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Reading Comprehension WorkbookLevel 9Series DesignerPhilip J. SolimeneEditorSharon Diane OrlanReading ConsultantSidney J. Rauch, Ed.D.Professor of Reading and EducationHofstra University, New YorkEDCON

Story AuthorsSandra Fenichel AsherLinda BossonElenor ColemanGeraldine DeSalvoCamille HarperWilliam W. HullNaila MinaiMargaret OpsataDeborah Tiersch-AllenCopyright 20142010 Inc.Edcon CopyrightPublishing Group,www.edconpublishing.comA/V Concepts Corp.Edcon Publishing GroupAll rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording, or by any information storage andretrieval system without permission of the publisher, with the following exception:Student activity pages are intended for reproduction. EDCON Publishing grants to individual purchasers of this book the right to make sufficient copies of reproducible pages for useby all students of a single teacher. This permission is limited to an individual teacher, anddoes not apply to entire school Fax 1-888-518-156430 Montauk Blvd. Oakdale NY 11769www.edconpublishing.comEWCR901Printed in U.S.A.ePDF ISBNISBN#978-0-8481-1421-30-931334-36-5

CONTENTSNO.TITLESOMETHING ABOUT THE SELECTIONSELECTIONQUESTIONS1The QuestAn amusing tale about four knightswho set out to rescue a damsel indistress.142The Locked RoomMysteryAccording to the lab experts it wasan im possible crim e, b u t toL ieu ten an t M enlo B lood, them urderer would soon be found.69359 Days with theFLQIn 1970, a group o f C anadianterrorists planned and carried outone o f the m ost incredible kid nappings ever.11144Letters from theSod HouseBeing a foreigner in America in the1800’s was a challenging andrewarding experience.16195A Day in the Lifeof MeA rather unusual and am using“ autobiography.”21246Assignment:PipelineThe ocean off the coast of Norwayis unpredictable, and only a specialbreed of m an would dare challengeit.26297Uncle QuickfingersW hen Uncle Q uickfingers showsup at his nephew’s birthday party,the fun begins.3134

CONTENTSNO.TITLESOMETHING ABOUT THE SELECTIONSELECTIONQUESTIONS8The Poisoningof a VillageW hen a Japanese factory dumpsits wastes into the bay, seriousconsequences result.36399The Devil’sPaymentA frightening tale about a beingwhose existence has been debatedfor centuries.414410Larger ThanLifeG iants are very interesting—and special—people.4649Key W o rd s .51Comprehension CheckAnswer Key.53Vocabulary CheckAnswer Key.55

I-1TheQuestLearn the Key Wordsabsentee(ab sən tē ')som eone w ho is absentaffliction( ə f li k ' sh ən)m isfo rtu n e, distress o r paincaptivity(kap t i v 'ə tē)being held against one’s willfeudal(fyü ' dl)relating to th e econom ic an d social systems during them iddle agesThe absentee landlord did not neglect his responsibilities.When he became upset, his affliction was his inabilityto speak clearly.She had been held in captivity fo r more than a year.In feudal times, the lords owned the lands.smite(smit)to strike a heavy blow so as to cause serious in ju ry ordeathThe knight intended to smite the dragon the momenthe saw it.smote(sm ōt)th e past tense o f ‘sm ite’The knight smote the dragon with one mighty blow.Preview: ead the title.L ook a t th e picture.R ead the first tw o p aragraphs o f the selection.T hen answ er the follow ing question.Y ou learned from your preview th a ta. the nam e o f th e restau ran t was M erlin’s C roquetteryan d A le R oom .b. the census taker’s speech was about the alarm ing num ber o f sham poo com m ercials o n television.c. Rapunsel was being held captive by an absentee landlord.d. the fo u r knights were new in the kingdom .Turn to the Comprehension Check on page 4 for the right answer.N ow read the selection.Read to find out about some daring misadventures.1

