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A Donkey to Market Retold by Elaine L. Lindy Characters: Narrator Grandson Grandfather Donkey Field Owner Farmer 1 Farmer 2 Farmer 3 Girl at Well 1 Girl at Well 2 Girl at Well 3 Customhouse Officer Villager 1 Villager 2 Villager 3 Narrator: This play is "A Donkey to Market," a folk tale from Cambodia. Long ago in Cambodia there lived an old man and his grandson. Together, they raised a donkey foal. When the foal grew up, it became a handsome and plump donkey with smooth, brown fur. GRANDSON: Grandfather, will you hand me some feed for the donkey? GRANDFATHER: Here you go. Just look at our donkey–he has become so plump and healthy. We have done a great job raising him. GRANDSON: Definitely! I bet he would fetch a good price at the market. GRANDFATHER: You know, you’re right. And since you mentioned it... GRANDSON: What do you mean? Is it time to sell him? GRANDFATHER: Well, it should be. But it’s not that easy. GRANDSON: Why not? GRANDFATHER: (sighs) Everyone in our little village already has a donkey. (thoughtfully) In the village of Kompang, there are many families that do not have a donkey. But Kompang is far away from here. The question is–how do we get our donkey all the way to Kompang without tiring him out and missing out on getting the best price? GRANDSON: I have an idea! How about if we walk next to the donkey instead of riding him? Then he wouldn’t get so tired. GRANDFATHER: What a smart young man. Just like your grandfather. Why not? We 're strong, and it's a beautiful day to take a nice long walk. Let's do it! GRANDSON: Okay, I’ll get the rope for the donkey. Let’s go! FIELD OWNER: Hey there! Be careful, you two! That field is full of thorns. GRANDSON and GRANDFATHER, together: Thanks! FIELD OWNER: (to himself) Can I believe what I see? I told them the field was full of thorn. Yet, neither one is riding their own donkey. (To the grandfather and grandson) Yo! Why are you both walking when you have a donkey? You treat the animal as though he were superior to you! At least one of you should ride the beast. GRANDSON: He may have a point... GRANDFATHER: All right. Why don’t you get up on the donkey? He’s not strong enough to hold both of us. Go ahead and have a ride. GRANDSON: Ahhh, this is great! GRANDFATHER and GRANDSON: ACT 2 FARMER 1: It's an outrage. YOU tell them. FARMER 2: Very well. [going toward GRANDSON] Say there, where are you headed? GRANDSON: To the village of Kompang. We’re going to sell this donkey. FARMER 1: (stepping up) Is that right? And who is that beside you? GRANDSON: That is my Grandfather. We're going together. FARMER 3: I can’t believe a young strong man like you is riding the donkey and making his grandfather walk behind! (to audience) What has this world come to? (to GRANDSON) Don’t you have any respect for your elders? GRANDSON: Well, of course I do, but… (cut off by FARMER 3) FARMER 2: You should be ashamed of yourself! I would never let my son ride a donkey while I trudged behind him! Kids today have no respect! GRANDSON: Grandfather, I think they're right. I’ll get down. Please, get up on the donkey. GIRL AT THE WELL 1: Will you look at that? GIRL AT THE WELL 2: That poor young man is forced to walk behind his elder like a servant. GIRL AT THE WELL 3: Is there no end to what grown-ups will make us do these days? GIRL AT THE WELL 1: (calling) Where are you headed? ( T o the other women) I hope it isn’t too far. (whispers) Maybe that young man will stay awhile! He's cute! GRANDFATHER: We're headed to the village of Kompang to sell this donkey. We still have a long way to go. GIRL AT THE WELL 2: Why, you should be ashamed of yourself! GIRL AT THE WELL 3: Why do you get the lazy, relaxing ride while your poor grandson has to walk behind? GRANDFATHER: I never thought of it that way. [to GRANDSON] Here’s what we’ll do. Why don’t we BOTH ride the donkey? That way, no one will scold us. Here, climb on up. ACT 3 CUSTOMHOUSE OFFICER: Good afternoon. Where are you going with such a fine beast? GRANDSON: We’re taking him to Kompang. GRANDFATHER: That’s where we are going to sell him. CUSTOMHOUSE OFFICER: (wagging his finger) What are you doing? You will never get a good price for him if you work him so hard. Can’t you hear him panting? (DONKEY pants heavily) That poor animal! GRANDSON: