These are tough questions that go beyond the concrete and into the abstract; some context clues (vocab) but mostly inference, author's craft, author's purpose.
Answers in BOLD.
Six Qs about Shame, by Dick Gregory--text NOT included: that's copyrighted, therefore not part of this quiz/illegal for me to profit from sales of an essay I did not create.
Four Qs about Let America Be America Again, by Langston Hughes.
Although there are no cross-over questions, these are some doozies that can challenge Pre-AP students as well.
My assessments are deemed tough, but my STAAR scores prove that we need to challenge students at all levels in order to achieve STAAR success. (You can always add points to quiz grades once they make corrections--meaning annotations, etc.)
My STAAR scores X 5 years:
2018: 93% (Pre-AP only); 80% (Pre-AP and CP combined); School average: 59% passing: 21 points higher than average @ McAllen High School
2017: 83% passing (Pre-AP and "Regular" combined; School average: 44% passing: 39 points higher than average @ Weslaco East High School
2016: 72% passing (Pre-AP and "Regular" and EOC seniors [re-testers] combined); School average: 42% passing: 30 points higher than average @ Weslaco East High School
2015: 72% passing (Pre-AP and "Regular" and EOC juniors [re-testers] combined); School average: 40% passing: 32 points higher than average @ Weslaco East High School
2014: Sophomores: went from 79% passing to 83% passing @ IDEA Mission