The Black Stallion and Satan
Satan has won the Triple Crown, yet Alec still misses the Black, who’s living in Arabia with Sheikh Abu Ishak. Unexpectedly, Alec receives word that the sheikh has died and has left the Black to Alec. A race between the Black and Satan is inevitable, but unexpected events put the horses in the path of a raging forest fire. Suddenly, they are racing for their lives. From the Trade Paperback edition.
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1. Triple Crown
The book you are about to read is the fourth installment in The Black Stallion series. Watch the video below to find out the story behind Alec Ramsey and the Black Stallion. Between the first book and this book, Alec is forced to give the Black back to his original owner. In return, Alec gets one of the Black's colts, Satan. Alec races Satan is several races and knows that Satan is a great racehorse. However, Alec still longs to have the Black. (This annotation contains a video)
How might a muddy track affect Satan's ability to race?
Do you know that horses can communicate? The position of a horse's ears can be a good indicator of your horse's mood. For example, pricked ears indicate his interest in something. If you are riding a horse, it is probable that your horse is listening to you speak to it, and the horse will flatten one or both of it's ears. Look at the image below to learn more about how horses communicate with their body language. (This annotation contains an image)
Based on the details in the text, what does giving a horse more rein allow it to do?
Make Predictions: Who do you think will win the Triple Crown? Satan or the gray colt?
Check your prediction. Did you predict Satan to win?
What do you learn about Satan in the highlighted text?
It is important for readers to know some background information about the characters and setting of a story. This is called the exposition. The exposition will often explain events that happened before the story began. The exposition is the first part of the plot. Watch the video to learn more about plot exposition. (This annotation contains a video)
2. Lucky Alec Ramsay?
Compare and contrast Henry and Alec. Tell one way in which they are alike and one way they are different.
Why does Henry NOT want Alec to go visit Satan?
Making inferences: When you make an inference, you use the information in the text to make a guess about something. Watch the video to learn more about making inferences and then answer the question below. (This annotation contains a video)
What do you infer is causing Alec to be upset?
3. The Way It Was
Did you know that you can look up any word in the text of the book or the text of the questions and answers? Just click (or press on mobile devices) the word you want to define and hold until the blue text selector pops up. When you release, a define option will appear. Since it's so easy to look up words, make sure you use this feature frequently... Is there a word on this page you need to look up?
Use the DEFINE feature to read the definition of straightforward. Which of the following is a synonym (word with similar meaning) for straightforward?
Do you think Alec will be able to put the Black behind him and move forward with Satan? Why or why not?
Which of the following might Alec and Henry do to "just hang around" with Satan at the track?
4. The Black
Imagery is the use of figurative language to represent objects, actions and ideas in such a way that it appeals to your physical senses. Which of your five senses does the author appeal to in the highlighted text? (This annotation contains a video)
Why does Alec try to clear the Black of blame for Abu's death?
Do you think the gateman has any idea about the Black? He seems to think that the Black is just any ordinary horse.
In what way does the airline make a horse's trip comfortable?
How does the Black's demeanor, or outward behavior, change when he is around Alec? Use evidence from the text to support your answer.
Why is the Black not wanting to get in the van? Do you think Alec will be able to coax him up the ramp?
5. Riding High!
Do you recall what is inside the folded blanket? What do you suppose Alec will do with what is in the blanket?
Why does Alec allow the Black to touch the brush?
Why does Henry get so excited when he sees Alec riding the Black in the field?
How does Alec's view of the Black differ from other people's view of the Black?
Do you think Alec will be as excited about Henry's idea as his father is? Why or why not?
Based on the details in the text, how does Alec feel about buying the farm and relocating the Black?
6. Satan Wears His Crown
Don't forget to read the title of each chapter. The title often gives clues about what will happen in the chapter.
Which of the following is the most likely reason Alec decides to leave the track?
Do you think Alec will ever race the Black against Satan? Why or why not?
Why does Tony believe Satan won the Chicago race?
Do you think Alec makes a good decision to take the Black to the park? Why or why not?
Why does Henry NOT want anyone to know that the Black is stabled in the barn?
Make Predictions: Do you think the Black beat Satan's record of one minute fifty-eight seconds?
Using context clues in the sentence, what does disclose most likely mean?
What does this encounter with the police officer mean for Alec? Will he have to tell his parents and Henry he took the Black to the park?
How does the police officer feel about the Black? Use evidence from the text to support your answer.
How does Alec draw attention to himself in the courtroom?
Why does Alec feel like everyone is watching him? Do you think any reporters will notice him?
Why is Alec moving the Black from his stall to the tack room? Use evidence from the text to support your answer.
Why is this situation Alec is in unfair to the Black? What does it prevent the Black from being able to do?
Why might the reporters NOT believe Alec was riding Napoleon in the park?
Do you think the reporters suspect that Alec was riding the Black in the park?
Point of view is the mode of narration that an author uses to let the reader “hear” and “see” what takes place in a story. Watch the video to learn more about point of view and then answer the question below. (This annotation contains a video)
From which point of view is this story written?
8. Abu Ishak's Promise
Use the DEFINE feature to read the definition of columnist. Use the definition to complete the sentence. A columnist is someone who __________________________.
