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Read the short passage from “The Story of My Life” by Helen Keller, then answer the question that follows.
As soon as I could spell a few words my teacher gave me slips of cardboard on which were printed words in raised letters. I quickly learned that each printed word stood for an object, an act, or a quality. I had a frame in which I could arrange the words in little sentences; but before I ever put sentences in the frame I used to make them in objects. I found the slips of paper which represented, for example, “doll,” “is,” “on,” “bed” and placed each name on its object; then I put my doll on the bed with the words is, on, bed arranged beside the doll, thus making a sentence of the words, and at the same time carrying out the idea of the sentence with the things themselves.
One day, Miss Sullivan tells me, I pinned the word girl on my pinafore and stood in the wardrobe. On the shelf I arranged the words, is, in, wardrobe. Nothing delighted me so much as this game. My teacher and I played it for hours at a time. Often everything in the room was arranged in object sentences.
12. The purpose of this passage might be:
A. To show how a young girl was able to overcome challenges with hard word and inventive ideas.
B. To show that teachers do not get paid enough.
C. To show that even through tactile examples, Helen will never learn what she needs to.
If you missed this question you should study Purpose. The purpose of a story tells you why it was written. Ask yourself, what is the author trying to tell me?