Characterization/Setting
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by J Lewandowski
| 7 Questions
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
by Frank L. Baum
(an except)

Dorothy leaned her chin upon her hand and gazed thoughtfully at the scarecrow. Its head was a small sack stuffed with straw, with eyes, nose, and a mouth painted on it. An old, pointed blue hat was perched on his head. The rest of the figure was a blue suit of clothes, worn and faded, and stuffed with straw. On the feet were some old boots with blue tops. A pole raised him above the stalks of corn.

As Dorothy was looking into the painted face of the scarecrow, she was surprised to see one of the eyes slowly wink at her. She thought she must have been mistaken at first, for none of the scarecrows in Kansas ever wink. Soon the figure nodded its head to her in a friendly way. She climbed down from the fence and walked up to it, while Toto ran around the pole and barked.

"Good day," said the scarecrow, in a rather husky voice. "How do you do?"

"I'm pretty well, thank you," replied Dorothy politely. "How do you do?"

"I'm not feeling well" said the scarecrow, with a smile, "for it is very tedious being perched up here night and day to scare away crows."

"Can't you get down?" asked Dorothy.

"No, for this pole is stuck up my back. If you will please take away the pole I shall be greatly obliged to you."

Dorothey reached up both arms and lifted the figure off the pole, for, being stuffed with straw it was quite light.

"Thank you very much," said the scarecrow, when he had been set down on the ground, "I feel like a new man."
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Dorothy wants to make as many friends as she can. Which of the following inferences about Dorothy is best supported by the text?
Dorothy has a helpful nature.
Dorothy is judgemental and snobby.
Dorothy is suspisious.
Dorothy is distractable.
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1
Which sentence from the text supports your answer for #1?
"Can't you get down?" asked Dorothy.
Dorothy reached up both arms and lifted the figure off the pole.
"I'm pretty well, thank you," replied Dorothy politely.
"Thank you very much," said the scarecrow.
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1
Which of thw following inferences can be made about the scarecrow's mood uopn meeting Dorothy?
He feels embarassed about by his appearance.
He is sangry with Dorothy.
He is satisfied with his current situation.
He is annoyed with his present position on the pole.
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1
How does the scarecrow's attitude change throughout the story?
At first he is cheerful; after he meets Dorothy he becomes cranky.
At first he is frustrated; after Dorothy helps him he is grateful.
At first he is energetic; after he is free of the pole he is relieved.
At first he is mellow; after he is free of the pole he feels stressed.
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1
How do the characters give us clues about the setting?
Choose 3 answers
A pole raised him above the stalks of corn.
Toto ran around the pole and barked.
"I'm pretty well, thank you," replied Dorothy politely. "How do you do?"
Dorothy was looking into the painted face of the scarecrow,
"I'm not feeling well" said the scarecrow, with a smile, "for it is very tedious being perched up here night and day to scare away crows."
"I feel like a new man."

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1
How does the reader know the scarecrow is no ordinary scarecrow?
Its head was a small sack stuffed with straw, with eyes, nose, and a mouth painted on it.
An old, pointed blue hat was perched on his head.
The rest of the figure was a blue suit of clothes, worn and faded, and stuffed with straw.
...none of the scarecrows in Kansas ever wink.
On the feet were some old boots with blue tops.
"Good day," said the scarecrow, in a rather husky voice. "How do you do?"
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1
Why does the author make a point to let the reader know the setting is not in Kansas?
The author wants to reveal that they are on on a farm.
The author is letting the reader know Dorothy is missing home.
The author is not familiar with Kansas.
The author wants to emphasize that Dorothy is in a fantasyland.
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