In the last sentence, the company president shows some ambivalence. (doubt?) Why do you think she is wavering?

Everybody began to notice the stranger who lurked near the grill at the company picnic. He held a huge platter of raw hamburgers, but seemed to have no interest in grilling them. No one from the office recognized him. He talked to no one. He appeared to have come alone. The rest of the picnickers began whispering and sneaking glances at him. The strange overalls and large hat only increased the mystery. The company president wavered between confronting him and looking for a security guard.

Answer: The stranger's actions seem suspicious and likely to be an intruder or burglar.


What word is best describes the mood of the passage?

Answer: Suspicious (maybe silly?)

ambivalence This describes a state where you are torn between two opposite emotions or ideas

eg Tom is ambivalent about Mary. Sometimes he loves her but sometimes he hates her.

A doubt is where you thik something is right but you are not sure.

Neither word seems to apply here.

Why do you think she is wavering? She's concerned about her personal safety.


What word is best describes the mood of the passage? mysterious?