Henry's Freedom Box

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Henry's Freedom Box is a tale based upon a true story of a slave's escape to freedom. This is a comprehension quiz designed for 3rd and 4th graders based on the book by Ellen Levine and Kadir Nelson.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    Henry's mother tells him that slave children are like ______ because they are "torn from the trees like slave children are torn from their families."

    • A.

      Bark

    • B.

      Sticks

    • C.

      Leaves

    • D.

      Birds

    Correct Answer
    C. Leaves
    Explanation
    Henry's mother compares slave children to leaves because they are both torn from their families. This analogy suggests that just as leaves are forcefully separated from trees, slave children are forcibly taken away from their loved ones. The comparison highlights the pain and injustice of slavery, emphasizing the emotional and familial trauma experienced by enslaved children.

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  • 2. 

    Henry didn't know..

    • A.

      His father

    • B.

      His own birthday

    • C.

      His real name

    • D.

      How to work

    Correct Answer
    B. His own birthday
    Explanation
    Henry didn't know his own birthday. This suggests that he either never learned his birthdate or he has forgotten it. Not knowing one's own birthday is quite unusual as it is a significant personal detail that is often celebrated and remembered. It is possible that Henry's birthdate was never recorded or he may have experienced memory loss or some other circumstance that led to him not knowing this important information about himself.

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  • 3. 

    Henry and his wife, Nancy were allowed to live together even though they had different what?

    • A.

      Jobs

    • B.

      Hobbies

    • C.

      Beliefs

    • D.

      Masters

    Correct Answer
    D. Masters
    Explanation
    Henry and his wife, Nancy, were allowed to live together even though they had different masters. This suggests that they were both slaves or servants owned by different masters, but they were granted permission to be together despite their different owners.

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  • 4. 

    Nancy's master sold her and the children because...

    • A.

      He had lost a lot of money

    • B.

      He was angry at Henry

    • C.

      His wife had died

    • D.

      He didn't like children

    Correct Answer
    A. He had lost a lot of money
    Explanation
    The correct answer is that Nancy's master sold her and the children because he had lost a lot of money. This suggests that the master was facing financial difficulties and had to resort to selling his slaves in order to recover some of his losses.

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  • 5. 

    Henry asked his friend, James, and Dr. Smith to help him escape.  Why did Dr. Smith agree to help Henry?

    • A.

      He didn't like Henry's master.

    • B.

      He thought slavery was wrong.

    • C.

      He thought it would be interesting.

    • D.

      He wanted to break the law.

    Correct Answer
    B. He thought slavery was wrong.
    Explanation
    Dr. Smith agreed to help Henry because he believed that slavery was wrong. This suggests that Dr. Smith had moral objections to the institution of slavery and was willing to assist Henry in his escape because of his belief in the injustice of slavery.

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  • 6. 

    Why did Henry have to hurt his hand more than it already was?

    • A.

      He wanted the doctor to see him again.

    • B.

      He did it on accident.

    • C.

      He was in a fight.

    • D.

      He wanted an excuse so the boss would have to let him stay home.

    Correct Answer
    D. He wanted an excuse so the boss would have to let him stay home.
    Explanation
    Henry hurt his hand more than it already was because he wanted an excuse so the boss would have to let him stay home. This suggests that Henry intentionally worsened his injury in order to avoid going to work.

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  • 7. 

    How did the railroad and ship workers handle Henry's box that said "with care"?

    • A.

      They threw the box around and even had him upside down for hours.

    • B.

      They always were gentle and kept the box upright.

    • C.

      They were rough.

    • D.

      They threw the box around at first, but then were gentle later.

    Correct Answer
    A. They threw the box around and even had him upside down for hours.
    Explanation
    The correct answer states that the railroad and ship workers handled Henry's box in a rough manner. They threw the box around and even had it upside down for hours. This suggests that they did not handle the box with care, despite the label on it.

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  • 8. 

    Two men on the boat thought that Henry's box was full of ....

    • A.

      Dresses for women

    • B.

      A runaway slave

    • C.

      Mail

    • D.

      A top secret weapon

    Correct Answer
    C. Mail
    Explanation
    The two men on the boat believed that Henry's box contained mail. This could be because the box was labeled as such or because it had the appearance of a typical mail package. The context of the situation, such as being on a boat and the presence of other mail-related items, may have also influenced their assumption.

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  • 9. 

    Henry "Box" Brown decided that his birhday was on what day?

    • A.

      The day his family was sold

    • B.

      The day he saw a "free bird" flying

    • C.

      The day he met his wife

    • D.

      The day he arrived in Philadelphia

    Correct Answer
    D. The day he arrived in Philadelphia
    Explanation
    Henry "Box" Brown decided that his birthday was on the day he arrived in Philadelphia. This suggests that he considered his arrival in Philadelphia as a significant and transformative event in his life, and he chose to commemorate it as his birthday. This decision could be attributed to the fact that his arrival in Philadelphia marked his escape from slavery and the beginning of a new chapter in his life of freedom.

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  • 10. 

    Did you enjoy this book?

    • A.

      Yes, it was a very good book. I will read it again.

    • B.

      It was an okay book to read. I may read it again.

    • C.

      No, I didn't enjoy this book and don't think I would read it again.

    Correct Answer(s)
    A. Yes, it was a very good book. I will read it again.
    B. It was an okay book to read. I may read it again.
    C. No, I didn't enjoy this book and don't think I would read it again.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is all of the above options because the question asks for the respondent's opinion on whether they enjoyed the book or not and if they would read it again. Each option represents a different response, ranging from very positive (enjoyed the book and will read it again) to neutral (okay book, may read it again) to negative (did not enjoy the book and would not read it again).

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