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Type: Multiple-Choice
Category: Character Study
Level: Grade 5
Standards: CCRA.R.4, RL.5.4
Score: -1
Tags: ELA-Literacy.RL.5.4
Author: szeiger
Last Modified: 5 months ago

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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.

Grade 5 Character Study CCSS: CCRA.R.4, RL.5.4

What does the word "queer" mean when describing the Toyman's answers?
  1. Clear
  2. Interesting
  3. Strange
  4. Dishonest
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