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Literature Practice: Chapter 3 Dear Mr.

Kilmer
Task 1: Complete the passage with suitable words from the text.
Mrs. Hansen went to class and told the class that Hannah Schermers parents 1)
_______________________ had been damaged. She brought a card for the students to express
their 2) _______________________. The students did not want to 3) _______________________ the
card. Richard felt 4) _______________________ with the way the people were treating Hannahs
family.
Mr. Hansen said that students should show some 5) _______________________. On the way
home, Richard was stopped by Abner and Harry. They spoke to him in a false German 6)
_______________________. They called him a 7) _______________________.
Hannahs home was surrounded by 8) _______________________. Richard saw Hannah there.
Hannah told Richard about how her parents had very different 9) _______________________
about people. On the way home, he stopped and 10) _______________________ an old oak
tree.
Task 2: Read the statements below. Describe the characters below using the correct
adjectives.

Optimistic
Prejudiced

Pessimistic
Cowardly

Sad
Kind

Ignorant
Excited

1. Some people thought it was alright to harass the Schermers


because they were German.
2. Abner refused to sign the card because he thought the
Schermers were spies.
3. Some students did not sign the card because of what others
might think of them.
4. Mr. Schermer thinks that people are basically good.
5. Hannahs mother believes that people are more likely to be
unpleasant than nice.
6. Angie ran towards Richard with a letter in a breathless
manner.
7. Hannah wished that the nastiness never happened.
8. Abner begged Richard not to hit him.
Literature Practice: Chapter 4 Dear Mr. Kilmer
Task 1: Complete the passage with suitable words from the text.
Richard went 1) _______________________ to his bedroom because he wanted to read the

letter.

Joyce

Kilmer

wrote

that

Richard

should

let

people

know

about

his

2)

_______________________. Richard then decided to let his family know about it during 3)
_______________________. He told his family that Joyce Kilmer was 4) _______________________.
He also told them that Mr. Kilmer had 5) _______________________ a book on poetry called
Trees and Other Poems.
In school he told 6) _______________________ about the letter he had received. She then
helped him choose one of his poems to be sent. After that, he met Hannah and she 7)
_______________________ to him. She told Richard that her brother had joined the army
because he was 8) _______________________. On the way home, he climbed up the oak tree.
He saw many soldiers in 9) _______________________ uniforms. He was filled with 10)
_______________________.
Task 2: Based on the events in Chapter 2 to 4, find examples for the following themes in the
novel.
Themes present in Dear Mr. Kilmer
a) Xenophobia (fear of foreign people)
Ex:

b) Self versus community


Ex:

c) Friendship
Ex:

d) Patriotism
Ex:

Literature Practice: Chapter 3 Dear Mr. Kilmer (Answers)


Task 1: Complete the passage with suitable words from the text.
Mrs. Hansen went to class and told the class that Hannah Schermers parents 1) tavern had

been damaged. She brought a card for the students to express their 2) sympathy/regret.
The students did not want to 3) sign the card. Richard felt 4) disgusted with the way the
people were treating Hannahs family.
Mr. Hansen said that students should show some 5) integrity. On the way home, Richard was
stopped by Abner and Harry. They spoke to him in a false German 6) accent. They called
him a 7) traitor.
Hannahs home was surrounded by 8) flowers. Richard saw Hannah there. Hannah told
Richard about how her parents had very different 9) ideas about people. On the way home,
he stopped and 10) climbed an old oak tree.
Task 2: Read the statements below. Describe the characters below using the correct
adjectives.

Optimistic
Prejudiced

Pessimistic
Cowardly

Sad
Kind

1. Some people thought it was alright to harass the Schermers

Ignorant
Excited
Prejudiced

because they were German.


2. Abner refused to sign the card because he thought the

Ignorant

Schermers were spies.


3. Some students did not sign the card because of what others

Cowardly

might think of them.


4. Mr. Schermer thinks that people are basically good.
5. Hannahs mother believes that people are more likely to be

Optimistic
Pessimistic

unpleasant than nice.


6. Angie ran towards Richard with a letter in a breathless
manner.
7. Hannah wished that the nastiness never happened.
8. Abner begged Richard not to hit him.

Excited
Sad
Kind

Literature Practice: Chapter 4 Dear Mr. Kilmer (Answers)


Task 1: Complete the passage with suitable words from the text.
Richard went 1) upstairs to his bedroom because he wanted to read the letter. Joyce Kilmer
wrote that Richard should let people know about his 2) poetry. Richard then decided to let

his family know about it during 3) dinner. He told his family that Joyce Kilmer was 4)
famous. He also told them that Mr. Kilmer had 5) published a book on poetry called Trees
and Other Poems.
In school he told 6) Mrs. Hansen about the letter he had received. She then helped him
choose one of his poems to be sent. After that, he met Hannah and she 7) apologized to
him. She told Richard that her brother had joined the army because he was 8) patriotic. On
the way home, he climbed up the oak tree. He saw many soldiers in 9) khaki uniforms. He
was filled with 10) sadness / sorrow.
Task 2: Based on the events in Chapter 2 to 4, find examples for the following themes in the
novel.
Themes present in Dear Mr. Kilmer
a) Xenophobia (fear of foreign people)
Ex:
Hannahs book was vandalised with the words Dirty Hun. (page 23)
The vandalism of Prairie Haus was because of anti-German feelings. (page 39)
Abner thinks that the Schermers are German spies. (page 30)
b) Self versus community
Ex:
Richards beliefs against the people around him. He stands by his beliefs
although many others in the community practise discrimination out of ignorance
and fear. For example, Richard is the only one in his class who signs the card
prepared for the Schermers after their tavern was vandalised. (page 33)

Richard continues to write poetry even though his classmates and family do not
approve and are not interested in his poetry. (page 47, 48)

c) Friendship
Ex:
Richard and Hannahs friendship becomes closer when Richard is the only one to
sign the card and send it personally to Hannah. (page 39, 40)

Richard develops a friendship with the poet Joyce Kilmer though their love for
poetry. (page 44)

d) Patriotism
Ex:
Joyce Kilmer and Otto Schermer fighting in the war. (page 21, 54)

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