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Racing to Race


Carlo stopped to rest for a minute and tried to catch his breath. He’d been running for so long that he had pains in his side and his legs were beginning to hurt. He hunched over and tried to expand his lungs, but it was like trying to suck air out of a bicycle tire. His body was too exhausted to even allow him to take a deep breath, and he started to wheeze again.


“Great,” he thought, “let me just add asthma to my expanding list of ailments. I can’t believe that I can’t even jog two miles without completely collapsing!” He finally gave in to his aching body and laid down on the grass to recuperate. He closed his eyes and tried to imagine himself running on the school track in the 1,600-meter race. He pictured himself running steadily toward the finish line, running effortlessly like a cheetah in the jungle. He was so lost in thought that he didn’t even hear Meiya approach.


“Hey sleepyhead, what are you doing napping on Sean’s lawn in the middle of the day?” Meiya asked playfully.


Carlo quickly sat up, breathing normally now and feeling a little embarrassed. “I am trying to get in shape to try out for track, but I can’t even run two miles,” he said dejectedly.


“Wait, how many months are you out of surgery? Didn’t you just finish rehab last week?” Meiya asked. “You can’t expect to run two miles the first day.”


It had been six months since Carlo’s surgery and he specifically remembered the doctor telling him he could start running after six months. But he thought about what Meiya had said and realized she had a good point. After his surgery, the doctor did say rehab would be crucial to his recovery but that it would take time for him to gain back full use of his leg. He thought about how a baby had to learn to walk before it could run. He remembered when his nephew was learning to crawl; within days it seemed like he was walking. Running didn’t come right away, Carlo remembered. He realized it was the same with his therapy. The maximum he had run in the past month was one mile on the treadmill, so he realized that Meiya was probably right. He would have to work at building up his endurance and set more realistic goals for himself. As he thought about what he had already accomplished, he started to smile and felt like a weight was being lifted off his shoulders. He realized that he had run almost a mile and a half before his body started to protest and if he kept working hard, he could get back to where he was before his accident.


“Since when did you get so smart, Dr. Meiya?” he teased. “Do you want to race to the next mailbox?”


“You’re on!” she challenged and took off running at full speed.




Question 1

Part A


What is a central theme of “Racing to Race?”



A.) Perseverance is something that is difficult to achieve.


B.) Hard work and patience will eventually pay off.


C.) Exercise can help heal a person’s physical body.


D.)When people work together, they can accomplish more.


Part B


Which statement best shows how the theme identified in Part A is developed in the story?



A.) Meiya knows that she is faster than Carlo, so she does her best to encourage him and also lets him win a race between them to boost his spirits.


B.) Carlo is impatient about his ability to train for track tryouts, but after his conversation with Meiya, he realizes it will take time and work to heal his injury and fully recover.


C.) Carlo pictures himself winning a big race on the school track team; when he realizes that he may not be able to run, he is very discouraged and disappointed.


D.) Carlo realizes that he may not be able to compete on the school track team but also discovers that, with time, he will still be able to participate in a sport he loves.

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Answer:

Part A

B.) Hard work and patience will eventually pay off.

Part B

B.) Carlo is impatient about his ability to train for track tryouts, but after his conversation with Meiya, he realizes it will take time and work to heal his injury and fully recover.

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