Stinky Shoes - Fiction (Grade 10)

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Stinky Shoes - Fiction

Addison limped into the kitchen, wincing with each step. Cooper watched as his younger sister quickly pulled out a chair and threw herself into it with obvious relief. It was clear that she was in pain and a quick glance at her heels explained why: both were red and sported large blisters.

"What happened to you?" Cooper asked, reaching automatically into the kitchen drawer for several adhesive bandages to put on her injured feet.

Addison's cheeks turned bright red; she avoided eye contact with her brother, as she softly muttered, "I forgot to wear my socks to track practice today." Despite her sincere attempt at an unintelligible response, Cooper heard and immediately smacked his forehead with the palm of his hand. He had lectured her endlessly about never running laps without socks; it virtually always resulted in nasty blisters exactly like those hampering her heels currently.

Cooper carefully applied the bandages to Addison's heels, and then picked up her sneakers. "What are your plans for my stinky shoes?" she asked with a grin.

Chuckling, he replied, "I'm stuffing each one with several pairs of socks so you don't forget again - a brother only applies so many bandages per year and you just met your quota."
What is the main idea in this passage?
  1. Brothers are often very kind.
  2. Blisters can be extremely painful.
  3. Running without socks is not a good idea.
  4. Sisters sometimes make thoughtless mistakes.
What was the primary reason the author had Addison attempt to give an unintelligible response to her brother?
  1. To show that Cooper doesn't understand Addison
  2. To shift the main focus from Addison to Cooper
  3. To emphasize Addison's confusion over what happened
  4. To show that Addison is embarrassed by her actions
What would be the best title for this passage?
  1. Accident at the Track
  2. A Brother's Concern
  3. Running Tips for Beginners
  4. Blister Care 101

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