The Printable KISS Grammar Workbooks The KISS Workbooks Anthology
A Passage for Analysis
From John Steinbeck's The Red Pony
N.Y. Bantam Books, 1937, 1988

The Opening Paragraph of 
Chapter II. "The Great Mountain" (p. 36)

1. Underline every subject once and every verb twice. 
2. Circle every adjective and draw an arrow from it to the word it modifies. 
3. Put a box around every adverb and draw an arrow from it to the word it modifies.

     In the humming heat of a midsummer afternoon the little boy Jody

listlessly looked about the ranch for something to do. He had been to

the barn, had thrown rocks at the swallows' nests under the eaves until

every one of the little mud houses broke open and dropped its lining of 

straw and dirty feathers. Then at the ranch house he baited a rat trap 

with stale cheese and set it where Doubletree Mutt, that good big dog, 

would get his nose snapped. Jody was not moved by an impulse of 

cruelty; he was bored with the long hot afternoon. Doubletree Mutt put 

his stupid nose in the trap and got it smacked, and shrieked with agony 

and limped away with blood on his nostrils. No matter where he was 

hurt, Mutt limped. It was just a way he had. Once when he was young,

Mutt got caught in a coyote trap, and always after that he limped, even

when he was scolded.