Grandfather, what are we going to do now? There’s no way to get this donkey to Kompang. Maybe we should just give up and turn back! GRANDFATHER: No, there must be a way. We just have to think about it. [Tries to think. Turns to GRANDSON.] YOU have to think about it. GRANDSON: (thinking) Well, how about if we tie up the donkey and carry him? Then he won’t get tired. GRANDFATHER: Great idea! Here’s a pole. [GRANDSON takes the pole.] We’ll tie his feet to the pole and carry him. That way he won’t get tired and no one will give us any grief about riding the donkey or not riding the donkey. GRANDSON: Okay. (to DONKEY) Come here, boy. GRANDFATHER: Oh, that silly donkey. We better catch him or we will never make it to Kompang! GRANDSON: Hang on, I’ll get him! [GRANDSON runs around after DONKEY. Stops and speaks in a soothing voice.] GRANDSON: Whoa, boy, it’s okay. We aren’t going to hurt you. Calm down. GRANDFATHER: Here, boy, come here. I’ve got some carrots for you. Okay, I’ve got the rope. GRANDSON: Whew, that was quite a workout! I'm glad we caught him! GRANDFATHER: Now, let's get him tied up so we can make it to Kompang! GRANDSON: Great! Now the donkey won't get tired. (to audience) WE may get tired, but the donkey won't! VILLAGER 1: Hey, look at that! VILLAGER 2: Two men carrying a donkey! VILLAGER 1: Ha, Ha. Have you ever seen anything like that in your life? (calling) What are you doing? Are his insides made of gold? GRANDSON: We're going to Kompang to sell the donkey. GRANDFATHER: We thought this was the best way to get him there without tiring him out. VILLAGER 2: Well, HE'S sure not the one who will get tired! (VILLAGERS all laugh) GRANDSON: You’ll see. We know what we’re doing. (to GRANDFATHER) Don’t we? ACT 4 GRANDSON: Every time we try a new idea, someone makes fun of us. GRANDFATHER: I don’t think we'll ever be able to make everyone happy. Someone always thinks they have a better idea. We've tried EVERYTHING! GRANDSON: You know what? I think we should do what WE think is best. Whatever they say, let them say it! GRANDFATHER: Yes, let them say it! We’ll do as we CHOOSE to do. GRANDSON: It can’t be far to Kompang now, anyway. GRANDFATHER: That’s right. I think we will be coming up on the village very soon. VILLAGER 3: What a great looking donkey. Do you want to sell him? GRANDFATHER: As a matter of fact, we do. VILLAGER 3: Great! I’ve been looking for a donkey for a long time. Let’s head to my farm. I think we can make a good deal. GRANDFATHER: Sounds good. GRANDSON: Let's go! Word count: 1,291 Spache Readability Index: 3.81 Name ______________________________ 1. Which sentence below BEST describes how the grandfather and his grandson felt when different people scolded them? a. They wanted to go back home and forget about taking the donkey to market. b. They wanted to please the ones who were scolding them by doing whatever they were told. c. They wanted to tell those who were scolding them to mind their own business. d. They felt thirsty and wanted a drink of water at the well. 2. Which sentence below BEST describes how the two felt at the END of the story? a. They were sorry they ever decided to take the donkey to market. b. They were thinking of clever things they should have said to the ones who scolded them. c. They would no longer let what other people said bother them. d. They wanted to brag about how much money they made with their donkey at market. 3. How would you describe the place where the grandfather and his grandson live? a. mostly tall buildings b. mostly farms c. mostly factories d. mostly stores 4. Donkeys are known as beasts of burden because they work hard to carry and move heavy things for people. What other animal below is also a beast of burden? a. chicken b. mule c. dog d. bear 5. What did the grandfather mean when he said at the beginning of the story that everyone in their village already had a donkey? a. The people in their village would probably not pay the best price for a donkey because everyone already has one. b. The people in their village would probably pay the best price because they wanted to have as many donkeys as possible. 6. Which of these events happen at the BEGINNING of the story? a. The grandfather and his grandson talk to the officer at the customhouse. b. The grandfather and his grandson decide the time has come to take their donkey to market. c. Girls at the well scold the grandfather for making the grandson walk behind him like a servant. d. The grandfather and his grandson walk across the field. 