Walter Dean Myers's Lockdown: Chapter 1

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The following quiz will asses reading comprehension (Biography of Walter Dean Myers) and your comprehension of Chapter one. Type your full name below. Only your First and Last name will be accepted. No nicknames. YOU CAN ONLY TAKE THE QUIZ ONE TIME, so review your answers carefully.


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  • 1. 
    For questions 1 - 3, use the following exceprt from Walter Dean Myers, the author of Lockdown: I was born on a Thursday, the 12th of August, 1937, in Martinsburg, West Virginia. My name at birth was Walter Milton Myers. For some strange reason I was given to a man named Herbert Dean who lived in Harlem. I consider it strange because I don't know why I was given away. I was raised in Harlem by Herbert and his wife, Florence. Herbert was African American. Florence was German and Native American and wonderful and loved me very much. As a child my life centered around the neighborhood and the church. The neighborhood protected me and the church guided me. I resisted as much as I could. I was smart (all kids are smart) but didn't do that well in school. I dropped out of high school (although now Stuyvesant High claims me as a graduate) and joined the army on my 17th birthday. Basketball has always been a passion of mine. Sometimes at night I lie in bed thinking about games I've played. Sometimes I think about what would have happened if I had gone into the NBA (I was never good enough) or college ball. Anyway.... I wrote well in high school and a teacher (bless her!) recognized this and also knew I was going to drop out. She advised me to keep on writing no matter what happened to me. "It's what you do," she said. I didn't know exactly what that meant but, years later, working on a construction job in New York, I remembered her words. I began writing at night and eventually began writing about the most difficult period of my own life, the teen years. That's what I do. QUESTION 1: Why did Walter Dean Myers change his middle name from "Milton" to "Dean"?
    • A. 

      He hated the name "Milton."

    • B. 

      He wanted to honor his best friend, Dean.

    • C. 

      He was given away as a child to Herbert Dean.

    • D. 

      He lost a bet.

  • 2. 
    Walter Dean Myers dropped out of high school. How does he describe his academic ability?
    • A. 

      As a teenager, he thought he was too dumb for school.

    • B. 

      He felt he was smart but that school wasn't for him.

    • C. 

      He thought he was too smart for school and began writing when he dropped out.

    • D. 

      He knew basketball was his future, so academics didn't mean anything to him.

  • 3. 
    Who helped Walter Dean Myers realize that he was a writer?
    • A. 

      A teacher.

    • B. 

      Herbert Dean.

    • C. 

      His birth father.

    • D. 

      Florence Dean.

  • 4. 
    Now, to Lockdown... What is the setting of Chapter One?
    • A. 

      Mr. Pugh's house.

    • B. 

      Prison.

    • C. 

      A hospital.

    • D. 

      A secured vehicle from a juvenile detention center.

  • 5. 
    Which of the following answers contain accurate characteristics of Mr. Pugh?
    • A. 

      Large, polite, gentle.

    • B. 

      Strict, mean, authoritative

    • C. 

      Teacher, mentor, caregiver

    • D. 

      Flattering, friendly, wealthy

  • 6. 
    When Maurice meets Father Santora, he thinks that, "He looked okay, but a lot of people looked okay." Maurice's thought suggests that:
    • A. 

      Maurice doesn't trust a lot of people just because of their appearance.

    • B. 

      Maurice trusts Father Santora as soon as they meet.

    • C. 

      Maurice thinks that many people are good-looking.

    • D. 

      All of the above.

  • 7. 
    Father Santora describes Evergreen by saying: "It's not a hospital so much as a refuge. People reach a stage in their lives where they need to have assistance from day to day." The word refuge means:
    • A. 

      A place where soldiers go when they retire from the army.

    • B. 

      A prison for old people who break the law.

    • C. 

      A place of safety and shelter from pursuit, danger or trouble.

    • D. 

      A holding center for insane people.

  • 8. 
    On his first day at Evergreen, Maurice's duties primarily consists of what job?
    • A. 

      Running errands for the seniors.

    • B. 

      Washing and folding laundry.

    • C. 

      Picking garbage off of the floor.

    • D. 

      Nothing - he was only observing.

  • 9. 
    Mrs. Silvey tells Maurice: "I don't want you touching anything nasty with your hands. And I need you to wash your hands at least twice a day and keep your hands out of your face and especially away from your eyes. I don't want you getting sick." Which answer is best supported by the above quote?
    • A. 

      Mrs. Silvey loves Maurice like a son.

    • B. 

      Mrs. Silvey hates dirty people.

    • C. 

      Evergreen is the cleanest facility in the United States.

    • D. 

      Evergreen is a dirty place.

  • 10. 
    Which answer best describes Maurice's current situation?
    • A. 

      He is at Progress (a detention center) and is on a work-release at Evergreen.

    • B. 

      He is hoping that he succeeds at Evergreen so he can be released from Juvenile Detention.

    • C. 

      He has been at Progress for twenty-two months.

    • D. 

      All of the above

  • 11. 
    Maurice states, "I thought I would like to do that, have a regular job and kid around with people I met." Later, he thinks to himself, "That's all I thought about... getting back out on the street again." These two thoughts are important because they show us that:
    • A. 

      Maurice thinks he can't get a job because he is a gang-banger.

    • B. 

      Maurice wants to be successful but his life on the streets is all he knows.

    • C. 

      Maurice wants to have a job, but only if it involves "dealing drugs" on the streets.

    • D. 

      Maurice hates working people because they couldn't handle being on the streets.

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