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NAL QUESTIONS

SUBMITTED BY MESA PUBLIC SCHOOLS’ NAL,

MESA, AZ

August 2013

FIRST QUARTER

  1. English – LA – Level II – What do you call a word or line that reads the same forward and backward? For example, the name Hannah (h-a-n-n-a-h) or the phrase “Never odd or even.” (palindrome)




  1. English – LA – Level II – Say, spell, and define the word plagiarism. (Use of another’s ideas or words as one’s own, especially without credit)




  1. English – LA – Level I – What is the literary term for a story that involves beings and events that could not possibly exist in

real life? (fantasy)


  1. English – LA – Level II – What is the literary term for extravagant exaggeration not meant to be taken literally? (hyperbole)




  1. English – LT – Level I – Which 4 words begin most fairy tale stories? (“Once upon a time…”)




  1. English – LT – Level I – Name the 3 gods who ruled the ancient world, that is, the heavens and the earth, the seas, and

the underworld, in Greek or Roman mythology.

(Zeus or Jupiter, Poseidon or Neptune, and Hades or Pluto)


  1. English – LT – Level II -- Identify all of the following: Zeus’ most powerful destructive weapon, which had 3 forks or branches; Poseidon’s 3-pronged spear; and Hades’ favorite animal, which had 3 heads. (Thunderbolt - lightning flash plus thunder; trident; and Cerberus)




  1. Math - AL - Level 1 - There are 221 students and 11 teachers taking a bus trip, and each bus holds 47 people. How many buses are needed? (Answer: 5 buses)




  1. Math - AL - Level 1 - Greg's math grade is based on five test scores. He has scores of 73, 83, and 90 on his first three tests. What score will Greg have to average on his last two tests to get an overall average of exactly 80? (Answer: 77)




  1. Math - AL - Level 1 – Carolyn is reading a 300-page book. After one hour, she has finished 8% of the book. Assuming that she reads at a constant rate, how many more hours will it take her to read the rest of the book? Express your answer as a decimal to the nearest tenth. (Answer: 11.5 hours)




  1. Math - AL - Level 1 - The product of x and y is 50. If y = 75, what is the value of x? (Answer: 2/3)




  1. Math - AL - Level 1 - Eighteen acres of land sold for $27,766.80. At the same rate, what is the cost of six acres of land? Express your answer to the nearest whole dollar. (Answer: $9256)




  1. Math - AL - Level 2 - Three bongos and six zingos cost $120. Each bongo costs $10. What is the cost of two zingos? (Answer: $30)




  1. Math - AL - Level 2 - In 2003, there were 844,001 students who attended public school in Wyoming. In 2013, there were 880,301 students who attended public school in Wyoming. What is the percent of change in enrollment from 2003 to 2013? Express your answer to the nearest tenth. (Answer: 4.3%)




  1. Math - AL - Level 2 - If 3n - 6 = -n +4, what is the value of 8n? (Answer: 8n=20)




  1. Math - GE - Level 1 - A large school dining room measures 25 yards by 20 yards. How many square feet of tile are needed to cover the floor of the dining room? (Answer: 4500 square feet)




  1. Math - GE - Level 1 - The measures of two supplementary angles are in a ratio of 7:2. What is the positive difference in degrees between the two angles? (Answer: 100 degrees)




  1. Math - GE - Level 2 - The length of a rectangle is increased by 20% and its width is decreased by 10%. By what percent does the rectangle’s area change? (Answer: 8%)




  1. Math - LG - Level 1 - If 2 Loops are equal to 4 Glops, then 3 Loops are equal to how many Glops? (Answer: 6)




  1. Math - NE - Level 1 - The product of two numbers is 48. Their difference is 13. What is the larger of the two numbers? (Answer: 16)




  1. Math - NE - Level 1 - The arithmetic mean of the set {90, 85, 95, x, 88, 94} is 90. What is the value of x? (Answer: x=88)




