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The Hundred Dresses-2 The Hundred Dresses-2

What did Mr. Petronski’s letter say?
Mr. Petronski’s letter stated that Wanda and Jake would not come to school anymore. They were moving to a big city where people had different names so no one would tease them or call them names like holler ‘Pollack’.
Is Miss Mason angry with the class, or is she unhappy and upset?
How does Maddie feel after listening to the note from Wanda’s father?
What does Maddie want to do?
What excuses does Peggy think up for her behavior? Why?
What are Maddie’s thoughts as they go to Boggin’s Heights?
Why does Wanda’s house remind Maddie of Wanda’s blue dress?
What does Maddie think hard about? What important decision does she come to?
What did the girls write to Wanda?
Did they get a reply? Who was more anxious for a reply, Peggy or Maddie? How do you know?
How did the girls know that Wanda liked them even though they had teased her?
Why do you think Wanda’s family moved to a different city? Do you think life was going to be different for their family?
Maddie thought that her silence was as bad as Peggy’s teasing. Was she right?
Peggy says, "I never thought she had sense to know we were making fun of her anyway. I thought she was too dumb. And gee, look how she can draw! "What led Peggy to believe that Wanda was dumb? Did she change her opinion later?
What important decision did Maddie make? Why did she have to think hard to do so ?
Why do you think Wanda gave Maddie and Peggy the drawings of the dresses? Why are they surprised ?
Do you think Wanda really thought the girls were teasing her? Why or why not?
While the class was circling the room, the monitor from the principal's office brought Miss Mason a note. Miss Mason read it several times and studied it thoughtfully for a while. Then she clapped her hands. ''Attention, class everyone back to their seat." When the shuffling of feet had stopped and the room was still and quiet, Miss Mason said, "I have a letter from Wanda's father that I want to read to you." Miss Mason stood there a moment and the silence in the room grew tense and expectant. The teacher adjusted her glasses slowly and deliberately. a. What was in the note that Miss Mason get from the principal's office? b. How did Miss Mason do before reading the note and what was the reaction of class? c. What was written in the letter?
A deep silence met the reading of this letter. Miss Mason took off her glasses, blew on them and wiped them on her soft white handkerchief. Then she put them on again and looked at the class. When she spoke her voice was very low. "I am sure that none of the boys and girls in Room Thirteen would purposely and deliberately hurt anyone's feelings because his or her name happened to be a long, unfamiliar one. I prefer to think that what was said was said in thoughtlessness. I know that all of you feel the way I do, that this is a very unfortunate thing to have happened-unfortunate and sad, both. And I want you all to think about it." a. What did Miss Mason do when she finished reading the letter of Wanda's father? b. What did Miss Mason say to the class? c. Find out the word in the passage which means 'inappropriate'.
Goodness! Wasn’t there anything she could do? If only she could tell Wanda she hadn't meant to hurt her feelings. She turned around and stole a glance at Peggy, but Peggy did not look up. She seemed to be studying hard. Well, whether Peggy felt badly or not, she, Maddie, had to do something. She had to find Wanda Petronski. Maybe she had not yet moved away. a. Who does 'she' refer in the passage? b. What does Maddie decide to do? c. Find out the synonym of 'look' used in the passage.
I think that's where the Petronskis live," said Maddie, pointing to a little white house. Wisps of old grass stuck up here and there along the pathway like thin kittens. The house and its sparse little yard looked shabby but clean. It reminded Maddie of Wanda's one dress, her faded blue cotton dress, shabby but clean. There was not a sign of life about the house. Peggy knocked firmly on the door, but there was no answer. She and Maddie went around to the back-yard and knocked there. Still there was no answer. a. What does the house of Petronski remind to Maddie? b. Why did they knock the door of the house? c. Find out the word which means 'dirty' and ‘of low quality’ as used in the passage.
At last Maddie sat up in bed and pressed her forehead tight in her hands and really thought. This was the hardest thinking she had ever done. After a long, long time, she reached an important conclusion. She was never going to stand by and say nothing again. If she ever heard anybody picking on someone because they were funny looking or because they had strange names, she'd speak up. Even if it meant losing Peggy's friendship. She had no way of making things right with Wanda, but from now on she would never make anybody else that unhappy again. a. What decision did Maddie take after a long time? b. Why was it difficult to Maddie to make things right with Wanda? c. Find out the word which means the summing up of an argument.
On Saturday Maddie spent the afternoon with Peggy. They were writing a letter to Wanda Petronski. It was just a friendly letter telling about the contest and telling Wanda she had won. They told her how pretty her drawings were. And they asked her if she liked where she was living and if she liked her new teacher. They had meant to say they were sorry, but it ended up with their just writing a friendly letter, the kind they would have written to any good friend, and they signed it with lots of X's for love. They mailed the letter to Boggins Heights, writing 'Please Forward' on the envelope. a. What did Maddie and Peggy write in the letter to Wanda? b. How did they end the letter and why? c. What had they intended to do by writing a letter?
Weeks went by and still Wanda did not answer. Peggy had begun to forget the whole business, and Maddie put herself to sleep at night making speeches about Wanda, defending her from great crowds of girls who were trying to tease her with, "How many dresses have you got ?" And before Wanda could press her lips together in a tight line, the way she did before answering, Maddie would cry out, "Stop!" Then everybody would feel ashamed the way she used to feel. Now it was Christmas time and there was snow on the ground. Christmas bells and a small tree decorated the classroom. On the last day of school before the holidays, the teacher showed the class a letter she had received that morning. a. What happened at night with Maddie when she thought of Wanda? b. What did the teacher show the class on the last day of school before the holidays? c. What did Wanda not answer?
Tears blurred her eyes and she gazed for a long time at the picture. Then hastily she rubbed her eyes and studied it intently. The colours in the dress were so vivid that she had scarcely noticed the face and head of the drawing. But it looked like her, Maddie! It really looked like her own mouth. Why it really looked like her own self! Wanda had really drawn this for her. Excitedly, she ran over to Peggy's. a. Who does 'She' refer in the passage? b. Why did she run over to Peggy? c. Find the word which has same meaning as 'hardly' used in the passage.
State the reason behind the letter of Mr Petronski, Wanda's father?
How did Peggy and Maddie try to amend for their behavior towards Wanda?
What impression do you form of Wanda Petronskion the basis of reading the lesson 'The Hundred Dresses'?
Why did Peggy and Maddie assume that Wanda had received their letter?
Why did Maddie have sleepless nights?
Why was there no reply of the letter written to Wanda by the girls?
What did Peggy say to Maddie when they did not find her at Boggins Heights?
Describe the condition of Wanda’s house on Boggin Heights.
What did Maddie and Peggy write in the letter to Wanda? What happened to it ? How did Maddie behave even though Peggy had begun to forget the whole business?
How can you say that Maddie is an emotional girl? Compare and contrast Maddie and Peggy.

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