Pages 307-311
Pages 312-316
Pages 317-320
General Questions
PSSA Questions

100

Tell how you know this is realistic fiction.
What is because it has characters and events that are like people and events in real life?

100

Explain why Carolyn forgot the words when she went onstage.
What is she got nervous when the people laughed?

100

On page 317 give a synonym for the word chuckling.
What is laughing?

100

Tell if the passage is real or make believe.
What is make believe?

100

Identify the setting of the passage.
What is the community center?

200

True or False: Carolyn is angry at Josh and Dana because they have parts in the play.
What is false?

200

Explain why Mrs. Lasiter whispers, "I am the river." offstage.
What is she is helping Carolyn remember what to say?

200

Explain why Mama did not make soup and pudding for Carolyn like she did for Dana.
What is because Dana was really sick and Carolyn was just pretending to be sick?

200

Tell if the passage is fiction or nonfiction.
What is fiction?

200

Find the simile on page 315.
What is, "Mama's voice was as soothing as a warm breeze."

300

Describe Carolyn's biggest problem in the story.
What is she thinks her mother does not love her the most?

300

Tell how DIFFERENT Carolyn felt just before she went on stage and just after she ran off the stage.
What is before she felt confident and sure of herself but after she felt upset?

300

Explain why Mama hung Josh's paper on the refrigerator.
What is because he is shy and Mama felt he needed the extra attention?

300

Identify the author's purpose for writing the story.
What is to entertain?

300

Find the simile on page 320.
What is, "Then she went back inside with her scarves flowing like a river."

400

Describe how Josh and Dana performed in the play.
What is very well, Josh sang and did not make a mistake?

400

Explain why Carolyn was so concerned about being her mother's favorite.
What is because her friend Janet Parson said she was her mother's favorite?

400

Describe how Carolyn felt at the end of the passage.
What is happy?

400

Tell what you think the author's opinion is about playing sick.
What is the author thinks it is wrong because he had Mama talk about the boy who cried wolf and tell Carolyn that she should not pretend to be sick?

400

Tell what would be another good title for the passage.
What is __? The teacher will decide.

500

Describe what Carolyn was thinking while she watched Dana and Josh perform.
What is she thought that she would be better than her brother and sister?

500

Describe the relationship that exists between Carolyn and her mom.
What is loving and caring?

500

Tell why Carolyn thinks she is not the favorite child.
What is because Mama gives special attention to Josh and Dana?

500

Describe how Carolyn changed from the beginning to the end of the passage.
What is at the beginning Carolyn was being selfish and thinking only of herself, but at the end she realized her mom loved all her children the same?

500

Define the word nervously.
What is in a nervous way?