  1. Math - NE - Level 1 – Jason usually lifts two 20-pound weights 12 times. If he uses two 15-pound weights instead, how many times must Jason lift them in order to lift the same total weight? (Answer: 16 times)




  1. Math - NE - Level 1 - Mike earned $2000 in commission from his sales last month. If he earns a 20% commission, what was his total sales last month? (Answer: $10,000)




  1. Math - NE - Level 1 - What is the positive difference between 35 and 53? (Answer: 118)




  1. Math - NE - Level 2 - What is √24 in simplest radical form? (Answer: 2 √6 (two root six))




  1. Math - NE - Level 2 - What is the smallest positive integer m for which 1008 + m is a multiple of 11? (Answer: m= 4)




  1. Math - NE - Level 2 - On Brian's 8th birthday in 2004, his father said, "My age is now four times your age." In what year was Brian's father able to say, "My age is now three times your age" on Brian's birthday? (Answer: 2008)




  1. Math - NE - Level 2 - What is the product of the first four prime numbers? (Answer: 210)




  1. Math – NE – Level 2 - If Becky can write a tweet in 27 seconds and send it in 5 seconds, what is the greatest number of tweets that Becky can send in a five minute passing period? (Answer: 9 tweets)




  1. Math - PR - Level 1 - Jake, Tom, Bob, Angela, and Jessica all volunteered as math tutors. If their teacher randomly chooses two of the five students, what is the probability of selecting the two girls? Express your answer as a common fraction. (Answer: 1/10)




  1. Math – PR- Level 1 - On a breakfast buffet, a basket contained 4 oranges, 5 apples, and 6 bananas. What is the probability that a piece of fruit selected at random is a banana? Express your answer as a percent. (Answer: 40%)




  1. Math - PR - Level 1 - In how many distinct arrangements of the letters of the word APPLY does the letter A occupy the middle position? (Answer: 12 arrangements)




  1. Math - PR - Level 1 - In how many ways can Michael, Connor, Steven, Rosa, Marissa, and Eva line up so that no two of the three boys are next to each other? (Answer: 144 ways)




  1. Math - PR - Level 1 – A car holds exactly six people, but only two of those six people can drive the car. What is the number of ways that the six people can be seated in the car on a trip? (Answer: 240 ways)




  1. Math - PR - Level 2 - Sally caught 40 fish, tagged them, and returned them to the pond. Later, she randomly netted 60 fish and found 4 of the tagged fish in this group. What is the expected number of fish in the pond? (Answer: 600 fish)




  1. Math - PR - Level 2 - A bowl contains 10 jellybeans (4 red, one blue, and 5 white). If you pick three jellybeans from the bowl at random without replacement, what is the probability that exactly two will be red? Express your answer as a common fraction. (Answer: 3/10)




  1. Math - PR - Level 2 - How many ways can a volleyball coach select a starting line-up of six players from a group of nine players? (Answer: 84 ways)




  1. Math - WP - Level 2 - Three-fourths of the students at Bach Jr. High take music. If 615 students take music, how many students attend Bach Jr. High? (Answer: 820 students)



  1. Science - GS - Level 1 - An IV bag with 1000 mL of fluid is delivering fluid to a patient at the rate of 3 mL per minute. After three hours, how many milliliters of fluid will remain in the IV bag? (Answer: 460 mL)




  1. Science - GS - Level 1 - Celsius temperatures can be converted to Fahrenheit by doubling the Celsius temperature, reducing the result by 10%, and then adding 32. What Fahrenheit temperature corresponds to 20˚ Celsius? (Answer: 68˚ F)




  1. Science - LS - Level 1 - George Washington Carver found 118 uses for this variety of tuber. (Answer: sweet potato)




  1. Science - LS - Level 2 - Reindeer are only called reindeer in Europe. In North America, these same animals are known by which name? (Answer: caribou)




  1. Science - PS - Level 1 - Astronauts can grow as much as 2 inches in space due the expansion of what material in the human body? (Answer: cartilage)




