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,” 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?”
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.
“Your mama and I are not related.”
Select an Answer
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
suspects that he is in physical danger
hopes to win Granny’s affection by appearing at ease
is relieved that an adult is present
realizes that he is disturbing the tidiness of the yard
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.