They Cage the Animals at Night

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At the age of eight, the author began a three-year odyssey through a series of orphan asylums and foster homes, punctuated by episodes of living in the streets—a journey through a world of hostile strangers, abusive adults, and suspicious children.
Curriculet Details
108 Questions
67 Annotations
3 Quizzes

Designed for students in 8th grade, this free digital curriculum contains annotations explaining simile, metaphor, point of view, and theme. It also contains interactive videos that support comprehension, such as videos about conflict and textual evidence. Over the course of the book, students will answer Common Core questions and quizzes related to the subjects of character development, inferences, and point of view. This free online unit will increase student engagement while building reading comprehension.

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Prologue

At times during your reading you will be asked to support your answers by citing textual evidence. Textual evidence is the core of argument and analysis. Textual evidence is support lifted directly from text to support inferences, claims, and assertions. The video explains more about the use of textual evidence.  (This annotation contains a video)
A prologue is a small chapter that comes before the beginning of a text. It is often a flashback or flash forward. What type of prologue is used in They Cage the Animals at Night? 

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Jennings suspects something is different about his mother. What evidence in the text strongly supports his inference that something is wrong with his mother? 
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What is the best inference that can be drawn from "She looked sad and red-eyed?" 
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Use the define feature and read the definitions for curb. Which of the sentences below uses curb in the same way it is used in the passage? 
Chiclets is a brand of candy coated chewing gum made by Cadbury Adams. The image below shows Chiclets. Imagine a bathroom floor tiled entirely with white Chiclets.  (This annotation contains an image)
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Jennings asks two very important questions: Where is he and why is he there? The reader doesn't have enough information as to why he is there, but there is enough information to form an inference about where he is. Based on the information in the text, where is Jennings? 
There are similarities and differences between Sister Frances and the nun that Jennings meets as he lines up for breakfast. Think about these similarities and differences as you learn more about them. What language does the author use to illustrate the two nuns? How does the choice of words make you feel about each nun? 
Bullying is a major theme (or central idea) that Burch explores in detail in "They Cage Animals at Night." A theme is the focus, the lesson or the moral learned in a given piece of literature. The video explains more about themes in literature. (This annotation contains a video)
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Briefly explain the difference between an orphan and a foster child as Mark defines them. 
The selected text introduces a second important theme or central idea of the text: hope and the strength of the human spirit. Hope is a very powerful emotion. Many people rely on it to get through tough times. It appears from the evidence presented in the text that Mark and many of the other children have given up hope of having a life outside of the orphanage. Look for other details that support the theme of hope, courage, and the human spirit. 
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Metaphor is a figure of speech which makes a comparison between two things or objects that are different but have some characteristic in common.The author uses the metaphor of a snake to describe the line of children moving about the orphanage. What information does the use of the metaphor give you about the line of students? 
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The selected text helps to best develop which of the themes or central ideas introduced in Chapter 1 of the text? 
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Based on the evidence in the text, how does Jennings feel about his brothers? Provide at least one detail from the story to support your answer. 
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Briefly explain the difference between lifers and part-timers.  
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Which of the statements below explains why some students receive schooling at the orphanage while others do not? 
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How does the selected text help to develop the theme or central idea of bullying? Use evidence from the text to support your answer. 
"They Cage the Animals at Night" is told from the first person point of view. A character or participant in the story tells what happens without stating more than can be inferred from the story's action and dialogue. The narrator never discloses anything about what the characters think or feel. The selected text illustrates the first person point of view very well. Jennings is watching Mark laugh, but he is unsure why the boy is laughing. The reader's understanding is limited to what Jennings can see and hear.  
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List at least two details from the text that help the reader to infer that the children adore Sister Clair. 
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Use your own words to explain why Jennings's mother left him at the orphanage.  
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What does the reader learn about Mark from the selected text? 
Sometimes an author includes text that can have more than one meaning. There is the literal meaning of the text, and there is the deeper, hidden meaning. The selected text is one example of deeper meaning in text. It is the title of the book, so it must be important. On one level the author means the stuffed animals are locked back into the cabinet for the night. There is also the deeper meaning of the children themselves being caged away at the orphanage night after night.  

