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Author: szeiger
No. Questions: 5
Created: Jul 5, 2013
Last Modified: 6 years ago

Mario

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Mario couldn't stop pacing. Back and forth, he walked. He would go to the curtain, peer out, and then go right back to pacing.

The audience was slowly pouring into the grand hall. Mario could hear them as they took their seats. Some were anxious, some were annoyed at the wait, but all were there to see the Morgane Theatre's adaptation of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream.

Mario's theatre group had been rehearsing for months, but Mario had just been added on two weeks before the first show. The actor playing the part of Puck had quit. Mario was the understudy, so he had to go on.

Now, the night of the show, Mario found himself uneasy. He continued to pace and felt his heart quicken. All his lines of dialogue disappeared from his mind.

He tried to sit. He tried to relax, but the sounds of the crowd got louder and louder. He was uncomfortable anywhere his pacing led him backstage. He had ants in his pants.

As the actors started to buzz backstage, he realized this was it. There was no turning back now. That's when Mario realized that he was the only one backstage that was anxious. Everyone else walked around and was not affected by the audience. Mario was a fish out of water. He decided to put the fear aside. Just as he made that decision, all of the lines came flooding back to him.
Grade 5 Idiom CCSS: CCRA.R.4, RL.5.4
A.
In paragraph 6, the phrase "fish out of water" indicates that Mario:
  1. did not fit in.
  2. was thirsty.
  3. did not hear well.
  4. was hungry.
Grade 5 Theme CCSS: CCRA.R.2, RL.5.2
B.
Which choice best represents the theme of the passage?
  1. Overcoming fear
  2. Putting on a play
  3. Facing a challenge
  4. Impressing others
Grade 5 Supporting Details CCSS: CCRA.R.5, RL.5.5
D.
Why is the third paragraph so important to the passage?
  1. It helps explain how long the group had been rehearsing
  2. It helps bring the passage to an end
  3. It helps explain Mario's nervousness
  4. It helps explain the play they are putting on