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Drawing Conclusions Practice Exercises

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Drawing Conclusions Practice Exercises

Practice 1: Good Enough for Grandma? 

Read the selection, and then answer the questions that follow.

(1) Mom was busy in the kitchen when my brother Marco and I got home from school Friday. "Did you remember your grandmother's coming today?" she asked.
(2) "Sure, Mom," we laughed. "Didn't you notice we cleaned our rooms?"
(3) Mom smiled. "Thanks. I know I shouldn't be nervous, but my mother hasn't been here in almost six years! As I was growing up, her house always looked perfect. So I want everything to be . . . well . . ."
(4) "Perfect," I said with a smile. "What else can we do to help before she gets here?"
(5) Mom looked around, "You two could set the table. Use the good china . . . and be very careful with the glasses. . . . Grandma gave those to your dad and me before you were born!"
(6) As Mom prepared a sumptuous meal, Marco and I set the table. We carefully put a plate, glass, and silverware at each place. I taught Marco how to line up the forks on the left side of each plate and the knives and spoons on the right. In the center of the table, we placed a set of tall white candles. Then we stepped back and looked at our work. It seemed something was missing. "What's missing?" I asked Marco.
(7) "Napkins?" he asked. "And I don't think Mom would want us to use paper ones!"
(8) We both laughed. Marco opened a drawer and took out the nice cloth napkins Mom saved for special occasions. The soft white squares were folded in the middle, and we placed one on each plate. "Do you think that looks good enough?" I mumbled.
(9) "No," Marco whispered. "Let's make them look fancier. Remember that restaurant we went to last year? Their napkins were folded to look like crowns! Now that was elegant!"
(10) I nodded and unfolded the cloth napkin in front of me. "Look," I said, pointing to the creases in the cloth, "these lines make triangle shapes. That gives me a great idea! Let's do origami . . . that'll make the napkins unique!"
(11) Marco looked confused, so I explained, "Origami's a kind of folding art. People usually use paper, but you can use cloth. You make boats, birds, or flowers just by folding. No glue, tape, or staples are needed!"
(12) Mom overheard us. "I know how to make an origami bird and flower," she said. She quickly folded a napkin, then unfolded it to show us how the shapes fit together.
(13) Just then, Dad came home from work and showed us how to make a crown and a boat. "Okay," he said, "in 20 minutes your Grandma will walk through that door. Better get these napkins folded once and for all!"
(14) We did. We placed a different origami napkin on each plate. Now, the table looked elegant! And just in time.
(15) Grandma arrived by taxi and shared hugs all around. She gave us gifts from a bag labeled ORLY AIRPORT – PARIS. Then, as we walked into the dining room, she said, "Oh, my, who fixed these fabulous folded napkins? I've never seen anything so perfect!"
(16) We all smiled . . . happy that Grandma thought Mom's home was perfect, too!
1. You can draw a conclusion that Marco is younger than the narrator because
a. he wants to make the napkins look elegant.
b. the narrator and he come home from school together.
c. the narrator teaches him how to set a table and explains what origami is.
d. he opens the drawer to get out the napkins.
2. Why might you conclude that Grandma lives in France?
a. She came in a taxi.
b. She had a bag labeled PARIS.
c. She had not visited in six years.
d. She liked to hug people.
3. What conclusion can you draw about an everyday meal at Marco's house?
a. His dad never cooks.
b. The family never has time to eat together.
c. His mother is not a very good cook.
d. The family uses paper napkins.
4. From the story, what can you conclude about the narrator and Marco?
a. They usually don't keep their rooms clean!
b. They very seldom go to bed on time!
c. Spaghetti is their favorite food.
d. They were named after their father's grandparents.
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