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Grade 4 Reading Literature - In-Depth Description

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Characterization is a skill that is seen in reading classes throughout many grade levels. Numerous stories display in-depth characters, settings, or events to the reader. When analyzing the characters, settings or events, the reader should be thinking about the thoughts, words or actions of a character. They may also think about the details and descriptions of the setting or events. In this quiz, the students will answer questions about the characters or setting from a story.

Story - Sisters on a Plane

"Welcome aboard!" the flight attendant cheerfully said as Emily entered the large Boeing 747 airplane. She and her older sister, Marion, were heading to visit their grandparents a few states away. Eight-year old Emily looked around the airplane. She didn't know what to expect.

"Catch up," Marion said as she saw her sister spending too much time looking and not enough time walking. "There are people behind you, Emily, waiting to get to their seat.” The airplane aisle was quite narrow. No one would be able to get by Emily as she crept down the aisle to her seat in the back of the plane.

Emily was unsure of what to do. Marion was several years older than her. She was seven years older than her to be exact. Didn't Marion remember when she was my age and scared of the world around her? Emily thought to herself. Trembling, she picked up her pace and walked faster down the aisle.

An older man stopped the girls from proceeding as he tried to stuff an oversized bag in the compartment over the seats. Marion sighed with irritation. She was ready to sit down and relax. She had been studying for finals in the past few days. She just finished her last final this morning leaving her very exhausted. She felt that Emily would understand that since Emily had observed her working so hard as her little sister played.

After the old man finally was able to cram the bag into the overhead compartment, he apologized for the delay he caused and sat down. Marion looked up at the numbers of the seats. Then she looked at her ticket. This was the seat. Marion looked back down the aisle to see her sister struggling getting her carry-on bag down the aisle. The wheel on her small rolling bag was stuck on a leg of one of the seats. Emily began to cry. Dumping her bag and purse on her seat, Marion quickly darted back down the aisle.

"Stop crying!" Marion yelled at Emily as she moved the wheel away from the chair's leg. That just made Emily cry even more. Marion grabbed Emily's hand and pulled her to her seat. Marion started feeling sorry for Emily. After all, this was her first flight. It must be a little scary getting on a big airplane.

Once seated, Emily dried her tears and looked up at her sister. "I'm sorry, Marion, for being such a problem today." She knew Marion had been very busy the days before.

"That's okay, Emily. I'm sorry for rushing you along. Traveling by airplane for the first time must be scary." Both girls hug as the flight attendants shut the airplane door.

1.
Read the story - Sisters on a Plane.
Which sentence best describes Emily's actions?
She was ready to sit down and relax.
Trembling, she picked up her pace and walked faster down the aisle.
The wheel on her small rolling bag was stuck on a leg of one of the seats.
No one would be able to get by Emily as she crept down the aisle to their seats in the back of the plane.
Since Emily is trembling, she would be scared.
2.
Read the story - Sisters on a Plane.
Why was Emily acting the way that she was acting?
She was tired of waiting for the man to get his bag into the overhead compartment.
She had too many bags with her.
She had been busy at school.
She had never been on an airplane before.
This was Emily's first time on an airplane.
3.
Read the story - Sisters on a Plane.
How does the setting on an airplane impact the problem in the story?
An airplane has strangers on it.
Since the girls are in an airplane, their parents can't help them if there is a problem.
The narrow aisles produce a bigger problem for Marion.
The setting on an airplane reveals that this story takes place in modern times.
Since the aisle is so narrow, Marion would have greater problems with getting her sister to her seat.
4.
Read the story - Sisters on a Plane.
What does the following dialogue from Marion reveal about her at this point in the story?
"Stop Crying!"
Marion is unsure why Emily is crying.
Marion fears that Emily is hurt.
Marion is embarrassed with how her sister is acting.
Marion has lost her patience with her sister.
Marion has become impatient with her sister's behavior.
5.
Read the story - Sisters on a Plane.
Which sentence best describes Marion's actions?
She just finished her last final this morning leaving her very exhausted.
Marion was several years older than her.
Marion looked up at the numbers of the seats. Then she looked at her ticket.
Trembling, she picked up her pace and walked faster down the aisle.
This sentence supports the way Marion is portrayed.
6.
Read the story - Sisters on a Plane.
What does Emily's thoughts below reveal about her?
Didn't Marion remember when she was my age and scared of the world around her? Emily thought to herself.
Emily wants Marion to slow down.
Emily wishes that Marion was her own age.
Emily doesn't think Marion sees her point of view.
Emily and Marion are not very close.
Emily wants Marion to realize that this is her first airplane trip.
7.
Read the story - Sisters on a Plane.
How is Marion portrayed in the story?
Scared.
Frustrated.
Confused.
Excited.
The older sister, Marion, is frustrated that her sister is not walking right behind her.
8.
Read the story - Sisters on a Plane.
How does the minor character of the man in the aisle impact Marion's problem?
He makes the aisle seem so narrow.
He causes a delay in Marion getting to her seat.
He is trying to force an oversized bag into a small compartment.
He is rude and inconsiderate to Marion.
Since all Marion wants is to sit down, the man's actions add to the problem.
9.
Read the story - Sisters on a Plane.
How is Emily portrayed in the story?
Scared.
Certain.
Comfortable.
Irritated.
Emily trembles with being on a plane for the first time.
10.
Read the story - Sisters on a Plane.
Why was Marion acting the way that she was acting?
She had never been on a plane before.
She was visiting her grandparents for the first time.
She had been studying for a few days.
She does not get along with her younger sister.
As a student in high school, Marion had been studying for finals a long time.
Author:  Amy Flanders

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