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This worksheet is aligned with CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.5.1, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.5.2, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.5.3, and CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.5.4 PARCC Practice

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The Gnat and Bull (Grade 5)

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The Gnat and Bull

A GNAT flew over the meadow with much buzzing for so small a creature and settled on the tip of one of the horns of a Bull. After he had rested a short time, he made ready to fly away. But before he left he begged the Bull's pardon for having used his horn for a resting place.

"You must be very glad to have me go now," he said.

"It's all the same to me," replied the Bull. "I did not even know you were there."

We are often of greater importance in our own eyes than in the eyes of our neighbor.

The smaller the mind the greater the conceit.
1. 
In the story, how do paragraphs 2 and 3 contribute to the overall structure of the story?
  1. They introduce the main action in the story.
  2. They provide the point of view of the gnat.
  3. They contrast the gnat's thoughts with the bull's thoughts.
  4. They offer a moral for the story.
2. 
Which detail from the story best supports the answer to Part A?
  1. A GNAT flew over the meadow with much buzzing for so small a creature and settled on the tip of one of the horns of a Bull.
  2. But before he left he begged the Bull's pardon for having used his horn for a resting place.
  3. "You must be very glad to have me go now," he said.
  4. "It's all the same to me," replied the Bull. "I did not even know you were there."
3. 
Read the sentence from Paragraph 1.

But before he left he begged the Bull's pardon for having used his horn for a resting place.

What does the word pardon mean as it is used in the sentence?
  1. forgiveness
  2. sorry
  3. annoyance
  4. gentleness
4. 
Which detail from the story provides the best clue for the meaning of the word pardon?
  1. After he had rested a short time, he made ready to fly away.
  2. "You must be very glad to have me go now," he said.
  3. "It's all the same to me," replied the Bull. "I did not even know you were there."
  4. We are often of greater importance in our own eyes than in the eyes of our neighbor.

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