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Social Studies

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5-6

AGE
10-12

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Scholastic News Edition 5/6
Scholastic News Edition 5/6 helps students build skills and connects classroom learning to timely current events in an accessible, kid-friendly way.
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Scholastic News Edition 5/6: March 1, 2010

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1
Based on the story "And Counting . . ." on page 6, which is NOT a reason the U.S. government takes a census?
  1. to determine how many U.S. Representatives a state should have
  2. to count every person in America
  3. to raise money for the federal government
  4. to improve schools and hospitals
2
Which of the following sentences BEST shows that U.S. Census officials take extra steps to ensure that everyone is counted?
  1. The census has been taken since 1790.
  2. Census workers visit the homes of those who do not mail back their surveys.
  3. Census surveys are mailed to people's homes in March.
  4. The U.S. census is the nation's official head count.
3
Which is the most likely reason the author wrote the story "And Counting . . ."?
  1. to inform readers
  2. to persuade readers
  3. to entertain readers
  4. to surprise readers
4
Based on the story "Eyes on the Tigers" on page 2, what is one way in which humans have caused the endangerment of tigers?
  1. They've destroyed tiger habitats.
  2. They've cracked down on tiger hunting.
  3. They've banned the building of bridges.
  4. They've let tigers live in the wild.
5
Which of the following sentences best describes the main idea of "Eyes on the Tigers"?
  1. We are living in the Year of the Tiger.
  2. Tigers are in danger of disappearing, and humans are to blame.
  3. A century ago, 100,000 tigers lived in Asia.
  4. There are six tiger types.
6
What is a synonym for the word ferocious as used in paragraph 1 of "Eyes on the Tigers"?
  1. regal
  2. striped
  3. gentle
  4. fierce
7
The leaders of 12 Asian nations and Russia ____________.
  1. want to put tigers in zoos
  2. plan to build more roads through tiger habitats
  3. want to save tigers
  4. are in a major disagreement
8
What is the main idea of the story "Rising Sky-high" on page 3?
  1. The Burj Khalifa has four swimming pools and a hotel.
  2. Dubai is now home to the worldâ??s tallest building.
  3. Burj means "tower" in Arabic.
  4. Dubai is a nation in the Middle East.
9
From information in the story "Women at War" on pages 4-5, how can the reader tell the streets of Baghdad are dangerous?
  1. U.S. troops dodge mortar and rocket fire.
  2. Women cannot join combat branches of the military.
  3. Iraqi and Afghan customs prohibit men from searching women.
  4. Major Erslev wants to leave the military.
10
Why is it unlikely that the military will change its rule barring women from combat in the near future?
  1. because military experts do not think women would be useful in combat
  2. because women have never fought in wars
  3. because the U.S. is in the middle of two wars
  4. because it would cost too much money
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