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victorious- posted this thread...
Apr. 30, 2013 at 9:50 am

• Readiing Comprehensiion 3 Level 7
Directions: Read the passage. Then answer the questions below.
Have you ever wondered what keeps a hot air balloon flying? The same principle that keeps food 
frozen in the open chest freezers at the grocery store allows hot air balloons to fly. It's a very basic 
principle: Hot air rises and cold air falls. So while the super-cooled air in the grocery store freezer settles 
down around the food, the hot air in a hot air balloon pushes up, keeping the balloon floating above the 
ground. In order to understand more about how this principle works in hot air balloons, it helps to know 
more about hot air balloons themselves.
A hot air balloon has three major parts: the basket, the burner, and the envelope. The basket is 
where passengers ride. The basket is usually made of wicker. This ensures that it will be comfortable and 
add little extra weight. The burner is positioned above the passenger's heads and produces a huge flame 
to heat the air inside the envelope. The envelope is the colorful fabric balloon that holds the hot air. When 
the air inside the envelope is heated, the balloon rises. 
The pilot can control the up-and-down movements of the hot air balloon by regulating the heat in 
the envelope. To ascend, the pilot heats the air in the envelope. When the pilot is ready to land, the air in 
the balloon is allowed to cool and the balloon becomes heavier than air. This makes the balloon descend.
Before the balloon is launched, the pilot knows which way the wind is blowing. This means that 
she has a general idea about which way the balloon will go. But, sometimes the pilot can actually control 
the direction that the balloon flies while in flight. This is because the air above the ground is sectioned into 
layers in which the direction of the wind may be different. So even though the pilot can't steer the balloon, 
she can fly or higher or lower into a different layer of air. Some days the difference between the direction 
of the wind between layers is negligible. But other days the difference is so strong that it can actually 
push the balloon in a completely different direction!
1) According to the passage, balloon pilots control the balloon’s altitude by
A. moving into a different layer of air
B. regulating the air temperature inside the balloon
C. adjusting the amount of air in the envelope
D. changing the amount of weight contained in the basket
2) As used in paragraph 3, which is the best synonym for ascend?
A. move
B. fly
C. sink
D. climb

3) As used in paragraph 3, which is the best antonym for descend?

A. fall

B. float

C. rise 

D. drop

4) According to the author, wicker is

I. comfortable

II. lightweight

III. durable

A. I only

B. I and II only 

C. II and III only

D. I, II, and III

5) If the hot air balloon pilot wants to change directions during flight, what might he or she do to 

accomplish this?

A. head toward a mountain peak

B. wait for it to rain

C. fly into a cloud

D. fly higher 

6) Using the passage as a guide, it can be inferred that which of the following statements is not true?

A. Air goes up and out the top of a chimney when you light a fire.

B. Cool air collects about the ceiling when you open a refrigerator. 

C. Smoke from a candle rises after you blow out the flame.

D. Cold air coming from an air conditioning vent settles about the floor.

I've postd this comprehenison...............pls solve it.............


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victorious- replied...
Apr. 30, 2013 at 9:53 am

• Readiing Comprehensiion 4 Level 7
Directions: Read the passage. Then answer the questions below.
Claude Monet, a 19th
-century French painter, was the most famous artist associated with the 
movement known as Impressionism. Monet was born on November 14, 1840, and even as a young man 
he was known for producing small portraits in charcoal. In 1858 Monet met the artist Eugène Boudin, who 
became his mentor and introduced Monet to painting outdoors, or “en plein air” as it came to be known. In 
1859, at the age of 19, Monet moved to Paris to become a professional artist. Most artists of his time tried 
to imitate nature realistically, but in his landscape painting Monet instead sought to portray nature as it 
appeared to him. In particular, he was interested in how light affects the ways that we perceive color. In 
one of his most famous series of works, Monet painted the cathedral in Rouen, France at several different 
times of day, showing how changes in natural light make the cathedral appear to change color. In 1883, 
Monet moved to a small French town called Giverny, where he built an elaborate garden. This garden, in 
particular its water lily ponds, became the chief subject of Monet’s later paintings. Monet’s paintings of 
water lilies were extremely influential to 20th
-century modern artists. In these paintings, Monet used the 
landscape merely as a starting point, creating abstract fields of vibrant color. These paintings relied on 
broad, thick brushstrokes. The texture of these brushstrokes gave the canvases a tactile quality that 
contrasted sharply with the smooth canvases produced by more traditional artists. Though he struggled
financially throughout his life, when Monet died in 1926, he was one of the most famous and influential 
painters in the world.
1) This passage would most likely be found in
A. a newspaper
B. an encyclopedia 
C. a magazine
D. a blog
2) Based on information in the passage, it can be inferred that the phrase “a tactile quality” suggests that 
Monet’s canvases were
A. colorful
B. beautiful
C. smooth
D. rough
3) According to the passage, Monet moved to Paris in 1859 to
A. join the Impressionism movement
B. paint cathedrals
C. become a professional artist 
D. build an elaborate garden
4) The tone of the passage can best be described as
A. factual
B. passionate
C. clever
D. adoring

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dragonsandthree replied...
Apr. 30, 2013 at 3:58 pm

1: B
2: B
3: D
4: B
5: D
6: B
All of these are my answers for the first comprehenison.

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victorious- replied...
May 1, 2013 at 11:38 am

and you are a genius...................all correct




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dragonsandthree replied...
May 1, 2013 at 4:54 pm

Thank you!

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dragonsandthree replied...
May 1, 2013 at 5:54 pm

1: C
2: D
3: C
4: A
These are my answers for the second comprehenison.

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