The story of the Trickster Coyote and his companion Fox was still fresh in Manuel’s mind. Fox was the only


The story of the Trickster Coyote and his companion Fox was still fresh in Manuel’s mind. Fox was the only one who was ever able to outsmart the Coyote, and the thought filled Manuel with respect. He knew that the Trickster and the company he kept were not friends of the people; on the other hand, if one encountered any malevolent forces, he should do his best to appease them—that was simple common sense. 7 “Here, Mr. Fox,” Manuel said. “Are you hungry?” 8 The fox wagged his tail and crept closer, the black rubbery lips curled to show his white teeth. 9 Manuel took his satchel off his shoulder, and felt inside. Uncle Tobi never sent him home without a snack for the road, and Manuel took out a half-eaten SPAM sandwich. “You want this?” he said to the fox. 10 The fox approached, in cautious mincing steps, and its white teeth snatched the sandwich from Manuel’s fingers. The fox ate as if he was completely famished—the sandwich was gone before it even touched the ground, and the fox licked his face with a small, red tongue. 11 Manuel laughed. “You want some more, don’t you?” he said. “I know it’s tough being a fox these days. Hardly any livestock around, and all the people going to and fro. It’s war, you see.” He looked for more food as he spoke, and the fox’s eyes never strayed from the satchel decorated with white and black glass beads.
Based on how Manuel responds to events in paragraphs 6 and 7, the reader can conclude that a possible theme is fill in the blank Answer choices for the above question A. people should appreciate good literature. B. people should be wary of wild animals. C. people should treat creatures with kindness. D. people should remember the morals from folktales.
Based on the interactions between characters in paragraphs 9–11, the reader can conclude that a possible theme is fill in the blank___ Answer choices for the above question A. generosity can cost you more than you’re willing to give. B. times of crisis can bring out the best in people. C. life in the desert can be very difficult D. pets can bring people great joy


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