Grade 3 Reading Literature - Theme, Setting and Plot
Read both stories carefully before answering the questions.

Grade 3 Reading Literature - Theme, Setting and Plot

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In third grade, students are beginning to read chapter books. They may read books by the same author. They will begin to notice similar settings, characters and themes in these books. Making these connections is important to strengthen their skills. In the quiz, the students will make these connections between two stories.

Story 1 - Late for Lunch

Judy knows she has to do her chores. The family’s rule is for her to clean her room. She has to clean it on Saturday morning. Most of the family have things to do on Saturday. Saturday is a very important day for the family. There are soccer games, shopping and fun things planned for this day. However, chores must be done first.

Judy wakes up late. She has to clean her room before noon. She is to meet her friends at the mall for lunch. It will take Judy about two hours to clean her room. It will also take her 30 minutes to ride her bike to the mall. It is 10:00 a.m. Judy has to clean fast. She is mad that she will be late. Judy thinks. She has two choices. She can quickly clean her room or she can beg her mom to let her clean it later. She decides to talk to her mom.

“Please, please! Let me clean my room later,” Judy begs. Her mom shakes her head and says no. Judy spends another fifteen minutes begging her mom. However, her mom does not change her mind.

Judy runs upstairs. She spends the next two hours cleaning her room. Now, she will be 45 minutes late for lunch. She calls her friends and tells them she will be late.

Story 2 - A Time with Friends

Judy bikes fast to the mall. She is late to meet her friends for lunch. She was told to be there at noon. It is now 12:20. Judy pedals her bike as fast as she can. Her legs are moving very fast. Judy finally makes it to the mall. It is now 12:35. Judy walks into the mall. She sees her friends at a table. She sees that the table is covered with empty trays. Their food has already been eaten.

“Sorry Judy. We already ate lunch,” Karen says.

“That’s okay. I’m sorry I am late,” Judy says.

“Order your food at the food stand. We will wait for you to eat,” Polly says.

Judy does that. She orders a hamburger, fries and a drink. The food is made fast. Judy eats her lunch fast at the table.

“I need a dress for the school dance. I only have a few dollars,” Karen says, “I can’t buy anything here.”

“Do you want to wear my blue dress? You really like that dress,” Judy offers. Karen smiles.

“Yes!” Karen says. “Let’s go over to your house. I can try it on and see if it fits.” Judy smiles. She is glad she cleaned her room.

1.
Read story 1 and 2 above.
Who is the main character in both stories?
Karen.
Judy's mom.
Judy.
Polly.
Judy is the main character in both stories.
2.
Read story 1 above.
What is Judy's problem?
She argues with her mom.
She has to clean her room.
She has to ride her bike to the mall.
She will be late meeting her friends.
Judy will be late meeting her friends because she woke up late.
3.
Read story 1 above.
What bad choice does Judy make?
She has to clean her room.
She is meeting her friends at noon.
She argues with her mom.
She has chores to do.
She spends time arguing with her mom which takes more time.
4.
Read story 2 above.
What has Judy's friends already done when Judy gets to the mall?
They have already eaten lunch.
They have already been there and are shopping.
They have already bought a dress for the school dance.
They have already left.
Judy sees that they have already eaten their lunch.
5.
Read story 2 above.
What does Karen need?
A ticket to the school dance.
Friends.
A dress.
Lunch.
Karen wants a dress for the school dance.
6.
Read story 1 and 2 above.
What is different in the two stories?
The main character.
The problem.
The setting.
Nothing.
The setting changes from Judy's house to the mall.
7.
Read story 1 and 2 above.
What is similar in both stories?
The places in both stories are in the same locations.
Judy's problem is that she is late.
Both stories take place at the same time of day.
The minor characters are the same in both stories.
Judy is late in both stories.
8.
Read story 1 and 2 above.
What event in the first story helps Judy solve her problem?
She orders food at the mall.
She rode her bike fast.
She cleaned her room.
She wakes up late.
She cleans her room. This is good since she has friends coming over.
9.
Read story 1 and 2 above.
What is the theme in both stories?
Keep your room clean.
Use your time wisely.
Make good friends.
Always help each other.
Judy didn't use her time wisely when she should have been cleaning her room.
10.
Read story 2 above.
How late is Judy when she gets to the mall?
20 minutes.
45 minutes.
35 minutes.
10 minutes.
Judy was supposed to show up at noon and it is 12:35 when she gets to the mall.
Author:  Amy Flanders

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