The Fir Tree

Hans Christian Andersen

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Which character trait best applies to the Fir Tree?
He is impatient.
He is brave.
He is thoughtful.
He is clever.
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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 talks to birds.
The Fir understands the Sun, Wind, and Dew.
The Fir is curious about the fallen trees.
The Fir gets angry at a hare for hopping over him.
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Which statement best summarizes that Fir Tree's time in the woods?
He had everything he needed but he didn't appreciate it.
He was in constant danger but he made the best of it.
He was the most popular tree in the forest until he ran out of fruit.
He had such a happy childhood that he didn't want to grow up.
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Who purchases the Fir Tree?
A poor family
A logging company
A rich family
A city official
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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 feels uncomfortable and misses being in the woods.
He doesn't even notice that he is being decorated because he is so ungrateful.
He enjoys the attention and hopes that the rest of his life will be like this.
He is angry about being taken from the woods and almost starts the house on fire.
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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 knows his place in the world.
The Fir Tree gets along well with rats.
The Fir Tree has a lot of foolish ideas.
The Fir Tree lives his life to the fullest.
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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."
Rhyme
Simile
Hyperbole
Metaphor
Understatement
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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 talking with the mice
While he is talking with the stork
While he is talking with the sparrows
While he is fully decorated and lit
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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 Fir spends several months in the loft of the home.
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.
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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?
Live for today because tomorrow is not promised.
If you dream it, and you believe it, then you can achieve it.
If you're failing to plan then you're planning to fail.
Life is not about falling down; it's about getting back up.
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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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