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Comprehension Friday 29th January 2021

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Read through the following text twice before trying to answer the questions.


“Don’t call your brother names,” Mom said.

“I didn’t,” Karla replied. “That is his name.” She thinks she’s so smart and funny.

“Don’t make your sister go in there alone,” Dad said. He put his hands on my shoulders. “Jordan, you’re not scared, are you?”

He knew I was scared. Why bother to ask? “Of course I’m not scared,” I said. “It’s just that . . . I ate all that cotton candy. I have to sit down and digest it.”

I know. I know. That was lame. You don’t have to tell me.

Karla grabbed my hand and tugged me hard toward the entrance. “Come on, Jordan. We don’t come to the carnival very often. We have to do everything.”

I turned back to Mom and Dad. They were both making shooing motions with their hands. They were no help at all.

Don’t get me wrong. I love Carnival World. I love the dart games and the corn dogs on a stick and the Ferris wheel and the Dunk-the-Clown water tank.

There are only two things I don’t love. The rollercoaster rides that make you go upside down. And the Tunnel of Fear. And somehow— thanks to my sister—I knew I had both of those in my near future.

Karla and I walked up the wooden ramp to the tunnel entrance. “See you later!” I heard Mom shout. “If you survive!”


Now you have read it twice, have a go at answering the following questions independently. Use the format that has been set up for you on Purple Mash. 


Please answer using full sentences.


  1.  I - Why did Jordan say he wasn't scared when he actually is?
  2.  R - Do the family get to go the carnival often?
  3.  R - List all the things that Jordan likes about the carnival?
  4.  R – What 2 things does Jordan dislike about the carnival?
  5.  C - Why has the author left it saying “If you survive!” ?


Home learners please could you submit your answers on by using the 2do template on Purple Mash.