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2016 MCAS
Grade 10 English Language Arts
Question 27 - Score Point 2

This response provides a partial explanation of how the author creates suspense in both excerpts. From Jaws there are a few limited details: "the author creat[e]s suspen[s]e by…describing the shark" and "to have the shark swim in and out of sight [makes] the scene…scary." The response states that this "leads up to the attack and bending of [the] cage[,] which leads to the action." A partial explanation of how suspense is created in "Swimming with Nightmares" is provided: "describing the shark and how it keeps coming in and out of visibility" builds up to the action scene when the shark attacks the cage. This response includes limited details from both excerpts.
Answer for Score Point 2



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