Oscar De La Torre's Story In Everyday Heroes

40 Questions  I  By Bbakin on February 18, 2011
Test your understanding of the story about Oscar de la Torre from the reading book "Everyday Heroes" by Beth Johnson (Townsend Press).

  

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1.  Oscar earned his diploma from Santa Monica High School, a college degree from Santa Monica City College, and will go to graduate school at the University of Texas.
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2.  Oscar was suspended three times in junior high.
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3.  What happened after Oscar graduated from the California State University at Chico?
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4.  In the sentence "He lives in a small apartment in a building infested with cockroaches."  "infested with" means:
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5.  Now that Oscar has his college degree, what types of activities does Oscar do with the young people in his neighborhood in order to help them attend Santa Monica Community College?  Check all of the correct answers.
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6.  According to the story, what types of things did Oscar and his friends steal when he was 9 (and 10)?   Check all of the correct answers
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7.  When Oscar was 11 years old, his friends started using drugs.
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8.  Oscar became the first Mexican-American student body president of Santa Monica High since 1948.
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9.  What happened as a result of Oscar's participation in the Bridge program at California State University at Chico?
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10.  Oscar started to play on the football team in high school.
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11.  When Oscar was a teenager, another teenager pointed a gun at him, but he didn't shoot him.
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12.  Gun violence was never a big problem in Oscar's neighborhood.  None of his friends were shot or wounded by guns and he rarely hears gunshots at night.
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13.  The university that Oscar wanted to attend offered him the opportunity to participate in a special program that would help him prepare to be successful in college.
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14.  Why did Oscar think he was "bad" when he was a child?
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15.  Oscar avoided gangs, drugs and violence when he was young because he didn't want to be "bad."
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16.  How did sports help Oscar's grades in high school?
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17.  How did Oscar meet a police officer for the first time?
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18.  What started to happen when Oscar was on the high school football team?
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19.  In the sentence "It was great for all of us 'underachievers' to work on the campaign." the word "underachievers" is in quotes.  Why?
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20.  Gang violence grew worse in the Pico Corridor where Oscar lived after people there started using and selling drugs.
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21.  What did the police officer who gave Oscar a ticket when he was 8 years old tell Oscar?
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22.  Oscar has a lot of brothers and sisters.
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23.  Oscar lives in a small apartment in a building that has a lot of cockroaches.
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24.  When Oscar was in the eleventh grade, he visited a high school on the East Coast and met Barbara Walters.
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25.  When Oscar was in high school, he learned that his friends had nice things (good cars, vacations, big beautiful houses) because their parents were professionals: doctors, lawyers, accountants; and that their success came from education.
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26.  What does Oscar think is more valuable than anything he could buy?
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27.  Where were Oscar's parents from?
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28.  When Oscar was in junior high, what grades did he get?
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29.  How does the author describe the neighborhood where Oscar grew up?
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30.  School had always been easy for Oscar, he was just lazy when he was a child.
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31.  Oscar was able to enroll in University right after high school because his grades were excellent and he got the highest score on his college entrance exams.
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32.  Oscar became the first Latino student body president at the California State University at Chico.
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33.  Oscar owns a car.
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34.  When Oscar was in the eleventh grade, he was interviewed on a TV news program about education in America.
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35.  In the sentence "The school suspended me three times."  "suspended" means:
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36.  Oscar didn't have a very good grade average at the California State University at Chico, so he didn't graduate.
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37.  What happened to change Oscar's life when he was 12 years old?
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38.  Oscar's parents did not speak English, but they knew a lot about American culture.
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39.  Why didn't Oscar use drugs when he saw two of his friends try it the first time?
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40.  Even though Oscar stole things when he was young, he never was caught, so he never spent any time in jail.
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