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2016 MCAS
Grade 10 English Language Arts
Question 27 - Score Point 1

This response provides a minimal explanation of how the author creates suspense in "Swimming with Nightmares." It includes a few unelaborated details, such as "the visibility isn't great" and "the shark is like a…torpedo," that vaguely reference "Swimming with Nightmares" and demonstrate minimal understanding of how the author builds suspense. More detailed information from both excerpts would be required to earn a higher score.
Answer for Score Point 1



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