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Joey has trouble with math

 The trouble with math was that you were either right or wrong, never half-right or half-wrong. By Grade 10, you either were good at it, or you dreaded every class, and Joey Crocodile was in the latter group.

 Mr. Weaver, the teacher alligator for Grade 10, was a tough cookie. He didn't take any nonsense in his class and expected everyone's full attention. Pulling a pop quiz was one of his trademarks, and a few seconds ago, he had announced, "Pop quiz, everyone!"

 "OOOOOOOOhhhhhh!" said the class, getting out their pencils.

 "Now class, quiet!" demanded Mr. Weaver.

 Mr. Weaver passed paper upside down to every desk and then took out his famous stopwatch. When the hand reached twelve, he announced, "Start! You have one hour."

 The test was long with 100 questions, of which were simple yes and no answers, multiple choice and other questions requiring students to figure out the answer in the space provided.

 Joey Crocodile immediately got stressed out. He was nervous and dropped his pencil. In the scramble to get it, he knocked his head on the desk. For this he received a raised eyebrow from Mr. Weaver, which meant no more fooling around.

 The questions swam in front of his eyes. He couldn't concentrate as he got more confused and frustrated. He was mad at himself, because he knew he only had a short amount of time and he was wasting it.

 "Another five minutes, class," announced Mr. Weaver, checking his stopwatch.

 Five minutes, five minutes! Joey had only finished one question and squeezed in another before Mr. Weaver said, "Put down your pencils."

 Only two questions out of 100, he thought. He had failed big time.

 Next to him, Brenda Lizard beamed. She loved math and had turned over her paper in 30 minutes, completely finished. She was a math expert. No question stumped her.

 "Do you want me to help you with math?" asked Brenda at recess. "I have a couple of methods that make it a lot easier."

 Unknown to Joey, Brenda had a secret crush on him.

 "Sure, that would be great," said Joey.

 Brenda helped Joey every noon hour and soon Joey was getting "Cs" and then a "B." His trouble with math was getting less and less, and he only dreaded history now, but that is another story.

 Question about the story: How many questions on the paper did Joey answer?

 Winners: Katherine and Cassandra of Lunenburg Academy received their prizes through their school.

 Send answers to: Storytime, c/o Verna Dunlop, RR#1 Moser River, NS BOJ 2KO, or e-mail the answer to Prizes will be sent to those sending in answers. State age.

  March 9, 2005  
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