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John Carter of Mars | A FIGHT THAT WON FRIENDS
Reading Grade Level 6-9The thing, which more nearly resembled our earthly men than it did the Martians I had seen, held me pinioned to the ground with one huge foot, while it jabbered and gesticulated at some answering creature behind me. This other, which was evidently its mate, soon came toward us, bearing a mighty stone cudgel with which it evidently intended to brain me. WCPM 62
The creatures were about ten or fifteen feet tall, standing erect, and had, like the green Martians, an intermediary set of arms or legs, midway between their upper and lower limbs. Their eyes were close together and non-protruding; their ears were high set, but more laterally located than those of the Martians, while their snouts and teeth were strikingly like those of our African gorilla. Altogether they were not unlovely when viewed in comparison with the green Martians. WCPM 140
The cudgel was swinging in the arc which ended upon my upturned face when a bolt of myriad-legged horror hurled itself through the doorway full upon the breast of my executioner. With a shriek of fear the ape which held me leaped through the open window, but its mate closed in a terrific death struggle with my preserver, which was nothing less than my faithful watch-thing; I cannot bring myself to call so hideous a creature a dog. WCPM 218
- What prediction can you draw from the authors title “A FIGHT THAT WON FRIENDS”?
- How would you react to finding yourself pined to the ground by a fifteen foot tall Martian?
- Can you predict the outcome of the fight, with one ape fleeing and the other in full death struggle with John’s “dog”.
- What can you infer from the author’s description of John Carters “watch-thing”, “preserver”, or “so hideous a creature a dog”?
- How would you describe the sequence of events and their importance to the plot?
- Can you elaborate on the reason why the author used the term unlovely when describing the gorilla like Martians?
- What is a cudgel based on context clues from the story?
Common Core ELA Practice Writing Assessments Samples
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