7. Which of these events happen at the END of the story? a. The villagers laugh at the strange sight of two men carrying a donkey. b. The grandfather explains that everyone in their village already has a donkey. c. The grandfather and his grandson decide to take the donkey to market their own way. d. The grandfather and his grandson decide to carry the donkey on a pole. 8. Why do the grandfather and his grandson finally decide to take the donkey to market their own way? a. They want to see how many people they can make angry on the way to Kompang. b. They decide they cannot please everyone, so they might as well please themselves. c. The grandfather knows a shortcut, and taking that way will get them to market more quickly. d. The grandson wants to show the girls at the well that he will be the one to ride the donkey. 9. Why do so many people scold the grandfather and his grandson? a. No one, for miles around, likes the grandfather or his grandson. b. People want to see how many times they can get the grandfather and his grandson to change places. c. When people see something they don't like, they will often say out loud what they think. d. People want to slow down the grandfather and his grandson because they are trying to get to market themselves. Long ago in Cambodia, there lived an old man with his grandson. Together, they raised a donkey's foal. When the foal grew up, it became a handsome and plump donkey with smooth, brown fur. 10. What can you suppose about where the old man and his grandson lived? A. They probably lived in the city. B. They probably lived on a farm. C. They probably lived in a hut in the woods. D. They probably lived in a circus. He rubbed his chin. "If only we could get this donkey to the village of Kompang, we could get a very nice price for it. At Kompang there are many people who still need donkeys. But it is far away. If we rode the donkey all the way there, it would get tired and thin. By the time we got to Kompang, we might no longer get the best price for it. What is the best way to take this donkey to market?" 11. What is a good word to describe the grandfather? A. thoughtful B. rushed C. angry D. tired As the farmer saw the two men and the donkey come closer, he called out again. "Is that a donkey you have with you? Why on earth are you both walking through a field of thorns when you have a donkey? My goodness, at least one of you should ride the donkey!" 12. The farmer seems to feel A. sorry that he did not already clear the field of thorns. B. amazed that people would choose to walk in a thorny field when they could ride a donkey. C. angry that the grandfather and his grandson did not ask his permission before walking through his field. D. happy to finally have some visitors. The villagers became angry. "Is this what the world has come to?" they cried. "The young ride while their elders walk beside them on foot? You should get down at once! Your grandfather should be the one to ride!" On hearing this, the young man immediately climbed down. The old man took his place on the donkey. And the two of them continued on their journey. 13. By their actions, you can guess that it is important to the grandfather and his grandson to A. change riders as often as possible as they can. B. argue when villagers make unfair demands on them. C. annoy other people whenever they can. D. satisfy other people whenever they can. "Where are the two of you going?" said the officer. "We are bound for the village of Kompang," they said. 14. The words "bound for" mean A. going to. B. coming from. C. going to tie the donkey's feet. D. getting confused. At last the two of them decided there was only one thing they could do. "We will just have to travel as we see fit, and put up with whatever blame comes along." 15. At the end of the story, you can tell that the grandfather and his grandson A. are more concerned than ever about people who scold them. B. are not going to worry anymore if people scold them. C. are sorry they ever decided to take their donkey to Kompang. D. are looking forward to getting mad at the next villager who scolds them.
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