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(NOTE TO PARENTS AND TEACHERS):
Interpretation and Critical Thinking Questions:
To answer some questions require us to have some past or
background knowledge or experience with the contents of
the passage or poem. We are called upon to make linkages
or connections between the contents of the passage or
poem and our knowledge or past experiences.
These questions may also require us to analyse the pas-
sage or poem -- that is to say, we must read, interpret and
formulate the meaning of words, phrases, sentences or ex-
tracts from a poem or passage.
In doing so, we may be required to do one or more of
the following actions:
• make INFERENCES (say what MAY HAVE
TAKEN PLACE based on information given in
the passage or poem);
• make PREDICTIONS (say what MAY HAPPEN
in the future based on linkages that could be
made to past experiences or information given in
a passage or poem);
CONCLUSIONS (say that something hap-
pened based on information given in the poem or
• form JUDGEMENTS (say that this word, phrase,
sentence/line, paragraph/verse or passage/poem
taught us a lesson or has a moral or this is good
or bad, useful or useless)
Let's go back to the passage we studied last week:
QUESTION 1: Why do you think Shadow is fat?
Finding the answer for Question 1 required you to
apply additional skills other than simply recall be-
cause the passage does not tell you why Shadow is
fat. To answer this question you will have to analyse
the passage and make connections using different
pieces of information provided in the passage:
EVIDENCE FOR QUESTION 1:
1. Shadow has not lost his appetite for food. He
still enjoys eating a big bowl of rice and beef
liver every day.
2. Secondly, Shadow is now a fat old dog that
hardly moves from his basket.
From the information you can infer that as a re-
sult of his eating and that a lack of exercises (little
or no movement from his basket), Shadow is fat.
Note: Unless specially requested ALL questions
must be answered using a Statement.
Answer: Shadow is most likely fat because he eats
a big bowl of rice and beef liver every day as well
as he seldom exercise.
QUESTION 2: What kind of relationship do you
think the author and his dog had over the years?
Finding the answer for Question 2 required you to
also bring pieces of information given in passage in
order to make a conclusion that the author loved his
dog very much and that they did a lot of activities to-
EVIDENCE FOR QUESTION 2:
1. Shadow and I have had quite a lot of fun to-
2. I still love him as much now as on the first day
I got him as a birthday present.
You can conclude that they had a very 'good' rela-
tionship over the years.
Answer: Over the years Shadow and his master has
had a very good relationship as according to the
passage they both had quite a lot of fun to-
gether and that Shadow's master still loves him.
Read the following passage very carefully 2-3
times and then answer the questions that follow.
Remember to use the ideas we discussed to help
you answer the questions.
Note: This is the same passage from last week but
note the difference in the questions.
• According to information given in the passage,
what do you think is the Alm?
• Why do you think Heidi turned pale on hearing
the news about the mountain?
• What do you think may have caused the fire?
• What natural disaster could have been taking
place to cause the houses to creak and shake?
• Write a suitable title for the passage.
Continued on the next page
I have had my dog Shadow since he was three
months old. My best friend's father had given him
to me as a present on my tenth birthday. I had
named him Shadow because of his all black coat
of fur. Shadow and I have had quite a lot of fun
together over the years. I am now a grown man
and Shadow is now a fat old dog that hardly
moves from his basket. However, Shadow has
not lost his appetite for food. He still eats a big
bowl of rice and beef liver every day. I still love
a birthday present.
On the mountain the wind roared through the
pines and larch trees, then the houses in the vil-
lage creaked and shook. The first crash of thun-
der sounded through the valley like a rolling of
drums, gradually dying away, to be followed by
another and another. For half an hour, crash after
crash continued. Heidi and Jamie clung to the doc-
tor, watching at one window while Peter and Brid-
gett peered anxiously from another. Suddenly
someone ran through the streets crying:
"Fire! Fire on the mountain!"
Heidi turned pale and rushed to the door, followed
by the doctor and Jamie. Bridgett hurried after
the girls, carrying the capes that they had forgot-
ten. It had begun to rain, and the thunder now
seemed farther away. High on the mountain a
bright glare shone out. There was no possible
doubt in Heidi's mind. It was grandfather's hut.
Several men joined the doctor, who was already
climbing, in all haste, up the Alm, his emergency
"There's nothing we can do," said one of the men.
"It's too late."
(b) A sandwich, with some juice and dessert were
served for lunch.
(c) Janice, including both her parents has been cho-
sen as special guests at the function.
(d) An encyclopedia, together with many types of
magazines were available for he readers.
(e) Was the package, in addition to the small boxes
posted to the client, yesterday?
(f) The bouquet of lilies as well as a dozen red roses
have been prepared as a present for the Presi-
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