Question: In the story, Rachel thinks of herself as being ages ten, nine, eight, and so on. What does this suggest to the reader about Rachel?
Answer: She makes excuses for her poor behavior.
She is the product of everything that has happened to her. She distracts herself when she feels unhappy. She knows why birthdays are such joyful occasions.
Question: In paragraph 5, why does Rachel say that she wishes she was "one hundred and two instead of eleven"?
Answer: She does not want to go to school anymore. She wants to be a teacher when she grows up. She is not allowed to do things that adults can do.
She wishes she had more life experience.
Question: Read the sentence from paragraph 13 in the box below.
But when the sick feeling goes away and I open my eyes, the red sweater's still sitting there like a big red mountain.
What does Rachel most likely mean by this statement?
Answer: The sweater is too large for her to wear. She sees the situation with the sweater as an exciting challenge.
The situation with the sweater makes her feel small and powerless. All of her thoughts focus on how important the sweater is to her.
Question: Which of the following lines expresses the story's irony?
"And when you wake up on your eleventh birthday you expect to feel eleven, but you don't." (paragraph 1) "I even move my chair a little to the right." (paragraph 13) ". . . it's hanging all over the edge like a waterfall, but I don't care." (paragraph 14) ". . . I put one arm through one sleeve of the sweater that smells like cottage cheese . . ." (paragraph 18)
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