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1

In “Aaron’s Gift,” what do we learn about Aaron’s character when he takes Pidge home to mend his wing?

A. Aaron wants to be a doctor someday.
B. Aaron has always wanted a pet.
C. Aaron is a quick thinker.
D. Aaron is a kind, gentle person.

D. Aaron is a kind, gentle person.

2

Why can you conclude that Aaron is good with animals?

A. He is gentle and thoughtful with the pigeon.
B. He thinks it is funny that his grandmother feeds the birds. C. He is always helping injured or sick animals.
D. He has worked in a pet store.

A. He is gentle and thoughtful with the pigeon.

3

In “Aaron’s Gift,” why does Aaron’s mother tell him to stay away from Carl and the older boys?

A. She thinks he should play with children his own age.
B. She worries that they will keep Aaron out late at night.
C. She worries that they are involved in dangerous or violent activities.
D. She knows they don’t like animals.

C. She worries that they are involved in dangerous or violent activities.

4

Why can you conclude that Aaron’s mother is very protective of him?

A. She refuses to let him have any friends.
B. She lets him keep the pigeon.
C. She is firm about his choice of friends.
D. She gets very angry if he is late.

C. She is firm about his choice of friends.

5

Why does the narrator of “Aaron’s Gift” say that Aaron’s grandmother’s family was lucky?

A. The Cossacks didn’t burn down their house or kill the family.
B. The Cossacks didn’t kill all their sheep and goats.
C. The Cossacks didn’t hear the goat in the cellar.
D. The Cossacks didn’t find their house at all.

A. The Cossacks didn’t burn down their house or kill the family.

6

Where was the pogrom that Aaron’s grandmother experienced?

A. in New York City
B. in Germany
C. in Poland
D. in the Ukraine

D. in the Ukraine

7

How does Aaron feel when he calls the boys in the gang “Cossacks”?

A. hopeless
B. terrified
C. helpless
D. angry

D. angry

8

How are Carl and his friends like the Cossacks in “Aaron’s Gift”?

A. They are mean and violent to innocent people.
B. They enjoy burning people’s homes.
C. They kill people for no reason.
D. Everyone hates them.

A. They are mean and violent to innocent people.

9

Why can you conclude that Aaron’s grandmother loves birds?

A. She bandages the pigeon’s wing.
B. She feeds birds.
C. She always has a bird for a pet.
D. She once had a pet bird.

B. She feeds birds.

10

How does Aaron’s grandmother react when Aaron tells her the pigeon flew away?

A. She is very disappointed.
B. She is pleased and happy.
C. She is angry at Aaron.
D. She is terribly sad.

B. She is pleased and happy.

11

Where does the main story of “Aaron’s Gift” take place?

A. on a farm
B. in New York City
C. in the Ukraine
D. in a small town

B. in New York City

12

When in time does the main story of “Aaron’s Gift” take place?

A. in the present
B. in the future
C. in the past
D. at no particular time in history

C. in the past

13

In “Aaron’s Gift,” the story about the grandmother is within the main story. In an essay, describe the setting of the story of the Cossacks and the pogrom. Explain why the grandmother’s story is important. Use details from the selection to illus- trate your explanation.

The pogrom took place in the Ukraine, sometime about fifty or sixty years before the main story. Essays should note that the grandmother’s pogrom experience shapes the characters and the action of the story. For example, the loss of a pet in the pogrom explains the grandmother’s attitude toward animals and is why Aaron wants to give her the pigeon. The loss of freedom during the pogrom explains the importance of freedom for the pigeon.

14

Think about the title of “Aaron’s Gift.” In an essay, explain two or more meanings of the word gift in the story. Use details from the selection to support your explanations.

The gift in “Aaron’s Gift” stands for the actual pigeon that is meant as a birthday gift. It also means a different kind of gift: an action that helped ease his grandmother’s mind and the gift Aaron receives, which is a better understanding of his grand- mother and of the meaning of freedom.

15

At the end of “Aaron’s Gift,” Aaron thinks about his grandmother: “Her goat has escaped from the Cossacks at last.” In an essay, explain the meaning of Aaron’s thought. Then tell what the goat and the pigeon represent to Aaron’s grandmother. Support your analysis with examples from the story.

