Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

2011 MCAS
Grade 6 English Language Arts
Question 17 - Score Point 4

This response is a clear, complete, and accurate explanation of why the author calls the discovery of China’s underground city “an incredible story.” It notes that the find was incredible because the thousands of life-sized warriors were accidentally discovered by farmers. In addition, the army was found to be modeled after real people. The appearance and clothing of the warriors provided clues about individual soldiers and their origins. The individual stories of the warriors contributed to the overall “incredible story.”
answer for score point 4b



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