With New York state ready to hand out the Common Core exam this spring, how tough is the test?

Many say the tests place unfair burdens on the students taking them, while other s believe they're adequate in benchmarking aptitude.

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See how your English skills stack up by reading the passage below and taking the following sample questions from the Grade 8 ELA 2014 State Test Questions, from EngageNY.org.

Note: Some questions have been slightly edited for space.