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Middle & High School - Reading Comprehension
2.6 The Duel by Eugene Field

The gingham dog and the calico cat
Side by side on the table sat;
'T was half-past twelve, and (what do you think!)
Nor one nor t' other had slept a wink!
The old Dutch clock and the Chinese plate
Appeared to know as sure as fate
There was going to be a terrible spat.
(I was n't there; I simply state
What was told to me by the Chinese plate!)

The gingham dog went "Bow-wow-wow!"
And the calico cat replied "Mee-ow!"
The air was littered, an hour or so,
With bits of gingham and calico,
While the old Dutch clock in the chimney-place
Up with its hands before its face,
For it always dreaded a family row!
(Now mind: I 'm only telling you
What the old Dutch clock declares is true!)

The Chinese plate looked very blue,
And wailed, "Oh, dear! what shall we do!"
But the gingham dog and the calico cat
Wallowed this way and tumbled that,
Employing every tooth and claw
In the awfullest way you ever saw---
And, oh! how the gingham and calico flew!
(Don't fancy I exaggerate---
I got my news from the Chinese plate!)

Next morning, where the two had sat
They found no trace of dog or cat;
And some folks think unto this day
That burglars stole that pair away!
But the truth about the cat and pup
Is this: they ate each other up!
Now what do you really think of that!
(The old Dutch clock it told me so,
And that is how I came to know.)

Q 1: What figure of speech is used to make the plate and clock seem alive?
Similie.
Metaphor.
Foreshadowing.
Personification.

Q 2: Who or what watched the spat?
The Chinese doll and the Calico plate.
The cat and the dog.
The watch and the table.
The clock and the plate.

Q 3: What does the line "the air was littered, an hour or so." mean?
There were bits and pieces of the cat's cloth and the dog's cloth scattered.
The room was messy.
There was a pillow fight.
They started fighting after an hour.

Q 4: How were the cat and dog the same?
They are both mischievious.
Both hated the clock.
They are both laying in the bed.
Both are made out of brightly colored cloth.

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