This assessment includes ten questions: nine multiple response and one constructed response. It also includes a SOAPSTone analysis page.
The assessment may be used after reading excerpts from "The Allegory of the Cave" with your 8th grade ELA students. It may also be used on its own as a short standards-based test to assess your students' skills. Some teachers may choose to use this as a pretest at the beginning of the year, and then test again to see if their performance improves. I have used the assessment to help students prepare for testing by giving them complex assessment items to work on independently. Teachers may also add these questions to semester exams.
The text is rigorous for 8th graders and the questions are challenging. Teachers may consider using this item in an accelerated class.
The responses to the multiple choice questions are: 1. B 2. C 3. A 4. A 5.D 6.C 7. A 8. D 9. A