Comprehension Questions for "When Marian Sang"

1. The voice of the girl who refused Marian's application at the music school sounded like "a steel door clanking shut." Why did the author most likely use this comparison?
2. Based on the selection, who repeatedly helped Marian?
3. How do we know that Marian Anderson was an amazing singer?
4. Why did Mr. Boghetti change his mind about teaching Marian?
5. Why did Marian decide to give a concert at the Lincoln Memorial?
6. Why was Marian so surprised by the behavior of the girl at the music school?
Comprehension Questions for "Learning To Swim"

1. List the goals did the girl had.
2. What did the girl's mother emphasize when retelling the story?
3. What themes is best illustrated in this story?
4. Why did the girl think she should be able to swim as well as the boys?
5. The girl first felt real panic when she...
6. Of all the places the girl described in the story, which one is most important to the plot?
7. The girl's mother said that the breaststroke was good because "... you can see where you are going." Is this foreshadowing, a flashback, a metaphor, or a theme.
8. Which event did the girl do last? learned front crawl; learned dog-paddle; learned breaststroke; learned to float
9. What is the importance of the description of the festival of the stars?
Comprehension Questions for "Juan Verdades"

1. Why is the apple tree important to the story?
2. Why did Don Ignacio accept don Arturo's bet?
3. When Araceli told Juan she wnted all the apples from the royal apple tree, he was distressed because he knew that don Ignacio would not give them away. Why else was he probably distressed?
4. Why id don Arturo tell don Ignacio a lie?
5. "All workers are honest with their bosses" is a generalization that don Ignacio would make.
6. Don Arturo would probably say, "A boss must expect employees to be dishonest" as a generalization.
7. The best thing that describes don Arturo is that he liked to challenge people.
8. The theme that is best illustrated by the story is that "the rewards of being honest."

Elizabeth Blackwell

1.Elizabeth tells Dr. Barnes, “Miracles are something you make happen!” What does this reveal about her?

2. For Dean Richards and his colleagues Herbert and Raymond, being female was the same as – (having a disease that could not be cured)

3. Why was Elizabeth able to attend a medical college? (The student council voted to admit her)

4. Anthony, the recent immigrant leading the mob outside Elizabeth’s clinic, is least like – (John, Phillip, Raymond, or Herbert)

5. What does the reader learn from Sean’s speech to the mob outside Elizabeth’s Clinic?

6. What did Elizabeth believe was her most important role in life?

7. Based on the selection, what is a generalization about Americans in the mid-1800s.

8. Why did the author most likely write this selection?

9. What is the plot of the story?

10. Why was Elizabeth’s sister Anna important to the plot?

11. What did Dean Snyder mean when he told James, “She can hardly expect us to give her a stick with which to break our own heads”?

12. Determination is an important theme in this selection. How does this theme depend on the setting?

Comprehension Questions for "Inventing the Future"

1. Why was Edison proclaimed a "wizard"? (invention of the phonograph seemed like a miracle)
2. What invention was most challenging for Edison? (electric lighting system for homes)
3. Edison was all of the following except: generous; competitive; affectionate; determine. (affectionate)
4. What do you think that the author did to increase readers' interest in reading Inventing the Future? (Linked Edison's inventions with modern-day devices that readers are familiar with)
5. What can be concluded when you look at the time line on pages 520-521? (Edison invented the light bulb after he invented the electric pen.)
6. When you look at the caption on all the pages, which page does the caption best show Edison's level of determination? (page 510)
7. Why were people willing to give Edison financial support after he turned 23 years old? (He had agreed to hire skilled machinists and clockmakers)
8. What can you infer about the year that Edison spent in Boston? (He liked being around people with interests similar to his own)
9. The conclusion can be drawn that Edison did not consider himself superior to his workers. (He often gave assistants a percentage of the profits from an invention - is the least that support this conclusion)
10. What was an important difference between the electric vote recorder Edison patented in 1868 and the telegraphic improvements he patented around 1869? (The telegraphic improvements were commerically successful.)