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There's a little bit of magic in every box.™

Scottish Play Doe—aka Scott—is used to being a little different. Sometimes he hallucinates things no one else can see. Mermaids. Unicorns. A talking rabbit-man in tweed pants.

But then one of these hallucinations tries to steal Scott's backpack, and he comes face-to-face with an honest-to-goodness leprechaun named Mick who's on the run from, of all things, the Goodco Cereal Company.

With the help of their friends Erno and Emily, Scott and Mick uncover Goodco's sinister plans—and take the first steps in saving the world from the evil cereal company.

Curriculet Details
107 Questions
79 Annotations
3 Quizzes

Designed for students in 4th grade, this free digital curriculum contains annotations explaining simile/metaphor, imagery and author's purpose. It also contains interactive videos that support comprehension, such as videos about story elements and textual evidence. Over the course of the book, students will answer Common Core questions and quizzes related to the subjects of grammar, characterization, and story structure. This free online unit will increase student engagement while building reading comprehension.

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And Now a Word from Our Sponsor

The story begins with an advertisement for cereal, like a commercial you would see on television. The phrase "And now a word from our sponsor" usually precedes an advertisement letting the viewer know that the company who is advertising pays money, or sponsors, a television program. 
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What is the setting of the picture? 
Notice how the dialogue is set up in the commercial. The author uses all caps to show who is speaking in the text. Here, the girl says, "It's Clover!" Then, Clover speaks. 
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How is the Burlap Crisp cereal commercial similar to the Lucky Charms commercial? 
Watch this video of a Lucky Charms cereal commercial. (This annotation contains a video)

Prologue

The word "cluster" is a collective noun. Collective nouns are nouns that name a group of something. "Cluster" and "team" are two examples of collective nouns. 
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Which of the following contains the simile? 

Chapter 1

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What does Scott mean by "they should give me a punch card. Five schools and I get a free soda?" 
Make connections: Have you ever had a migraine headache? If so, you know how bad they hurt. Can you empathize with Scott knowing that he frequently gets migraine headaches? 
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Scott experiences ______________ before he gets a migraine headache. 
This is an example of a simile. Similes compare two things using "like" or "as." 
Can you visualize what this might look like for Scott to walk down the isle of the bus this way? Does it make you think of a Western movie or cartoon?  
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The highlighted text is an example of a __________________. 
"The bus cleared its throat" is an example of personification. Personification is when human characteristics are given to non-human things. Watch the video to learn more about personification.  (This annotation contains a video)

Chapter 2

In Chapter 1, we see what happened on Scott's first day of school. Now in Chapter 2, we meet Erno and Emily and see how their first day of school began. 
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The highlighted text is an example of a _______________. 
Emily wears a piece of "headgear" for dental purposes. It could be to straighten her teeth or align her jaws. Maybe as we continue to read, we will find out the reason. 
Why does it seem strange to Erno that other families do not play these "private" games? 
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What relation is Mr. Wilson to Erno and Emily? 
Sepia is a reddish-brown pigment. It is used in photography to resemble the effect of aging. Here is an example of a sepia-toned picture. (This annotation contains an image)
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The highlighted text is an example of a _____________. 
Mr. Wilson is at the Goodco Cereal Company on the same day that Erno and Emily are on the field trip there. 
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What is the reason for the twice a day visit to Goodco Cereal Company? Use textual evidence to support your answer. 
Personification is when non-human objects are given human characteristics. For example, "The car coughed and stuttered when I tried to crank it." Here, coughing and stuttering are human characteristics, yet they help describe the way the car sounds as it tries to start up. 
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The highlighted text is an example of _________________. 
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What are some subjects that Project: Potential kids study? 

Chapter 3

The author uses imagery here to help the reader "see" what Ms. Wyvern looks like and to "hear" how she sounds when she talks. Watch the video to learn more about imagery. How does the author's use of imagery help us "see" Ms. Wyvern? (This annotation contains a video)
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While Julie reads the story from Legends and Lore, Erno is trying to ______________. 
Veterans Day is an American holiday that takes place on November 11th. The purpose of the holiday is to honor veterans of the armed forces. 
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Why does Emily act this way as she observes the interaction between Ms. Wyvern and Erno over the yellow piece of paper? 
What do you think is meant by "one of Emily's spells?" 
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Why does Emily attack Carla? 

