Grade 8 Reading Exercise

It hosts Grade 8 reading materials and exercises covering main question types, provides answers for all questions; students can get reading materials and exercises by topics or types and practices online.

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 All Exercises
Safe Computer Use
Words: 418    Suggest to finish in 7 minutes.
Garbage
Words: 589    Suggest to finish in 10 minutes.
The Openings
Words: 590    Suggest to finish in 10 minutes.
The Earth
Words: 617    Suggest to finish in 10 minutes.
Black Powder
Words: 663    Suggest to finish in 10 minutes.
Maginot Line
Words: 765    Suggest to finish in 15 minutes.
Babies Learn Language
Words: 965    Suggest to finish in 15 minutes.
A Tale of Two Countries
Words: 971    Suggest to finish in 15 minutes.
Oversleeping
Words: 1114    Suggest to finish in 20 minutes.
From Sandals to Sneakers
Words: 1196    Suggest to finish in 20 minutes.
A Respectable Woman
Words: 1635    Suggest to finish in 20 minutes.
Gilray's Flower-Pot
Words: 1672    Suggest to finish in 20 minutes.
The Hydrophobic Skunk
Words: 2405    Suggest to finish in 20 minutes.
 Today's Question
Questions 1-6: Complete the summary below. Choose NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS AND/OR NUMBERS for each answer. Write your answers in boxes 1-6 on your answer sheet.
The study of (1) in very young children has changed considerably in the last 50 years. It has been established that children can speak independently at age (2) , and that this ability is innate. The child will, in fact, follow the speech patterns and linguistic behavior of its carers and parents who act as (3) .

Babies actually benefit from “baby talk”, in which adults (4) both sounds and facial expressions. Babies' ability to (5) sound patterns rather than words comes earlier than was previously thought. It is very important that babies are included in (6) .
Questions 7-12: Do the following statements agree with the information given in the Reading Passage? Answer Yes, No or Not given.
Yes: if the statement agrees with the claims of the writer
No: if the statement contradicts the claims of the writer
Not given: if it is impossible to say what the writer thinks about this
7. Children can learn their first language without being taught.
Answer 7:

8. From the time of their birth, humans seem to have the ability to learn language.
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9. According to experts in the 1950s and ‘60s, language learning is very similar to the training of animals.
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10. Repetition in language learning is important, according to Dr. Eliot.
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11. Dr. Golinkoff is concerned that “baby talk” is spoken too much by some parents.
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12. The first word a child learns to recognize is usually "Mummy" or "Daddy".
Answer 12: