Woman with Medusa-like hair staring
What does Medusa's hair mean?

Grade 4 Reading Literature - Mythology

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By the time students get to 4th grade, they have been using context clues to determine the meanings of unknown words for years. Now, proper nouns are used in fourth grade stories. The author of these stories may refer to a character using either a common everyday proper noun or using mythological characters. Since many 4th grade students have a limited knowledge of mythology, they will need to use the context clues to determine the reference the author is making. In this quiz, the student will determine the meaning of unknown words by using the context clues.

Story - Matt and the Football Game

Ready to go, Matt couldn’t wait to see his favorite professional football team, the Tennessee Titans. Matt had aspirations of having a job as a Tennessee Titan when he got older. The Tennessee Titans football team had been in the National Football League for a few years. However, this would be Matt’s first time to see the team in person.

In order to get to the stadium, Matt and his dad would have to take a Poseidon journey. For an hour, the waves crashed along the starboard side. When Matt and his dad made it ashore, they would trek for a few hours to get to the stadium.

Inside the stadium, Matt and his dad sat in their seats. Regrettably, Matt sat behind a woman who had Medusa’s hair. He could not see the field without standing up. However, if the woman stood up too, then he wouldn’t be able to see at all. Matt’s dad and he would feel sorry for each other. Matt's dad was sitting next to a man who had a Zeus attitude. He would yell and scream without stopping. He acted as if he wanted the team to do whatever he said and he acted as their coach from the stands. Matt and his dad watched the game with their team losing by one point. Unfortunately, Matt and his dad didn’t see or hear much of the game due to the two fans sitting around them.

Matt and his dad walked dejectedly to their car. Their supposedly happy trip was terrible. Then as the two were wallowing in misery, they saw a Cyclops of a dog. It could only see out of one eye and its size caused it to struggle with finding a place that would cover it from the heat of the sun shining down on it. At that point, Matt and his dad stopped feeling sorry for themselves.
1.
Read the story - Matt and the Football Game above.
What does the word MEDUSA'S HAIR mean as it is used in the story?
Large hair that goes out in all directions.
A small hat that is red in color.
A souvenir from the game.
Curly hair.
Medusa was a mythological creature who had snakes for hair that came straight out of her head.
2.
Read the story - Matt and the Football Game above.
What does the word REGRETTABLY mean as it is used in the story?
To get angry about something or someone.
To do something quietly.
To quickly do something.
To be sorry for something or someone.
Since Matt sits behind someone and he can't see around her, he would feel sorry for himself.
3.
Read the story - Matt and the Football Game above.
What does the word PROFESSIONAL mean as it is used in the story?
A job that you get paid for doing.
A nice-looking person who acts considerate.
A winning team.
A popular team.
Professional means to do a job that you get paid to do.
4.
Read the story - Matt and the Football Game above.
What does the word ZEUS mean as it is used in the story?
To be a good fan.
To be a good swimmer.
To be a strong leader.
To be an evil person.
Zeus was in charge of the gods.
5.
Read the story - Matt and the Football Game above.
What does the word ASPIRATIONS mean as it is used in the story?
Attitude.
Life goals.
Chores.
Knowledge.
Aspirations refer to the goals that someone has for themselves to do in the near future.
6.
Read the story - Matt and the Football Game above.
What does the word TREK mean as it is used in the story?
To take a trip.
To exercise.
To play football.
To study for a test.
Matt and his dad are taking a trip to the stadium.
7.
Read the story - Matt and the Football Game above.
What does the word POSEIDON JOURNEY mean as it is used in the story?
Taking a snowmobile.
Taking a boat.
Taking an airplane.
Taking a car.
Since the waves are crashing, this means that it would be happening in the water. Poseidon was the god of the sea.
8.
Read the story - Matt and the Football Game above.
What does the word CYCLOPS mean as it is used in the story?
A big creature with one eye.
A small animal with great eyesight.
A big animal who can smell well.
A dog that ran away.
Cyclops was a mythological creature that was very big and had only one eye.
9.
Read the story - Matt and the Football Game above.
What does the word DEJECTEDLY mean as it is used in the story?
Happy.
Sad.
Weird.
Angry.
Matt and his dad would feel sad due to the game.
10.
Read the story - Matt and the Football Game above.
What does the word IN PERSON mean as it is used in the story?
To know someone who participates in the event.
To be playing in the event.
To be watching the event on TV.
To be at the actual event.
When you are doing something "in person," that means you are there at the event.
Author:  Amy Flanders

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