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Johnny-ride-the-pony is a game of leapfrog. The image below shows a game of Johnny-ride the-pony. (This annotation contains an image)
Jennings is 8 years old during the story. Try to recall your life as an 8 year old. How did you view members of the opposite gender? Why do you think Jennings is concerned about the other boys seeing him talking to a girl? 
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Think about what Jennings is trying to convey in the selected text. What do you think he means by "They weren't anything at all?" 
The selected text is the second time Jennings has mentioned not wanting the boys to see him playing with a girl. Authors usually repeat parts of the text when they are important to the story. Why do you think the author repeats the information? 
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Which of the following inferences is supported by the details in the selected text? 
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How does the fight with Butch change Jennings? Use your own words to explain how he changes. Include details from the text to support your response. 
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Not only has Jennings changed as a result of the fight, Butch has also. How has Butch changed? Why do you think this change occurred? Use details from the text to support your response. 
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What does the text reveal about how Mark's feels about Jennings leaving the orphanage? 

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The text at the beginning of the chapter shows a difference between how Mr. Carpenter and Mrs. Carpenter feel about children. Which Carpenter do you predict will become Jennings's ally during his stay? Which parts of the text lead you to think the way you do? 
Humphrey Bogart was an American actor. (This annotation contains an image)
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Which of the statements below explains why the Carpenters brought Jennings into their home? 
The conversation between the Carpenters about the television helps the reader to put Burch's story into a historical perspective. The television was not the primary source of entertainment of people until the 1950's. Until that time, families listened to radio shows for entertainment. Can you imagine life without a television? 
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What does the selected text reveal about Mr. Carpenter? How is he different from Mrs. Carpenter? Use examples from the text to help develop your response. 
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Briefly explain how the selected text makes you feel. Would you have acted the same way Jennings acts at the end of the chapter? What would you have done differently? 

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The reader can infer from the selected text that Jennings has changed since he first came to the orphanage. How would you describe this change? What do think caused the changes in Jennings? 
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Why is Jennings sick after eating the meatloaf? 
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Jennings begins to see Sister Frances differently. He can't quite figure out why. Which of the sentences below explains the reason he begins to see her differently? 
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Use your own words to briefly describe how Jennings feels about Stacy leaving the orphanage. Why does he feel the way he does? 
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Which of the excerpts from the text helps to understand the meaning of "retreat" as it is used in the text? 
The author repeats the title of the book in the selected text. Read on to see if you can determine a meaning for the title other than the literal meaning. 
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Now that you have read more about the animals, explain what you think is the deeper meaning of the phrase "cage the animals at night." 
Ebenezer Scrooge is a character from "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens. In the image below, Scrooge is sitting by the fireplace. (This annotation contains an image)
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Seeing his mother again causes a mix of emotions inside him. List two emotions that Jennings is feeling. Which words from the text helped you make your choices? 
The selected text is an example of hyperbole. Hyperbole is the exaggeration of an idea for the sake of emphasis. Most likely the nun in the story is not a hundred years old. Jennings uses hyperbole to emphasize that she appears much older than the other nuns. 

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Little Lulu is a comic strip character from the 1930s. The image below shows Little Lulu. (This annotation contains an image)
"The Great Lover" provides a historical context for the story. The reader can assume the story is set circa 1949, the year the film is released. 
A "two cents plain" refers to seltzer water. 
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Based on the information in the text, the reader can infer that a "bugle" is 
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What does the selected text reveal about Jennings and his family? 
Midnight Mass is traditionally held by some Catholic churches to celebrate the Christmas holiday. 
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Who does "old man" refer to in the conversation between George and Jennings? 
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Based on Jennings description of Sister Ann Charles, how does he feel about her? Identify specific words from the text that support your answer. 
The Korean War began in 1950 as a civil war between North and South Korea. The United States supported South Korea while China assisted North Korea. The war ended in 1953. The image below is a map of the Koreas during the conflict.  (This annotation contains an image)
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According to the text, why is Jennings's mother sick? 
Quiz #1 
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Use your own words to explain why Jennings is frightened by the new home.  

