The Fir Tree

Hans Christian Andersen

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Which character trait best applies to the Fir Tree?
He is clever.
He is brave.
He is thoughtful.
He is impatient.
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How do you know this? Quote text where the Fir Tree shows the above character trait.
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Which statement about the Fir Tree is FALSE?
The Fir gets angry at a hare for hopping over him.
The Fir understands the Sun, Wind, and Dew.
The Fir is curious about the fallen trees.
The Fir talks to birds.
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Which statement best summarizes that Fir Tree's time in the woods?
He was the most popular tree in the forest until he ran out of fruit.
He was in constant danger but he made the best of it.
He had such a happy childhood that he didn't want to grow up.
He had everything he needed but he didn't appreciate it.
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Who purchases the Fir Tree?
A poor family
A city official
A rich family
A logging company
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How do you know? Quote the text to support your response.
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Which best describes how the Fir Tree responds to being decorated?
He enjoys the attention and hopes that the rest of his life will be like this.
He doesn't even notice that he is being decorated because he is so ungrateful.
He is angry about being taken from the woods and almost starts the house on fire.
He feels uncomfortable and misses being in the woods.
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How do you know this? Refer to the text in your response.
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What statement about the Fir Tree is TRUE?
The Fir Tree lives his life to the fullest.
The Fir Tree has a lot of foolish ideas.
The Fir Tree knows his place in the world.
The Fir Tree gets along well with rats.
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How do you know that the narrator is trying to teach readers this lesson? Support your argument with evidence from the text.
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Which figurative language technique is used in the following sentence?

"Each sigh was like a shot."
Simile
Understatement
Metaphor
Rhyme
Hyperbole
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How do you figure? Explain your answer in a complete sentence or two.
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When does the Fir Tree have his most significant change in character?
While he is fully decorated and lit
While he is talking with the sparrows
While he is talking with the stork
While he is talking with the mice
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In what way does the Fir Tree change? Refer to the text to support your response.
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Which is an example of dramatic irony?
The rats only want to hear stories about the larder.
The boy who stomps on the tree wears the star on his shirt.
The Fir thinks that man is waiting for spring to replant him.
The Fir spends several months in the loft of the home.
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How is this an example of dramatic irony? Explain what the audience understands that the character does not.
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Which statement best expresses a theme of this text?
If you dream it, and you believe it, then you can achieve it.
Life is not about falling down; it's about getting back up.
If you're failing to plan then you're planning to fail.
Live for today because tomorrow is not promised.
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How is this theme expressed in the story? Use the text in your response.
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The Fir Tree

By Hans Christian Andersen

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