86 pages 2 hours read

Lynda Mullaly Hunt

Fish in a Tree

Fiction | Novel | Middle Grade | Published in 2015

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Exam Answer Key

Multiple Choice

1. D (Various chapters)

2. B (Chapter 4)

3. A (Chapters 37)

4. D (Chapter 26)

5. C (Various chapters)

6. C (Chapter 25)

7. B (Chapter 19)

8. D (Chapter 36)

9. C (Various chapters)

10. C (Various chapters)

Long Answer

1. Ally's struggles with reading and writing prevent her from feeling capable and confident in her abilities, not just in reading and writing, but in other academic and creative areas like problem-solving or puzzles. Ally's family's constant relocation prevented her from making real friends and prevented her thinking that she could even make friends if she tried; this is made worse by the teasing and bullying that Ally experiences from Shay. Ally's constant visits to the principal's office prevent Ally from feeling capable and confident to the point that she thinks "even I'm tired of me."

2. Ally initially joined Shay in teasing Albert, but by the end of the story, she firmly defends him to Shay. Ally was nervous to talk to Keisha when they first sat together in class, but she eventually trusts Keisha enough to confide in her about having dyslexia. Even when Ally was sitting with Keisha and Albert at lunch, she would long for friendship bracelets like the ones Shay gave Jessica.