Chapter 4

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Why are Scott and Erno going to the science museum? 
Did you expect the yellow scroll to be in the claw machine? Why or why not? 
Do you think the boy will try to get the scroll since he knows Scott and Erno want it? 

Chapter 5

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What makes the Utz kids different from most other kids? 
The ampersand is a symbol used to represent the conjunction word "and." (This annotation contains an image)
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Reread this page and find three examples of a simile. (Hint: Similes compare two things using "like" or "as.") 
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How does Scott come up with the digits to be a telephone number? 

Chapter 6

By knowing this information, we can infer that the date is now November 9th. 
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Does Scott think that it is normal for families to have tests like the ones Mr. Wilson gives to Erno and Emily? 
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The highlighted text is an example of __________________ because a non-human object is given human characteristics. 
How do you think Erno and Emily feel about having many different foster parents? 
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Why does Erno like Biggs, the housekeeper? 
Make Connections: Can you think of someone who has the same characteristics as Mr. Biggs? If so, how do you feel about that person? 
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How are Emily's thoughts toward the games Mr. Wilson invents for them different from Scott's thoughts toward the games? 
Here is another cereal advertisement. The words in all caps (CHILD ONE) is what is being said by that person. 
Count Chocula cereal commercial from the 1980s. How does it compare to the vampire cereal commercial here? Look for similarities between them. (This annotation contains a video)

Chapter 7

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Based on this information, what month of the year is it in the story? 
Brooklyn is the most populated area in New York City's five boroughs.  (This annotation has embedded rich content)
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How did Scott get his name? 
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Which of the following is the simile from the highlighted text? 
This is an example of a hyperbole. A hyperbole is a deliberate exaggeration of actions or ideas for the sake of emphasis. The hyperbole here emphasizes the terrible smell in the bathroom. (This annotation contains a video)
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This story detail suggests that ______________________. 
A mirage is an optical phenomenon in which light is refracted through a layer of hot air close to the ground, giving the appearance of there being refuge in the distance. (This annotation contains an image)
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What promise does the little man make to Scott? 
The simile here compares the handcuffs on the little man's wrist to a practice joke because they look funny. The handcuffs look really large compared to his tiny wrists. 

Chapter 8

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After reading this page, identify two examples of a simile. Type the sentences that contain the examples. 

Chapter 9

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Cite textual evidence to describe the town of Goodborough. 
A clurichaun is an Irish fairy that is closely related to the leprechaun. While leprechauns tend to be mean and moody, clurichauns have a happier, more jolly disposition.  (This annotation contains an image)

Chapter 10

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Identify and state two examples of a simile in the highlighted text. 
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From what we know about Reggie Dwight so far, we can infer that he is _____________. 

Chapter 11

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Why does Scott butter his fruit and pour orange juice on his waffle? 
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The highlighted text is an example of a ________________. 
Scott thinks that Mick is calling his dad a "fairy" and it upsets him. Think about how you feel when someone calls someone you care about a name. Do you feel the same way as Scott? 
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What is Scott's father's REAL name? 
This detail suggests that if someone is related to a "changeling," they are able to see Mick. 

Chapter 12

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Mick said he got "mixed up with a Pekingese." A Pekingese is a breed of _______________. 
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Identify and state two examples of a simile in the highlighted text. 
Elmer Fudd is a cartoon character who hunted Bugs Bunny. (This annotation contains an image)
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Why does Mick kick Scott from inside the backpack? 

Chapter 13

As you read, notice the similes the author uses in his writing. 
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The highlighted text is an example of a _________________. 
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Why does Scott hide himself and Mick behind the front door? 
A metaphor compares two distinct objects and draws similarity between them without using "like" or "as." The way Scott looks when he runs is compared to a spinning pinwheel. The reader can imagine arms and legs wildly swinging in a spinning motion. 
Quiz 1 

Chapter 14

Why do you think Mr. Wilson is acting strange? Could it have something to do with the fact that he has been visiting Goodco? Keep reading to find out. 
"Bang" is an example of onomatopoeia. Onomatopoeia are words that represent sounds. In other words, they are sound effect words. Other examples of onomatopoeia are "crash," "meow," and "crack."  
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When Emily coughed, a __________ came out of her mouth. 
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How do you know this sentence is an example of a simile? 
Why does Emily believe Mr. Wilson is responsible for vandalizing the property? 

