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Nathan first heard the honking of the car horn in his dream. Then he woke up and realized immediately that he had overslept. He knew his grandfather would be upset with him, first for getting expelled from school and then for not being ready on time. He hurriedly put on his pants and a T-shirt and ran by the table where his mother had put out some cereal for breakfast. He grabbed an apple and rushed out the door. His grandfather was just starting to get out of the pickup when Nathan came outside. “I better not have to come in there and get you out of bed,” he said. “It’s bad enough you’re missing school, but you better not make me late for work.” “Sorry, Granddad, I overslept.” “I already know you stay up late, but just because you’re not going to school doesn’t mean you can sleep late. I’ve got a ton of work for you to do over at the Shelton’s.” Nathan knew what that meant, a day of moving rocks and dirt for Mrs. Shelton’s new garden. He was already wishing he was back in school; at least it was air conditioned. “I guess I’m going to do the dirty work,” he said. “Well, that’s the only work I have right now that you can do. What did you do to get yourself expelled anyway? Your mother never said, just said I needed to take you to work with me because she couldn’t take you to her office and she couldn’t leave you home alone.” “I pushed Tommy Adams because he called me stupid.” “I guess you proved him right about that.” “What do you mean?” Nathan said defensively. “I mean pushing people and getting kicked out of school isn’t too bright. As I recall, that’s not the first time your temper has gotten you in trouble. And to tell you the truth, I’ve got better things to do than pick you up every day and find work to keep you busy till your mom gets home. Next time Tommy Adams says something, you just walk away.” “He said some other stuff, too.” “I don’t care if he calls your mother an elephant, you walk away. It’s ridiculous a kid your age not going to school because he can’t control his temper.”
He is unhappy about it.
Unhappy. Nathan knew what that meant, a day of moving rocks and dirt for Mrs. Shelton’s new garden. He was already wishing he was back in school; at least it was air conditioned. “I guess I’m going to do the dirty work,” he said.
Irritated. And to tell you the truth, I’ve got better things to do than pick you up every day and find work to keep you busy till your mom gets home.
3. In the paragraph that starts "I mean pushing people…," how is Nathan's grandfather trying to make him feel? sorry that his mother has to work so hard guilty for the inconvenience he is causing angry that the other kids don't like him sad that he likes Tommy better than Nathan
Guilty for the inconvenience he is causing.
Based on Tony's thoughts about Belinda, which of these sounds like something he might expect her to say? "I'd rather play softball." "I want to win this race." "I don't like sports." "This race will be easy!"
Tony had performed well in every event through the entire field day. He had even won two events outright. In the standing jump he had broken the school record by almost an inch. He had come in second in the softball throw by less than three inches. According to his point tally, he was in the running for most points and the grand prize of a $25 cash card. If he won the three-legged race, or at least finished ahead of Stan Marks, the card was his; plus, his name would go on the plaque in the trophy cabinet. When he found out who he’d be paired with, his heart sank. Belinda had to be the most uncoordinated girl in the fifth grade. She was nice enough, but she was tall and didn’t seem to have grown into her body. Tony had played softball on the same team as her at church, and she struck out every time she came to bat. Instinctively, he looked around to see who Stan was racing with: Becky Nance, the pitcher on the girls softball team. Tony could feel the $25 slipping from his hands. The teams strapped their legs together. Tony grabbed Belinda’s arm and said, “I’ve done this before, and the secret is to not to go fast but just keep a steady pace. So I’m going to keep a cadence, like we were marching. When the race starts, step with your outside foot first. If we try to run, we’ll lose our balance and fall down. Remember, outside foot first, then step when I say step.” Belinda could see that Tony was serious about winning this race, and it made her nervous. She had never liked field day, and she hadn’t done all that well this year. She particularly hated the three-legged race because she was taller than most of the boys. Luckily, she was not taller than Tony. “Contestants come to the starting line,” Mr. Robeson said. “On your marks. Get set. Go!” The contestants jumped from the starting line. Before they’d gone more than a few paces, it looked like a herd of mutant camels. Within the first five yards, half the teams had fallen down, including Stan and Becky. Everybody was laughing, except for Tony, who was barking, “Step! Step! Step!” across the whole course. Their leg lengths were well matched, and Belinda stayed with Tony stride for stride. When they crossed the finish line, they were not only first, they were the only team that hadn’t fallen down! Belinda was beaming at the accomplishment, and Tony was hooting and hollering. When he hugged Belinda, they lost their balance and toppled over. Tony didn’t care, he had won the prize!
I don't like sports.
How is Tony likely to feel in the future about Belinda? jealous dismissive mystified appreciative
Appreciative. Belinda was beaming at the accomplishment, and Tony was hooting and hollering. When he hugged Belinda, they lost their balance and toppled over. Tony didn’t care, he had won the prize!
Which of the following statements best describes the way Emily reacted to her new neighbor? She was bitter. She was prejudiced. She jumped to conclusions. She was naive.
She was prejudiced.