Responding to Literature, Grade 8
Unit 1 Working Toward Your Dreams
Unit 2 Family Ties
Unit 3 Going Down the Road
Unit 4 Understanding Conflict
Unit 5 Open a Book, Open a World
Unit 6 Far Horizons
Unit 7 Folklore of the Americas
Unit 8 Stories to Tell: Fiction
Unit 9 Words in Motion: Poetry
Unit 10 Turning Words into Action: Drama
Unit 11 Telling It As It Is: Nonfiction
Unit 12 Reading Between the Lines
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Responding to Literature, Grade 8 : Unit 7 Folklore of the Americas : Pecos Bill / Adrien Stoutenburg : Test Practice

Pecos Bill / Adrien Stoutenburg

Test Practice

Identify an Author's Purpose

Discuss with a group how to best answer the following questions about an author's purpose.

1. Tall tales originated as part of the oral tradition. Why do you think the author included exaggeration and figurative language?
a. to explain how things were created
b. to make sure listeners paid attention
c. to add humor and make the story more entertaining
d. to give a unique perspective on an event


Which evidence from the text supports answer c? How were you able to eliminate the other answers? How did your application of the reading strategy help you answer the question?

2. Besides entertainment, what other purpose does this tall tale serve?
a. It persuades readers to join the westward movement.
b. It compares and contrasts city and country life.
c. It provides a new perspective on the life of a cowboy.
d. It explains the origins of many devices and traditions.


Which is the correct answer to the question? How were you able to eliminate the other answers? How did your application of the reading strategy help you answer the question?

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