Aaron means that Pidge can take the place of the goat in his grandmother’s heart and that Pidge’s escape can free the goat in his grandmother’s memory. Students may point out that to Aaron’s grandmother, the goat represents her family and her past, while the pigeon represents the present, in which freedom has been attained.

16

The title of a story often expresses the most important idea in the story. In an essay, evaluate the title of “Aaron’s Gift.” State what you think is the main idea of the story. Then, using examples from the story, tell how the title does or does not express that idea.

The story’s main idea: Aaron’s gift to his grandmother is Pidge’s freedom, which helps the grandmother get over her hurt from long ago when the Cossacks cruelly killed her beloved pet goat. The title, which includes the word gift, makes the reader think about the story’s idea, because Aaron has no physical gift to give his grandmother.

17

“Aaron’s Gift” takes place in

A. a farm community.
B. New York City.
C. the Ukraine.
D. a small town.

B. New York City.

18

In “Aaron’s Gift,” the presence of street peddlers and Aaron’s roller skates hint that

A. the story could happen anywhere.
B. the story takes place in the present.
C. the story takes place in the past.
D. the story takes place in the future.

C. the story takes place in the past.

19

What can you conclude about Aaron’s grandmother from this passage in “Aaron’s Gift”?

And she fed the sparrows and jays and crows and robins on the back fire escape with every spare crumb she could find.

A. She loves birds.
B. She does not love other animals.
C. She is a little crazy.
D. She wants Aaron to have a pet.

A. She loves birds.

20

What kind of relationship does Aaron have with his grandmother?

A. a tense relationship
B. a loving relationship
C. a distant relationship
D. an angry relationship

B. a loving relationship

21

What happens when Aaron tells everyone about the pigeon?

A. Hearing about the pigeon gives Carl and his friends ideas.
B. Aaron’s father finds out about the pigeon and gets angry.
C. Hearing about the pigeon makes people think Aaron is strange.
D. Everyone wants a pigeon of their own.

A. Hearing about the pigeon gives Carl and his friends ideas.

22

WhatdoesyourpriorknowledgeleadyoutoconcludeaboutwhyAaronwantstobe friends with the boys in the gang?

A. He wants to make trouble.
B. He wants to defy his mother.
C. He is lonely and wants to fit in.
D. He wants to be the leader of the gang.

C. He is lonely and wants to fit in.

23

What can you conclude about Aaron’s mother from this passage in “Aaron’s Gift”? But his mother told Aaron to stay away from those boys or else. And Aaron, miserable, argued with his mother and pleaded and cried and coaxed. It was no use.

A. She is very mean.
B. She wants Aaron to have friends.
C. She is protective of Aaron.
D. She doesn’t understand Aaron.

C. She is protective of Aaron.

24

Aaron’s grandmother experienced a pogrom when she was a child in

A. New York City.
B. Germany.
C. Poland.
D. the Ukraine.

D. the Ukraine.

25

The narrator of “Aaron’s Gift” says that Aaron’s grandmother’s family was lucky because the Cossacks did not

A. kill the family.
B. kill all their sheep and goats.
C. hear the goat in the cellar.
D. bash in any walls in their house.

A. kill the family.

26

In “Aaron’s Gift,” Carl and his friends are like the Cossacks because

A. they are cruel and hateful to innocent people.
B. they enjoy destroying people’s homes and families.
C. they kill people for no reason.
D. everyone hates and fears them.

A. they are cruel and hateful to innocent people.

27

At the end of “Aaron’s Gift,” why does Aaron’s grandmother ask him to look in her mirror?

A. She wants him to see his bruised face.
B. She wants him to wash the dirt off his face.
C. She wants him to see how beautiful he is.
D. She wants to give him the mirror.

C. She wants him to see how beautiful he is.

28

At the end of “Aaron’s Gift,” what does Aaron mean when he says his grand- mother’s goat “had escaped from the Cossacks at last”?

A. Pidge’s escape has helped Aaron’s grandmother get over her goat’s death.
B. Aaron’s grandmother finds out that her goat wasn’t killed after all.
C. Aaron’s grandmother imagines that her goat escaped from the Cossacks.
D. Aaron’s grandmother can now get another goat.

A. Pidge’s escape has helped Aaron’s grandmother get over her goat’s death.