The Hydrophobic Skunk

Irvin S. Cobb

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Which best expresses the narrator's sentiments on skunks?
Skunks are pests that should be attacked on sight.
Skunks must be respected for their fearsome abilities.
Skunks are disgusting and worthy of hatred.
Skunks are one of nature's most beautiful creations.
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How do you know this? Cite evidence from the text to support your response.
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Which does NOT apply to Johnny?
He is a skilled horseback rider.
He takes things too seriously.
He is a talented chef.
He knows how to tell a story.
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How do you know that this statement doesn't apply to Johnny? Cite evidence from the text to support your answer.
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Which best describes the conditions in which the narrator and his companions were camping?
They were staying in small tents and eating beans from a can.
They were staying in a five-star hotel in downtown Flagstaff.
They had luxurious accommodations and plenty of food.
They were sleeping under the stars and foraging for their food.
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What do the conditions of the camp reveal about the ruggedness of the tourists? Explain your answer.
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Which best explains why Bill and Johnny tell the narrator and his companion about the Hydrophobic Skunks?
They were trying to warn them.
They were trying to scare them.
They were trying to teach them.
They were trying to motivate them to help more.
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How do you know this? Support your argument with evidence from the text.
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Which statement best describes the narrator?
He is a crafty salesman.
He is a rugged cowboy.
He is a gullible tourist.
He is a fearless hero.
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Why do you think this? Which actions from the narrator reveal his character?
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Why does the narrator button his watch into his shirt pocket before he goes to sleep?
He set the alarm to wake up early.
He wants to protect his heart.
He is preparing to flee.
He needs a comforting noise to go to sleep.
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How do you know this? Use evidence from the text to support your answer.
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Which event happens last?
A rat frightens the narrator.
Johnny cooks dinner.
The narrator learns about hydrophobic skunks.
The men travel to the bottom of the Grand Canyon.
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Summarize the story in your own words. List five key events from the beginning, middle, and end of the story.
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Which figurative language technique is used in the following sentence?

"Humans is just pie to a Hydrophoby Skunk. "
Simile
Understatement
Metaphor
Hyperbole
Personification
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How do you figure? Explain your answer in a complete sentence.
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Which best describes the narrator's tone in this sentence from the second to last paragraph:

"He is honest, but from what I can gather he never gets badly stuck on a deal."
He is being humorous.
He is being insensitive.
He is being disrespectful.
He is being fearful.
He is being cautious.
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Why do you think this? Explain your answer completely.
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Which best explains why Johnny and Bill laughing at the end of the story?
They are laughing about how they fooled the tourists.
They are laughing at the narrator's funny story.
They are laughing about how much money they made.
They are laughing about how the narrator is afraid of rats.
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Why do you believe this? Use text and explain it to support your answer.
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By Irvin S. Cobb

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