  1. Science - PS - Level 2 - Which atomic particle was discovered by James Chadwick in 1932? (Answer: neutron)




  1. Science - PS - Level 2 - What is the best explanation as to how a day on Saturn lasts for approximately 10 Earth hours? (Answer: Saturn rotates on its axis faster than the Earth)




  1. Science – Astronomy – Level II – What are the three main classifications of rocks? (igneous, sedimentary, metamorphic)




  1. Sci – ES – Level II – Give one example of a landform created at divergent and convergent tectonic plate boundaries. (Convergent: mountains, ocean trenches, subduction zones, volcanoes. Divergent: rift valleys, ocean ridges, volcanoes.)




  1. Sci – ES – Level I – What type of rock is formed when lava or magma cools? (igneous rock)




  1. Sci – ES – Level I – What type of rock is formed when existing rock is changed by heat and pressure? (metamorphic rock)




  1. Sci – ES – Level I - What type of rock is formed from pieces or other rock, or organic material, that are compacted and cemented together? (sedimentary)




  1. Sci – ES – Level II – What is the name of the theory that describes the movement of tectonic plates due to convection currents in Earth’s mantle? (place tectonics)




  1. Sci – ES – Level I - Give the term for the solid outer layer of the Earth made chiefly of rock. (crust or lithosphere)




  1. Sci – ES – Level I - Give the term for the liquid layer between Earth’s crust and core. (mantle)




  1. Sci – ES – Level I - Give the term for the layer of Earth made mostly from iron and nickel. (core)




  1. Sci – PS – Level I – Identify the 4 planets referred to as terrestrial planets. (Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars)




  1. Sci – PS – Level II – Identify the 3 types of galaxies. (spiral galaxy, elliptical galaxy, irregular galaxy)




  1. Social Studies - EC - Level 1 - In 2006, You Tube was purchased by which Internet company? (Answer: Google)




  1. Social Studies - UH - Level 1 - Which article of the Constitution establishes the supremacy of federal laws over state laws? (Answer: Article VI)




  1. Social Studies - UH - Level 1 - The 1840s slogan “54-50 or fight” refers to the proposed annexation of which region? (Answer: Oregon or Oregon Country)




  1. Social Studies - UH - Level 1 - Exxon and Mobil are two companies to emerge from the 1911 dismantling of which oil company? (Answer: Standard Oil)




  1. Social Studies – UG – Level 2 – Identify the state where the Mississippi River begins and name the lake which serves as its source. (Minnesota, Lake Itasca)




  1. Social Studies – UH – Level 1 – Identify the British philosopher whose ideas on the laws of nature influenced our founding fathers. (John Locke)




  1. Social Studies – UH – Level 1 – Identify the British Prime Minister who served at the beginning of World War Two. He was known as the “Great Appeaser.”

(Neville Chamberlain)


  1. Social Studies – UG – Level 2 – Say and spell the four oceans of the world. *Note: Do not include the Antarctic Ocean for this question. (Atlantic = A-t-l-a-n-t-i-c, Pacific = P-a-c-i-f-i-c, Arctic = A-r-c-t-i-c, and Indian = I-n-d-i-a-n)




  1. Social Studies – EC – Level 2 – Provide a good definition for “Eminent Domain” and list one positive and one negative effect it could have on US citizens. (Eminent Domain gives the government the right to take private land for public use. A negative effect is that the person has no choice; he must give up his property. A positive effect is that he will get paid for it.)




  1. Social Studies - WG – Level 1 – Name the seven continents. (North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Antarctica, Australia, Africa)




  1. Soc Studies – UL – Level 2 – State the five freedoms guaranteed in the First Amendment of the US Constitution. (speech, religion, press, assembly, and petition)




  1. Social Studies – UL – Level 2 – Name the three “Reconstruction Amendments” to the Constitution and briefly explain what each says.

