"Thank You Ma'am" Reading Comprehension

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Comprehension Quizzes & Trivia

Comprehension Assessment AFTER completing group reading, Notes and Notices Strategy with group, and answering questions on the short story


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Why would Mrs. Luella Bates Washington Jones want to help this boy? (Remember to refer back to the text and choose the answer that best fits this question)
    • A. 

      She was a nice person and helped everyone.

    • B. 

      She was young once and had been in similar situations as Roger.

    • C. 

      She thought Roger was homeless.

    • D. 

      She wanted to adopt him and take care of him.

  • 2. 
    What does the author mean by "shoes got by devilish ways will burn your feet"?
    • A. 

      It means that the shoes won't fit his feet.

    • B. 

      It means that the shoes will burn his feet.

    • C. 

      It means that the shoes will be ugly.

    • D. 

      It means that if you steal money to buy shoes, eventually guilt will burn your feet.

  • 3. 
    Why couldn't Roger say anything to Mrs. Jones at the end of the story?
    • A. 

      He was in awe of her and couldn't believe someone had tried to help him after he tried to steal something.

    • B. 

      He was so scared she was going to call the police.

    • C. 

      He thought she would ask him to stay so he was upset and couldn't talk.

    • D. 

      He was just happy he got $10 and didn't feel the need to say thank you.

  • 4. 
    Who is the PROTAGONIST of this short story?
    • A. 

      Mrs. Washington

    • B. 

      Roger

    • C. 

      The blue suede shoes

    • D. 

      The employee at the store

  • 5. 
    Why does Roger sit on the far side of the room when Mrs. Jones goes behind the screen to cook dinner?
    • A. 

      He is frightened she is phoning the police and wants to see what she is doing.

    • B. 

      He does not want to smell the food she is cooking because it will make his stomach growl.

    • C. 

      He wants her to see that he is not taking anything from her purse.

    • D. 

      He wants to hide behind the screen so he can steal her money.

  • 6. 
    What does the word barren mean in the following sentence? He couldn't even say that as he turned at the foot of the barren stoop.
    • A. 

      It means the stoop was full of furniture.

    • B. 

      It means the distant stoop.

    • C. 

      It means the stoop was empty; there was nothing on it.

    • D. 

      It means the stoop is frightening.

  • 7. 
    What can you infer about Roger in the following sentence from the story? That large woman simply turned around and kicked him square in the blue-jean sitter.
    • A. 

      She is angry.

    • B. 

      She is sad.

    • C. 

      She is confused.

    • D. 

      She is scared.

  • 8. 
    How does Mrs. Jones show that she trust Roger after she takes him to her home?
    • A. 

      She makes him was his face.

    • B. 

      She leaves her purse out in the open on the daybed, knowing that he will not take it.

    • C. 

      She makes sure her neighbors keep their doors open.

    • D. 

      She tells him her full name.

  • 9. 
    Why did Roger try to steal Mrs. Jones' purse?  What did he want to buy?
    • A. 

      For food

    • B. 

      For the excitement

    • C. 

      For a date with his girlfriend

    • D. 

      For blue suede shoes

  • 10. 
    Why does Roger offer to go get milk for Mrs. Jones?
    • A. 

      He wants to run-away.

    • B. 

      He wants her to trust him and he is trying to repay her for her kindness.

    • C. 

      He wants to steal her purse again.

    • D. 

      He is thirsty and wants some milk.

  • 11. 
    BONUS ---you do NOT have to complete Bonus, but if you do please write your answer on a sheet of paper and TURN IT IN TO ME (making sure your name is on your paper)……..Read the poem by Emily Dickinson, If I Can Stop One Heart from Breaking.Then, compare and constrast the poem and the story.  Use your text to describe how the poem and the story are alike and how they are different.  Describe which character fits the poem.  Explain your answer with examples from the story. If I can stop one Heart from breakingI shall not live in vainIf I can ease one life the AchingOr cool one PainOr help one fainting RobinUnto his nest again I shall not live in Vain(vain means living without a point or a purpose)