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Compare and Contrast - Fiction (Grade 9)

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Compare and Contrast - Fiction

Shakira reached forward quickly, grabbing a copy of The Hobbit off of the school library shelf before anyone else could. She had been on the waiting list for weeks, and it was finally her turn. Naturally, she had read the book before; in fact, she had read the complete series from start to finish three times, but she never got tired of the popular fantasy. Although she appreciated the films and had watched them each one several times, they could not possibly compare to the original novels.

"Not J.R.R. Tolkien again?" whispered Jonathan peeking over his friend's shoulder. As passionate as Shakira was about Tolkien, Jonathan thought the Lord of the Rings books did not begin to compare to J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series. The two friends often held friendly debates over the merits of each author's hefty volumes, taking turns spouting facts to challenge the other one. It quickly became apparent that today was another chance for the traditional dispute to continue.

"Fastest selling children's book ever, with 450 million books in print and eight blockbuster movies," said Jonathan, teasing his friend with statistics they already both knew.

Shakira countered those numbers immediately saying, "Tolkien wrote fewer books, so there are fewer movies, but they have all been huge hits. Tolkien doesn't write for children; he writes for adults, plus, you have to admit Frodo Baggins is far cleverer than Harry, because he accomplishes everything without any special powers or a magic wand."

"Dumbledore is an incredible wizard," retorted Jonathan.

"Gandalf is just as astounding," replied Shakira



The two friends burst out laughing and realized that, as usual, they had hit a familiar stalemate in their chronic debate. "Let's just go to my house, and read all afternoon," suggested Shakira, checking out the library book and tucking it into her backpack. At last the two companions had found something on which they both could completely agree.
Which factor do Tolkien's and Rowling's books share?
  1. They both feature a character named Dobby.
  2. They are both written as multi-volume series.
  3. They center their stories on a hobbit with powers.
  4. They were turned into a trilogy of movies.
The major difference between the two authors is that Tolkien's books...
  1. are written for adults, not children.
  2. have sold more copies internationally.
  3. have been turned into popular movies.
  4. feature a wizard as one of the main characters.
Which statement would both characters likely agree with?
  1. Wizards are always the best villains in fantasy novels.
  2. Having characters with magical powers is the key to a bestseller.
  3. Hobbits are the key to books that sell millions of copies worldwide.
  4. Reading books about other worlds and magical creatures is enjoyable.
Samantha twirled around in front of the mirror for the fifth time in a row, and the skirt flared around her creating a rainbow of colors. "Can you believe how gorgeous this skirt is?" he asked Nora, her best friend. "I cannot believe I got it for 30 percent off at the discount department store this afternoon."

Nora smiled and nodded at her friend's rampant enthusiasm. "It really is an incredible skirt and it fits you absolutely perfectly," she replied. "Now, it is my turn - let me show you what I found at the local thrift market yesterday." She reached into a large paper bag and pulled out a lacy, delicate shawl in shades ranging from a deep purple to lavender. Draping it over her shoulders, she modeled in front of the mirror, twisting back and forth to glimpse it from every possible angle.

"Decidedly wonderful," agreed Samantha, but then frowned and added, "but doesn't it bother you to purchase used clothing rather than new? Wouldn't you rather have clothing where you are the first and only owner?"

Nora chuckled and, shaking her head, said, "I prefer it this way for a number of reasons but the first one can be found right here on the price tag. For the price of your department store skirt, even though it was on sale, I could have bought this shawl, along with a matching hat, shoes, and purse at the thrift store."

"Now that is a compelling reason," agreed Samantha as she began digging into the plastic store sack. "And if I can find the receipt, I'm taking this skirt back and then you and I are heading to the thrift store to pick up an entire outfit - or two."
How does the author demonstrate how Samantha has changed her mind?
  1. She convinces Nora to go to the department store with her.
  2. She suggests the girls wear their new clothes out together.
  3. She decides to take her skirt back and go to the thrift store.
  4. She asks Nora to trade her thrift store shawl for her new skirt.
What is one of the major differences between purchasing clothing at a department store or a thrift store?
  1. The price of the item
  2. The quality of the item
  3. The style of the item
  4. The size of the item
What factor did Samantha not like about Nora's shawl?
  1. The price she paid for it
  2. The location where she bought it
  3. The material used to make it
  4. The way it fits her friend

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