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Passage: Diary of Alice Morgan [ID:1090Directions: Read the following passage carefully. Then answer questions 1 through 6.April 21, 1904 (Thursday)1 My name is Alice Morgan. I am fourteen years old, and I live in St. Louis,Missouri. Papa gave me this diary so I can write about my visits to the LouisianaPurchase Exhibitionthe worlds fair being held this year in St. Louis to celebrate theone-hundredth anniversary of the Louisiana Purchase. He says the diary is for posterity,which means for my own children to read some day. The fair will open in ten days. Mybest friend, Mattie, and I have been waiting since they first began working on the fairthree years ago. It was supposed to open last year, before construction got behind, andthere were many other delays.April 24, 1904 (Sunday)2 Today was miserable! Who would have believed a snowstorm would HIT St. Louis thislate in April? It may even keep the fair from opening on time. Flowers that have beenblooming for a month are blanketed with snowand the bad weather may prevent trainsfrom arriving with supplies and fair workers. Mattie and I have moped all day. School iscanceled tomorrow because of the snow, but even a holiday cannot cheer US up.May 1, 1904 (Sunday)3 The snow melted just in time for yesterdays huge grand opening of the worldsfair. Mama, Papa, little Jake, and I stayed all day until it closed at ten oclock in theevening, and I am exhausted. The newspaper says there were 200,000 visitors for openingday.4 Weve been saving our money for a long time so that we can go to the fair once amonth before it closes on December 1. The admission fee is fifty cents for three of US anda quarter for Jake. (Im writing this in my diary because Papa says it is information forposterity.) Papa only makes about $2.50 a day at his job.5 The Pike is my favorite part so far. It is a long, brick-paved avenue about ninety feetwide. This is where the entertainment takes placeanimals doing tricks, singersperforming, and some people juggling. Papa says there are over 6,000 performers herefrom countries all over the world.6 Im glad we have been saving to attend because it will take eight months of visits to seeeverything!May 14, 1904 (Saturday)7 Papa took Jake, Mattie, and me to the fair today. It seems that every day the newspapers tell of the opening of a pavilion from another country or one of our forty-five states, each with displays showing its important place in the world.June 17, 1904 (Friday)8 Mattie came over today with disturbing news: She wants to get a job at the fair and notreturn to school in September. Many students leave school after the eighth grade, butsince her brother completed high school, I thought she would too. Papa said little, but Ican tell he is disappointed in my friend. I am not certain what to think. Papa was going totake US to the fair tomorrow, but Matties news has saddened US.June 25, 1904 (Saturday)9 We postponed our fair visit until today, and what a treat it was! Papas boss, Mr.Truman, drove our family in his automobile. It travels at ten miles per hour, which is thespeed limit. Mr. Truman said there are only 10,000 automobiles in the entire UnitedStates.10 We arrived just after the gates opened at nine oclock this morning and stayed for theopening of the New Jersey and New York exhibits. My favorite part, though (besidesriding in Mr. Trumans automobile), was a ride on the Observation Wheel, a giant wheelbuilt by Mr. George Washington Ferris that carries people up in cars 250 feet above theground!11 Mattie does not have a job at the fair yet but still insists that she will.July 30, 1904 (Saturday)12 Today was our July trip to the worlds fair. Papa took our whole family and invitedMattie to go along, too. By the way, she does not have a job there yet, but she is verydetermined.13 The fair was crowded with what Papa said was probably 100,000 people. It wasRailroad and Transportation Day, which featured a parade of all kinds of transportationeven camels! After the parade, we went to visit the display of Mr. Thomas Edisons newinventions, the phonograph and the motion picture machine.August 15, 1904 (Monday)14 Saturdays newspaper included a story about a spectacular parade of 285 automobilesat the fair. It is the talk of all St. Louis. We will have our August fair visit next Saturday.August 21, 1904 (Sunday)15 Yesterday was so hot that we almost decided not to go to the fair, but Papa insistedthat attending the Louisiana Purchase Exhibition is the opportunity of a lifetime. Wearrived early, while it was still cool, but even the animals along the Pike were movingslowly. The tea vendor could not sell any hot tea, so he put ice in it. Mama and Papadrank some of the cold tea and pronounced it delicious. Who has ever heard of icedtea? Maybe this fact will interest posterity.16 We saw Mattie at her new job at the fair, which is to wrap a scoop of ice cream into awaffle for customers. These ice cream cones began one day at the fair when another icecream vendor ran out of dishes for his ice cream and asked the man selling waffles if hecould scoop the ice cream into a waffle. The idea has caught on and has become a big HIT.November 26, 1904 (Saturday)17 Today is our last visit to the fair, which closes next week. It was Presidents Day, andPresident Theodore Roosevelt attended. I saw him from a distance. He appears to be afriendly man because he smiled and shook hands with people all along the Pike.18 There is good news from Mattie. She has decided to return to school. She learned a lotabout the world by visiting the fairs exhibits, and now she wants to become a teacherand help children learn about other nations. She will have to study hard to catch up withour class, but I know she can do it. I am also thinking of becoming a teacher now.Question 1: Which best lets the reader know that this passage is a diary?




This question is part of EOC Practice--Diary of Alice Morgan
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