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A plate of peas

  1. 1. A Plate of PeasBy Rick Beyer, True Tales of American Life, edited byPaul Auster (Faber&Faber 2001) pp.120-122COMPREHENSION 1. Who are the main characters in the story? How are they related? 2. a. Give the name of the town where the characters live: b. Quote one element from the text to justify: 3. How old was the narrator at the time of the incident? 4. What kind of narrative is it? 5. The narrator uses five compound adjectives in lines 4 and 5. Find them and match them with the elements to say what each of them refers to. Strong alcohol= ninety proof A wild animal hunt= __________________________ A shotgun= _________________________________ A boxing match= _____________________________ Something that knocks you out=_________________
  2. 2. 6. When referring to the perfume, what’s the effect on the reader after the narrator’s description? 7. Write a sentence from the text that states the following: It took quite a time to get rid of the odor: ___________________________________________ ___________________________________________ 8. In your own words, say what time of the day and where exactly the central incident takes place. Who is involved? (20 words aprox). 9. What do these two words reveal about the narrator’s feelings? (20 words) Line 13: “the fanciest place” Line14: “I grandly ordered” 10. What stylistic device is used in lines 17 to 19? What is the effect produced? (20 words) 11. “Eat your peas” line 20 “Leave him alone” line 21 Name the grammatical form used here: _________ What does it show about the two women’s attitude towards the kid? (20 words)12. How does the narrator’s grandmother persuade him toeat the peas? (10 words)13. Quote 3 adjectives from the text which illustrate thenarrator’s vision of money:14. In your own words describe the mother’s and thegrandmother’s reactions and feelings in lines 31 to 39.15. Look at these words from the text:
  3. 3. “fateful” (line 25), “doom” (line 27), “haunt” (line 44), “despair” (line 46), “devastation” (line 46) Find the other word that completes the list: ________ What do these words show about the effect of the incident on the narrator?16. TRUE/FALSE. Circle T/F and justify by quoting the text: a. The day after, his mother makes him eat peas at home T/F b. His grandmother lived for many years after the “infamous meal” T/F c. The narrator still has the 5 dollars T/F d. Everyone has forgotten the pea incident T/FEXPRESSIONChoose one topic to write your composition (200-250words aprox.) 1. That same night, the boy’s mother and grandmother have an argument. Write their conversation. 2. Write about a childhood memory that still haunts you today.Have a nice weekend and happy writing!If you want to listen to Paul Auster reading this story, go to NPR(National Public Radio), here’s the link:http://www.npr.org/programs/watc/storyproject/2000/001203.story.html