Book Quiz: Search For Safety By John Langan!

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Search for Safety by John Langan is a very captivating book that tells us the story of Ben Mc Kee, who has to navigate through life as a sophomore and living with a stepfather who doesn’t make their home feel like home. Have you had time to read the book? If so, take up the quiz below and get to review it thoroughly.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Why is Mr. Graham reluctant to hire Ben to work for him at his store? Who does Ben remind Mr. Graham of, and why?
  • 2. 
    In Chapter 4, how do Dez Hodden and his brother Cooper stick up for Ben?
  • 3. 
    What happens to Ben and his mother on the Monday after the Labor Day party? Afterward, what does Mom refuse to let him do? What reasons does she give for refusing?
  • 4. 
    What positive things happen to Ben on his first day of school at Bluford High?
  • 5. 
    What bad news does Mom tell Ben about Larry’s job? How does Ben react to this news?
  • 6. 
    What does Larry do one Friday night to get money? What does he spend the money on? How does this affect Ben and his mom?
  • 7. 
    What does Mr. Graham invite Ben to do after work on Saturday? How is this a change for Ben?
  • 8. 
    On Monday morning, Ben decides to do something that he’s never done before. What does he do? Who sees him doing it? What is Ben’s reaction to being seen by these people?
  • 9. 
    What happens at the store on the day that Ben works an extra hour? How does Ben react to what happens?
  • 10. 
    What two things prompt Aunt Fay to return from North Carolina? What does she do when she again sees Ben?
  • 11. 
    Write a paragraph in which you provide supporting evidence to back up the following point: Point: In Search for Safety, Ben McKee receives help and encouragement from three new friends.
  • 12. 
    In the following excerpt, what does the word scowled mean? He [Larry] never said he was sorry about anything. Aunt Fay knew it too. She scowled and shook her head.
    • A. 

      Smiled

    • B. 

      Chuckled

    • C. 

      Frowned

    • D. 

      Sobbed

  • 13. 
    In the following excerpt, what does the word assured mean? “You don’t have to hurry, Ben,” he [Mr. Graham] assured me as soon as she left. “Like I told my daughter Alice this morning, people today rush everything.”
    • A. 

      Spoke angrily

    • B. 

      Told with confidence

    • C. 

      Challenged

    • D. 

      Questioned

  • 14. 
    What is the main idea of the excerpt below? One of my favorites when I was a kid was Street Knight. He guarded neighborhoods at night, taking out thugs and bullies with his bare hands. Maybe it was the heat or that I was starving, but the next thing I knew, I started picturing myself facing Shamar and Rodney again. Only this time I had Street Knight’s power.
    • A. 

      Ben used to enjoy Street Knight as a kid.

    • B. 

      Ben is hot and very hungry.

    • C. 

      Ben wishes he could face Shamar and Rodney with Street Knight's power.

    • D. 

      Ben is a superhero when no one is around.

  • 15. 
    What is the main idea of the excerpt below? When I looked in the bathroom mirror before getting into the shower, I noticed my cheek was still a bit swollen, and there was a bruise beneath my right eye. But it didn’t look as bad as the day before. I hoped no one would notice.
    • A. 

      Ben is self-conscious about his bruised and swollen face.

    • B. 

      Ben’s face doesn’t look as bad now as it did the day before.

    • C. 

      Ben’s cheek is swollen and his face is bruised.

    • D. 

      Ben wants everyone to see his bruised and swollen face.

  • 16. 
    What is the main idea of the excerpt below? The halls were full of students as we walked to class. At one point, we were crammed together, and my shoulder gently bumped Cindy’s. I apologized, and she flashed me the same smile that lit up the hallways over the summer. I couldn’t help but notice the curves of her body in her jeans and tank top. She looked good.
    • A. 

      Ben couldn’t help bumping Cindy.

    • B. 

      Cindy wears tight-fitting clothes.

    • C. 

      There are too many students at Bluford.

    • D. 

      Ben finds Cindy attractive.

  • 17. 
    What can you conclude from the following excerpt? If you didn’t know better, you’d think we lived in a perfect house. But it wasn’t real. At one point, I noticed Mom limping. “Yeah, I’m fine,” she said with a forced smile. “I just twisted something at work the other day, that’s all. Don’t tell Aunt Fay. It’s hard enough for her to leave as it is. Let’s not give her something else to worry about.”
    • A. 

      Ben thinks his mom is a very hard worker.

    • B. 

      Larry probably caused Mom’s limp.

    • C. 

      Mom often injures herself.Mom often injures herself.

    • D. 

      Aunt Fay knows Mom is clumsy.

