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Reading is what I'm writing about Part III of diploma test

Two parts of the West Virginia Department of Free Schools Elementary Diploma Test have now appeared in Bob'n'Along. Copies were brought to me recently by Howard Reeder of Berlin, Lewis County. The test was administered in this state on May 7-8, 1931.

Today, I'll have the third part of the test, which includes Reading. Due to length, I wasn't able to include Reading in Wednesday's column, as I'd mentioned on Monday. It follows:

I. Write in each of the parenthesis in column B the number of the poem or story in column A which you think belongs there. (For ease here, I'll list the numbers in column A first, followed by the parentheses in column B.)

1. To a Water Fowl; 2. The Deacon's Masterpiece; 3. Evangeline; 4. Paul Revere's Ride; 5. The Bugle Song; 6. Gettysburg Address; 7. Abraham Lincoln Walks at Midnight, and 8. The Way to Wealth.

( ) Love; ( ) Rhythm; ( ) Citizenship and service; ( ) Thrift; ( ) Faith and hope; ( ) Patriotism; ( ) Humor, and ( ) History.

II. Upon what historical fact did Longfellow base his poem, "Evangeline"? Name the characters in "Snow-Bound"?

III. What are three joys of reading? Which of these joys does reading give to you?

IV. Give a short report on one of the books you have read in Reading Circle work this year, using the following outline: Name author, principal characters, time and location of plot, outcome of story, classification as to biography, fairy story, history or nature.

V. Who is the author of the "Star Spangled Banner" and how did he happen to write this song?

VI. Write from memory your favorite passage in reading you have learned this year. Name selection from which it is taken and the author of the selection.

VII. What comparison is made by Bryant between his life and the flight of the waterfowl?

VIII. Write the story "Christmas Carol" according to the following outline: opening situation, climax, closing situation, two major characters, three minor characters.

IX. Name some of the recent poets mentioned in your reader and their works. Did you like their selections as well as those of earlier poets? Give reason for answer.

X. What have you enjoyed most in your reading work this year?

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Don't forget the dart tournament and the 10K run this weekend. Have a good one!

Editor Bob Stealey can be reached at 626-1438.

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