I-1T he Q uestWhen this unlikely foursome set out to rescue the latest damsel in distress, nothing could stand intheir way.Once upon a time, there werefour knights: Sir Accourir, SirC h a n c e -a -lo t, L o rd D eauxD eaux and Sir Solide. Theywere all charter m em bers o f aserv ice c lu b th a t m e t fo rluncheon every Tuesday at KingArthur’s Castle Restaurant inth e capitol o f the kingdom .They usually used the ro u n dtable in the banquet room wherethey w ould sit eating chickencroquettes and listen to speechesby Merlin or som ebody equallyjm p o r ta n t.A t o n e o f th e ir re g u la rT uesday m eetings, th e royalcensus taker gave a speech aboutthe alarm ing num ber o f fairdamsels w ho were in captivitythroughout the kingdom. Therewas a lot o f th a t going aro u n dit seemed, and he was m ostu p se t by th e p lig h t o f o n edam sel in p articular. She wasa lovely lady named Rapunselwho used to m ake a good salarya p p e a rin ginsham poocom m ercials. N ow she was incap tiv ity , being h eld by an2absentee landlord in a tall towersom ew here in the country.A ll o f th e k n ig h ts w erem oved by the speech and eachone reacted according to hisow n h a b it o f do in g th in g s.Imm ediately after the meeting,the feudal knight, Sir Accourir,put on his arm o r, rounded uphis fa ith fu l h u n tin g h o u n d ,Phydeaux, and prepared for aquest. Calling his dog to him ,A ccourir bolted into the saddleo f his w ar horse parked in thelot behind the restau ran t andcharged o ff into the forest torescue the dam sel.Sir A ccourir, who had smotem any a dragon in his time, wasa v eteran o f several dam selsaves as w ell. T h in g s h a dchanged quite a bit since theearly days of feudalism, but itd id n ’t m atter to him . H e wasalways on the ru n and rarely,if ever, stopped to determ ineju st where he was headed. H ew ould never stop to get anyfacts. H e w ould ju st lower hislance and, with a howl fromPhydeaux, gallop o ff in anydirection. The A ccourir familym o tto was simply “ R u n .” H ewas firmly convinced that thosew eak-kneed m o d ern knightsw ho h e sita te d w o u ld neveram o u n t to anything.“ A fter a ll,” he w ould sayfre q u e n tly to a n y o n e w howould listen, “ everyone knowsth a t th e only w ay to q u estproperly is by being dressed infull arm or on the back o f a warhorse going at full g allo p !”A nd with a hearty “ HeighH o , P h y d eau x !” he w ould beo ff. H e h a d n ’t th e fa in te stn o tio n o f w here the dam selm ight be. By five o ’clock thataftern o o n , he was com pletelylost in the forest—charging treesand scaring the wildlife.S ir C h a n c e -a -lo t w as ad ifferen t sort o f knight. Hisaffliction was gambling, but healw ays sp read his bets. Hisfirst action was to borrow aquill from King A rth u r andw rite a letter to the editor o fthe ‘Cam elot G azette’about the

dam sel-in-captivity problem ,and he demanded money from theHealth, Education and W elfareD epartm ent for knights, likehim self, to support the cost o fq u e stin g in b e h a lf o f th edam sels. H e then called forv o lu n te e rs a n d o rg a n iz e dseveral search parties, sendingthem o ff in m any d ifferen tdirections and leaving at fivem in u te in te rv a ls . H e w asgam bling th a t if he sent outenough search parties and gotthe public stirred up, som eoneelse m ight find the dam sel andhe w o u ld get th e c re d it.M ounted on his charger, he ledthe last search party him self,but before he reached the edgeof the forest, he was devouredby a fire-breathing dragon.L o rd D eaux-D eaux was akind m an and his affliction wasth a t he was a bit deaf. H e hadnever smote anything in anger,p re fe rrin g m o re p e a c e fu lp u rs u its . H e c o rn e re d th espeaker after lunch and told himthat all the D eaux-D eauxs, asfar back as he could remember,w ere d e d ic a te d to sav in gendangered animals. Being thelast o f his line, he was extremelysensitive about such things. Heassured the speaker, as he gotout his c h eck b o o k , th a t hewould be m ost happy to helpsave the p o o r “ ram zel.” Hem ade a d o n atio n in b ehalf o fthe last pair o f “ ram zels” whowere in such distress, roostinghigh in their “ bow er” whereverit was.Sir Solide, a planner knight,b ein g d e sc e n d e d fro m th eancient English kings, sent hissquire with a message for hisstaff to com e to a m eeting th a tevening. K nowing th a t beforeyou can smite your foes youmust find them , he hurried overto the library. A fter lookingth ro u g h a n a tla s , he m ad eseveral p h o to copies o f somem aps. H e th en w ent to thelo cal te le v isio n s ta tio n a n dre q u e ste d sev eral co p ies o fR a p u n s e l’s re c e n t sh a m p o ocom m ercials.A t the meeting th at evening,S ir S o lid e a n d his a id e sdeterm ined the location o f allthe tow ers in the kingdom andthe last know n w hereabouts o fd a n g e ro u s d ra g o n s . T h e yfin ally d e term in e d th a t th eto w e r th ey w ere a fte r waslocated in one o f the slums o fthe kingdom and m arked itslocation. They then m ade a listo f the equipm ent they wouldprobably need. Research hadalso show n th a t there was adeep m oat in front o f the tower.To prepare for this, he and hisstaff, after a trip to Ye OldeLum ber Yard a n d Squire’sHardware Store, spent the resto f th e n ig h t co n stru ctin g ap ortable bridge.The next m orning, Sjr Solideand his sta ff set o ff fo r thetower with a wagonload of firee x tin g u is h e rs (in case theyencountered any fire-breathingdragons) and o th er essentialequipment.T heir trip to the tow er wasuneventful, largely because o ftheir careful planning beforeh a n d a n d th e e a s y -to -re a dT riptik provided by the RoyalTravel Club. They encounteredlittle resistance, except fo r anenraged squirrel w ho h ad beenkept aw ake all night becauseSir A ccourir constantly keptsmiting the trees with his sword.T h e s q u irre l p e p p e r e d S irSolide’s p arty w ith nuts andsom e severe squirrel talk. B utSir Solide’s arm or was im m uneto this attack and except for asm all rip in the alum inum foilo f his shield, he cam e awayu n h u rt, leaving his squire tofight a rear g u ard action.W hen they reached the m oatnear the tow er, it took themab o u t an h o u r to erect theirportable bridge, including timefor a coffee break and paintingthe bridge. U pon reaching theother side, Sir Solide wavedhis lance an d yelled to th elandlord to open the front door,b u t the landlord was absent.Sir Solide h ad expected somesort o f response like this froman absentee lan d lo rd and wasp rep ared . H e h ad his aidesbring over the supply w agonan d , using a p o rtab le loudspeaker, he called to the fairdam sel, w ho, a t the m om ent,was at the to p o f the tow erw ashing her hair.A fter exchanging pleasantries,he requested politely, in them anner o f chivalrous knights,for her to lower her long, lovelytresses dow n over the railing.After following his instructionand low ering her hair, theywere all am azed to see th a t itreached alm ost to the ground.T h e n o b le k n ig h t le an e dover his sad d le a n d using apair o f garden shears, snippedo ff as m uch o f it as he could.T h e n , g a llo p in g o f f to th enearest village, he sold it to awig m aker. U sing the m oneyto rent a crane from Ye OldeRent A Crane Company, thedamsel was lifted to freedomand was home by nightfall.Several morals can be drawnfrom this tale: 1) They’re notmaking knights like they usedto, 2) They’re not making damselslike they used to, 3) They’re notwriting fables like they used to,or 4) A good knight’s planningwill get you where you want togo, any day!I-13

