Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education

2014 MCAS
Grade 10 English Language Arts
Question 27 - Score Point 4

This response is a clear, complete, and accurate explanation of how the narrator's attitude toward his father changes from the beginning to the end of the story. The response explains that at the beginning of the story, "the narrator is angry with his father" and resents him. This explanation is supported with relevant, specific information from the story. The narrator, annoyed with his father's indifference to his fretting, remarks sarcastically about the "rare quality" of the snow. He sarcastically calls his father "Doctor" to reprimand him because the narrator worries that they will not make it home for Christmas dinner. The response explains that the narrator's attitude changes to loving and appreciative, however, when they drive past the barricade, and the narrator warms up to his father. Relevant, specific information from the story is included to support this change in attitude. In the end, the narrator says of his father, "I actually trusted him."
Answer for Score Point 4a



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