2010 Reading Olympics #2

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2010 Reading Olympics #2 - Quiz

Test questions to help students study and prepare for the 2010 Montgomery County Reading Olympics competition.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    In the book, The Boy Who Saved Baseball, how is Doc Altenheimer going to decide whether to sell his property to developers?

    • A.

      By flipping a coin

    • B.

      Doc Altenheimer will keep his property if the Dillontown baseball team wins a game against the new team - the Lake View Vikings. If they lose, he will sell his property

    • C.

      The sheriff will let him know if he is allowed to sell or not

    • D.

      His wife will let him know when she is ready to move

    • E.

      He will not sell his property, no matter what

    Correct Answer
    B. Doc Altenheimer will keep his property if the Dillontown baseball team wins a game against the new team - the Lake View Vikings. If they lose, he will sell his property
  • 2. 

    In the book, The Boy Who Saved Baseball, who is Del Gato, and why is Tom so interested in him?

    • A.

      Former San Diego Padre, only player to hit homerun out of Jack Murphy Stadium, also born and raised in Dillontown

    • B.

      His best friend from San Diego

    • C.

      His long lost cousin from Mexico

    • D.

      His father's best friend from college

    • E.

      His mother's old boyfriend

    Correct Answer
    A. Former San Diego Padre, only player to hit homerun out of Jack Murphy Stadium, also born and raised in Dillontown
    Explanation
    Del Gato is a former San Diego Padre and the only player to hit a home run out of Jack Murphy Stadium. He is also born and raised in Dillontown. Tom is interested in Del Gato because of his impressive baseball achievements and his connection to their hometown.

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  • 3. 

    In the book, The Boy Who Saved Baseball, what did Del Gato do on the opening day of the 1984 World Series (San Diego vs. Detroit Tigers)?

    • A.

      Got married

    • B.

      Won a taco eating contest

    • C.

      Broke his arm

    • D.

      Disappeared and didn't let anyone know why

    • E.

      Robbed a bank

    Correct Answer
    D. Disappeared and didn't let anyone know why
  • 4. 

    In the book, The Boy Who Saved Baseball, what is the name of the team the Dillontown Wildcats plays against?

    • A.

      The Pink Ladies

    • B.

      Henry's Heroes

    • C.

      The Lake View Vikings

    • D.

      Goliath Giants

    • E.

      The Del Gatos

    Correct Answer
    C. The Lake View Vikings
    Explanation
    In the book, The Boy Who Saved Baseball, the team that the Dillontown Wildcats play against is called The Lake View Vikings.

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  • 5. 

    In the book, The Boy Who Saved Baseball, what story does Cruz de la Cruz tell about Screwball, his horse?

    • A.

      He said that Screwball could play baseball as good as Del Gato

    • B.

      That Screwball was 100 years old

    • C.

      That Screwball could change colors

    • D.

      That Screwball is really named Sherlock Holmes

    • E.

      He said that Screwball watches television and uses the remote control

    Correct Answer
    E. He said that Screwball watches television and uses the remote control
  • 6. 

    In the book, The Boy Who Saved Baseball, what is "earthen knowledge" and a "starborne hunch"?

    • A.

      Ways of knowing or paths to wisdom as a result of paying attention to the natural environment

    • B.

      Nicknames for Screwball the horse

    • C.

      Yoga positions that Del Gato teaches

    • D.

      Tom's sisters

    • E.

      Dishes Cody's Mom cooks for the Wildcats

    Correct Answer
    A. Ways of knowing or paths to wisdom as a result of paying attention to the natural environment
    Explanation
    "Earthen knowledge" and a "starborne hunch" refer to ways of knowing or paths to wisdom that come from observing and understanding the natural environment. This suggests that the characters in the book gain wisdom and insight by paying attention to the world around them, learning from nature, and using that knowledge to make decisions and solve problems.

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  • 7. 

    In the book, The Boy Who Saved Baseball, what does Tom fantasize about?

