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The Great Debate - Fiction (Grade 7)

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The Great Debate - Fiction

"Did you hear the news, Claudia?" Mariko asked the minute she saw her best friend. "The drama club is performing 'To Kill a Mockingbird' for the spring play." Mariko knew that Claudia would be as excited as she was since the two of them had read the classic novel multiple times over the past couple of years, and loved it every time.

To Mariko's surprise, Claudia did not look nearly as thrilled as she had expected. "Why don't we finally rent and watch the movie instead? Movies are always better than live performances."

Mariko found herself sputtering. "Are you crazy? Plays are always better than movies," she finally uttered. "In plays, you are up close and personal with the actors, as if the events are happening right in front of you and it feels so much more immediate and realistic."

Claudia shook her head. "Plays sometimes have terrible performers who do not know how to act or who forget their lines. You cannot pause or rewind to watch your favorite scene over again or to listen to dialogue you missed. I am sorry, Mariko, but if you want to watch 'To Kill a Mockingbird," let’s grab some popcorn on the couch, not a ticket and more time in school."
What idea do both girls in the story agree on?
  1. "To Kill a Mockingbird" is a wonderful story.
  2. School plays are often poorly performed.
  3. Movies were better in the past then today.
  4. "To Kill a Mockingbird" won many awards.
What is the major difference between Mariko and Claudia's opinion?
  1. Mariko prefers movies to plays.
  2. Claudia thinks books are better than movies.
  3. Mariko believes live performances are more realistic.
  4. Claudia is very eager to attend the school's spring play.
Which of the following would Mariko and Claudia both most likely enjoy?
  1. Seeing the play version of "To Kill a Mockingbird"
  2. Watching the film version of "To Kill a Mockingbird"
  3. Reading the book version of "To Kill a Mockingbird"
  4. Being in the play version of "To Kill a Mockingbird"
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