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Briefly explain why the room looks familiar to Jennings. 
There appears to be two types of nuns in the book. There are the nuns like Sister Clair who are nice and caring, and there are nuns like Sister Francis who are mean and cruel towards the children. Why does the author draw such a clear line between the different characters? Do you think these women are always mean and always nice?  
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Which of the statements below explains why Jennings has never seen a firefly? 
The cuts on Stevie's back appear to be important to the story. The reader isn't certain what might have caused the cuts, but you can make some inferences. Who do you think is responsible for Stevie's injuries? Why does he have them? 
Notice that Stevie speaks differently than the other children in the home. You know this because the spelling of some words is different. This is called dialect and reflects the class of people or the area that a character comes from. Authors often use dialect to help build characters. Read Stevie's dialog aloud to see if you can discover where he is from. 
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What does Jennings's reaction to the news about snakes tell you about his character? 
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Do you think running away from the home is the best decision for Stevie to make? Use evidence from the text to support your argument. 
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What does "the nurse gave me a needle..." mean as it is used in he passage? 
The selected text is an example of "personification." Personification refers to an author's applying human characteristics to nonhuman objects. In the selected text, the author personifies Doggie by giving him a voice. The video below explains more about personification. (This annotation contains a video)
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Which of the statements below explains why Jennings searched for food behind the bakery? 
The image shows a police station in New York City. (This annotation contains an image)
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Why is Jennings afraid to tell the police officer where he got the splinters? 
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In the space below, provide two items of textual evidence that support the inference that Sarge is a kind man. 

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The setting for this part of the story is the Bronx. The Bronx is one of the five boroughs that make up the city of New York. The yellow area on the map below shows the location of the Bronx. (This annotation contains an image)
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Jerome and Jennings have had different experiences growing up. Compare and contrast the life experiences of the two boys. 
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Briefly explain what it means to be a brother or a sister. Use experiences from your own life to support your answer. 
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Which of the excerpts from the text helps to explain the meaning of the word tutor as it is used in the text? 
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What can the reader infer about Gene from the selected text? 
The selected text is a reference to "Captain Video and His Video Rangers, a science fiction television series that aired between 1945 and 1955. It was the first science fiction series on television. The video below is a brief clip from the series. (This annotation contains a video)
The image below shows Yogi Berra. (This annotation contains an image)
The image below shows Phil Rizzuto. (This annotation contains an image)
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Briefly explain why George is quitting school. Do you think this is a good decision? Include details from the text or your experiences to support you argument. 
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How does Jennings's life change after Jerome comes to live with the family. Use textual evidence to support your answer. 

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A "rag picker" is a person who collects trash from the streets and sells it for recycling. The image below shows a rag picker. (This annotation contains an image)
At first glance mom doesn't seem interested in the problems that Jennings and Larry are having at school. Do you think this is true? If she does care, why does she continually tell the boys to "do the best they can?" 
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Which of the solutions below is the best for helping Jennings with fractions? 
The image below shows a classroom from St. Michael's school in Flushing, New York. (This annotation contains an image)
The images below shows St. Michael's School in Flushing, New York. (This annotation contains an image)
The image below is an artist's interpretation of St. Michael slaying the devil. (This annotation contains an image)
The image below shows St. Michael's Roman Catholic Church in Flushing, NY. (This annotation contains an image)
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How are Jennings and the bus driver similar? 
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Which of the statements below is NOT a reason Jennings enjoys riding with Sal? 
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What can the reader infer from the way the boy was kicking the box around? 
Do you agree with Larry's observation in the selected text? Is everyone in the house going nuts or are they just trying to survive a difficult situation the best way they know how? 
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Briefly explain how Sal makes Jennings feel better about his cat dying. 
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Create a summary of Jennings's experiences at St. Michael's School. How has St. Michael's changed the way Jennings views school? 

