Test questions

6th April 2001 at 01:00
The Cambridge research graded key stage 2 reading questions according to whether they required higher- or lower-order skills.

"Higher-order" question from 1998 test based on an extract from a novel by Adele Geras called Leaving Home: QUESTION: The author describes Clara's time on the train as "like an old-fashioned flickering film".

Explain as fully as you can why the author used this image and what it tells you about Clara's feelings.

"Lower-order" question from 2000 test(with relevant excerpt, from a passage about a boy's discovery of an unusual insect):

"After school, he hurried home for another private look at his discovery. But when the metal egg opened easily and the bug scuttled out, he was almost disappointed. It behaved just like an ordinary bug - scuttling around on its hairlike legs, waving its feelers, not doing much of anything."

QUESTION: Why was Kevin "almost disappointed" when he looked at the bug for the second time?

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