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Memorial Day Fiction (Grade 3)

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Memorial Day Fiction

"Ugh! Where are we going?" Charlie complained. "This drive is taking forever!"

"It's Memorial Day, so we are going to visit a cemetery," Charlie's father said. "I'll explain why once we get there."

They continued driving for another hour and finally pulled up at an old, rundown cemetery.

"This place is a dump!" Charlie said. "We drove all the way just to get here?!"

"I know it's around here somewhere," Charlie's father said, walking into the cemetery and looking at the headstones.

Charlie didn't know how his father could possibly find what he was looking for. Many of the headstones were broken. There were vines covering the words. On the headstones without vines, many of the words were barely visible.

But then Charlie's father said, "Aha! I found it!"

"Found what? Why did we come here, Dad?" Charlie asked.

"Come over here and look," his father said.

Charlie walked over to the headstone and tried to make out the words. "Charles Montgomery Carter," Charlie read. "Hey! That's my name!"

"That's right," said Charlie's father. "This is the grave of your great-great grandfather. He died fighting the Civil War. You were named after him."

"That's so cool!" Charlie exclaimed. "A real-life Civil War soldier is in our family tree and I'm named after him!"

"He died long before I was born," Charlie's father said, "but I heard he was a great a man. I brought you here today because Memorial Day is a day when we honor those who died while fighting for our country. Your great-great-grandfather did just that. So did all of the other soldiers in this cemetery."

Charlie's father took out a handful of American flags and a few wreaths of flowers.

"Let's leave these here to spruce the place up a bit," he said. "These soldiers deserve that."

Charlie helped his father place the flags and wreaths around the cemetery.

"Thanks for bringing me here, Dad," Charlie said. "Let's come back and do this every Memorial Day!"
1. 
Why was Charlie complaining at the beginning of the passage?
  1. He wanted to go to the pool.
  2. The drive was taking too long.
  3. He felt carsick.
  4. The cemetery looked old.
2. 
Why did Charlie's father take him to see that particular grave?
  1. because it was his father's father
  2. because Charlie was named after him
  3. because it contained a Civil War soldier
  4. because he couldn't find the one he wanted
3. 
Which word best describes how Charlie felt when he learned about his great-great- grandfather?
  1. proud
  2. bored
  3. angry
  4. loved
4. 
Which excerpt from the passage best describes how the cemetery looked?
  1. Charlie didn't know how his father could possibly find what he was looking for.
  2. Many of the headstones were broken. There were vines covering the words.
  3. "Let's leave these here to spruce the place up a bit," he said.
  4. Charlie helped his father place the flags and wreaths around the cemetery.
5. 
How did Charlie's attitude change during the story?
  1. At first he was rude, but at the end he showed respect and honored those who died.
  2. At first he was tried, but at the end he had a lot of energy and excitement.
  3. At first he was excited, but at the end he wished they had never come.
  4. At first he was happy, but at the end he was very sad because he never met his great-great-grandfather.
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