What does Alec mean by saying Jim Neville "wants to dig"?
Which definition of peak most closely fits the context of the sentence?
Make Predictions: Do you think Jim Neville will talk Alec into racing the Black again?
Based on the details in the highlighted text, do you think Alec will change his mind? Why or why not?
Who is responsible for getting the Black's name on the race list?
9. The Black's Public
Why are there so many people at Alec's house? What evidence from the text supports your answer?
Use the word "bequeaths" in a sentence of your own. Try to show that you know what the word means. You can use the Define feature if you need help with the word.
Do you think Henry is mad at Alec? Why or why not?
Which word BEST describes Henry?
Dialogue is conversation between two or more characters in a story. Read the poster below to find out more about dialogue. (This annotation contains an image)
According to information in the annotation above, what does dialogue do in a story?
10. International Track
Why does Alec like times when he, the Black, and Henry are together? What evidence from the text supports your answer?
Who is Alec referring to when he says, "I wonder if they'll know each other"?
Grounds has more than one meaning. Words that have more than one meaning are called ___________________.
How do you think the Black is going to react around the rest of the horses? Do you believe he will give Alec trouble?
Horse behavior is best understood from the view that horses are prey animals. They have a well-developed fight-or-flight response. Their first reaction to a threat is often to flee, or run away. However, sometimes they stand their ground and defend themselves.
What does Alec mean by saying the Black would "like to go a little"?
Similes make a comparison between two objects using "like" or "as." In the highlighted text, the Black's tail is compared to a black cloak.
Thunderous is used to describe the Black's hooves. Therefore, thunderous is a/an _____________________.
11. The Black Meets Satan
Why is the Black behaving this way?
How does El Dorado feel around the Black?
Why does Alec decide to fix Stall 8 for Satan instead of Stall 9?
Is it a good idea for Alec to be in the stall with the Black right now? Why or why not?
Which of the following causes the Black to settle down?
Foreshadowing is a literary device in which the author gives an advance hint of what is to come later in the story. Watch the video to learn more about foreshadowing. Do you think the author is foreshadowing that things are going to get worse? (This annotation contains a video)
12. Fighting Stallion!
Using context clues, what is the BEST definition of physique?
If you were Henry or Alec, what would you do about the Black?
How does the Black affect the other horses? Use evidence from the text to support your answer.
Do you think it is too early to tell if the Black is going to do well around the other horses?
Why is Alec excited about how the Black is behaving?
How does Alec know that something bad is wrong with El Dorado?
13. The Silent Killer
How will a trainer know if his horse has swamp fever? Cite textual evidence to support your answer.
Do you think the trainers will agree to move their horses to the state farm for forty days? What would you do if you were one of the trainers?
Do you think Henry is more worried about their horses than he appears to be? Why is he trying to be optimistic?
Why is Alec upset?
Make Predictions: Do you think any of the horses will test positive for swamp fever?
The author uses ____________ to help the reader see the landscape of Mountainview.
Why does Jim Neville apologize to Alec?
How does Alec feel about seeing his father? What evidence from the text supports your answer?
Do you think Tony should use Napoleon as a test horse? Why or why not?
What is the most likely reason Tony speeds down the road without telling Alec and Henry where he is going?
15. Small, Worried World
Do you agree or disagree with Henry? What do you think will happen to the horses?
Use the DEFINE feature to read the definition of incredulous. Which of the following is a synonym (word with similar meaning) for incredulous?
Do you think the veterinarian would have been able to take blood from the Black without Alec and Henry's help? Why or why not?
How does Alec know that the vet must have taken a blood sample from the Black? Use evidence from the text to support your answer.
Make Connections: What is causing anxiety for Alec? Have you ever been worried or nervous about something?
Using context clues, which of the following words can replace decent and still make sense in the sentence?
Why does Alec want Napoleon to come live at the new farm?
At the new farm, Napoleon will __________.
Why is Jim Neville so intent in wanting the Black to race?
How will Alec feel to get away from the state farm?
Embers are the smoldering or glowing remains of a fire. The wind can carry small, burning embers miles away from the actual fire and cause other fires to start in a new location. (This annotation contains an image)
What do the details in the highlighted text suggest?
How does Alec know that the vet and his men are in the barn?
Why does Satan NOT respond to Alec?
17. Fire, Added Starter!
Personification is a figure of speech in which a thing, an idea or an animal is given human attributes. The non-human objects are portrayed in such a way that we feel they have the ability to act like human beings. Here, the fire is given the human quality of being able to reach out. Watch the video to learn more about personification. (This annotation contains a video)
Do you think Alec's plan will work?
Use the DEFINE feature to read the definition of quell. Write a sentence using the word quell correctly in context.
Adjectives are words that describe or modify nouns. Read the poster below to find out more about adjectives. (This annotation contains an image)
Name three adjectives in the highlighted text.
18. Hopeful Farm
Why does Henry question Alec about the fire?
Do you think Alec will tell Henry that the Black won the race? Why or why not?
After completing Quiz 3, read the About the Author section on the next page to learn more about Walter Farley. (This annotation contains an image)