Teddy the Buckskin Horse - Fiction (Grade 5)

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Teddy the Buckskin Horse - Fiction

Teddy the Buckskin Horse and Hal the Red Roan had just come in the yard. They were drawing a big load of lumber from the mill which stood in the woods on the north branch of the River.

Just before he unloaded the boards and planks back by the barn, the Toyman picked out a few of the finest and carried them into his shop. That did look mysterious and suspicious - very pleasantly suspicious.

"I'll bet that's for us," declared Marmaduke.

"You just bet it is!" said his brother.

So each day for almost a week, they lingered around the shop, after school was out. But the Toyman never appeared until long after five. He had his cornhusking to do, and he wanted to get all the fall jobs finished before cold weather.

One week went by, then another. It was very provoking, thought the boys, to have to wait so long for that secret.

Jehosophat did try once to find out about it. He stopped the Toyman as he was coming from the barn with a pail full of bubbly milk.

"Say, Toyman, what are those boards for?"

"What boards?" asked the Toyman - just as if he didn't know.

"Those boards you put in your workshop," both the boys answered together. It sounded like some chorus they had learned for Commencement.

"Ho ho!" laughed the Toyman, "ask me no questions and I'll tell you no lies."

He was hopeless. He was forever making queer answers and queerer rhymes which Miss Prue Parsons the school teacher didn't at all approve. But Father said it didn't hurt the children as far as he could see - it just entertained them.

So the Toyman was answering:
"Ask me no questions an' I'll tell you no lies;
Gooseberries are sour but make very sweet pies."

The boys had to be content with that information, but it was very hard waiting.
1. 
How does the teacher describe the Toyman?
  1. Friendly
  2. Clever
  3. Strange
  4. Lazy
2. 
Which sentence best describes the Toyman?
  1. "Ho ho!" laughed the Toyman, "ask me no questions and I'll tell you no lies."
  2. "But Father said it didn't hurt the children as far as he could see. It just entertained them."
  3. "So each day for almost a week, they lingered around the shop, after school was out."
  4. "The boys had to be content with that information, but it was very hard."
3. 
Which line best describes the boys?
  1. "He had his cornhusking to do, and he wanted to get all the fall jobs finished before cold weather."
  2. "The boys had to be content with that information, but it was very hard"
  3. "œHo ho!" laughed the Toyman, "ask me no questions and I'll tell you no lies."
  4. "œWhat boards?" asked the Toyman, “just as if he didn'™t know."
4. 
What does the word "queer" mean when describing the Toyman's answers?
  1. Clear
  2. Interesting
  3. Strange
  4. Dishonest
5. 
How does the author show that the boys are impatient?
  1. By having them talk about what the Toyman is doing
  2. By saying they are impatient
  3. By having them ask the Toyman lots of questions
  4. Both b and c
6. 
Which word best describes the Toyman?
  1. Mysterious
  2. Honest
  3. Open
  4. Friendly
7. 
Which word best describes Marmaduke and his brother?
  1. Impatient
  2. Lazy
  3. Patient
  4. Excited

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