IV COMPLETE THE TEXT BY PUTTING THE VERBS IN BRACKETS IN THE CORRECT TENSE.
A long time ago, Pa and Ma and Mary and Laura and Baby Carrie left their little house in Wisconsin. They 1)(drive away) and left it lonely and empty among the big trees, and they never saw that little house again. They 2) (go) to Indian country.
Pa said there were too many people in Wisconsin now. Wild animals 3) (not stay) in a country where there were so many people, so Pa didn’t want to stay. He liked a country where animals 4) (live) without fear. He liked to see them 5) (look) at him in the forest and 6) (eat) fruit from the trees.
In the long winter evenings pa talked to Ma about the Western country. “Let’s go see the West,” he said. “The land is flat and the grass 7) (grow) thick and high. Animals run freely and there are no settlers. Only Indians live there.”
“Oh, Charles, must we go now?” Ma said. “The weather’s so cold and our warm house is so comfortable.”
“If we 8) (go) this year, we must go now.” said Pa. “We can’t cross the Mississippi River after the ice 9)(break).”
So Pa sold the little house in Wisconsin. With Ma’s help, he made a canvas cover for their wagon. They put everything into the wagon except their beds and tables and chairs. Pa could make new ones out West. The next morning when it was still dark, Ma gently 10) (shake) Mary and Laura until they got up. By light of the fire she helped them dress warmly. Pa put his gun inside the wagon where he could reach it quickly. He put his fiddle between two blankets in order to keep it safe. Their dog Jack went under the wagon, and they drove away.
It was a long, long way to Indian country. Almost every day the horses 11) (travel) as far as they could; almost every night Pa and Ma stopped in a new place. They 12) (ride) across the wide Mississippi River before the ice broke, and crossed many other rivers and creeks.