infer from the fact that the protagonist of the passage "was familiar" with and "liked" the "dark and narrow" "back staircase"?