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What important life lesson does Jennings learn from Mr. Frazier in the selected text? 
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How is the Frazier's home different from the homes that Jennings has stayed in before? 
The author uses dialect to help develop the character of Martha. Notice the grammatically incorrect use of "eats" and "wants." These misused words suggest Martha may be from a less-educated social class. 
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What does the author's description of Donald tell you about his character?  
Children often shoulder the blame for the problems their parents deal with. Why do you think children think as they do about their parents? Think about what kind of child Jennings is. Do you think he is responsible for his mother's illness?  
The Whitestone Bridge connected the Bronx and Queens. The image below shows what Jennings might have seen from the pier. (This annotation contains an image)
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How does Jennings feel about his first fishing trip? 
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How is Jennings's relationship with Sal different from his relationship with other adults? Why is it different? 
The image below shows the convent at St. Michael's. (This annotation contains an image)
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What is Jennings implying when he says "It's only me?" 
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Which of the following is NOT something kind Sister Gerard does for Jennings? 
The selected text helps to build the theme or central idea of bullying in the text. The text is an example of verbal bullying. An individual who uses teasing, insults, and other types of spoken language to gain power over another is engaging in verbal bullying. As you read further notice how the boys in the school yard move from verbal bullying to physical bullying. 
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Use your own words to explain how Jennings being teased and bullied is his fault? 
Do you understand the deeper meaning beneath the old man's words to Sal? What do they mean? How did they change Sal's life for the better? 
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What does the selected text reveal about Mr. Frazier? 

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Why is the Q44 bus special to Jennings? 
Phone booths similar to the one in the image below are now a rare site in the United States, but were a common feature of most street corners during Jennings's childhood. You can imagine how small Jennings's bunk bed is because Larry compares it to a phone booth. (This annotation contains an image)
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Which of the statements below explains why Larry wants to run away from home? 
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Jennings thinks the old man that Walter is talking about is the same old man that changed Sal's life. Is he correct? Use textual evidence to support your argument. 
Abandonment refers to a child being left by someone he or she loves or cares about and is another theme or central idea in the story. There are plenty of examples of abandonment in the story, but the loss of Sal appears to have a deeper affect on Jennings than any of the others. 
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Use your own words to explain why Jennings chooses Sal to run away to. Use examples from the text to support your answer. 
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Which of the statements below tells how Jennings perceives running away as being similar to being put in a orphanage? 
Cracker Jack is a candy-coated popcorn snack that comes with a toy surprise. The image below shows the Cracker Jack box.  (This annotation contains an image)
Quiz #2 

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How does the selected text help to develop the theme of abandonment in the story?  
George is resentful of Sal because he feels threatened by him. As you read, identify the source of George's feelings. How do his feelings affect George's relationship with his family? 
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Use your own words to explain what Sal means when he says "George is being pulled in two different directions. His heart is telling him one thing, while his mind is telling him something else." Use examples from the text to support your answer. 
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Use the define feature to read the definition of convalescent. Which of the words below is an antonym (a word meaning the opposite) of convalescent as it is used in the sentence? 
The selected text identifies a conflict in the story. A conflict refers to a struggle occurring between two opposing characters or forces. The video below explains conflict in more detail. After watching the video, can you identify the source of the conflict between Walter and George? (This annotation contains a video)
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The reader can infer from the selected text that Jennings is ____________ about Sal taking a new job. 
A broken neck is a fracture, or a break, in one of the cervical (neck) vertebrae. Cervical spine fractures are usually caused by a violent blow to the neck. The image below shows an image of the cervical spine. (This annotation contains an image)

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The Child Welfare Bureau is a government agency that works with families to ensure the safety and well-being of children. 
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Which of the statements below is an inference that can be made from the lady's reaction to finding Jennings in the waiting room? 
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Jennings has changed since he first stayed in the Home of the Angels. Use your own words to explain how Jennings has changed and how these changes impact his approach to new orphanages. Use examples from the text to support your answer. 
The image below shows a homeless shelter in Brooklyn, New York. (This annotation contains an image)
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Explain how Jennings's and Mark's shared experiences have developed a deep bond between the two boys. Use examples from the text to support your response. 
The lady tells Jennings to forget about the Fraziers and Sal coming for him. Her words appear to contradict how these people feel about Jennings based on the evidence in the text. What explanation might exist for the Fraziers and Sal not coming to get Jennings? 
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Why does Jennings want to sit instead of playing on the playground? 
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Why does Jennings think Mark needs Doggie more than he does? 
Caster oil is typically used to treat constipation. The nurse believes Jennings's imaginary headache is the result of trouble with his bowels.  
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Which of the statements below explains why Mark does not want to go to the nurse and the hospital? 
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What does Jennings mean when he tells the nurse that he and Mark are "a little more than friends?" 
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How does the weather impact Jennings's plan to escape? 
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Why does Jennings run away from the Brooklyn Shelter? 
"Like an echo in a long tunnel" is an example of a simile. A simile is a literary device that points out the similarities between two objects or people. The video below explains similes and metaphors. (This annotation contains a video)
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Why does Mark die? 