  • 18. 
    What can you conclude from the following excerpt? Most kids couldn’t even pronounce it [“Mesopotamia”], but I knew because Aunt Fay taught me. It’s one of the first places people settled, and it’s in Iraq where everyone is fighting. Aunt Fay taught me even older settlements were in Africa—that all the world’s people came from there originally. I started to say this when I noticed kids looking at me. At Lincoln, my friends were used to me speaking up about things I knew, but at Bluford I was too new for that. All I got were stares, so I shut up.
    • A. 

      Ben doesn’t care what the other students think of him.

    • B. 

      Ben usually knows everything.

    • C. 

      Ben likes to show off his knowledge.

    • D. 

      Although he’s intelligent, Ben doesn’t want to be seen as a show-off.

  • 19. 
    In the following excerpt, what does the word surging mean? I closed my door and felt the surging flames smack against it.
    • A. 

      Suddenly increasing

    • B. 

      Colorful

    • C. 

      Quickly retreating

    • D. 

      Foul smelling

  • 20. 
    In the following excerpt, what does the word defiant mean? She [Aunt Fay] jutted her jaw at him and put her hands on her hips, standing there defiant in her suit.
    • A. 

      Fearful

    • B. 

      Hesitant

    • C. 

      Boldly resistant

    • D. 

      Kindly encouraging

  • 21. 
    What is the main idea of the excerpt below? “It’s not all his fault, Ben!” Mom said, her voice cracking. “It’s hard on a man’s pride to be out of work. And then he gets to drinking to try to make himself feel better, and he just loses control sometimes. Honestly, he feels as bad about it as you do.”
    • A. 

      Larry loses control sometimes because he’s out of work.

    • B. 

      Mom tries to explain the reasons for Larry’s violence.

    • C. 

      Drinking makes Larry feel better about things.

    • D. 

      Mom wants Ben to feel sorry for Larry.

  • 22. 
    What is the main idea of the excerpt below? One man told me he was Dez’s uncle, a police officer from another district. “Ben,” he said, “can you tell us any more about what happened? We’re real upset about this. Mr. Graham is like everyone’s grandfather. His store’s one of the last places left in this neighborhood where folks can still get real food around here. It’s a shame this happened to him, of all people.” Everyone nodded as he spoke. They shared his anger.
    • A. 

      Because they respect Mr. Graham, everyone wants to see his attacker brought to justice.

    • B. 

      Mr. Graham’s store is one of the last groceries in the neighborhood.

    • C. 

      Dez’s uncle is a police officer from another district.

    • D. 

      Ben knows who robbed Mr. Graham.

  • 23. 
    What is the main idea of the excerpt below? He [Larry] started hitting me then, his fists slamming into my chest and stomach. One punch landed deep in my gut, knocking the air right out of my lungs. Another shot crashed into my ribs. I heard a crunching sound and felt a stab of pain shoot into my side. I put my hands over my head, but I couldn’t stop the rain of punches.
    • A. 

      Larry may have broken one or more of Ben’s ribs.

    • B. 

      Larry is a skillful fighter.

    • C. 

      Ben wants to fight back and knows exactly what to do.

    • D. 

      Ben can’t defend himself against Larry’s blows.

  • 24. 
    What can you can conclude from the following excerpt? Cindy looked confused for a second. Then I saw her get it. Her jaw dropped. Her eyes opened wide. The smile melted away. “Ohhh,” she said, stepping back. “Uh . . . I . . . gotta go, Ben.” Her face changed then. She stopped looking at me. “See you later,” she said and then hurried off. I felt like a zombie as I walked into the cafeteria and got my tray of scrambled eggs. As hungry as I was, I suddenly lost my appetite.
    • A. 

      Ben is embarrassed because Cindy realizes he has come for a free breakfast.

    • B. 

      The scrambled egg breakfast is not worth eating.

    • C. 

      Cindy plans to join Ben for breakfast at a later time.

    • D. 

      Cindy doesn't talk to people who eat free breakfast.

  • 25. 
    What can you conclude from the following excerpt? Larry turned on her [Aunt Fay] with an ugly sneer. “Woman, you got no sense. I told you to stay outta my business, but you wouldn’t listen. You deserve what’s coming to you.” He moved toward her, but Aunt Fay didn’t flinch. She stepped directly up to him, her eyes blazing. “Yeah, go on! Hit a woman, you coward! Hit me and add ten more years to your jail time.”
    • A. 

      Larry will refuse to hit Aunt Fay because she is a woman.

    • B. 

      Aunt Fay really wants Larry to hit her.

    • C. 

      Aunt Fay likes to fight with men.

    • D. 

      Aunt Fay is not afraid of Larry.