1. Why are the characters in the dark at the
beginning of the story?
have gone out because of a storm.
turns the lights off.
Thomas turns the
2. When did Thomas believe his grandfather had
been a boy?
parents were young
the beginning of the world
not very long ago
3. Who is Ringo?
4. How does Grandfather explain that Thomas can
hear better in the dark than when the lights are on?
He said he
was listening more carefully.
said because he is just listening, and not trying to see and hear at
the same time.
He said because his
ears work better in the dark.
5. Since it was dark in the house what did they
use to find their way to the front door and out on the porch?
of the lightning
6. What else does Thomas realize he can do better
in the dark as well?
He can sleep better.
7. What was the name of the dog Grandfather had
as a boy?
8. What does Grandfather tell Thomas that both he
and his dog were afraid of when they were both young?
9. What does Grandfather tell Thomas he wouldn't
wouldn't know about Melvin.
wouldn't know about fear.
He wouldn't know about
10. What was the man who was seven feet tall and
had a face like a crack in the ice holding in his arms?
11. What does Grandfather say when Tomas admits
he might be a little bit afraid?
he shouldn't cry.
He says he is acting
like a baby.
He says it's perfectly
12. Which of the following facts is NOT true?
likes his cat.
really have a cat named Melvin when he was a boy.
Grandfather is very
old and Thomas is a young boy.
13. Which of the following messages is
Grandfather trying to teach Thomas?
dog is better than a pet cat.
You should tell
stories when you are in the dark.
It is alright to admit
you are afraid of something.
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