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Explain what Jennings means when he says "He's all I got." 
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According to the text which of the options below is NOT caused by Jennings's father being a drunk? 
The image below shows the entrance to St. Bartholomew's School in Brooklyn, NY. (This annotation contains an image)
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Why is Jennings afraid to ask about Sal? What is the answer he is expecting to hear? 
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George is glassy-eyed. The reader can infer from this information that George is __________. 
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Which of the words below describes George's reaction to hearing that Walter is upset by Larry's drinking? 
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What is Sal's reason for not getting Jennings from the Brooklyn Shelter? 
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According to Jennings why does Larry run away from home the second time? 
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Use your own words to explain the differences in how Jerome views death and how Jennings views death. Why do the boys have such differing views on death? 
Jerome is very wise for his age. He sees the family from an outsider's point of view because he is not around his family due to his illness. A character's point of view often determines how the he interacts with others. 
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Jennings is embarrassed by the attention from Stacy. Which of the excerpts from the text helps support the inference that he is embarrassed? 
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Use your own words to summarize Jerome's view of love. Why do you think his views are so different from those of the other characters? 
The theme or central idea of relationships and family is found throughout the story. How do the relationships in the story grow and develop over the course of the book? Think about Jennings's relationship with Stacy. How is it different from their first meeting? Why is it different?  
The selected text is another example of the author uses language to develop a character. 
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Why do you think Jennings has a difficult time telling people he loves them? 
Is there a person in your life that makes you feel the way Jennings does about Jerome? Can you describe or define it in words or is it something you have to feel to understand?  
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What does Jennings mean when he says "I knew what was coming?" 

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Yonkers, NY is located just north of Manhattan. The map shows the location of Yonkers on the Hudson River. (This annotation contains an image)
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The selected text helps develop which of the book's themes or central ideas? 
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How does the selected text help to develop the theme or central idea of bullying? 
Structure is a literary element that refers to how the author puts the story together. The video below explains structure in more detail. After you watch the video try to discover the structure of Burch's text. (This annotation contains a video)
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Why does Jennings help Kevin? 
The theme or central idea of bullying is not limited to the mistreatment of children by other children. It also applies to the questionable actions of the adults as well. Do you think the bullying of the adults or the children will have the greatest affect on Jennings? 
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Which of the statements explains why Jennings ran away from the home in Yonkers? 
The selected text is an example of the first person objective point of view introduced in Chapter 1 of the book. The word "I" is a clue to let the reader know the story is written from the first person objective point of view.  
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Why does Jennings believe the "ghost" is the policeman's father? 
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Use the define feature to read the meaning of the word delinquent. Which of the words below is an synonym (similar in meaning) of delinquent as it is used in the text? 
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Why does Officer Daily take Jennings to his home? 

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Which of the adjectives below describes Officer Daily and his wife? 
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Use the define feature to read the definition of grilling. Which of the words below is a synonym for grill as it is used in the text? 
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Who is Mrs. Daily referring to in the selected text? 
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According to Mr. Daily what is the problem with taking Jennings into their home? 
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Use your own words to explain why Doggie is no longer speaking to Jennings. 
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What does Jennings mean by "I tried to loosen the words in my throat, but I couldn't?" 
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Why does Jennings continue to return to the zoo each time he runs away? 
Quiz #3 

Epilogue

An epilogue is writing at the end of a literary work that comments on what has come before or brings closure to the work. 
The image below shows the author along with Doggie. (This annotation contains an image)