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10th Grade ELA – Post-test Assessment 2

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10th Grade ELA – Post-test Assessment 2

Justice May 15, 2015


You will be taking the Grade 10 English Language Arts/Literacy Post-test.

You will be asked to read a passage. Read the passage and all the questions carefully. Some questions will ask you to choose one correct answer, while others will ask you to choose more than one correct answer. You may look back at the passage when needed.

To answer a question, click on the circle or circles of the correct answer.


Read the passage “Woman on the Other Shore”. Then answer the questions.


Woman on the Other Shore

by Mitsuyo Kakuta, translated by Wayne P. Lammers

1 But as time passed, Sayoko began to notice a certain cliquishness among some of the young mothers who came to the park. She saw that they were following the lead of one woman in particular, and although they were careful not to be too open about it, avoiding any obvious snubs, they were in effect ostracizing one of the other mothers. Being over thirty herself, Sayoko was noticeably more advanced  in age than most of the women, so she could accept that they  might think she didn’t fit in. It didn’t mean they thought  she was a bad person. They would naturally assume that someone as much older as she was would have different  perspectives and be harder to open up to. It was an entirely understandable  response, really.

2 Even so, once she realized what was going on, Sayoko found it depressing to go to the park, and she gave up the daily outings for a while. But then it wasn’t long before she started feeling guilty about keeping her daughter cooped up at home all the time. She worried that without the park and its opportunities for meeting other children, her little girl might never develop the social skills she needed.

3 And so Sayoko and Akari had spent the last two years slowly making the rounds of every park within walking distance of their condominium. Once they’d been going to Park A long enough for Sayoko to identify the social dynamics of the mothers who gathered there, they  moved on to Park B. Fortunately, there was  no shortage of parks large and small within range of their building.

4 Sayoko learned that people who wandered from park to park this way were known as “park hoppers.” But it’s not like we’re hopping around by choice, she muttered as if making excuses to someone as she left the house with Akari in search of each new park. We’re just trying to find a park where we can feel at home.

5 This particular park, about a twenty-minute walk from their building, was the largest they’d found in their travels, and it drew a more mixed crowd than the communities of young  mothers Sayoko had found so characteristic of the smaller parks. Here she saw fathers walking their babies, or older folks playing with their grandchildren, and even the mothers were much more varied in age and dress.  Not only that, but, as a matter of courtesy, all the grownups ignored each other; nobody ever tried to talk to anyone unless it was absolutely  necessary.  Deciding she preferred it that way, Sayoko had been bringing her daughter here for nearly six months now.

6 Of course, even if the grownups kept to themselves, the little ones usually made friends. While their parents buried their noses in books or fiddled with cameras nearby, the children thrown together in the midst of all the play equipment gradually  gravitated toward one another and began playing with kids they’d never seen before. Now and again tears would flow in a dispute over a toy, but even then the grownups tried hard not to get involved.  It seemed to be an unwritten rule at this park.

7 Digging in the sand with her plastic shovel, Akari paused to watch two girls her age playing house in the middle of the large sandbox.  One of them wore a red T-shirt, the other a sunflower-print dress, and they were giggling and chattering over a set of colorful plastic dishes, their voices ringing crisply into the air. A little boy tottered  up from the far side of the sandbox and eyed them as if wanting to be included. At first they just  stared back, but then the girl in the sunflower print picked up a fork and handed it to him, affecting what must have been the mannerisms of her own mother.

8 While pretending not to watch, Sayoko kept a surreptitious eye on the threesome in the middle of the sandbox and on Akari shoveling all by herself in one corner. Every so often she saw her daughter cast a glance toward the others, then quickly go back to her digging.

9 Sayoko often marveled at how much the daughter took after the mother. No matter how badly the girl wanted to join a game, she was too shy to simply walk up and ask if she could play, so she waited timidly nearby, hoping to be invited. Of course, children seldom noticed such things, and by the time Akari cast her next sidelong glance the others might have run off to play somewhere else. As Sayoko watched Akari’s eyes dart back and forth, she invariably recognized in them the movements of her own eyes. This was exactly how she’d looked at the mothers in all those other parks, where she’d found it so hard to fit in. And each time she realized this, it gave her a deep sense of failure as a mother. If only she were a more self-confident and outgoing parent who could strike up easy conversations with whomever she met, pretending not to notice the walls that cliques tried to erect, then surely Akari would be growing into a more self-confident and outgoing child as  well.

“Woman on the Other Shore” copyright © 2004 by Mitsuyo Kakuta. English translation copyright © 2007 by Wayne  P. Lammers. Used by permission of The Michael Staley Agency,Inc. All  rights reserved.

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