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After Clifton’s letter is read to the family, the narrator’s mood shifts from
In the middle of the story, we learn that the mother is an optimist. This means she
What can we conclude about Clifton by reading the letter?
I. He will not be home for Christmas.
II. He will be home by March.
III. He is one of the Tuskegee Airmen.
Which of the following words best describes the work the sisters did to help keep the tree looking pretty?
What is the most likely reason the narrator compared the tree limbs to a “sliding board”?
The main reason the narrator found it necessary to maintain the Christmas decorations so carefully was because she
“Each day, there were brand new sprinklings of pine needles all over the wooden floor.”
“My sister and I took turns sweeping them up.”
Which of the following is the best way to combine the above sentences while keeping their meaning the same as used in the story?
For the sisters, caring for the tree came to represent
What other title would best fit this passage?
How does Clifton seem to feel when he sees the Christmas tree?
Which of the following describe fortuitous circumstances?
I. getting the last seat on the bus
II. having an umbrella when it unexpectedly begins to rain
III. receiving a passing grade on a test you studied hard for