I -1Th eQu e s tPreview Answer:c. Rapunsel was being held captive by anabsentee landlord.COMPREHENSION CHECKChoose the best answer.1. The Accourir family motto wasa. “ Smote.”b. “ Quest.”c. “ Dash.”d. “ Run.”( 6.) Rapunsel wasa. not very upset about her situation.b. a fresh girl who ran away.c. dazed and confused in the tower.d. crazy with worry about being rescued.2.Lord Deaux-Deaux offered a donation for thepreservation of “ ramzels” because hea. wanted to earn the respect of the honored [ 7.] Sir Solidea. planned and executed a perfect, sensiblespeaker.rescue.b. was a stupid man who had little common sense.b. had some definite limitations in judgement.c. was a bit deaf and mistook “ damsel” forc. was a boring and dull kind of person.“ ramzel.”d. was a scheming knight, disliked by all.d. enjoyed playing jokes on his fellow knights.( 3 .) According to the selection, which of the followingtechniques are not employed by the author?a. Humor.b. True Reporting.c. Sarcasm.d. Exaggeration.8. Thea.b.c.d.(4. )S ir Chance-a-lota. made an honest effort to find the maidenhimself.b. assumed that the government would spendmoney foolishly.c. was eager to give the public credit for theirhelp.d. knew for sure that people would not rallyfor a cause.First, Sir Solide called to the damsel to let downher hair. Then, he snipped off a piece of her longlocks. Next,a. he sold it to a wig maker in the village.b. he borrowed some money and rented a crane.c. he used a loudspeaker to call the landlord.d. he erected the portable bridge with his men.9four knights were members ofthe king’s court.the restaurant association.a service club.the Round Table. Another name for this selection could bea. “ Four to Free a Damsel.”b. “ Ramzels in Need.”c. “ The Search for Camelot.”d. “ W ar of the Knights.”(5 .)11.10. This selection is mainly abouta. crusades during the days of feudalism.b. a humorous commentary of medieval andmodern times.c. a luncheon meeting at a fancy restaurant.d. the enchanted forest of Canterbury.Deveiopyourownsentencesusing any fourkey wordsfound in the boxon the fbffowhgpage.1234l4Check your answers with the key on page 53.

I-1T h e Q u estVOCABULARY CHECKabsenteeafflictioncaptivityfeudalsmitesmoteI. Fill in the blank in each sentence with the correct key word from the box above.1. Bottle-nosed dolphins, the stars o f water shows, can survive i n .2. O ur class had only o n e today when John stayed hom e sick.3.lords were often cruel tyrants.4. The p o lic e m an the killer as he fought with his newest victim.5. His o n ly was his p o o r sense o f w orth.6 . T o a dragon was every k n ig h t’s dream .II. Draw a line from the key words in Column A to their definitions in Column B.C olum n AC olum n otea. being held against o n e’s will2.captivityb. som eone w ho is absent3.feudalc. to strike a heavy blow4.absenteed. being in distress5.smitee. the past tense o f “ sm ite”6.afflictionf. economic and social systems in the middle agesCheck your answers with the key on page 55,5

Reading Comprehension Workbook Level 9 Series Designer Philip J. Solimene Editor Sharon Diane Orlan Reading Consultant Sidney J. Rauch, Ed.D. Professor of