Reading Skills Practice Test - PART II

PASSAGE 1
Bike helmets are made of hard foam that absorbs the force of a fall. But if a helmet does not fit, it will not protect the head properly. To make sure your helmet has the right fit, follow these steps:

1. Try it on. A helmet shouldn't be too tight, but it shouldn't be so big that it jostles back and forth.
2. Stick soft adhesive pads on the inside to make it fit just right.
3. Keep the front of the helmet just above your eyebrows when you ride.
4. Make sure the chin strap fits securely under your chin.


PASSAGE 2
Albert Einstein was born in Germany in 1879. As a child, Einstein was slow in school. Some teachers thought he wasn't very bright.

Einstein worked hard. He grew up to develop ideas about time and energy that changed science. One of his theories explained the way light beams travel. That discovery made TV possible.

In 1933, Einstein fled from religious persecution in Nazi Germany and came to America. Here, he worked on atomic energy. Although the atom bomb helped the U.S. end World War II, Einstein was always against using atomic energy to harm people. After the war, he worked for international peace.


Passage 3
Dear Travel Editor,
Last week's story on Yellowstone and Yosemite national parks was nice. I would like to make a suggestion for a future article. How about a story on smaller, less well-known parks and monuments?

The Craters of the Moon National Monument in Idaho contains some strange scenery. Its lava flows, volcanic cones, and ice caves will astound visitors. Another park is Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Visitors can swim, hike, and climb Lake Michigan's shore. For an educational trip, there's Women's Rights National Historical Park in Seneca Falls, New York. It contains the site of the first Women's Rights Convention. Visitors learn about the struggle of women to achieve voting rights.

Sincerely,
A National Park Fan

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Grade 6 ELA teacher
Winterville Charter Academy
Winterville, NC

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