Common Core: 4th Grade English Language Arts : Compare and Contrast the Point of View from Which Different Stories are Narrated: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RL.4.6

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Example Question #1 : Compare And Contrast The Point Of View From Which Different Stories Are Narrated: Ccss.Ela Literacy.Rl.4.6

Adapted from "From a Railway Carriage" in A Child's Garden of Verses by Robert Louis Stevenson (1885)

Faster than fairies, faster than witches,
Bridges and houses, hedges and ditches;
And charging along like troops in a battle,
All through the meadows the horses and cattle:
All of the sights of the hill and the plain
Fly as thick as driving rain;
And ever again, in the wink of an eye,
Painted stations whistle by.

Here is a child who clambers and scrambles,
All by himself and gathering brambles;
Here is a tramp who stands and gazes;
And there is the green for stringing the daisies!
Here is a cart run away in the road
Lumping along with man and load;
And here is a mill and there is a river:
Each a glimpse and gone for ever!

 

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Adapted from "Snow Dust" by Robert Frost in The Yale Review (January, 1921)

The way a crow
Shook down on me
The dust of snow
From a hemlock tree

Has given my heart
A change of mood
And saved some part
Of a day I had rued.

The poem "From a Railway Carriage" __________, and the poem "Snow Dust" __________.

Possible Answers:

contains rhyming lines . . . does not contain rhyming lines

does not contain rhyming lines . . . contains rhyming lines

uses third-person perspective . . . uses first-person perspective

has two stanzas . . . has three stanzas

uses first-person perspective . . . uses third-person perspective

Correct answer:

uses third-person perspective . . . uses first-person perspective

Explanation:

"Stanzas" are groups of lines put together into a unit in a poem. Each poem is made up of two stanzas. Both poems also contain some rhyming lines. Every two sequential lines rhyme in "From a Railway Carriage"; you can see this in how "witches" rhymes with "ditches" and "battle" rhymes with "cattle." In "Snow Dust," the first line rhymes with the third line and the second line rhymes with the fourth line of each stanza. Line one ends with the word "crow," which rhymes with "snow" at the end of line three, and line two ends with "me," which rhymes with "tree" at the end of line four. 

"From a Railway Carriage" is written using third-person perspective. The poet never uses words like "I" or "me" to describe what can be seen from a train car. "Snow Dust" uses first-person perspective. In it, the narrator directly talks about his or her experience using words like "I" and "me" in lines like "Shook down on me" and "Of a day I had rued." So, the correct answer is "uses third-person perspective . . . uses first-person perspective," because "The poem "From a Railway Carriage" uses third-person perspective, and the poem "Snow Dust" uses first-person perspective.

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