(13th Amendment outlawed slavery

14th Amendment made every person born in the US a citizen regardless of race

15th Amendment gave the right to vote to all male US citizens)


  1. Social Studies – UL – Level 1 – Say and spell each branch of the Federal United States Government.

(The Legislative L-e-g-i-s-l-a-t-i-v-e, the Executive E-x-e-c-u-t-i-v-e, the Judicial

J-u-d-i-c-i-a-l)




  1. Social Studies – UH – Level 2 – Give the full names for the WPA, TVA, and CCC.

(WPA = Works Progress Administration, TVA = Tennessee Valley Authority, CCC = Civilian Conservation Corp)


  1. Social Studies – UG – Level 1 – Which US River forms the Southern borders of both Ohio and Indiana? (Ohio River)




  1. Social Studies – UL – Level 2 – Each branch of government has a primary job regarding Federal law. State which branch creates, which branch enforces, and which branch interprets law?

(The Legislative Branch creates law. The Executive Branch enforces law. The Judicial Branch interprets law.)


  1. Social Studies – UH – Level 1 – Who was the President during the Great Depression and what did he call his Federal government work programs? (Franklin D. Roosevelt and The New Deal)




  1. Social Studies – WH – Level 2 -- State the term for the policy by which stronger nations extend their economic, political, or military control over weaker nations. (Imperialism)



  1. Soc St – UH – Level II – Identify the state associated with Geronimo, Cochise, and Wyatt Earp. (Answer: Arizona)




  1. Soc St – CE – Level I – What state in the Midwest faced a severe weather crisis in 2013 and what was the weather event? (Answer: Oklahoma, tornado)


SECOND QUARTER

  1. Eng – LT – Level I – Give the name of 3 of the 7 novels in the C.S. Lewis series The Chronicles of Narnia and identify which books have been made into movies.

(Answer: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe; Prince Caspian; The Voyage of the “Dawn Treader”; The Silver Chair; the Horse and the Boy; the Magician’s Nephew; The Last Battle. Bolded titles are the answer to the 2nd half of question, books made into movies).


  1. Eng – LT – Level II – The Twilight novel series has been a blockbuster for teen and adult readers alike. Name the following from the series:

  • The author’s first and last name

  • The first and last name of the main character

  • First name of the head of the Cullen clan

  • The country of the Volturi

  • The baby girl & her father that Jacob Black imprints on

  • The names of the 2nd and 3rd books in the series

(Answer: Stephanie Meyers; Isabella (Bella) Swan; Carlisle; Italy; Renesmee & Edward; New Moon, Eclipse)


  1. Eng – LT – Level II – The Divergent series of books has been a blockbuster for teen and adult readers alike. Name the following from the series:

  • The author’s first and last name

  • The name Beatrice chooses for Dauntless

  • List the 5 factions and their attributes

  • The names of the 2nd and 3rd books in the series

(Veronica Roth; Tris; Abnegation (the selfless), Amity (the peaceful), Candor (the honest), Dauntless (the brave), Erudite (the intelligent); Insurgent, Allegiant


  1. Eng – LT – Level II – Match the following authors to the titles of their books. (Must reformat into a matching exercise.)

1. Flanagan, John A Ranger’s Apprentice

2. Hiaasen, Carl B Hoot

3. Mull, Brandon C Fablehaven

4. Wilson, N. D. D 100 Cupboards

5. Roth, Veronica E Divergent

6. Condie, Ally F. Matched

7. Clare, Cassandra I. City of Glass


  1. English – LA – Level II – In this list of common proverbs, fill in the missing word:

  • All that __________ is not gold. (glitters)

  • All good things come to those who _________. (wait)

  • Birds of a _________ flock together. (feather)

  • _________ killed the cat. (curiosity)

  • Don’t add insult to _______. (injury)

  • Don’t put all your ________ in one basket. (eggs)




  1. English – LA – Level II – In this list of common idioms, explain the meaning. Example: “As the crow flies” means “in a straight direct line.”

