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Grade 5 Reading Literature - Explanation

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When a text is divided into sections, the sections relate to each other. They can be chapters in books, scenes in dramas or stanzas in poems. They provide something to the overall story. They also provide a structure to the text. In this quiz, students will read a drama and answer questions about each scene.

Drama – Experience of Bill and Tom

Scene 1: At the Highway 97 Diner
Narrator: Bill and Tom, business partners, seat themselves in a booth next to the front window to discuss their failing carpet business.
Bill: Tom, we need to discuss our inventory, but let’s order first.
Narrator: Both men look through the menu as more and more people come into the diner. They sit either at the counter or at one of the booths near the windows.
Tom: I think I am going to order a cheeseburger and fries. What about you?
Bill: I’m going to get the special, meatloaf with mashed potatoes.
Narrator: The server approaches the men’s table.
Server: May I take your order, gentlemen?
Narrator: Just as Bill and Tom are looking at the server to tell her their order, a loud crash sounds from the parking lot just outside the diner. Everyone turns to look out the window. A small sedan has been hit by a pick-up truck and lies on its side. For an instant everyone freezes. Then several people including Bill and Tom run out of the diner to assess the situation.

Scene 2: Outside the Highway 97 Diner
Narrator: Bill reaches the sedan first. He peers in and sees someone hurt.
Bill: Ma’am please open the door. I can help you.
Narrator: Bill pounds on the door. The woman seems dazed.
Tom: Somebody call 9-1-1.
Narrator: Bill pries open the door and the woman looks for help.
Bill: Are you hurt? Take my hand.
Tom (yelling): An ambulance is on its way.
Bill: Ma’am, please stay put.
Woman: I think I hurt my neck.
Bill: Try to keep your neck still.
Woman: Okay.
Bill: The ambulance will be here soon.
Narrator: The ambulance arrives and removes the woman from the car and takes her to the hospital.

Scene 3: Inside the Diner
Narrator: Both men walk back into the diner feeling happy that they could help a woman in distress. They go back to their booth.
Bill: Don’t you feel good to have helped somebody?
Tom: I sure do. I think I could help somebody every day. I felt very calm and knew what to do.
Bill: Me too.
Narrator: Bill has an idea.
Bill: Maybe we should change careers. We started this carpet business over a year ago and it is costing us more money than producing money. I’m not even happy putting in carpet.
Tom: I agree, but we should have an idea of what career we should be heading in to.
Bill: I do and we just did it. We could be EMTs. We could be trained while we are closing our carpet business. Then we could get right to work helping people.
Tom: Where do I sign up?
1.
Read the drama - Experience of Bill and Tom above.
What is the first scene about?
Bill and Tom wanting to order their food first
Bill and Tom discussing what they should eat with the server
Bill and Tom talking about their carpet business and what to order
Bill and Tom knowing what they want to do if they stop their carpet business
They discuss the business and ordering
2.
Read the drama - Experience of Bill and Tom above.
What major event takes place in the first scene?
They order food
A car crash
Their carpet business fails
The men take a seat
The car crash took place near the end of the first scene
3.
Read the drama - Experience of Bill and Tom above.
What role does the first scene play in the overall drama?
It sets up the problem
It resolves the problem
It only identifies the characters
The minor characters play a big part in the drama
The characters are identified, but they are only identified in order to set up the problem
4.
Read the drama - Experience of Bill and Tom above.
What is the second scene about?
How the minor characters react to problem
It describes the injuries of the woman in the car accident
How the men helped the victim in the car accident
How the woman reacted to the men helping her
The second scene shows how the men helped the victim in the car accident
5.
Read the drama - Experience of Bill and Tom above.
What event takes place in the second scene?
The car accident
The men helping the victim
The server taking the men's orders
The carpet business failing
The second scene shows how the men help the victim
6.
Read the drama - Experience of Bill and Tom above.
What role does the second scene play in the overall drama?
It shows the men gaining knowledge about how to help people
It shows the men understanding how they can promote their carpet business
It shows the server understanding how helpful the men are
It shows the men realizing what they want to become
The men learn how they can help people in the second scene
7.
Read the drama - Experience of Bill and Tom above.
What is the third scene about?
The men helping the car crash victim
The men discussing the failing carpet business
The men deciding what they will eat for lunch
The men deciding they want to make a career change
The men realize that they do not want to be in the carpet business anymore
8.
Read the drama - Experience of Bill and Tom above.
What major event takes place in the third scene?
The men realizing they hate the carpet business
The men discussing the car crash
The men deciding to continue their carpet business
The men deciding to become EMTs
The main event that takes place in the third scene is that the men decide to become EMTs
9.
Read the drama - Experience of Bill and Tom above.
What role does the third scene play in the overall drama?
It describes the characters
It presents the conflict
It resolves the conflict
It gives information about the minor characters
In this scene, the men's problem is resolved
10.
What change is made from one scene to the next?
The setting
The characters
The problem
The author's language
When the scene changes, the setting changes
Author:  Amy Flanders

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