My Brother Sam Is Dead Chapters 1-3 Quiz

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  • 1. 

    What was the fight between Sam and his father about?

    • A.

      They were angry about the younger brother's plan to join the war

    • B.

      Father believed in being loyal to the king and Sam believed in fighting for freedom from Britain

    • C.

      They did not really fight, it was a misunderstanding

    • D.

      They were fighting about the chores around the house that needed attention

    Correct Answer
    A. They were angry about the younger brother's plan to join the war
    Explanation
    The fight between Sam and his father was about the younger brother's plan to join the war. Sam believed in fighting for freedom from Britain, while his father believed in being loyal to the king. This difference in beliefs and opinions caused them to become angry with each other.

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  • 2. 

    In what month and year does the story open?

    • A.

      January 1776

    • B.

      April 1775

    • C.

      May 1773

    • D.

      June 1778

    Correct Answer
    B. April 1775
    Explanation
    The story opens in April 1775.

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  • 3. 

    In what state is the setting taking place (at first of novel)?

    • A.

      North Carolina

    • B.

      South Carolina

    • C.

      Connecticut

    • D.

      Washington, DC

    Correct Answer
    C. Connecticut
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Connecticut. This can be inferred from the question that asks about the state where the setting is taking place at the beginning of the novel. Since the question does not provide any further context or information, we can assume that the novel starts in Connecticut.

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  • 4. 

    Why did Sam call the British 'lobsterbacks'?

    • A.

      Because they were tough and had a hard exterior

    • B.

      Because of the color of their military coats

    • C.

      Because the British soldiers LOVED the lobsters around the coast so very much

    • D.

      Because he hated lobsters and hated the British just as much

    Correct Answer
    B. Because of the color of their military coats
    Explanation
    Sam called the British 'lobsterbacks' because of the color of their military coats. This term was used to mock the British soldiers as their coats were red, resembling the color of lobsters. It was a way for Sam to express his disdain and ridicule towards the British soldiers.

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  • 5. 

    How did Sam get the Brown Bess?

    • A.

      He took it without Father's permission

    • B.

      He went and got it from a friend

    • C.

      He asked Tim for it and ran away with it

    • D.

      He offered to pay for it

    Correct Answer
    A. He took it without Father's permission
    Explanation
    Sam obtained the Brown Bess by taking it without his father's permission. This implies that Sam took the firearm without seeking approval or authorization from his father.

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  • 6. 

    What was ironic about Sam calling the British 'lobsterbacks'?

    • A.

      He didn't really like lobsters

    • B.

      The British didn't really like lobsters

    • C.

      Sam's uniform coat was red as well

    • D.

      Letting his feelings go was not his usual style

    Correct Answer
    C. Sam's uniform coat was red as well
    Explanation
    Sam calling the British 'lobsterbacks' is ironic because his uniform coat was also red, just like the British soldiers. The term 'lobsterbacks' was a derogatory nickname given to the British soldiers by the American colonists during the Revolutionary War. The nickname referred to the red coats that the British soldiers wore as part of their uniform. Therefore, it is ironic that Sam, who also wore a red coat as part of his uniform, would use this term to insult the British.

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  • 7. 

    Who is the narrator of the story?

    • A.

      Father

    • B.

      Independent narrator

    • C.

      Tim Meeker

    • D.

      Sam's sister

    Correct Answer
    C. Tim Meeker
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Tim Meeker. In the story, Tim Meeker is the main character and also serves as the narrator. He tells the story from his own perspective, sharing his thoughts, feelings, and experiences throughout the narrative. As the narrator, Tim provides insight into the events and characters, allowing the reader to understand the story through his eyes.

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  • 8. 

    Where was Sam heading?  Why did he feel he needed to take Brown Bess?

    • A.

      Sam was headed to Virginia and he needed a gun to protect himself.

    • B.

      Sam was heading to Massachussetts and he needed a gun to fight with

    • C.

      Sam was heading home and he was worried about the British being there/felt he needed protection

    • D.

      Sam was heading to fight in the Civil war because he was against slavery

    Correct Answer
    B. Sam was heading to Massachussetts and he needed a gun to fight with
    Explanation
    Sam was heading to Massachusetts and he needed a gun to fight with. This answer is supported by the information given in the question, which states that Sam felt he needed to take Brown Bess, a gun, with him. It is also mentioned that Sam was heading to Massachusetts, which implies that he had a purpose or a mission that required him to fight.

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  • 9. 

    Who was the captain of the company?

    • A.

      Leroy Brown

    • B.

      Benedict Arnold

    • C.

      Joseph Galloway

    • D.

      John Henry

    Correct Answer
    B. Benedict Arnold
    Explanation
    Benedict Arnold was the captain of the company.

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  • 10. 

    How old was Sam when the story began?

    • A.

      16

    • B.

      15

    • C.

      18

    • D.

      20

    Correct Answer
    A. 16
    Explanation
    Sam was 16 years old when the story began. This can be inferred from the fact that out of the given options, 16 is the only age mentioned.

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