    • A.

      Moving to Hollywood to become a film star

    • B.

      Marrying Becky Slivers

    • C.

      Becoming a star baseball player

    • D.

      Getting new baseball equipment, especially new shoes

    • E.

      Gaining 30 pounds

    Correct Answer
    C. Becoming a star baseball player
    Explanation
    In the book, The Boy Who Saved Baseball, Tom fantasizes about becoming a star baseball player. This suggests that Tom has a passion for the sport and dreams of achieving success in it. Becoming a star baseball player may symbolize Tom's desire for recognition, accomplishment, and the opportunity to showcase his skills on a larger stage. It also implies that Tom sees baseball as a potential pathway to a brighter future and a way to make a significant impact in his community.

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  • 8. 

    In the book, The Boy Who Saved Baseball, who is named on the first page, as the boy who save baseball?

    • A.

      Freddy Printz, Jr.

    • B.

      Cruz de la Cruz

    • C.

      Doc Altenheimer

    • D.

      Tom

    • E.

      Del Gato

    Correct Answer
    B. Cruz de la Cruz
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Cruz de la Cruz. The question asks for the name of the boy who saved baseball in the book "The Boy Who Saved Baseball". The answer, Cruz de la Cruz, is mentioned on the first page of the book as the boy who saved baseball.

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  • 9. 

    In the book, The Boy Who Saved Baseball, what does Cruz do on the night before the big game against the Lake View Vikings?

    • A.

      He breaks his leg

    • B.

      He wins the lottery

    • C.

      He eats 3 gallons of ice cream

    • D.

      He runs a marathon

    • E.

      He disappears

    Correct Answer
    E. He disappears
    Explanation
    In the book, The Boy Who Saved Baseball, Cruz disappears on the night before the big game against the Lake View Vikings. This suggests that Cruz may have run away or gone missing, which creates suspense and raises questions about his whereabouts. The disappearance of Cruz adds an element of mystery and anticipation to the story, leaving readers curious about what happened to him and how it will affect the outcome of the game.

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  • 10. 

    In the book, The Boy Who Saved Baseball, what does Doc Altenheimer give to Tom Gallagher?

    • A.

      His lucky charm

    • B.

      His estate (property)

    • C.

      His medical bag

    • D.

      A cold

    • E.

      Three frogs and a dog

    Correct Answer
    B. His estate (property)
    Explanation
    In the book, The Boy Who Saved Baseball, Doc Altenheimer gives Tom Gallagher his estate (property). This means that Doc Altenheimer transfers ownership of his land and any buildings or structures on it to Tom. This could be seen as a significant gesture of trust and responsibility, as it implies that Tom will now be in charge of managing and taking care of the property.

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  • 11. 

    In the book, The Boy Who Saved Baseball, who wins the Big Game, and how?

    • A.

      Cruz rides Screwball around the bases and confuses the Vikings

    • B.

      Del Gato pitches a perfect game

    • C.

      Cody wins the game in overtime

    • D.

      Tom hits a pop-up ball but no one catches it and the Wildcats win the game

    • E.

      The game ends in a tie

    Correct Answer
    D. Tom hits a pop-up ball but no one catches it and the Wildcats win the game
    Explanation
    Tom hits a pop-up ball but no one catches it and the Wildcats win the game. This explanation implies that the ball hit by Tom was not caught by any player from the opposing team, which allowed the Wildcats to score and ultimately win the game.

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  • 12. 

    In the book, The Boy Who Saved Baseball, what position does Tom play on the Wildcats team?

    • A.

      He is a pinch hitter

    • B.

      First base

    • C.

      Outfield

    • D.

      Catcher

    • E.

      He is a relief pitcher

    Correct Answer
    E. He is a relief pitcher
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "He is a relief pitcher." In the book, The Boy Who Saved Baseball, Tom plays the position of a relief pitcher on the Wildcats team.

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