Personal Narrative Assessment
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Read the personal narrative below and then answer the questions that follow.
(1) I sat in the corner of my mother's bedroom on the pale golden carpet between the dresser and the nightstand. (2) I could smell the bouquet of perfumes coming from the bottles, arranged perfectly on the white crocheted doily. (3) I liked the one that smelled like lilacs best, and although my mom asked me not to use her perfumes, I sometimes put some on the inside of my wrist. (4) I was on the phone again, oblivious to the argument that was about to take place.

(5) I was tight in the space, my knees drawn up to my chin. (6) The cord lay in a tangled heap. (7) I was talking to my first boyfriend. (8) From time to time he'd visit, riding from his house to mine on his bicycle. (9) My parents thought his hair was too long. (10) They would comment on his ripped jeans, too.

(11) At the time I was 14 years old, and I thought I was in love. (12) So when my mom picked up the phone down in the kitchen and told me to hang up, I was more than embarrassed. (13) I was mortified. (14) My boyfriend heard our whole fight. (15) My boyfriend waited on the other end of the phone while we argued. (16) "Mom, I only need a minute, " I said.

(17) "Okay, I will be off in a minute," I said.

(18) "I need the phone," my mom said sternly.

(19) This day wasn't like others. (20) She didn't just hang up the phone and wait for me to get off. (21) Instead, she replied, "No. (22) Hang up now. (23) I desperately need the phone, and precious time is being wasted."

(24) I sighed. (25) "I promise to hang up right now. (26) Just let me say goodbye."

(27) "Now." (28) She meant business. (29) I couldn't believe it. (30) I continued to argue. (31) Back and forth and back and forth, our voices rising and tears lodging in my throat. (32) She won. (33) Eventually I had to say goodbye to him with her listening. (34) To this day, I will never know how long we actually argued in front of him.

(35) It could have been ten seconds. (36) It could have been ten minutes. (37) I had no idea then. (38) I have no idea now.

(39) But I locked myself in my room. (40) As long as she was around, I didn't come out. (41) It lasted for three days. (42) It was a silent protest. (43) No matter how the dinner might smell, I persisted.

(44) On the third day, she came to my door and knocked three times. (45) I answered with silence. (46) Then she slid down the outside of the door and sat opposite me in surrender. (47) There we sat, and she began to cry. (48) It was the first time I'd heard her cry. (49) And eventually, I opened the door and cried myself.

(50) I would have to double the years of my life before I realized how wrong I had been, how much my mother loved me, and how little I would remember of the boy on the other end of the line.

#1
The introduction is effective because it identifies the
#2
(2) I could smell the bouquet of perfumes coming from the bottles, arranged perfectly on the white crocheted doily.
Sentence 2 makes the introduction interesting because it
#3
(3) I liked the one that smelled like lilacs best, and although my mom asked me not to use her perfumes, I sometimes put some on the inside of my wrist.
Which precise verb would best replace "put" in sentence 3?
#4
(6) The cord lay in a tangled heap.
Choose the best way to add descriptive detail to sentence 6 by using a prepositional phrase.
#5
(9) My parents thought his hair was too long.
Choose the best way to add precise adjectives to sentence 9.
#6
(10) They would comment on his ripped jeans, too.
Choose the best way to change sentence 10 into an exclamatory sentence.
#7
(14) My boyfriend heard our whole fight. (15) My boyfriend waited on the other end of the phone while we argued.
Choose the best way to vary the structures of sentences 14 and 15.
#8
(14) My boyfriend heard our whole fight. (15) My boyfriend waited on the other end of the phone while we argued. (16) "Mom, I only need a minute, " I said.

(17) "Okay, I will be off in a minute," I said.

(18) "I need the phone," my mom said sternly.

(19) This day wasn't like others. (20) She didn't just hang up the phone and wait for me to get off. (21) Instead, she replied, "No. (22) Hang up now.

For the narrative to have a proper sequence, sentence 16 should follow
#9
(23) I desperately need the phone, and precious time is being wasted."
Choose the best way to revise sentence 23 to make the dialogue more realistic.
#10
(29) I couldn't believe it. (30) I continued to argue.
Choose the best way to combine sentences 29 and 30.
#11
(43) No matter how the dinner might smell, I persisted.
Choose the best way to add descriptive detail to sentence 43 by using adjectives and adverbs.
#12
(34) To this day, I will never know how long we actually argued in front of him.

(35) It could have been ten seconds. (36) It could have been ten minutes. (37) I had no idea then. (38) I have no idea now.

(39) But I locked myself in my room. (40) As long as she was around, I didn't come out.

Choose the best way to rewrite sentence 39 using a transition to better link ideas.
#13
All personal narratives should contain a lesson. Where is the lesson typically found?
#14
What is the lesson in this personal narrative?
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