The Polar Express

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The Polar Express - Quiz

This quiz tests students comprehension of The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    As the boy lay in his bed, what did he hear?

    • A.

      Rain falling

    • B.

      A dog barking

    • C.

      Bells from Santa's sleigh

    • D.

      Hissing steam and squeaking metal

    Correct Answer
    D. Hissing steam and squeaking metal
    Explanation
    The given correct answer suggests that the boy heard hissing steam and squeaking metal while lying in his bed. This implies that there might be a nearby source of steam, such as a radiator or a machine, which is producing the hissing sound. Additionally, the squeaking metal could indicate that there is some sort of mechanical movement or friction happening in the vicinity of the boy's bed, possibly from a door, window, or another object.

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  • 2. 

    When the conductor asked if he was coming to the North Pole, the boy___________________________.

    • A.

      Grabbed his coat and climbed aboard

    • B.

      Pushed the conductor out of his way and went aboard

    • C.

      Took the conductor's outstretched hand

    • D.

      Said "no"

    Correct Answer
    C. Took the conductor's outstretched hand
    Explanation
    The boy's action of taking the conductor's outstretched hand suggests that he agreed to come to the North Pole. This shows that he was willing to go on the journey and accepted the conductor's invitation.

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  • 3. 

    What did the boy eat and drink on the train?

    • A.

      Caramel apples and hot cocoa

    • B.

      Popcorn and soda pop

    • C.

      Christmas cookies and milk

    • D.

      Candies with white nougat centers and hot cocoa

    Correct Answer
    D. Candies with white nougat centers and hot cocoa
    Explanation
    The boy ate candies with white nougat centers and drank hot cocoa on the train.

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  • 4. 

    What did the Polar Express cross before it reached the North Pole?

    • A.

      A sparkling stream that looked like a river of diamonds

    • B.

      A barren desert of ice called the "Great Polar Ice Cap"

    • C.

      A lake covered with ice

    • D.

      A deep valley called the "Grand Canyon"

    Correct Answer
    B. A barren desert of ice called the "Great Polar Ice Cap"
    Explanation
    The Polar Express crossed a barren desert of ice called the "Great Polar Ice Cap" before it reached the North Pole. This suggests that the journey to the North Pole was treacherous and required traversing a vast expanse of icy terrain. The description of a "barren desert of ice" implies that the area was devoid of life and difficult to navigate, adding to the sense of adventure and challenge in reaching the destination.

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  • 5. 

    What did the boy ask Santa to give him for the first gift of Christmas?

    Correct Answer
    bell
    Explanation
    The boy asked Santa to give him a bell for the first gift of Christmas.

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  • 6. 

    What did the boy feel when he reached into his pocket?

    • A.

      A silver bell

    • B.

      A hole

    • C.

      A small wrapped present

    • D.

      A key

    Correct Answer
    B. A hole
    Explanation
    The boy felt a hole when he reached into his pocket.

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  • 7. 

    For whom does the boy's bell still ring?

    • A.

      Anyone who is sad and lonely

    • B.

      Those who truly believe

    • C.

      Him and his sister

    • D.

      Only children who believe in Santa Claus

    Correct Answer
    B. Those who truly believe
    Explanation
    The boy's bell still rings for those who truly believe. This suggests that the bell's magic is only experienced by individuals who have genuine faith and trust in its power. It implies that belief is a crucial factor in accessing the magical aspects of the bell, and only those who possess this genuine belief are able to hear its ringing.

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