Question 16 - Reading: Level E Practice Test for the TABE Test

This is a two-part question. First, read the material provided and choose an answer to this first question.

From whose point of view is the provided text told?

A. an elderly man thinking about his childhood
B. a horse reflecting on its younger years
C. a farmer describing his farmland
D. a dog retelling a memory from when he was a puppy

Keeping your answer to the first question in mind, which of the following sentences from the text provided supports that answer?

The first place that I can well remember was a large pleasant meadow with a pond of clear water in it. Some shady trees leaned over it, and rushes and water-lilies grew at the deep end. Over the hedge on one side we looked into a plowed field, and on the other we looked over a gate at our master’s house, which stood by the roadside; at the top of the meadow was a grove of fir trees, and at the bottom a running brook overhung by a steep bank.

While I was young I lived upon my mother’s milk, as I could not eat grass. In the daytime I ran by her side, and at night I lay down close by her. When it was hot we used to stand by the pond in the shade of the trees, and when it was cold we had a nice warm shed near the grove.

As soon as I was old enough to eat grass my mother used to go out to work in the daytime, and come back in the evening.

There were six young colts in the meadow besides me; they were older than I was; some were nearly as large as grown-up horses. I used to run with them, and had great fun; we used to gallop all together round and round the field as hard as we could go. Sometimes we had rather rough play, for they would frequently bite and kick as well as gallop.

Excerpt from Anna Sewell’s Black Beauty, accessed from https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/271

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