Which details from “Raccoon Olympics” support the central ideas that Paul tells the narrator a story to protect her from the truth of what he is doing with the raccoons and that adults have a responsibility to protect the formative experiences of young people?
Select the two correct answers.
“It will not occur to me until I am an adult to wonder if Paul convinced all the kids he could train wild raccoons to compete in swim meets, or if he just made up a kinder explanation for me.”
“‘Unfortunately, we have not found our champion yet.’ Paul winks again, but he’s looking at my dad, not me. Dad catches my eye as if he wants to something, then looks away.”
“So, to test their swimming, we drive the raccoons out into the middle of the lake and put them in the water. If they’re good swimmers, we start training them for the Olympics—every day taking them out a little bit longer—”
“Paul doesn’t really say what the raccoons look like when they swim. But my swimming raccoons wear goggles and have special swim caps fitted over their ringed tails to decrease drag.”