One day I was 12 years old and broke. Then Grandma gave me Grandpa's old riding lawnmower. I set out to mow some lawns. More people wanted me to mow their lawns. And more and more. . . . One client was Arnold the stockbroker, who offered to teach me about "the beauty of capitalism. Supply and Demand. Diversify labor. Distribute the wealth." "Wealth?" I said. "It's groovy, man," said Arnold. If I'd known what was coming, I might have climbed on my mower and putted all the way home to hide in my room. But the lawn business grew and grew. So did my profits, which Arnold invested in many things. And one of them was Joey Pow the prizefighter. That's when my 12th summer got really interesting. From the Hardcover edition.
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This is an example of an idiom. An idiom is a figurative phrase that's meaning differs from the literal translation. Saying a person is a few bricks shy of a full load infers that the person is lacking in intelligence, not that they are actually short on bricks.
To infer (or to make an inference) is to make a guess based on reasoning and evidence. From this statement, what can you infer about why nothing broke around the speaker's grandfather?
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How does the speaker's comment about the mower relate to his grandfather?
Take note of the speaker's reaction to his parent's financial situation. Keep track of how his feelings evolve as the mowing business becomes more successful.
Which of the following was NOT revealed in Chapter 2?
Based on Arnold's lack of cash and offer to invest his payments, how might Arnold use the changing stock prices to his advantage?
The speaker has yet to reveal his name but carries on with the narration in the first person. The speaker is sharing his perspective of the events through a singular view. (This annotation contains a video)
Notice the change in vocabulary as the success of the business progresses. The speaker demonstrates growth as well through the use "distribute work" and "disperse wealth."
Explain how the grandmother's advice relates to the speaker's lawn business and decision making. Use examples from the text to support your response.
Notice how the speaker mentions being uncomfortable with the money he has made and letting his parents know about it. How might hiding his success affect the speaker in a negative way?
Chapters 1-5 Quiz
How does the use of breaking down the amount of days into hours and seconds emphasize the speaker's experience?
What can you conclude about the speaker's expectation of the mowing business compared to the reality of its success based on this statement? Use examples from the text to support your response.
The speaker keeps reminding the reader that the mowing business changed his summer and had a large impact. With each chapter another hint emerges while not quite revealing the full story. This is an example of foreshadowing. (This annotation contains a video)
Explain how the mowing business has affected the speaker's view of rain.
Notice Arnold's comment compared to the speaker's reaction. Take note of how Arnold reacts to the profits being made and how the money is being used.
A yogi is a person who practices yoga. This term also references someone who has achieved spiritual enlightenment. (This annotation contains an image)
Explain how Arnold's investments relate to how the speaker reflects on his age, his parents and the growth of his business.
Notice the speaker's assumption that there is a catch. Arnold has control over the funds and is working with a large sum. Do you think he will give the money back or will he take it and run?
Which of the following is the most problematic for the speaker based on Arnold's big reveal?
This statement is an example of simile. Notice how the comparison helps you visualize how deep and heavy Joseph's voice sounds. (This annotation contains a video)
Based on the incident with Rock how will Joseph's muscle support affect the success of the mowing business?
Keep track of Pasqual's reaction to Joseph scaring off Rock. What does this statement make you think? Why wouldn't Pasqual be happy with Rock off the property?
Chapters 6-10 Quiz
Explain how the speaker's point of view has changed and grown more confident with each experience. How will this affect his ability to share his success with his parents?
The speaker reminds the reader that he tries to prove he is capable of facing his parents and revealing the truth.
How does the speaker's mother's reaction relate to his hesitation to not share the money earlier?
Based on the structure of each chapter ending, what can you conclude about this statement?
The speaker also cannot give Rock any physical money. Most of the funds are invested as stock and must be sold and cashed.
How does this statement relate to how the speaker is changing his view of his parents.
The speaker displays very mature decision making in this scene. It is clear that the speaker has become more aware of his responsibilities as the boss and the control he has over the happiness of his workers. This change in thinking also exemplifies the speaker being a dynamic character. (This annotation contains a video)
Use the Define feature and look up the meaning of propelled. Based on the definition,which of the following words is an antonym (meaning opposite) of propelled ?
There is only one more chapter to go. Do you think all will end well or will the speaker's ominous chapter endings result in an unexpected ending?
"It sounded like somebody had slammed a melon with an ax," is an example of ________.
The speaker dreads Arnold's response and is still expecting the worse.
Chapters 11-15 Quiz
Explain how this statement emerges as a theme through the arrival of the mower and the success of the lawn business. Use examples from the text to support your response.