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Question 11 of 23

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     By the time the man with the camera had cut across our neighbor’s yard, the twins were out of the trees swingin low and Granny was onto the steps, the screen door bammin soft and scratchy against her palms.

     “We thought we’d get a shot or two of the house and everything and then . . .”

     “Good mornin,” Granny cut him off. And smiled that smile.

     “Good mornin,” he said, head all down the way Bingo does when you yell at him about the bones on the kitchen floor. “Nice place you got here, aunty. We thought we’d take a . . .”

     “Did you?” said Granny with her eyebrows. Cathy pulled up her socks and giggled.

     “Nice things here,” said the man buzzin his camera over the yard. The pecan barrels, the sled, me and Cathy, the flowers, the painted stones along the driveway, the trees, the twins, the toolshed.

     “I don’t know about the thing, the it, and the stuff,” said Granny still talkin with her eyebrows. “Just people here is what I tend to consider.”

     Camera man stopped buzzin. Cathy giggled into her collar.

     “Mornin, ladies,” a new man said. He had come up behind us when we weren’t lookin. “And gents,” discoverin the twins givin him a nasty look. “We’re filmin for the county,” he said with a smile. “Mind if we shoot a bit around here?”

     “I do indeed,” said Granny with no smile.

     Smilin man was smiling up a storm. So was Cathy. But he didn’t seem to have another word to say, so he and the camera man backed on out the yard, but you could hear the camera buzzin still.

     “Suppose you just shut that machine off,” said Granny real low through her teeth and took a step down off the porch and then another.

     “Now, aunty,” Camera said pointin the thing straight at her.

     “Your mama and I are not related.”



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After Granny’s “Good mornin” (line 7), the camera man probably behaves as he does because he

is made to realize that he is intruding

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suspects that he is in physical danger

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hopes to win Granny’s affection by appearing at ease

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is relieved that an adult is present

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realizes that he is disturbing the tidiness of the yard

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Choice (A) is correct. Lines 1-7 of the passage set the scene for the conversation that follows: Granny sees the cameraman “cut[ting] across our neighbor’s yard” and comes outside to confront him (“the screen door bammin soft and scratchy against her palms”). As the cameraman begins to speak, “Granny cut him off. And smiled that smile.” Granny’s curt greeting (“Good mornin’”) and no-nonsense manner make the cameraman realize that he is intruding, as his reaction makes clear: “‘Good mornin’,’ he said, head all down the way Bingo does when you yell at him.” The cameraman seems to feel uncomfortable and hesitant, although he still tries to complete his task of filming Granny’s house.

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