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Read the next part of Carol’s rough draft and use it to answer questions 26–30. This section has groups of underlined words. The questions ask about these groups of underlined words.

The debate went as bad as I had feared it would. Lorna seemed as confident and prepared as the professional politicians who appeared on the Sunday morning talk shows. She gave an inspiring description of her goals for our school. In contrast, Tony’s biggest contribution to the debate was to say that the lunch lady, Mrs. Stewart, needed to serve pizza more often.

When it was finally over I rushed up to him. “We have to fix this. Maybe you can write an article for the school paper that outlines your positions—”

“Calm down, Max,” Tony said. “I’m not writing any article, especially for a dorky school newspaper like ours.” He winked at some supporters. They laughed on cue, as he had expected.

“Don’t you want to win the election?” I asked. Tony frowned and said, “I thought that was your job, man.” It was the last straw, but I didn’t know what to do. I had agreed to work on Tony’s campaign. I didn’t like to think of myself as a deserter. Should I support him no matter what? But how could I, when it was obvious that Lorna would make a better president? Suddenly, something she had said came back to me: be true to yourself.

The next day, Lorna and I ran into each other. She said, I heard you resigned from Tony’s campaign. Are you ready to work on mine?”

I shook my head. “Even though I’m not Tony’s campaign manager anymore, he’s still a friend. I can’t help his competition. Other people might not agree with my decision, but I have to be true to myself.”

“I understand,” Lorna said, “but if I’m elected, I’m going to need many people to chair committees. I hope you’ll at least consider joining my team.”

“I will,” I said, and I meant it.


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