" It's just sort of a goverment intelligence test they give children at the age of twelve."
" What exam?"
" You'll be taking it next week. It's nothing to worry about."
" What makes it green though? the grass?"
" Nobody knows!"
" Everything will be alright."
" You've got an appointment today. Now it's nothing to worry about. the goverment wants to know how smart you are dickie."
" I get good marks in school."
Dickies mother eyes were moist, but all he was thinking about was how it was his birthday.
" It won't be long now. When they call your name, just go throught the doorway at the end of the room.
" Good luck son. I'll call for you when the test is over."
" Complete this sequence. 1, 4, 7, 10 . . ."
It was the day of the examination. and once again his mothers eyes were moist.
" Yes sir."
" Now just relax. You'll be asked some questions, and think them over carefully. then give your answers into the microphone. The machine will do the rest."
as they went to the examination his parents tried to comfort dickie. But he wasn't afraid.
" This is the government educational services. Your son has completed the government examination. We regret to inform you that his intelligence quotation is obove the government regulation. The fee for government burrial is ten dollars."
dickie and his father waited at reception for his test to begin.
dickies name was finally called and he entered the room of the examination to begin . . .
dickies parents waited at the house for the phone call that would tell if dickie had passed. But when they finally got the phone call only bad news awaited them.