Summer’s Reading

על הסיפור “קריאת קיץ” אפשר לקרוא בבלוג “סופרת ספרים”, בעברית

WINTER 2015 F Exam

BRIDGING

1)    “Reading as a teenager leads to success. The more teens read, the more information they pick up… Besides helping teens to do well in school, reading also helps them expand their horizons as they learn more about people and the world. Plus, reading can show teens that everyone has problems.” – quoted from “Benefits of Reading as a Teen” by Peggy Gisler and Marge Eberts, Family Education, 2014. Make a connection between the above quote and the story. Give information from the story to support your answer.



Moed Bet 2014 F Exam

BRIDGING

  1. “The way we see ourselves as people, to a large extent, is the result of influences on us as young children and teenagers. Our experience with others, such as teachers, friends, neighbors and family significantly influences this self-image.” Make a connection between the above information and the story. Give information from the story to support your answer.


 Summer 2014 F Exam

LOTS

  1. Give TWO reasons why George is dissatisfied with his life. (5 points)
  2. What was the rumor that went around the neighborhood after George’s first conversation with Mr. Cattanzara? (5 points)
  3. “For a few weeks he [George] had talked only once with Mr. Cattanzara,and though the change maker had said nothing more about the books,asked no questions, his silence made George a little uneasy.”Why did Mr. Cattanzara’s silence make George “a little uneasy”? (10 points)

HOTS

  1. George “had never exactly disliked the people in it [the neighborhood], yet he had never liked them very much either. It was the fault of the neighborhood.”  How does George’s attitude towards the people in his neighborhood reflect his character in general? Give information from the story to support your answer. (15 points)

ALTERNATIVE QUESTION

  1. “That same night a man on a street corner asked him if it was true that he had finished reading so many books, and George admitted he had. The man said it was a wonderful thing for a boy his age to read so much.” How do you think this meeting with the man made George feel about Mr. Cattanzara? Give information from the story to support your answer. (7 points)
  2. Why do you think these feelings motivated George to go to the library at the end of the story? (8 points)


Winter 2013 F Exam

LOTS

    1. The result of George’s leaving school at the age of sixteen was (–). (5 points)
    2. i) he lived at home and studied carpentry
    3. ii) he spent most of his days doing nothing

     iii) he went to the fish market with his father

    1. iv) he walked around the neighborhood all day long
    2. When George went to the park he wished for a better life. Give TWO examples of things he wished for. (5 points)
    3. When George first meets Mr. Cattanzara he lies to him about reading books because he wants his respect. Why is Mr. Cattanzara’s respect so important to George? Support your answer with information from the story. (10 points)

    HOTS

    1. How do you think Mr. Cattanzara sees George? Support your answer with information from the story.

    ALTERNATIVE QUESTIONS

    1. He stayed in his room for almost a week, except to sneak into the kitchen when nobody was home.”
      1. What caused George to stay in his room for a week? (7 points)
      2. In what way is this behavior typical of George? Support your answer with information from the story. (8 points)


    Moed Bet 2012 F Exam

     

    LOTS

    1. Give TWO facts that we learn about George’s family. (5 points)
    2. Why does George like Mr. Cattanzara? Give ONE reason. (5 points)
    3. After Sophie realizes that George hasn’t been reading the 100 books she says, “Why should I break my back for you? Go on out, you bum, and get a job.” Do you agree with Sophie’s opinion of George? Explain, with reference to the text. (10 points)

    HOTS

    1. How does what we learn about George’s family and / or his neighborhood help explain his situation at the beginning of the story?

    ALTERNATIVE QUESTIONS

    1. At the end of the story, when George finally went out into the street, he “… walked, in disgrace, away from them [the people on the block], but before long he discovered they were still friendly to him.”
      1. What do you think Mr. Cattanzara has done to make people feel friendly towards George? (7 points)
      2. What might be Mr. Cattanzara’s motive for doing this? (8 points).


    Summer 2012 F Exam

    BRIDGING

    1. “Many first generation Americans, like Bernard Malamud, valued education as a path to opportunity for themselves and their children.” – From an interview for The Paris Review with Bernand Malamud by Daniel Stern. Explain how this quote adds to your understanding of the story.


    Winter 2012 F Exam

    LOTS

    1.    Before speaking to Mr. Cattanzara, how did George spend his days? Give TWO examples from the story. (5 points)

    2.    Give ONE way that people’s attitudes towards George change after his first meeting with Mr. Cattanzara. (5 points)

    3.    “Go buy yourself a lemon ice, Georgie.”  Why did Mr. Cattanzara say this to George? (10 points)

    HOTS

    1.    Why do you think it was so important to Mr. Cattanzara to help George  change his life? Support your answer with reference to the story. (15 points)

    ALTERNATIVE QUESTIONS

    1.    Can we infer from the story that Mr. Cattanzara has really succeeded in changing George? Support your answer with reference to the story.



    Winter 2012 F Exam

    LOTS

    1.    Before speaking to Mr. Cattanzara, how did George spend his days? Give  TWO examples from the story. (5 points)

    2.    Give ONE way that people’s attitudes towards George change after his first meeting with Mr. Cattanzara. (5 points)

    3.    “Go buy yourself a lemon ice, Georgie.”  Why did Mr. Cattanzara say this to George? (10 points)

    HOTS

    1.    Why do you think it was so important to Mr. Cattanzara to help George  change his life? Support your answer with reference to the story.

    ALTERNATIVE QUESTIONS

    1. Can we infer from the story that Mr. Cattanzara has really succeeded in changing George? Support your answer with reference to the story.

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