A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah - Test & Key

A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah - Test & Key
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This summative assessment measures reading comprehension of A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah. It also assesses the ability to write claims in an analysis of the text and its characters using valid reasoning and sufficient evidence. An answer key is included, as well as a holistic rubric for evaluating the essay portion of the test. For a breakdown of each individual section of the test, continue reading.

Part 1 - Character Identification & Plot.
Twenty-seven multiple choice questions.
Questions pertain to the following:
♦ Ishmael Beah
♦ Junior
♦ Laura Simms
♦ Leslie
♦ Esther
♦ Mohamed
♦ Saidu
♦ Uncle Tommy
♦ Lieutenant Jabati
♦ Alhaji
♦ Mambu
♦ Siaka Stevens
♦ Ngor Gasemu
♦ Poppay

Part 2 - True/False.
Nine true/false questions.
Questions pertain to the following:
♦ Siaka Stevens' return to power
♦ Ishmael's education
♦ Ishmael's fighting background
♦ Ishmael's history with and interest in music
♦ Ishmael's treatment of Esther
♦ UNICEF's mistake pairing army boys and rebel boys

Part 3 - Short Answer.
Seven constructed response questions.
Questions pertain to the following:
♦ The boys' separation from their families
♦ What led to the boys becoming barefoot
♦ Ishmael's anger toward Gasemu
♦ The cause of Saidu's apparent depression
♦ What helped Ishmael learn English
♦ How movies motivated the boys
♦ What motivated Ishmael Beah to write the novel

Part 4 - Essay.
One question.
A holistic rubric modeled after the 6 Traits + 1 Writing Model is included. Question pertains to the following:
♦ Determining which character demonstrates the trait of perseverance
♦ Identifying representative situations (textual evidence) that support claims
♦ Analyzing the character's motivation to overcome his/her challenges
♦ Evaluating whether the character is better or worse for enduring their obstacles.
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12 pages
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