Pig and pepper

Words: 301-400

Skills: Character Traits Summary

Grades: 3rd 4th 5th

Topics: Adventure / Thriller and Science Fiction / Fantasy

Genres: Prose

Lexile Range: 420L - 730L

Lexile Measure: 550L

CCSS: Reading: Literature

Themes:

Pig and Pepper


by Lewis Carroll from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Chapter VI Passage: "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" by Lewis Carroll is the story of a little girl who goes to a strange world after following a rabbit down a hole. In this passage, Alice meets the Cheshire Cat, a disappearing cat with a huge smile. Students will read the passage and answer questions on the details and character traits.

Reading Comprehension Passage

Pig and Pepper

by Lewis Carroll from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll is the story of a little girl who goes to a strange world after following a rabbit down a hole. In this passage, Alice meets the Cheshire Cat, a disappearing cat with a huge smile.

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The Cat only grinned when it saw Alice. It looked good-natured, she thought: still it had very long claws and a great many teeth, so she felt that it ought to be treated with respect.

'Cheshire Puss,' she began, rather timidly, as she did not at all know whether it would like the name: however, it only grinned a little wider. 'Come, it's pleased so far,' thought Alice, and she went on. 'Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?'

'That depends a good deal on where you want to get to,' said the Cat.

'I don't much care where--' said Alice.

'Then it doesn't matter which way you go,' said the Cat.

'--so long as I get somewhere,' Alice added as an explanation.

'Oh, you're sure to do that,' said the Cat, 'if you only walk long enough.'

Alice felt that this could not be denied, so she tried another question. 'What sort of people live about here?'

'In that direction,' the Cat said, waving its right paw round, 'lives a Hatter: and in that direction,' waving the other paw, 'lives a March Hare. Visit either you like: they're both mad.'

'But I don't want to go among mad people,' Alice remarked.

'Oh, you can't help that,' said the Cat: 'we're all mad here. I'm mad. You're mad.'

'How do you know I'm mad?' said Alice.

'You must be,' said the Cat, 'or you wouldn't have come here.'

Alice didn't think that proved it at all; however, she went on 'And how do you know that you're mad?'

'To begin with,' said the Cat, 'a dog's not mad. You grant that?'

'I suppose so,' said Alice.

'Well, then,' the Cat went on, 'you see, a dog growls when it's angry, and wags its tail when it's pleased. Now I growl when I'm pleased, and wag my tail when I'm angry. Therefore I'm mad.'

'I call it purring, not growling,' said Alice.

'Call it what you like,' said the Cat.

Passage Only

Reading Comprehension Questions

1. Why did Alice think she should treat the Cheshire Cat with respect?



2. What does the Cat tell Alice to do in order for her to "get somewhere"?


3. What does a cat do with its tail when it is angry?



4. Why does the Cheshire Cat think it is mad?