Children peeking through red theater curtains
Read The Performance carefully and then answer the questions.

Grade 5 Reading Literature - Point of View

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A narrator's point of view can be determined based on the language that is used in the story. The details surrounding the events will also contribute to the narrator's point of view. These can contribute to the mood and tone of the story. The narrator's point of view will influence the description of events. In this quiz, students will answer questions about the narrator's point of view.

The Performance

As the lights dimmed, the audience lowered their voices for the beginning of the performance. Parents with their camera phones stood poised ready to capture every minute of their precious child’s performance. Last year, most children in Ms. Tippy’s kindergarten class made great statues even when they were supposed to be fluttering about as butterflies. Yet, every parent applauded proudly as if their child had just won an Olympic gold medal. This year, Ms. Tippy thought it would be best for most of the performance to be singing instead of dancing or reciting lines from a script.

The red curtains flung back to expose the small children dressed in their costumes fidgeting on stage. All eyes on stage were scanning the audience for a familiar face. As soon as a child saw their parents, they would wave their hand like a flag flying in a hurricane. The parents reacted in the same way except they would turn to their neighbor in the audience and point out their child. It is quite comical to see parents and children acting as if they hadn’t seen each other in years, but they just saw each other ten minutes prior to the start of the show.

The performance begins with Mr. Philips playing the first song on the piano. His stare signals for the children to start singing. The children sing in barely a whisper as if they don’t know the words except for Johnny. He belts out the words to the song which can be heard clearly above all of the other children. Johnny’s parents beam with both pride and embarrassment as the song comes to a close.

The remainder of the performance’s songs continue in similar fashion with it seeming that Ms. Tippy nominated Johnny to sing a solo with a small background chorus for every song even though she hadn’t. Finally, at the end of the performance the children smile and giggle. They bow ten times before the curtain falls. Loud applause erupts from the audience.
1.
Read the story - The Performance above.
What is meant by the following line?
Last year, most children in Ms. Tippy’s kindergarten class made great statues even when they were supposed to be fluttering about as butterflies.
Most of the children's parts in the play are statues
The children were supposed to be very still during the performance
Statues were props on stage
The children were still even though they were supposed to be acting
The children stood still like statues
2.
Read the story - The Performance above.
In the third paragraph, what does the narrator think of Johnny?
He thinks Johnny is a boring child
He thinks Johnny is attention-seeking
He thinks Johnny is a normal student
He thinks Johnny has a great talent for singing
The narrator makes Johnny out to be attention-seeking
3.
Read the story - The Performance above.
In the first paragraph, what does the narrator think of the parents' reaction during the beginning of the performance?
He thinks it is an eager reaction
He thinks it is a dull reaction
He thinks it is a hopeful reaction
He thinks it is a bored reaction
The parents are eager to see their child's performance
4.
Read the story - The Performance above.
What is known to be true about Johnny?
He likes to sing loudly
He always gets the solo parts
His teacher likes his singing
The other children want Johnny to sing louder than them
Johnny likes to sing loudly and he does
5.
Read the story - The Performance above.
Whose point of view is the story told from?
From a child in the performance
From a parent in the audience
From a narrator who is not a character in the story
From a teacher in the story
The narrator is not in the story, but is explaining everything that is going on in the story
6.
Read the story - The Performance above.
In the second paragraph, what does the narrator think of the parents and how they wave to their children on stage?
He thinks the parents wave in a calm way
He thinks the parents wave in an understanding way
He thinks the parent wave in a silly way
He thinks the parents wave in a mature way
The narrator implies that it is silly for the parents to react that way
7.
Read the story - The Performance above.
What is the tone in the story?
Dark
Upbeat
Mellow
Sarcastic
The author uses a sarcastic tone in the story
8.
Read the story - The Performance above.
What is meant by the following line?
As soon as a child saw their parents, they would wave their hand like a flag flying in a hurricane.
Outside the theater is a storm like a hurricane
The children thought a hurricane was coming
The children would wave fast and happily
The children are acting as if they are in a hurricane
The description is given to show how fast the children are waving
9.
Read the story - The Performance above.
What is meant by the following line?
Yet, every parent applauded proudly as if their child had just won an Olympic gold medal.
The children would be acting out Olympic games
The parents would award their child an Olympic medal
The parents were very proud of their child's performance
The parents wanted their children to participate in the Olympics
The author uses a simile to explain how proud the parents were acting
10.
Read the story - The Performance above.
What is the narrator's point of view for the overall story?
He thinks there should not be any more performances from children
He believes that children should sing quietly during a performance
He believes that parents should be proud of their children during a performance
He believes there is a certain way that parents and children act during a performance
He writes this as a typical way that parents and children act during a school performance
Author:  Amy Flanders

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