Bill Pickett: Rodeo-ridin' Cowboy

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In the Wild West nobody thought that a slave would become a rodeo cowboy one day but this all changed when the son of a former slave became the first African American rodeo star. What do you remember about this hope inspiring book? Take the quiz below and know for sure.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Which of these is a fact from the story?
    • A. 

      Willie Pickett was more active than most children

    • B. 

      Being in a rodeo is one of the most dangerous jobs

    • C. 

      Bill Pickett's parents came from South Carolina

  • 2. 
    The author compares freedom to
    • A. 

      Bluebonnet blossoms

    • B. 

      The Texas prairie

    • C. 

      Parched soil

  • 3. 
    How does the author describe Willie Pickett as a child?
    • A. 

      The author says that Willi Pickett was as fast as a Texas tornado and as mean as a one-eyed horned toad.

    • B. 

      The author says that Willie Pickett was quick as a jackrabbit, more wide-eyed than a hoot owl, and curious.

    • C. 

      The author says that Willie Pickett was an average boy that liked to have fun on the ranch.

  • 4. 
    How did the Pickett family spend their evenings?
    • A. 

      The Pickett family spent their evenings by singing and playing banjo.

    • B. 

      The Pickett family spent their evenings by reading the bible and praying.

    • C. 

      The Pickett family spent their evenings by swapping stories.

  • 5. 
    What interested Bill most at an early age?
    • A. 

      Bill was most interested in catching lizards.

    • B. 

      Bill was most interested in the cowboys who drove thousands of steers past his parent's farm.

    • C. 

      Bill was most interested in helping his father in the fields.

  • 6. 
    Why was it hard at first for Bill to join the rodeo?
    • A. 

      It was hard for him because he had to leave his family, and some people didn't want an African-American cowboy.

    • B. 

      It was hard for him because he had to leave a job that earned lots of money for his family, and some people didn't want an African-American cowboy.

    • C. 

      It was hard for him because he did not think he was as good as the other rodeo people, and some people didn't want an African-American cowboy.

  • 7. 
    Why did the Millers want to hire Bill?
    • A. 

      The Millers wanted to hire him, because he could draw a crowd and put on a good show.

    • B. 

      The Millers wanted to hire him, because they wanted to help African-American cowboys.

    • C. 

      The Millers wanted to hire him, because he was a friend of an old family friend.

  • 8. 
    What did people do to show that they liked Bill's riding skills?
    • A. 

      To show Bill they liked his skills, the people cheered and asked him to dinner.

    • B. 

      To show Bill they liked his skills, the people clapped.

    • C. 

      To show Bill they liked his skills, the people dropped coins in his hat.

  • 9. 
    Where does this story take place?
    • A. 

      Utah

    • B. 

      Arizona

    • C. 

      Texas

  • 10. 
    How did Bill get a bull to do down without a fight?
    • A. 

      He bit the animal's lip

    • B. 

      He pushed the animal over

    • C. 

      He sang a song to the animal

  • 11. 
    To pass the time on the slow, steady trek, the southerners sang traveling songs. Another word for trek is
    • A. 

      Meal

    • B. 

      Journey

    • C. 

      Race

  • 12. 
    The cowboys looked at this brazen boy and went back to their work. Brazen means
    • A. 

      Pushy

    • B. 

      Thin

    • C. 

      Shy

  • 13. 
    According to the story, bulldogging was invented by feisty Bill Pickett. Someone who is feisty is
    • A. 

      Smart and proud

    • B. 

      Calm and wise

    • C. 

      Frisky and brave

  • 14. 
    One of the cowboys put forth a challenge. In this sentence, a challenge is
    • A. 

      Something everyone already knows

    • B. 

      Something that may be difficult to do

    • C. 

      Something that makes people angry

  • 15. 
    Even when Bill Pickett was very young, he was itching for adventure. Adventure means
    • A. 

      A fun or exciting experience

    • B. 

      A place to call your very own

    • C. 

      A treasure that makes you rich

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