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31. In the passage “Rufus,” the author describes Rufus as having intelligence and staying power. Using details from the passage, complete the chart below with one example of Rufus’s intelligence and one example of his staying power.



Quality Exhibitedby Rufus

Example from the Passage

Intelligence

·Learned to open the back door by himself

·Noticed how much cooler it was inside with the air conditioner than outside during the summer

Staying Power

·Did not give up trying to get in to the cool house

(pressed face against glass door)

(glared at them from the patio table)
·Refused to leave once he got in

(defied unquestioning obedience)
·Tried to make himself invisible and as small as possible

32. The author of the passage says that he lost Rufus as a useful animal during a summer heat spell. Explain why the author makes this comment about his dog. Use details from the passage to support your answer.


The author makes this comment about his dog because Rufus was originally a working and obedient animal. However, when summer came with its harsh heat, Rufus noticed that inside the house there was air-conditioning. On his own, Rufus managed to get inside the house and remained there in the cool air. When called to go outside or called by his master, Rufus remained in his chair. Therefore, the dog who used to work and be obedient has now become a dog who just sits in the air-conditioned room, being of no use.

33. The author of “The Gift of Reason” says that few things have moved him more than his encounter with the sparrows. Explain the most likely reason this encounter has moved him so much. Use details from the passage to support your answer.


The most likely reason this encounter has moved the author so much is that never in his life has he had the experience of having animals ask him for help. Previously he had seen dogs helping each other. However, now it was two sparrows asking another animal (in their perspective) to help their child from an alder stem. It shows how when time comes, animals like dogs, birds, and even humans must rely on each other for help. This is the most likely reason this encounter has moved the author so much.

34. Assessing your own essay



The author of “Rufus” and “The Gift of Reason” are both affected by the animals they write about. How does the author of “Rufus” change the way he thinks about Rufus? How does the author of “The Gift of Reason” change the way he thinks about animals? Which author seems more moved by his experience? Use details from both passages to support you answer. In your answer, be sure to ·explain how the author of “Rufus” changes the way he thinks about Rufus ·explain how the author of “The Gift of Reason” changes the way he thinks about animals ·explain which author seems to be more moved by his experience ·use details from both passages to support your answer


  • Do you have an introduction with a clear thesis?







  • Have you explained how the author of "Rufus" changed his perception about Rufus using details from the text?




  • Have you explained how the author of "The Gift of Reason" changed his perception about animals using details from the text?




  • Have you explained which author seemed more moved by his experience and why using details from the text?




  • Do you have a conclusion that wraps everything up?


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