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Questions 1-4 are based on the following passage.


“Remarks by President Trump at National Teacher of the Year Event, originally spoken on April 26th, 2017 at 4:40 p.m. EDT.” THE PRESIDENT is the President of the United States of America.

THE PRESIDENT:  Busy day, hasn’t it been?  Busy, busy day.  These are great people.  We’re with great people right now. So I want to thank you.  It’s my pleasure to welcome so many extraordinary teachers to the White House.  This is called the people’s house.  I also want to congratulate the Council of Chief State School Officers on their 65th year recognizing America’s outstanding teachers.  These are the greatest there are -- nobody better.  So I want to congratulate you all.  It’s amazing. Each of you has dedicated yourself to inspiring young minds and to putting our children on a path to happiness and success -- lots of success.  There are 55 Teachers of the Year who are here with us from every state -- every state in the union, is that right?  Every single state. So let’s see, who’s from Alabama?  Great state.

PARTICIPANT:  We would love for you to come and visit us.  (Laughter.) 

PARTICIPANT:  He’s coming to Maryland.  It’s right next door.

THE PRESIDENT:  Who’s from Indiana?  Oh, wow, that’s fantastic.  We have our Vice President.  We have Karen Pence.  So thank you very much. Today, we honor one teacher in particular.  She is the 2017 National Teacher of the Year, Sydney Chaffee.  (Applause.)  Sydney is a ninth grade humanities teacher at Codman Academy Charter School in Dorchester, Massachusetts -- nice place, by the way.  Sydney is the first teacher from Massachusetts ever to win the award, and the first from a public charter school.  That is really something special.

Sydney, I would like to congratulate you on this tremendous achievement.  There is nothing more important than being a teacher, and certainly for being a great teacher.  You’re all great, great teachers, and congratulations to all.  (Applause.) When you go home, I hope you all say that your trip to the White House was something very special.  I know Melania has been working with you now for quite a while.  She is a tremendous fan of wonderful teachers.  But she’s worked very hard and we’re having some special times here.  This is Melania’s birthday and you were very nice to sing happy birthday, even though we’re celebrating you. So thank you all very much and God bless you all.  And you go back and keep teaching those students because, like I said -- oh, look, and you’re crying --

PARTICIPANT:  Sorry, I’m always crying!  (Laughter.) 

THE PRESIDENT:  I know, the Oval Office can do that.  I have had some of the biggest executives in the world and they’ve been here many times.  I said, have you ever been to the Oval Office, and they said no.  I mean, I once had here like the biggest, from the biggest companies.  And they walk into the Oval Office and they start crying.  I said, I promise I won’t say to your various stockholders that you cried.  (Laughter.)   But I have seen people cry that you’d never believe.  It’s a very special place, and it’s a special building.  So thank you all very much.  Thank you.

1. Which claim by THE PRESIDENT is supported by evidence in the passage?

A)   It is Trump’s “pleasure to welcome extraordinary teachers.”

B)   There are 55 states in the Union.

C)   “Melania has been working for quite a while now.”

D)   Visitors to the Oval Office are crying because it’s the Oval Office and not for any other reason.

E)    None of the above


2. In the context of the passage, THE PRESIDENT's use of the word “crying” is primarily meant to convey the idea that

A)   teachers have been weeping since November 9th.

B)   corporate executives do have tear ducts, despite not having souls.

C)   Both A & B


3. Which line(s) provide the best evidence for the previous question?

A)   “Sorry I’m always crying.”

B)   “And they walk into the Oval Office and they start crying.”

C)   Every line Trump has ever spoken, ever.

D)  Both A & C

E)  All of the above


4. The description in the speech indicates that what THE PRESIDENT values most about teachers is their

A)   programming to sing “Happy Birthday” on command.

B)   ability to make sense of gibberish.

C)   willingness to receive an honor from a man who wrote in The Art of the Deal, “I actually gave a teacher a black eye. I punched my music teacher because I didn’t think he knew anything about music and I almost got expelled.”

D)   All of the above

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