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6th Grade Assessment – Unit 2 – RL.6.1, RL.6.2, RL.6.4, RL.6.5

Justice February 3, 2015

Direction: Read this poem. Then answer questions 1 through 6.


Ponies and donkeys were once used in mines to pull carts of ore—in the United States as well as Great Britain.

The Pit Ponies

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by Leslie Norris


They come like the ghosts of horses, shyly, To

this summer field, this fresh green, Which

scares them.

They have been too long in the blind mine,

5      Their hooves have trodden only stones

And the soft, thick dust of fine coal,

And they do not understand the grass.

For over two years their sun

Has shone from an electric bulb

10 That has never set, and their walking Has

been along the one, monotonous Track

of the pulled coal-trucks.

They have bunched their muscles against The

harness and pulled, and hauled.

15      But now they have come out of the underworld

And are set down in the sun and real air, Which

are strange to them. They are humble And

modest, their heads are downcast, they

Do not expect to see very far. But one

20      Is attempting a clumsy gallop. It is

Something he could do when he was very young.

When he was a little foal a long time ago

And he could run fleetly on his long foal’s legs,

And almost he can remember this. And look,

25      One rolls on her back with joy in the clean grass!

And they all, awkwardly and hesitantly, like

Clumsy old men, begin to run, and the field

Is full of happy thunder. They toss their heads,

Their manes fly, they are galloping in freedom.

30        The ponies have come above ground, they are galloping!

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