12A: Advanced Paragraphs RLA1

12A: Advanced Paragraphs RLA1
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Lesson 12A: Advanced Paragraphs RLA1 Quiz
Question #1: TWO WERE LEFT

On the third night of hunger, Noni thought of the dog. Nothing of flesh and blood lived upon the floating ice island except those two.

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Question #2: TWO WERE LEFT

In the breakup, Noni had lost his sled, his food, his furs, even his knife. He had saved only Nimuk, his great devoted husky. And now the two, marooned on the ice, eyed each other warily– each keeping his distance.

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Question #3: TWO WERE LEFT

Noni’s love for Nimuk was real, very real—as real as hunger and cold nights and the gnawing pain of his injured leg. But the men of his village killed their dogs when food was scarce -- and without thinking twice about it.

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Question #4: TWO WERE LEFT

And Nimuk, he told himself, when hungry enough, would seek food. “One of us will soon be eating the other,” Noni thought. “So . . .”

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Question #5: TWO WERE LEFT

He could not kill the dog with his bare hands. Nimuk was powerful and much stronger than he. A weapon, then, was needed.

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Question #6: TWO WERE LEFT

Removing his mittens, he unstrapped the braces from his leg. When he had hurt his leg a few weeks ago, he had made the brace from bits of harness and two thin strips of iron. Kneeling now, he wedged one of the iron strips into a crack in the ice and began to rub the other against it with firm, slow strokes.

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Question #7: TWO WERE LEFT

Nimuk watched him, and it seemed to Noni that the dog’s eyes glowed more brightly. He worked on, trying not to remember why. The slab of iron had an edge now. It had begun to take shape. Daylight found his task completed.

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Question #8: TWO WERE LEFT

Noni pulled the finished knife from the ice and thumbed its sharp edge. The sun’s glare reflected from it, stabbed at his eyes and momentarily blinded him.

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Question #9: TWO WERE LEFT

Noni steeled himself. “Here, Nimuk,” he called softly.

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Question #10: TWO WERE LEFT

The dog suspiciously watched him.

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Question #11: TWO WERE LEFT

“Come here,” Noni called in a sharper voice.

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Question #12: TWO WERE LEFT

Nimuk came closer. Noni read fear in the dog’s eyes. He read hunger and suffering in the dog’s labored breathing and awkward crouch. His heart wept. He hated himself and fought against it.

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Question #13: TWO WERE LEFT

Closer Nimuk came, aware of his intentions. Now Noni felt a thickening in his throat. He saw the dog’s eyes, and they were wells of suffering.

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Question #14: TWO WERE LEFT

Now! Now was the time to strike.

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Question #15: TWO WERE LEFT

A great sob shook Noni’s kneeling body. He cursed the knife. He swayed blindly, flung the weapon far from him. With empty hands outstretched, he stumbled toward the dog and fell.

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Question #16: TWO WERE LEFT

The dog growled as he circled the boy’s body. And Noni was sick with fear. In flinging away the knife, he had left himself defenseless. He was too weak to crawl after it now. He was at Nimuk’s mercy. And Nimuk was hungry.

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Question #17: TWO WERE LEFT

The dog circled him and was creeping up from behind. Noni heard the rattle in the savage throat. He shut his eyes, praying that the attack might be swift. He felt the dog’s breath against his neck and his feet against his leg. A scream gathered in the boy’s throat.

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Question #18: TWO WERE LEFT

Then he felt the dog’s hot tongue licking his face. Noni’s eyes opening. Crying softly, he thrust out an arm and drew the dog’s face down against his own . . .

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Question #19: TWO WERE LEFT

The plane came out of the south an hour later. Its pilot, a young man of the Coast Patrol, looked down and saw something flashing. It was the sun gleaming on something shiny which moved. His curiosity aroused, the pilot banked his ship and descended. Now he saw, in the shadow of the peak of ice, a dark, still shape that appeared to be human. Or were there two shapes?

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Question #20: TWO WERE LEFT

He set his ship down in a water lane and investigated. There were two shapes, boy and dog. The boy was unconscious but alive. The dog whined feebly but was too weak to move.

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Question #21: TWO WERE LEFT

The gleaming object, which had caught the pilot’s attention, was a crude knife,
stuck point first into the ice a little distance away and quivering in the wind.

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