Oaks Practice Test

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



PROBLEM. Wishbone wasn’t a

roller-blading kind of guy. Feet

were more his kind of thing—

four of ‘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 couldn’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 couldn’t help liking—whether that person had two legs

or four. Sam could find something good to say even in the

worst situation.

Damont, one of Wishbone’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 Wishbone’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 didn’t know was a tall, blond

boy. He’d heard Joe call the kid Nathaniel on the way to

the gym.

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?

A. Nathaniel

B. Samantha

C. Joe

D. David


What was Wishbone’s problem in this story?

A. He disliked some of the kids.

B. He forgot his roller-blades.

C. He wasn’t picked for the team.

D. He could not roller-blade.


The author wrote, “Wishbone wanted to be in the middle of the action.” 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?

A. Damont

Î’. David

C. Sam

D. Nathaniel

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 swing—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 wire—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 it’s all over.


Under which heading would you find information about Sasha Mednikov?

A. Aerialists

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

so that

A. the landing looks better.

B. one can do more somersaults.

C. they don’t land on each other.

D. the audience can see better.


The author’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