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Reading Comprehension
Volume 5, Number 31, May 22, 2000

The Painting

A new painting was hanging in the Hemlock Mills Art Gallery. Throughout the day, visitors stood before the new exhibit and speculated as to what it represented.
“I think it’s a terrifying monster,” said Misty. “There’s no name on it, but I’m sure it was drawn by a famous artist.”
“I would say that it’s a picture of a park as seen from an airplane,” mused James. “I see many trees and roads.”
Miss Culture, the local art critic for the Hemlock Weekly News, made her pronouncement. “This is clearly a masterpiece created by an artist who wishes to be anonymous at this stage of his or her career. The brilliant strokes of color symbolize a person who is looking back at an exciting lifetime of accomplishments!”
At that moment, Mr. Lightman, the gallery curator, entered the room. “Isn’t it great?” he asked with a big smile on his face. My three year old did that this morning. He says it’s a maze. I think it’s amazing!”

For Discussion:

1. In your opinion, which visitor had the best guess as to what the painting represented?

2. What does the painting look like to you?

3. How would you describe Miss Culture?

4. Why do you think the curator decided to exhibit the painting?

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