In this passage, author Michael Jan Friedman introduces us to Wishbone and some of his
friends. In this part of the story, Wishbone watches as his friends play a game called roller
THERE WAS ONLY ONE
PROBLEM. Wishbone wasnâ€™t a
roller-blading kind of guy. Feet
were more his kind of thingâ€”
four of â€˜em, to be exact. So all he
could do was watch. The kids
blasted back and forth across the
gym floor, warming up for their
chance at roller hockey glory.
Sighing, Wishbone snuffled and rested his head on his
front paws. He wanted to be in the middle of the action.
Center stage, as it were. That was where he really came
If he couldnâ€™t take part in the game, he could still root
for his favorite humans. Joe, Samantha, and David were
zipping around the place in their helmets and gloves and
pads. They flipped a red ball back and forth with
considerable grace and accuracy.
Joe was the friendly, easygoing kid Wishbone lived
with. He was also the best, most loyal friend anyone could
ask for. David was the inventor in the group. He was always
ready to roll up his sleeves and build an answer to any
And Samantha? She was the kind of human a person
just couldnâ€™t help likingâ€”whether that person had two legs
or four. Sam could find something good to say even in the
Damont, one of Wishboneâ€™s least-favorite humans, was
wheeling around the place like everyone else. Oh, sure,
Damont could seem nice when he wanted to. However, he
was a little too sly and slippery for Wishboneâ€™s taste. Sort of
like a bone with grease all over it.
Wishbone knew the other kids as well. After all, he
got around. The only kid he didnâ€™t know was a tall, blond
boy. Heâ€™d heard Joe call the kid Nathaniel on the way to
As far as Wishbone could tell, Nathaniel seemed nice enough. A
little awkward, but nice
Joe is described as easygoing. You can tell from the root words in easygoing that it
A. Joe is hard to be friends with.
B. Joe is a friendly and calm person.
C. Joe falls easily when roller-blading.
D. Joe leaves the group very quickly.
According to Wishbone, who is the best friend to have?
What was Wishboneâ€™s problem in this story?
A. He disliked some of the kids.
B. He forgot his roller-blades.
C. He wasnâ€™t picked for the team.
D. He could not roller-blade.
The author wrote, â€œWishbone wanted to be in the middle of the action.â€ This lets us
know that usually Wishbone is
A. calm and quiet.
B. old and tired.
C. playful and active.
D. mean and scary.
Which kid in the group is most likely new in the neighborhood?
Circus performers lead exciting lives. Often they find themselves in the air. Truly,
Ringling Brothers and Barnum Bailey Circus is the greatest show on earth.
Aerialists perform gymnastics high above the ground
using ropes, rings, and bars.
In his act, Valeri Panteleenko climbs down a rope
headfirst while supporting his partners. Their combined
weight is 455 pounds.
A trapeze is like a swingâ€”a very high swing. The rigging
that holds a trapeze is 33 feet off the arena floor. Most
trapeze bars weigh about 10 pounds. Performers called
flyers and catchers swing back and forth on the trapeze. A
flyer will let go and perform a daring stunt in midair. The
catcher then swings out and catches the flyer. To complete a
triple somersault, a flyer must go about 60 miles an hour. For
a quadruple, the flyer travels about 80 miles per hour.
Most high-wires are about 35 feet long and 30 to 36 feet off
the ground. Daring performers walk the wire, balancing on
each other’s shoulders and doing somersaults. One of the
greatest high-wire acts ever was the Wallenda Family. They
would stand on their heads on a wire 40 feet in the air, and
they’d ride bicycles across the wire. Seven of them stood on
each others’ shoulders to form a pyramid while walking
along the wireâ€”and there was no net below them!
In the Mednikov High-Wire act, Sasha Mednikov does a
back somersault blindfolded!
These performers put on their back and knee braces and
their costumes, slide into a double-barreled cannon, tighten
every muscle, close their eyes, and wait. Boom! Out they go,
flying through the air at 65 miles per hour. One goes 32 feet
high and into the net 110 feet away. The other goes 26 feet high
and hits the net 85 feet away. In four seconds itâ€™s all over.
Under which heading would you find information about Sasha Mednikov?
B. Wire Walking
C. Flying Trapeze
D. Human Cannonballs
The two types of trapeze performers are
A. flyers and boomers.
B. flyers and catchers.
C. catchers and balancers.
D. swingers and partners.
A trapeze is most like a
A. balancing act.
B. tight wire.
C. very high swing.
D. swinging rope.
The human cannonballs are planned with one person going farther than the other
A. the landing looks better.
B. one can do more somersaults.
C. they donâ€™t land on each other.
D. the audience can see better.
The authorâ€™s purpose in writing this story was to
A. share information about great performers.
B. show the danger of cannonballs.
C. show how much better the circus was in the past.
D. invite children to join the circus.
1 B Vocabulary
2 C Demonstrate General Understanding
3 D Demonstrate General Understanding
4 C Develop an Interpretation
5 D Develop an Interpretation
6 B Read to Perform a Task
7 B Demonstrate General Understanding
8 C Demonstrate General Understanding
9 C Develop an Interpretation
10 A Examine Content/Structure Informational Text