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Poem Analysis: My Shadow (Grade 3)

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Poem Analysis: My Shadow

My Shadow
by Robert Louis Stevenson

I have a little shadow that goes in and out with me,
And what can be the use of him is more than I can see.
He is very, very like me from the heels up to the head;
And I see him jump before me, when I jump into my bed.

The funniest thing about him is the way he likes to grow—
Not at all like proper children, which is always very slow;
For he sometimes shoots up taller like an india-rubber ball,
And he sometimes gets so little that there's none of him at all.

He hasn't got a notion of how children ought to play,
And can only make a fool of me in every sort of way.
He stays so close beside me, he's a coward, you can see;
I'd think shame to stick to nursie as that shadow sticks to me!

One morning, very early, before the sun was up,
I rose and found the shining dew on every buttercup;
But my lazy little shadow, like an arrant sleepy-head,
Had stayed at home behind me and was fast asleep in bed.
1. 
In the poem "My Shadow," which is NOT a way the shadow is described?
  1. lazy
  2. foolish
  3. friendly
  4. coward
2. 
In "My Shadow," what does the speaker's shadow do before the speaker jumps into bed?
  1. jumps in before him
  2. gets so little
  3. makes a fool of him
  4. stays asleep in bed
3. 
In the poem "My Shadow," it says:

"He hasn't got a notion of how children ought to play,"

The word NOTION most likely means
  1. feeling.
  2. idea.
  3. friend.
  4. thread.
4. 
In the poem "My Shadow," the speaker calls his shadow a coward. This is because his shadow
  1. sleeps with the lights on.
  2. stays close to him.
  3. hides under the blanket.
  4. cries all the time.
5. 
What is the poem "My Shadow" about?
  1. a boy with an imaginary friend
  2. a boy with a lot of friends
  3. a boy who can't find his shadow
  4. a boy who tells about his shadow

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