Text used:

Dell Publishing Co.,Inc.
Laurel-Leaf printing - July 1984

Recommended Activity Book to add to these exercises:
Portals to Literature:
A Day No Pigs Would Die
(The Perfection Form Company, Logan, Iowa)

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Chapter 9

snit -  weller -  nought -  strapper -  to wager -  quern -  welt -  trespass -  stock

Chapter 10

Brattleboro -  brace -  rigs -  geegaw -  goad -  depot -  exhibition -  shanties -  perverts -  cue


  1. In Chapter 9, Aunt Carrie and Robert's mother are having a conversation. What is the topic? What does it tell you about the characters of Aunt Carrie and Mrs. Peck?
  2. At the end of Chapter 9, Robert says to Pinky, " having big hired man around like Ira may be sinful. But I say the Widow Bascom is some improved. " What does he mean with that and why does he think she has improved?
  3. What is the Rutland Fair all about?
  4. On page 87 Robert relates what his father had once told him: " Never miss a chance to keep your mouth shut. " Why does he remember that statement now?
  5. In Chapter 10, Robert visits the Rutland Fair, and as the experience is totally new to him, he makes the usual misjudgments.
    (a) The two shanties marked LADIES and GENTS. What is the mistake, Robert makes.
    (b.) What does Robert think a pervert is?
    (c.) He gets blinded by an exploding snowshovel. What happened?
  6. What does the crowd think of Mr. Tanner's oxen? Why?
  7. Why does Robert throw up and faint? There's more than just one reason.
  8. Give a short character description of Mrs. Tanner.


  1. " Never miss a chance to keep your mouth shut, " Robert's father had told him. It is true, sometimes it is much better not to say anything, because your message may be misinterpreted. What we say can also be misjudged be- cause of the way we say it and the body language we use. It has been estimated that the human face and body can convey over 7000 distinct gestures. Make a list of ten (10) clear messages conveyed solely by body language.
  2. Watch television with the sound off for five minutes. Describe the scene that you are viewing; then list the expressions, body movements, and gestures that communicated meaning to the viewer without the help of words.
  3. Explain fully the nonverbal system which ONE of the following people uses for communication. Draw sketches to illustrate the communication signals.
    (a) a baseball umpire
    (b) a football referee
    (c) a crane director
    (d) a choir leader
    (e) a boxing referee
  4. Write a brief story of a meeting between two students: one is in a hurry; the other has plenty of time. Use several of the following "body signals" to help convey what each is thinking. Their dialogue should add vitality to your narrative.

Body signals:

tapping -  fingers -  waving hand -  smile -  raised eyebrows -  scratching head -  watch watching -  frowning -  folding arms -  nodding head -  biting nails -  corners of mouth -  shrugging shoulders