The Mysterious Giant Of Barletta

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This is a Quiz based on the HM story The Mysterious Giant of Barletta. It is on a 3rd grade level with a writing prompt at the end.  


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    What is the problem in the story?

    • A.

      The Mysterious Giant cannot get off of his pedestal.

    • B.

      The onion made the Mysterious Giant cry.

    • C.

      The army is going to attack Barletta.

    • D.

      Zia Concetta made too many meat balls!

    Correct Answer
    C. The army is going to attack Barletta.
    Explanation
    The problem in the story is that the army is going to attack Barletta. This implies that there is a potential threat or danger to the town of Barletta, which creates a conflict or problem that needs to be resolved. The other options mentioned in the question, such as the Mysterious Giant not being able to get off his pedestal or the onion making him cry, and Zia Concetta making too many meatballs, are not directly related to the main problem or conflict in the story.

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  • 2. 

    No one knew where the mysterious giant had come from.What does the word mysterious mean?

    • A.

      Hard to see

    • B.

      Hard to explain

    • C.

      Hard to remember

    • D.

      Hard to talk about

    Correct Answer
    B. Hard to explain
    Explanation
    The word "mysterious" refers to something that is difficult to explain or understand. In this context, it suggests that the origin of the giant is unknown and cannot be easily understood or explained by anyone.

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  • 3. 

    Zia Concetta lived right across the square from the giant statue.What does the word square mean?

    • A.

      An open space in the middle of a city

    • B.

      A four sided shape

    • C.

      A person who is not nice

    • D.

      A puzzle used to trick the army

    Correct Answer
    A. An open space in the middle of a city
    Explanation
    The word "square" in this context refers to an open space in the middle of a city. This is evident from the statement that Zia Concetta lived right across the square from the giant statue, indicating that the square is a location in the city.

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  • 4. 

    "Colosso," Zia Concetta said to the huge statue, "as long as I can remember you have stood here looking over this town and its people."What does statue mean? hint: Use clues in the sentence!

    • A.

      Small

    • B.

      Huge

    • C.

      Short

    • D.

      Smelly

    Correct Answer
    B. Huge
    Explanation
    The word "huge" in the sentence indicates that the statue is very large in size. Therefore, the correct answer is "huge".

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  • 5. 

    Zia Concetta said, "Why don't you hop off your pedestal?"What does pedestal mean in this sentence?

    • A.

      A huge, strong, imaginary creature that looks like a human

    • B.

      An image, often of a person or animal, usually made of stone, metal, or wood

    • C.

      The base on which a statue stands

    • D.

      A person lacking in power or strength

    Correct Answer
    D. A person lacking in power or strength
    Explanation
    In this sentence, "pedestal" is used metaphorically to refer to someone's perceived superiority or arrogance. The phrase "hop off your pedestal" suggests that the person being addressed is being told to come down from their position of power or authority and to stop acting superior. Therefore, the correct answer is "a person lacking in power or strength."

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  • 6. 

    Why does Zia Concetta ask the townspeople to stay out of sight? What might have happened if they hadn't followed her orders?

  • 7. 

    If the Mysterious Giant came to your town, what could he help the people do?

  • 8. 

    What is your favorite part of the story and why is it your favorite?  Please answer in complete sentences.

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