This is our final GED Reading Practice Test. This passage will test your reading comprehension ability, including your ability to make inferences, analyze actions in a plot, and organize events within a story. Read the text carefully and then proceed to the multiple choice practice questions. You may refer back to the passage at any time as you answer the questions.
Directions: Read the passage and choose the best answer to each question that follows.
by Elaine Ernst Schneider
Jamie waved good-bye as the moving truck pulled away, watching until it was nothing more than a tiny speck. He kicked the dirt with his shoe and grumbled, “Now what? Who’s going to walk to school with me and play ball during gym time?”
He trudged home begrudgingly. Then before even stepping on his front porch, Jamie yelled to his mother. “Mom!” he called. “He’s officially gone. There went the best friend I’ll ever have.” He slammed the door and stood before her.
Jamie’s mother knew right away from the look on her son’s face and the exasperation in his voice that he was hurting. “Jamie,” she began, “I know you are sad to see Ben go. But Ben’s dad has a different job now and he will make more money. Their family is excited about this change for their lives. It could mean that Ben would be the first person in that family to go to college.”
“Yeah, yeah, I hear you. But what am I supposed to do without my friend?” he retorted and abruptly left the room. Jamie’s mother called him to come back and talk more but he ignored her, sulking in his room.
Jamie’s next few days at school were tough. He kept looking at Ben’s empty desk, expecting to see him there. Worse than that was the day that the new kid came. His name was Bobby. The teacher gave Ben’s books to Bobby and then led him to Ben’s desk. Why did she do that? How could anyone take Ben’s place?
Jamie ran all the way from the school to his back door that afternoon. “Mom, you’ll never believe what my teacher did,” he bellowed. “She put the new boy in Ben’s desk right up front, like he is something special. He’s not Ben. He doesn’t deserve to sit there.”
Jamie’s mother answered thoughtfully. “Jamie, no one can ever take Ben’s place. But maybe Bobby can be a new friend. Why don’t you give him a chance?”
During gym class the next day, Jamie followed Bobby to the ball field. He tried to walk with him, calling, “Hey, Bobby! Wait up!” Bobby didn’t slow down, and Jamie had to run to catch up. He had to stand right in front of Bobby before he paid attention.
“I guess you don’t play ball, do you?” Jamie blurted out.
“Yes, I do. I’m a good catcher.”
Jamie noticed that Bobby’s speech was slow and labored and that he seemed to think about each word before saying it. But it didn’t matter to Jamie. He liked what Bobby said.
“Really?” Jamie answered. “I’m the pitcher for our team. Come on, let’s play some catch.”
The boys walked side by side back to class. “I wish you lived close to me so we could throw balls after school every day,” Jamie commented. Bobby didn’t respond.
Saturday morning, Jamie’s mother fixed pancakes. As he swirled his last bite in the maple syrup, Jamie heard a loud noise in the street. Curious, he ran out on the front lawn just in time to see a moving truck pull in to what used to be Ben’s driveway. A boy jumped out of the front seat.
Why does the author include the phrase, “watching until it was nothing more than a tiny speck” in paragraph 1?
To show Jamie’s emotional state at the moment
To reveal how his best friend left town
To emphasize the length of the street
To describe Jamie’s inner monologue
Read the following sentences from the passage.
What inference can be made about Jamie?
He does not have a good relationship with his mother.
His mother did not approve of his best friend.
He is unhappy about moving to a new city.
He is upset about something beyond his control.
Which fact from the passage supports the idea that Bobby moved into Jamie’s neighborhood?
Jamie and Bobby attend the same school.
Jamie wants Bobby to play on his baseball team.
Jamie wants to throw balls with Bobby after school.
Jamie can see Bobby’s driveway from his front yard.
Why does the author choose to end the passage with the sentence “Jamie grinned”?
to show that Jamie cares more about Bobby than he did Ben
to explain that Bobby’s father owns the moving truck
to hint that Jamie and Bobby might become close friends
to describe how Jamie’s mother invited Bobby over
What word best describes the mother’s behavior in paragraph 7?
Which fact can the reader infer about Bobby?
He cannot see well and requires a seat in the front of the classroom.
He ran to the ball field ahead of Jamie because he doesn’t want to be his friend.
He is deaf and only understands Jamie when he faces him so that he can read his lips.
He didn’t respond to Jamie about throwing balls because he really doesn’t like to play baseball.
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