Chapter 15

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Where did Erno leave the birthday cake? 
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Why does Vivian think parents will buy cereal with ThinkDrink in it? 
Do you think Biggs will be able to help Erno and Emily? 

Chapter 16

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What can you infer about how Biggs feels about Erno and Emily? 
Why do Nathan Goode and Jack Harmliss work so well together? What makes them able to create such a powerful cereal company? 
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What is the name of the secret organization created within the Goodco company? 
Look at the images (or symbols) mentioned in the text. What kind of emotions do you feel when you see these characters? 

Chapter 17

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Based on the details in the highlighted text, who is Harvey? 
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Identify and state the two similes in this sentence. 
Do you think this is a little unusual? Why might Biggs sleep this way?  
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Why did Emily think that Biggs lived in a tree? Cite textual evidence to support your answer. 
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Where did Biggs meet Mr. Wilson? 
Do you notice something about the second Porta-Potty? Earlier it was shut tight, now it's door is ajar. Who could have been in there? 
This looks like a court case, where Humboldt County brought allegations against the Goodco cereal company. 
Are you thinking that maybe Biggs ate Goodco cereal when he was young? Could that be why he is so large and hairy? 

Chapter 18

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The highlighted text is an example of _______________. 
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This detail reveals that ____________________________. 
Notice the difference in the way Emily feels about Mr. Wilson and the way Erno feels about him. Emily thinks he has their best interest in mind while Erno is a little suspicious of Mr. Wilson's motives. 
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The highlighted text is an example of a ______________. 
Emily uses one of the pressure-point techniques on Reggie Dwight. Since she doesn't know who he is at first, she thinks he may harm Scott or Erno. 

Chapter 19

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What is the setting of the story based on the highlighted text? 
This detail about Scott's father suggests that he either goes to one extreme or the other. He is "not good with gray areas" means he has no middle area, where there is a balance. 
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Why does Scott think his father probably saw the Fay(fairy-like creatures) because he grew up in England? 
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What is the purpose of the "mystery play?" Cite textual evidence to support your answer. 
The secret Freemen society makes me think of the Freemasons society in the United States. Freemasonry is a fraternal organization that traces its origins to the local fraternities of stonemasons. Several influential men in the United States were freemasons like George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Paul Revere and Henry Ford. They also have symbols to represent their society as well as various levels of initiation.  

Chapter 20

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What does Polly say is the reason Goodco funds research that has nothing to do with cereal? 
Will this clue help Scott solve the riddle? What is significant about the word "Avalon?" 

Chapter 21

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How does Erno know that Emily will NOT walk into the living room and catch him trying to solve the riddle? 
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The highlighted text is an example of ________________. 
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What do you infer Mr. Wilson wants Erno to do with the gold key? 
What does this detail reveal about the notes? Do you think Mr. Wilson thinks these papers are very important? If so, why? 

Chapter 22

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Who wants to go to Goodco and see the commercial? 
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Why is Mick in a good mood? Cite textual evidence to support your answer. 
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What do some say about the Fair Folk? 
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What does Finchbriton do to rescue the elf? 

Chapter 23

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This detail suggests that ______________. 
Notice how Mick and Harvey act when they are reunited. They seem happy to see each other. 
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The highlighted text is an example of a _____________. 
Bugs Bunny is an American cartoon character.  (This annotation contains a video)
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How does Harvey say he escaped from Goodco? Cite textual evidence to support your answer. 

Chapter 24

Mick knows a lot of stories. Do you think some of the stories are events that happened to him or other Fay? 
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Why does the bean-sidhe say she should be in Camlann? 
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Mick says that all of the magical creatures are _________________. 
The highlighted text tells the account of Mary's baby who is kidnapped. How does her story differ in the Goodborough Telegraph and Harper's Weekly? 
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What was unusual about fairy families? 
What does Fergus mean by "you need only live honorably?" 
What do you think these men are planning to do? Keep reading to find out. 

