CST - 5th Grade Reading - Digging Up the Past

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1. Read the selection and answer the questions that follow.

Read this sentence from the passage.

When examining pottery, archaeologists consider not only its appearance but what it was made of and how it was made.

Which word is a synonym for the underlined word?
  a. studying
  b. questioning
  c. searching
  d. discovering

2. Why are the words "potsherds" and "temper" written in quotation marks in paragraph 2 and 4?
  a. to make sure the reader pronounces these words clearly and correctly
  b. to show that both words usually have other meanings
  c. to introduce them as words that may be unfamiliar to the reader
  d. to show that these words are in languages other than English

3. What is the last step in making a pot?
  a. hollowing out a lump of clay
  b. adding water to the clay
  c. heating the pot in a kiln
  d. crushing old pottery to use as temper

4. When is temper added to the clay?
  a. after the pot is heated
  b. when the clay is smoothed out
  c. while the pot is being decorated
  d. before the clay is shaped

5. What is the main idea of this passage?
  a. The clues that archaeologists use to learn about the past include buildings, clothing, and coins.
  b. Some pots are decorated with pictures that show events from ancient myths and legends.
  c. Ancient pottery can teach us about the lives of the people who made and used it.
  d. Both detectives and archaeologists solve mysteries by using clues that have been left behind.

6. By examining an ancient pot, an archaeologists can tell all of the following except
  a. which person made the pot.
  b. where the pot came from.
  c. roughly how old the pot is.
  d. what substances were added to the clay.

Good Luck!

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