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Chipmunk And Bear
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  • 1. North Carolina Testing Program EOG Reading Grade 4 Sample Items This selection tells what happened when Chipmunk and Bear had a disagreement. Read the selection and answer the questions that follow. Chipmunk and Bear a story from the Iroquois people retold by Joseph Bruchac Long ago, back in the days when the Chipmunk next to him was saying, “The sun is animals could talk, Bear was out walking going to rise. The sun is going to rise.” around. As he walked, Bear was boasting. As Bear chanted as hard as he could, “Hmmph!” he said. “I am the strongest of all facing the direction of the sun and telling it not the animals. Hmmph!” he said. “I am the to come up, the sun lifted above the horizon. It biggest of all the animals. Hmmph!” he said. was a new day, and the sun had come up. “I can do anything because I am Bear. If I Chipmunk began to laugh. He rolled want anyone to do my bidding, I only have to over and over with laughter. “Bear is a fool!” tell them because I am Bear. I, Bear, can do he said. “Bear is so foolish! The sun came up, anything.” the sun came up! The sun came up!” Just as Bear said that, a little voice Suddenly Whomp! a big paw came down down near the ground spoke up. It said, “You on top of Chipmunk. Bear looked down as he cannot do everything.” Bear looked down. held Chipmunk there on the ground, and he There was Chipmunk, sticking his head out of said, “Indeed the sun did come up. But you his hole. will never see another sunrise!” Bear looked down at him and said, “I, Chipmunk knew now how foolish he had Bear, can do anything I wish.” been. He thought quickly. “Oh Bear,” he said, “If this is so,” said Chipmunk, “can you “you are right to kill me. I am a foolish little tell the sun not to come up in the morning?” Chipmunk. I am worthless and I mean Bear thought for a moment and said, nothing in the world. You, Bear, are the “Yes. That I can do. I, Bear, can tell the sun greatest of all, and if only you would lift your not to rise. In fact, tomorrow, the sun will not paw a little bit so that I could catch my breath, come up.” I would tell you how wonderful you are before “That is good,” said Chipmunk. “I will you kill me.” stay and watch.” And the two sat down right Bear said, “That is a good idea.” He there. The sun was just going down, and Bear lifted up his paw just a little bit, and and Chipmunk turned to face the east and Chipmunk scooted out and ran for his hole as wait for the sun not to come up the next fast as he could go. Bear’s big paw whipped morning. out and Whoosh! Bear’s claws scraped right As they sat there through the night, down Chipmunk’s back just as he dove into his Bear was chanting under his breath. He was hole. saying, “The sun will not come up. The sun Chipmunk stayed in his hole all through will not come up. I, Bear, command it. The the winter while those wounds on his back sun will not come up.” healed up. And when he came out in the But sitting next to him, Chipmunk was spring, he had stripes on his back. To this day, chanting under his breath, “The sun is going to if you see Chipmunk, you will see those rise. The sun is going to rise. Bear will be stripes, and it may remind you, as it reminds foolish. The sun is going to rise.” Chipmunk, to be careful whom you make fun And as the night ended, a little bit of of. You may be the one who is foolish in the light began to appear there in the east. Bear long run. began to chant louder, “The sun will not come That is how that story of Chipmunk and up. The sun will not come up.” But little Bear goes. Ho? Hey. Page 1 Published April 2005. May reproduce for instructional and educational purposes only, not for personal or financial gain.
  • 2. North Carolina Testing Program EOG Reading Grade 4 Sample Items “Chipmunk and Bear” from The Boy Who Lived With the Bears and Other Iroquois Stories by Joseph Bruchac. Copyright © 1995 by Joseph Bruchac. Reprinted by permission of Joseph Bruchac. 1. Why did the author most likely begin 3. The first paragraph states that “Bear his story by saying, “Long ago, back in was boasting.” What does this mean? the days when the animals could talk”? A Bear was trying to make new friends. A to tell the reader who the main characters will be B Bear was saying that he was the best animal. B to show the reader that the story will be sad C Bear was looking for new trails in the forest. C to let the reader know what kind of story he is telling D Bear was trying to frighten the smaller animals. D to show the reader that the story will be funny 4. Why does Bear agree to try to stop the sun from rising? 2. What is this story meant to explain? A He really believes that he has A why the sun rises every morning that much power. B why chipmunks and bears are B He is trying to trick Chipmunk so enemies he can eat him. C why bears are dangerous animals C He is ashamed to admit that he has no power. D why chipmunks have stripes down their backs D He is hoping that the day will be too cloudy to see the sun. Page 2 Published April 2005. May reproduce for instructional and educational purposes only, not for personal or financial gain.
  • 3. North Carolina Testing Program EOG Reading Grade 4 Sample Items 5. Why does Chipmunk ask Bear if he 7. What is the purpose of using words can keep the sun from rising? such as whomp and whoosh in the selection? A He plans to compare his powers to Bear’s. A to help explain Chipmunk’s actions B He is impressed by what Bear is saying. B to create the sound of what is happening C He is curious about how smart Bear is. C to show what the characters feel about what is happening D He wants to show that Bear is foolish. D to show what Bear feels about what is happening 6. How does Bear most likely feel when the sun comes up in the morning? 8. What lesson should Chipmunk have learned from his experience with A angry Bear? B concerned A Be sure that you can really do what you brag about. C excited B It can be dangerous to tease D pleased people who act foolishly. C It is better to be strong than smart. D Even the most powerful people have their weaknesses. End of Set In compliance with federal law, including the provisions of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the Department of Public Instruction does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, religion, color, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, or military service in its policies, programs, activities, admissions or employment. Page 3 Published April 2005. May reproduce for instructional and educational purposes only, not for personal or financial gain.
  • 4. Answers to Grade 4 Reading Comprehension Sample Items Question Correct Objective Selection Title Number Answer Category Thinking Skill Number Chipmunk and Bear 1 C Critical Stance Analyzing 3.01 Chipmunk and Bear 2 D Interpretation Analyzing 2.04 Chipmunk and Bear 3 B Cognition Analyzing 1.03 Chipmunk and Bear 4 A Interpretation Analyzing 2.05 Chipmunk and Bear 5 D Interpretation Analyzing 2.05 Chipmunk and Bear 6 A Interpretation Generating 2.04 Chipmunk and Bear 7 B Critical Stance Analyzing 3.03 Chipmunk and Bear 8 B Interpretation Analyzing 3.01 Monday, April 11, 2005 Page 1 of 1