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A White Heron (excerpt)

Sarah Orne Jewett

 

 1The woods were already filled with shadows one June evening, just before eight o'clock, though a bright sunset still glimmered faintly among the trunks of the trees. A little girl was driving home her cow, a plodding, dilatory, provoking creature in her behavior, but a valued companion for all that. They were going away from whatever light there was, and striking deep into the woods, but their feet were familiar with the path, and it was no matter whether their eyes could see it or not.

 

2There was hardly a night the summer through when the old cow could be found waiting at the pasture bars; on the contrary, it was her greatest pleasure to hide herself away among the huckleberry bushes, and though she wore a loud bell she had made the discovery that if one stood perfectly still it would not ring. So Sylvia had to hunt for her until she found her, and call Co' ! Co' ! with never an answering Moo, until her childish patience was quite spent. If the creature had not given good milk and plenty of it, the case would have seemed very different to her owners.

 

3Besides, Sylvia had all the time there was, and very little use to make of it. Sometimes in pleasant weather it was a consolation to look upon the cow's pranks as an intelligent attempt to play hide and seek, and as the child had no playmates she lent herself to this amusement with a good deal of zest. Though this chase had been so long that the wary animal herself had given an unusual signal of her whereabouts, Sylvia had only laughed when she came upon Mistress Moolly at the swamp-side, and urged her affectionately homeward with a twig of birch leaves. The old cow was not inclined to wander farther, she even turned in the right direction for once as they left the pasture, and stepped along the road at a good pace. She was quite ready to be milked now, and seldom stopped to browse. Sylvia wondered what her grandmother would say because they were so late.

 

4It was a great while since she had left home at half-past five o'clock, but everybody knew the difficulty of making this errand a short one. Mrs. Tilley had chased the hornéd torment too many summer evenings herself to blame any one else for lingering, and was only thankful as she waited that she had Sylvia, nowadays, to give such valuable assistance. The good woman suspected that Sylvia loitered occasionally on her own account; there never was such a child for straying about out-of-doors since the world was made! Everybody said that it was a good change for a little maid who had tried to grow for eight years in a crowded manufacturing town, but, as for Sylvia herself, it seemed as if she never had been alive at all before she came to live at the farm. She thought often with wistful compassion of a wretched geranium that belonged to a town neighbor.

 

 

12) It may be reasonably inferred from the passage that Sylvia's attitude toward Mistress Moolly's antics is

A) bored.

B) critical.

C) entertained.

D) frustrated.

 

13) It may be reasonably inferred from the passage that Mrs. Tilley

A) needs Sylvia to live on her farm less than Sylvia wants to live there.

B) needs Sylvia to live on her farm more than Sylvia wants to live there.

C) needs Sylvia to live on her farm as much as Sylvia wants to live there.

D) does not need Sylvia to live on her farm but Sylvia wants to live there.

 

14) What aspect of Mrs. Tilley's life guides her decision to avoid getting upset about Sylvia's late arrival when retrieving the cow?

A) her generous spirit

B) her strong tolerance

C) her personal experience

D) her indifferent attitude

 

15) Which statement expresses how Mrs. Tilley retrieved Mistress Moolly before Sylvia came to live with her?

A) She went to look for the cow herself.

B) She brought Sylvia to look for the cow.

C) She waited for the cow to return itself.

D) She asked a neighbor to look for the cow.

 

 

could someone check over and see if my guesses are incorrect

 

12) It may be reasonably inferred from the passage that Sylvia's attitude toward Mistress Moolly's antics is

A) bored.

B) critical.

C) entertained.

D) frustrated.

 

i believe it is D

 

13) It may be reasonably inferred from the passage that Mrs. Tilley

A) needs Sylvia to live on her farm less than Sylvia wants to live there.

B) needs Sylvia to live on her farm more than Sylvia wants to live there.

C) needs Sylvia to live on her farm as much as Sylvia wants to live there.

D) does not need Sylvia to live on her farm but Sylvia wants to live there.

 

I believe it is B

 

14) What aspect of Mrs. Tilley's life guides her decision to avoid getting upset about Sylvia's late arrival when retrieving the cow?

A) her generous spirit

B) her strong tolerance

C) her personal experience

D) her indifferent attitude

 

I believe it is C

 

15) Which statement expresses how Mrs. Tilley retrieved Mistress Moolly before Sylvia came to live with her?

A) She went to look for the cow herself.

B) She brought Sylvia to look for the cow.

C) She waited for the cow to return itself.

D) She asked a neighbor to look for the cow.

 

I believe it is A

 Oct 21, 2019
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I believe that all of your guesses are correct. I checked over them, and I am pretty sure that they're correct.

 Oct 27, 2019

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