LEAP 2025 ELA Grade 4 Chapter 2

LEAP 2025 ELA Grade 4 Chapter 2 Sample

Adapted from Little Philippe of Belgium by Madeline Brandeis

1. Philippe was now old enough to drive the dog-cart to market alone. He went each day, with Baby Rose perched on top of the vegetables, laughing and gurgling with joy. All the way to town, Philippe sang with his little sister. When they reached the market, he set the baby upon the counter.

2. Philippe’s puppy, Trompke (tromp-key) came to town with them today. Trompke loved Philippe. Today was the first time he had been allowed to follow the cart to the town market. He was wild with excitement.

3. "Stop barking, Trompke!" said Philippe, as he arranged the vegetables on the stand.

4. "Lie down, Trompke," cried Baby Rose. And Trompke lay at the baby’s feet.

5. Just then Philippe noticed someone in the booth next to their own. This booth had not been used for a very long time . . .

6. Philippe smiled at the man, who was staring at the two children. Then the man looked down at the puppy, which was whining unhappily at Philippe’s feet.

7. "Keep him quiet," said the man angrily.

8. Philippe answered, "He means no harm. He is only excited. It’s his first trip to town."

9. The man did not answer but turned toward his vegetables. Philippe was puzzled. He had never before met anyone like his neighbor.

10. The man wore ragged clothes, and his face was sunburned. His eyes were coal black and seemed to flash fire. He had a wild look about him. He was tall and moved like a cat. Suddenly he leaned over toward Philippe.

11. "Keep that dog quiet, will you?" he snarled. The man’s flashing eyes gleamed as he replied, "He keeps the people away. Nobody has come to buy at the booths yet. It is the fault of that dog."

12. Philippe could only smile at such stupidity. To think that a little whining dog could keep people away! But the man seemed nervous…

13. Philippe looked down at the man’s vegetables. For the first time he noticed that they were not fresh. They were wilted and stale.

14. "It is no wonder the people do not buy," thought Philippe. But he felt sorry, nevertheless. When the crowd had left, and the selling was over, he turned to the man.

15. "I am sorry," he said. "But—"

16 Philippe was going to tell him that people will not buy stale vegetables. But the man interrupted him.

17. "Thank you, but I do not need your advice," he said.

1 pt

What is the setting of this story?


What is the theme of this story?

1 pt

Which three sentences support the answer to Part A?

Read this passage. Then, answer the questions that follow 6a - 7b.

1. Looking behind them, Michael and Adam saw the huge bear at the same time. Dark and strong, the black bear stood only fifteen or twenty feet away, its beady eyes settling on the boys. Pawing at the ground, the bear’s claws dug into the hard earth, leaving deep red gouges.

2. Never taking its eyes off the boys, the bear lifted its snout and began to sniff the air. He was trying to catch the boys’ scent to see if they were friend or foe. The boys looked around, trying to find a place to hide.

3. Michael said, "Do you think we should climb up a tree?"

4. Adam replied, "No, bears can climb trees."

5. Just then, the boys heard the sound of a man’s voice and a dog barking in the distance. The bear stood up on its back legs. The sounds were getting closer. The bear lowered his body and ran into the thick brush. Just then, a hunter and his dog came into the clearing.

6. "Hi, boys," said the man. "Are you lost?"

7. "No, there was a bear on the path. We thought we were goners," said Adam.

8. "A bear you say?" asked the hunter. You boys come with me. I will get you safely out of here."

9. "Thank you, sir," the boys said.

10. The hunter looked at the boys and asked, "What are you doing out here all by yourselves? Don’t you know there are dangerous animals out here? Listen to me boys. Never come here without an adult, a gun, and a cell phone.

11. "Don’t worry about that," said Michael. "I don’t think we will ever come back here again.

12. The hunter said, "With nature, you have to be prepared for any situation. That’s why I always carry a gun and bring my dog with me. I hope you boys will come back again. It’s a beautiful place. Just make sure you understand all of the animals that live here and how to stay safe out here."

1 pt

What clues in the passage above help the reader understand the setting of the passage? Select all that apply.

Adaptation of "The Mouse and the Weasel" by Aesop

1. A little hungry Mouse found his way one day into a basket of corn. He had to squeeze himself a good deal to get through the narrow opening between the strips of the basket. But the corn was tempting and the Mouse was determined to get in. When at last he had succeeded, he gorged himself to bursting. Indeed, he became about three times as big around the middle as he was when he went in.

2. At last he felt satisfied and dragged himself to the opening to get out again. But the best he could do was to get his head out. So there he sat groaning and moaning, both from the discomfort inside him and his anxiety to escape from the basket. Just then a Weasel came by. He understood the situation quickly.

3."My friend," You’ve been stuffing. That’s what you get. You will have to stay there till you feel just like you did when you went in. Good night, and good enough for you."

4. And that was all the sympathy the poor Mouse got.

1 pt

What is the theme of this passage above?

Betsy’s Sister

1. Betsy has an older sister named Shawna who is getting married soon. Shawna’s boyfriend asked her to marry him last week. He got down on one knee and held out a beautiful diamond ring. He told Shawna, "If you marry me, I’ll be the happiest man in the world."

2. Shawna’s green eyes were sparkling emeralds as her eyes fill with water. Tears tickled her cheeks as she said, "Yes!" Now, they are planning the wedding. Shawna asked Betsy to help plan the wedding.

3. The wedding was beautiful. Betsy, carrying a bouquet of flowers down the aisle, looked like the belle of the ball in her bridesmaid dress.


Which line is the best example of a personification?