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. It explains that at the beginning of the story, the narrator is reluctant to be with his father. Specific, relevant information from the story, such as the narrator picturing "[t]he green tablecloth, the plates with the holly pattern, the red candles waiting to be lit," supports the narrator's wish to be home. Annoyed with his father, he does not respond "Right, doctor" when he is supposed to. The response explains that the narrator's attitude changes, however, after the stunt with the blockade. He decides to enjoy the bonding experience with his father and sees it as an opportunity to create memories. Relevant, specific information from the story is used as support: the narrator says, "I stopped moping and began to enjoy myself" and notes that the experience is "one for the books."
Answer for Score Point 4b



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