  • (To) beat a dead horse.................To pursue a futile goal

  • Between a rock and hard place...................Between two equally dangerous or difficult choices

  • Tempest in a teapot ....................A big disturbance over something small and unimportant

  • (To) let the cat out of the bag..................To disclose a secret

  • (To) cross that bridge when one comes to it ........To wait and make a decision when one is ready




  1. English – LA – Level II – EPONYMS are words derived from the names of people. For example, a large, upright wheel with seats used as an amusement park ride was named after its inventor, George W.G. FERRIS. Match the following inventors to their corresponding inventions, whose names they were given: (Format this question for matching.)

    • Pasteur -- To subject a liquid to heat to destroy disease-producing bacteria, after Louis _____

    • Boycott -- To refuse to deal with, after Irish land agent Charles _____

    • Braille -- System of writing for the blind, after Louis _____, a blind French boy who invented the system

    • Celsius -- Thermometer scale ranging from 0° to 100°, after Anders _____

    • Diesel -- Internal combustion engine, after Rudolf _____




  1. English – LA – Level II – Explain the following acronyms. For example, AWOL is Absent Without Leave.

  • CIA..............Central Intelligence Agency

  • COD…………..Cash (collect) on delivery

  • NASA ..........National Aeronautics and Space Administration

  • SWAT team ..........Special Weapons and Tactics

  • WHO ..............World Health Organization



  1. English – LT – Level II -- Identify the figurative language term in each of the following sentences:

“The chocolate cake whispered my name.” (Answer: personification)

“His open mouth was a gaping cavern.” (Answer: metaphor)

“Her ego is so big she needs a forklift to carry it around.” (Answer: hyperbole)

“The campfire crackled and popped hotly.” (Answer: onomatopoeia)

“She slyly slipped past the silent, solemn guard.” (Answer: alliteration)

“His eyes were as black as night.” (Answer: simile)



  1. English – LA – Level II – The suffix –ology means the science of or the study of. For example, entomology is the study of insects. What subjects do the following sciences study?

  • Hydrology...........Water

  • Ornithology ..........Birds

  • Neurology.........Nervous system and its disorders

  • Seismology ..........Earthquakes

  • Ophthalmology..........Eyes, their functions and structure




  1. English – LA – Level II – What fears do the following phobias identify?

    • Arachnophobia ............Spiders

    • Claustrophobia .............Enclosed places

    • Herpetophobia ..............Snakes, reptiles

    • Xenophobia............Strangers or foreigners

    • Technophobia ...........Technology

  1. English – LA – Level II – If canine means doglike and feline means catlike, what do the following words ending in –ine mean?

    • Leonine ...................Lionlike

    • Lupine......................Wolflike

    • Equine......................Horselike

    • Serpentine.................Serpentlike or snakelike

    • Porcine .....................Piglike


  1. English – LA – Level I – Name the past tense and past participle of the following irregular verbs. Example: begin – past tense is began, past participle is begun.

  • Fling……………………..flung, flung

  • Drink…………………….drank, drunk

  • Burst…………………….burst, burst

  • Lie (recline)………......lay, lain

  • Bring…………………….brought, brought

  • Swim…………………….swam, swum

  • Slay………………………slew, slain




  1. English – LA – Level I -- Match the following classic women authors to their books:

(Format these into a matching exercise.)

  • Alcott, Louisa May ..............Little Women

  • Austen, Jane ......................Pride and Prejudice

  • Blume, Judy...........Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret

  • Cooper, Susan.....................The Dark Is Rising

  • Hinton, S.E......................................The Outsiders

  • L’Engle, Madeleine .................... A Wrinkle in Time

  • Lowry, Lois…………………………The Giver

  • Wilder, Laura Ingalls .............Little House in the Big Woods




  1. English – LA – Level I -- Match the following literary creatures with their definitions: (Format these into a matching exercise.)
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