From An American Childhood

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From An American Childhood

In American Childhood, the author discovers that she-not the world-can control her feelings.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Why does the author of An American Childhood resist going to bed when she is five.
    • A. 

      She has nightmares about monsters

    • B. 

      She does not want to be in the same bedroom with her sister.

    • C. 

      .She sees something scary in her room at night.

  • 2. 
    Why does the author of An American Childhood not tell anyone about her feelings at bedtime?
    • A. 

      She does not think anyone will care.

    • B. 

      She is too afraid.

    • C. 

      She knows her parents are in the next room.

  • 3. 
    In An American Childhood, why does the author's sister not feel the same as the author?
    • A. 

      She is sleeping.

    • B. 

      She is too young to have such feelings.

    • C. 

      She has more courage.

  • 4. 
    Which of these sentences from An American Childhood does NOT create a mood of fear?
    • A. 

      "If I spoke of it, it would kill me."

    • B. 

      "Even at two she composed herself attractively for sleep."

    • C. 

      "I lay alone and was almost asleep when the thing entered the room by flattening itself against the open door and sliding in."

  • 5. 
    The author of An American Childhood describes a previous experience in which she heard a loud noise during her naps. How is this similar to her experience at bedtime?
    • A. 

      She figures out that the noise and light are caused by everyday things.

    • B. 

      Both happen at night.

    • C. 

      She realizes that both experiences occur because of passing cars.

  • 6. 
    What happens after the author of An American Childhood figures out the mystery?
    • A. 

      She tries to scare her sister with the mystery.

    • B. 

      She explains it to her parents, and they all laugh.

    • C. 

      She is never afraid again.

  • 7. 
    In An American Childhood, what is the author's purpose in describing what she sees as a "spirit" entering her room?
    • A. 

      To create a feeling of fear.

    • B. 

      To create a feeling of boredom.

    • C. 

      To create a feeling of humor.

  • 8. 
    • A. 

      The author spend much of her childhood driving in cars.

    • B. 

      The author spend most of her childhood too frightened to sleep well at night.

    • C. 

      .The author lived near a road and shared a room with her younger sister.