Chapter 25

When you read this, who did E2 make you think of? 
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The papers Mr. Wilson left for Erno appear to be ________________. 
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How does Mick get the motor-bike from the armed man? 
Where could the smoke be coming from? 
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The highlighted text is an example of a _______________. 
Who is Haskoll working for?  
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What does this detail reveal about Goodco? 
Where did this metal come from? Do you think Harvey had anything to do with it? 
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Why is Harvey "looking suddenly tired?" 

Chapter 26

A black hole is an area in space where the gravitational pull is so strong that everything get pulled into it. Emily uses this comparison to how knowledge gets pulled into her brain.  (This annotation contains an image)
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What are Mick and Harvey arguing about and why? Use textual evidence to support your answer. 
How does the author's use of imagery paint a picture of the "Freemen's Temple" in your mind? 
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Emily is compared to a "tiny animal." This comparison is an example of a _____________. 
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How does Harvey know where to find Emily? 
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The comparison of the temple to a "massive gargoyle" is an example of a ____________. 
Who do you think they are referring to? They first say "He's" then "it's." 
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The men are talking about Biggs. What does this detail reveal about Biggs? Do you think that Biggs is a result of Goodco's testing? (Hint: Think of how large Biggs is and how hairy he is. Remember when Emily and Erno found the razors in his house.) 
Erno makes reference to Jekyll and Hyde. In the novel of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, the main character has two personalities. Erno makes reference to this because Mr. Wilson appears to have two different personalities. 
Quiz 2 

Chapter 27

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Why are the guards wearing pink goggles? 
The expression "if things go South" is another way of saying "if things go wrong." 
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Identify and state two examples of a simile from this page. Type the sentences that contain the simile. 

Chapter 28

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According to what the Freemen are saying, who can you infer is E1? 
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What causes these strange events to happen? 

Chapter 29

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Why does Mick give Biggs the brandy? 
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What are Scott and Mick watching on the stage? 
The comparison in this text is an example of a simile. 

Chapter 30

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Why does Erno apologize to Emily? 
What do you think Erno saw?  
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What does Emily want? 

Chapter 31

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Who is the dragon, Saxbriton? 
Why do you think Mick leaps over the balcony?  

Chapter 32

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Where are Erno and Emily now? 
The highlighted text is an example of a simile. 
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Based on the information in the highlighted text, who do you infer has come to Scott's rescue? 

Chapter 33

Does Scott really have something he can use or is he just bluffing? 
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What might Scott use a flashlight for in this fight? 

Chapter 34

The comparison of the Freemen Temple to a fort is an example of a metaphor. 
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How does Merle stop the Freemen? 
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What is Merle's plan for getting them safely out of the Freemen's Temple? Cite textual evidence to support your answer. 

Chapter 35

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Why do they have to warn Scott's dad? 
This is the commercial that Scott's father is doing for Goodco. 
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What is significant about the "queen" punching Reggie Dwight and her picture being on the cereal box? 
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What ingredients are in Peanut Butter Clobbers? 

Chapter 36

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What does Scott think about adults? 

Chapter 37

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What do the goblins "specialize" in? 
How does the author's use of imagery help you "see" the beautiful woman? 
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In this sentence, 'a cold flare of light "tumbled" through the room in waves' is an example of ____________________ because the flare of light is given the human characteristic of tumbling. 
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Based on this detail, we can infer that Nimue's influence is _________________. 
How might this detail relate to Emily? Keep that in your mind as Nimue continues to explain everything. 
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Why were children given Milk-7 to drink? Cite textual evidence to support your answer. 

Chapter 39

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Using context clues, what do you think the "loo" is? 
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What is the machine used for? 

Chapter 40

What is the setting at this point in the story? If you said Merle's house, you are correct! 
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What does Scott believe is wrong with Polly? Use evidence from the text to support your answer. 
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What do you think it means to "live an honorable life?" 
Honorable means "worthy of respect." 
"Whoop" is a sound effect word. This is an example of onomatopoeia. 
Fata Morgana Mirage  (This annotation contains an image)
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Which of the following is NOT something Scott has done while his mother has been in Antarctica? 
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