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6th Grade Midterm Study Guide
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1. What is Becky's problem in “Becky and the Wheels-and-Brake Boys”?
2. Why does Becky want her own bike?
3. In “Becky and the Wheels-and-Brake Boys,” what is Becky's motive when she tries to
sell her father's helmet?
4. Janet writes this to Richard in the first letter in “The Southpaw”:
If I'm not good enough to play on your team, I'm not good enough to be friends with.
What motivates Janet to write this letter?
5. In “The Southpaw,” why do Richard and Janet disagree?
6. In “The Southpaw,” what motivates Richard to let Janet play on the team?
7. What character trait is shared by both Becky in “Becky and the Wheels-and-Brake Boys”
and Janet in “The Southpaw”?
8. Why are the main characters of Becky in “Becky and the Wheels-and-Brake Boys” and
Janet in “The Southpaw” left out of a group?
9. Which of the following best states the theme in both “Becky and the Wheels-and-Brake
Boys” and “The Southpaw”?
10. In “The Circuit,” how does Panchito feel about moving?
11. Why does the iron pot mean so much to Panchito's mother?
12. How would you describe the work Panchito does in the fields?
13. When the school bus arrives the first time, what do Panchito and Roberto do?
14. Who is Mr. Lema in “The Circuit”?
15. In “The Circuit,” why does Panchito ask for help with his English?
16. Which detail helps you conclude that Panchito likes to learn?
17. At the end of “The Circuit,” what do the cardboard boxes mean to Panchito?
18. What does Granny-Liz mean when she tells Becky, “A tomboy's like a whistling woman
and a crowing hen, who can only come to a bad end.”
19. In “The Southpaw,” what internal factor motivates Janet to write Richard the first letter?
20. What is the one sure and constant thing in Panchito's life?
21. What can you conclude about the character of the dragon in “Dragon, Dragon” after
reading about his deeds in the countryside?
22. What is indirect characterization?
23. How would you describe the wizard in “Dragon, Dragon”?
24. What do you think is the funniest action of the wizard in “Dragon, Dragon”?
25. In “Dragon, Dragon,” how can you tell the cobbler is very sensible?
26. What is direct characterization?
27. In “Dragon, Dragon,” who follows the wise old cobbler's advice?
28. What happens when the youngest son recites his father's poem to the dragon?
29. How does the dragon in “Dragon, Dragon” die?
30. What happens to the cobbler's two older sons in “Dragon, Dragon”?
31. What lesson do the two older brothers learn in “Dragon, Dragon”?
32. What is one reason that the Sioux move from place to place in “The Old Woman Who
Lived With the Wolves”?
33. In “The Old Woman Who Lived With the Wolves,” why do the Sioux feel that wherever
they settle is home?
34. How does the move in “The Old Woman Who Lived With the Wolves” cause conflict for
35. When does Marpiyawin come into conflict with nature?
36. In “The Old Woman Who Lived With the Wolves,” how do you know that Marpiyawin
believes in her dreams?
37. What do Marpiyawin's people think when they first see the wolves at the top of the hill?
38. What is Marpiyawin’s relationship with the wolves at the end of the story?
39. Why does Tasha, the narrator in “The Tail,” think that her summer is ruined?
40. How can you tell in “The Tail” that Junior is lonely?
41. Why are Tasha and Naomi scared to go into the woods in the park?
42. How would you describe how Junior behaves in “The Tail”?
43. How can you tell that Tasha loves her brother?
44. What is the setting of a story?
45. What is the definition of a character's traits?
46. At what point in a plot does the greatest tension occur?
47. Do all stories contain both internal and external conflicts?
48. What word names a message about life that short stories often provide?
49. What is the setting of “The Wounded Wolf”?
50. Describe Roko in “The Wounded Wolf.”
51. Name a character trait of Roko from “The Wounded Wolf.”
52. In “The Wounded Wolf,” after Kiglo barks in the roll call, why are the other wolves
53. What is the resolution of “The Wounded Wolf”?
54. What is the difference between fiction and nonfiction?
55. What term names the problem that characters in a story must face and solve?
56. Who is the narrator of “Greyling”?
57. What is the setting of “Greyling”?
58. Why is the fisherman's wife sad at the beginning of “Greyling”?
59. In “Greyling,” why do the fisherman and his wife avoid letting Greyling go into the sea?
60. In “Greyling,” why does Greyling come back once a year?
61. According to Janet Yolen in “My Heart Is in the Highlands,” what “stones from the past”
does she use to build her stories?
62. According to “My Heart Is in the Highlands,” from whom does Yolen take, or “thieve,”
real-life details that she uses in her stories?
63. What two things does Yolen compare in “My Heart Is in the Highlands”?
64. At the beginning of “Greyling,” what conflict do the main characters face?
65. Why does Greyling pull free from his mother's arms and dive off the cliff into the sea?
66. How can you make a good guess about what will happen in a story?
67. In “The Stray,” Why doesn't Doris give the dog a name?
68. Which of the following words best describes Mrs. Lacey?
Sensible Selfish Stubborn Generous
69. How does Doris know that the puppy is a good dog?
70. After her father takes the puppy away, what does Doris do?
71. What does Mrs. Lacey mean when she tells Doris to act more grown-up?
72. The narrator of “The Drive-In Movies” tells the story from the first-person point of view.
Who is the narrator?
73. Why does the narrator of “The Drive-In Movies” decide to be extra good on Saturday?
74. What does the narrator of “The Drive-In Movies” do when the bee stings his foot?
75. “The Drive-In Movies” is a story told by a first-person narrator. Which quality is special
to first-person narration?
76. When you are reading, what should you do after you make a prediction?
77. In “Why Monkeys Live in Trees,” why do the animals have a contest?
78. In “Why Monkeys Live in Trees,” how do the monkeys trick the other animals?
79. Which word best describes the monkeys in “Why Monkeys Live in Trees”?
Lazy Clever Giving Frightening
80. How do you know that “Why Monkeys Live in Trees” is a work of fiction?
81. What is the definition of plot?