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Middle & High School - Reading Comprehension
2.7 My Shadow by Robert Louis Stevenson

I HAVE a little shadow that goes in and out with me,
And what can be the use of him is more than I can see.
He is very, very like me from the heels up to the head;
And I see him jump before me, when I jump into my bed.

The funniest thing about him is the way he likes to growó
Not at all like proper children, which is always very slow;
For he sometimes shoots up taller like an India-rubber ball,
And he sometimes gets so little that thereís none of him at all.

He hasnít got a notion of how children ought to play,
And can only make a fool of me in every sort of way.
He stays so close beside me, heís a coward you can see;
Iíd think shame to stick to nursie as that shadow sticks to me!

One morning, very early, before the sun was up,
I rose and found the shining dew on every buttercup;
But my lazy little shadow, like an arrant sleepy-head,
Had stayed at home behind me and was fast asleep in bed.

Q 1: What does arrogant mean?
Modest.
Irritating.
Self-important.
Humble.

Q 2: What line tells us the boy doesn't understand the use of the shadow?
And what can be the use of him is more than I can see.
And he sometimes gets so little that thereís none of him at all.
The funniest thing about him is the way he likes to grow.
He hasnít got a notion of how children ought to play.

Q 3: Why could the boy not see his shadow on that early morning?
Because the boy snuck out of bed.
Because the sun was too bright.
Because it was still dark out.
Because he had tricked his shadow.

Q 4: The boy says the shadow is "very, very like me". In what way is the shadow different?
The way it walks.
The way it sticks to him.
The way it grows.
The way it sleeps.

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