Back to School Supplies


Girl: Dad, I need a few supplies for school, and I was wondering if . . . .
Dad: Yeah. There are a couple of pencils and an eraser in the kitchen drawer, I think.
Girl: Dad, I’m in eight grade now, and I need REAL supplies for my demanding classes.
Dad: Oh, so you need a ruler too?
Girl: Dad, I need some high-tech tech stuff like a calculator, a Palm Pilot, and a laptop computer.
Dad: Uh. I didn’t have any of that when I was in middle school, and I did just fine.
Girl: Yeah, and they weren’t any cars either, WERE there. [Hey] And things are just more progressive now.
Dad: Well, we can rule out the hand pilot [Palm Pilot, Dad]. Whatever, AND the computer . . . unless mom lets you sell the car. And as for the adding machine [Calculator]. Yeah, I think mine from college is kicking around here somewhere.
Girl: Dad, I need a calculator for geometry, and I have heard you can download free software from the Internet.
Dad: Great. My daughter will be playing video games in geometry class.
Girl: Dad.
Dad: Okay. How much is this thing going to cost me?
Girl: Well, I saw it at the store for only $99, WITH a $10 mail-in rebate, or you could buy it online.
Dad: Oh. Do they throw in a few aspirin so your father can recover from sticker shock?
Girl: Dad, Please!! Everyone has one and you [I’ve heard that before.] and you always say you want me to excel in school, and I’ll chip in $10 of my own, and I’ll even clean up my room [Hey!!].
Dad: Hmmm, 100 bucks.
Dad: Well, you’ll be supporting me in my old age, so, I guess so. When do you need it?
Girl: Now, right now. [Now!] Mom’s already waiting in the car for us. [Huh?] She said she would buy me an ice cream if I could talk you into to buying it for me today.



#1. Which item did the girl NOT mention about her needed supplies for school?

#2. Why doesn’t the father want to buy his daughter some of these supplies?

#3. For which specific class does the girl mention that she needs these supplies?

#4. What specific argument does the girl give her father to persuade him to buy these things?