The following reading passage and sample questions are an example of what might appear on a third-grade reading test.
“Fall is my favorite season of the year,” Kelly said with a smile.
“You just like to play in the leaves when we rake them into piles,” her brother Jason said.
“No, she likes to get dressed up in her warm clothes,” Dad said.
“No, my favorite part of fall is carving pumpkins. It's the only time Mom lets me make a huge mess. I can create either a monster face or a friendly face. I wish I could carve pumpkins all year long.”
“I wish we could eat the pumpkin seeds all year long,” Jason and Dad said in perfect harmony.
“Well, if you planted some of the pumpkin seeds we could have several pumpkins each October. Then, Kelly could carve several pumpkins, and Jason and Dad could eat pumpkin seeds until they're sick of them!” Mom said.
“Great idea!” said Kelly.
“I think we should try it this year,” said Jason.
“Come on!” said Dad. “What are we waiting for? Let's go to the store right now and buy a pumpkin.”
1. What did Mom say would be the result of planting pumpkin seeds?
A. They could have a vegetable stand.
B. They could open a pumpkin patch.
C. They could grow several pumpkins.
D. They could make homemade pumpkin pie.
2. What was Mom's suggestion?
A. to buy more carved pumpkins
B. to plant pumpkin seeds
C. to buy roasted pumpkin seeds
D. to purchase a pumpkin carving kit
3. Most likely, what would Kelly do first with a pumpkin?
A. eat pumpkin seeds
B. carve the pumpkin
C. put a candle inside the pumpkin
D. throw away the pumpkin
Answers: 1. C; 2. B; 3. B.