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The White Queen’s Riddle
Music: Franz Joseph Haydn
Alice was set a poetical test of wits by the kindly (but like all the other characters, utterly maddening) White Queen.

“FIRST, the fish must be caught.”
That is easy: a baby, I think, could have caught it.
“Next, the fish must be bought.”
That is easy: a penny, I think, would have bought it.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Already. All ready.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Table. Catch. Lie.

Use together in one sentence: Unable. So. Think.

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The Caucus Race
Alice experiences for herself the very definition of a pointless exercise.

FIRST it marked out a race-course, in a sort of circle, (‘the exact shape doesn’t matter,’ it said,) and then all the party were placed along the course, here and there.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Exact. Precise.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Win. Place. Race.

Use together in one sentence: Exact. Everybody. Easy.

More games: Précis. Confusables. Spinner. Opposites. Verb or Noun? Active or Passive? Subject and Object. Adjectives. Word Classes.

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