Trivia: The Watsons Go To Birmingham Novel Quiz!

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Trivia: The Watsons Go To Birmingham Novel Quiz!

Have you ever read “The Watsons Go to Birmingham? ” It is a historical fiction novel by Christopher Paul Curtis. It was published in 1995, and it was reprinted in 1997. It tells the story of an African-American family. One of the sons starts getting into trouble. On their way to taking their son to his Grandma’s, tragedy ensues. If you want to find out more about the Watsons, try this quiz.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    What did Byron do that made Kenny think he was part of the "weird Watsons"?
    • A. 

      Byron dressed up like a bear.

    • B. 

      Byron put his lips on the cold mirror and they got stuck.

    • C. 

      Byron sang in the shower.

    • D. 

      Byron shaved his head.

  • 2. 
    Where does the story begin?
    • A. 

      Birmingham, Alabama

    • B. 

      Chicago, Illinois

    • C. 

      Flint, Michigan

    • D. 

      New York, New York

  • 3. 
    What did Kenny's mother remind his mother about why Birmingham was not friendlier than their home town?
    • A. 

      There are "colored only" bathrooms in Birmingham.

    • B. 

      People in Birmingham didn't speak English.

    • C. 

      People in their home town threw the Watsons a parade.

    • D. 

      People in Birmingham did not welcome strangers.

  • 4. 
    Who was Larry Dunn?
    • A. 

      He was the school teacher.

    • B. 

      He was Kenny's cousin.

    • C. 

      He was the school bully.

    • D. 

      He liked to read poetry with Kenny.

  • 5. 
    What does Kenny mean when he says, “I knew God had finally sent me my personal saver!”?
    • A. 

      Kenny found a life preserver in the garage.

    • B. 

      Byron saved Kenny from the bully's attack.

    • C. 

      Kenny found new toys at a garage sale.

    • D. 

      Rufus and Cody wear worn clothing and will be teased more than Kenny.

  • 6. 
    Who won the greatest dinosaur war ever?
    • A. 

      LJ

    • B. 

      Rufus

    • C. 

      Kenny

    • D. 

      Byron

  • 7. 
    According to Byron, why do garbage trucks have wide back doors?
    • A. 

      To hide the children who are skipping school.

    • B. 

      To haul away all the garbage that piles up near the school.

    • C. 

      To take the radioactive dinosaurs away.

    • D. 

      Children from the South have thin blood and when they freeze easily the garbage trucks take their frozen bodies.

  • 8. 
    What did Kenny's mother want to do to Byron when she found out he was playing with matches?
    • A. 

      She wanted to forgive him, but father didn't want to.

    • B. 

      She wanted to burn him with matches so he wouldn't do it again.

    • C. 

      She wanted to ask Larry Dunn to punish him.

    • D. 

      She wanted to make him learn poetry with Kenny.

  • 9. 
    The book is written through the eyes of which character?
    • A. 

      Byron

    • B. 

      Mrs. Watson

    • C. 

      Kenny

    • D. 

      Joetta

  • 10. 
    Who is Poindexter?
    • A. 

      The name of Kenny's dog.

    • B. 

      The name of Kenny's school

    • C. 

      Kenny's nickname for Joetta

    • D. 

      Byron's nickname for Kenny

  • 11. 
    What does Byron do to trick Kenny into keeping the secret about the "free food"?
    • A. 

      He shares the swedish creams with Kenny.

    • B. 

      He beats Kenny up.

    • C. 

      He threatens to hurt Kenny's bird.

    • D. 

      He calls Larry Dunn up to scare Kenny.

  • 12. 
    What did Byron do after he killed the dove?
    • A. 

      He took it home and showed his parents that he did a bad thing.

    • B. 

      He did nothing-he just walked away.

    • C. 

      He buried it and put a cross on top.

    • D. 

      He made Kenny bury it.

  • 13. 
    Why didn't Byron want to sign for the groceries at the store?
    • A. 

      He didn't know how to write his name.

    • B. 

      He thought that signing for groceries meant they were on welfare.

    • C. 

      He thought that signing for the groceries was stealing.

    • D. 

      He was afraid that Larry Dunn would steal the groceries.

  • 14. 
    How did Mrs. Watson feel about Byron's "conk".
    • A. 

      She thought it looked great!

    • B. 

      She thought he should go into town and show everyone.

    • C. 

      She hated it and wanted Byron to be punished.

    • D. 

      She took a razor and shaved Byron immediately.

  • 15. 
    What did Mr. Watson decide Byron's punishment would be for the conk?
    • A. 

      He had to go to church every Sunday.

    • B. 

      He had to clean the garage.

    • C. 

      He had to shave his head.

    • D. 

      He had to take Kenny to the gym with him.

  • 16. 
    What do they call the Watson's car?
    • A. 

      The lean green machine

    • B. 

      The Ultra Glide

    • C. 

      The green hornet

    • D. 

      The brown bomber

  • 17. 
    What is the Ultra Glide?
    • A. 

      The name of the Watson's car.

    • B. 

      The name of the Watson's dog.

    • C. 

      The record player in the car.

    • D. 

      The kind of bike that Kenny rides.

  • 18. 
    Why do the Watson's decide to go to Birmingham?
    • A. 

      To go to the beach.

    • B. 

      To have Grandma Sands watch Byron and help him shape up.

    • C. 

      To visit Rufus.

    • D. 

      To see Martin Luther King.

  • 19. 
    The gift that Joetta received was a (n)___________
  • 20. 
    What was the surprise that Kenny and Byron found at the rest stop in Ohio?
    • A. 

      A stray dog

    • B. 

      There were outhouses

    • C. 

      A lost girl

    • D. 

      Money

  • 21. 
    What was the trademark that Kenny saw inside Joetta's shoe
    • A. 

      Buster Brown

    • B. 

      Elmo

    • C. 

      Mickey Mouse

    • D. 

      Dumbo the elephant

  • 22. 
    Why does Kenny say, "If this was a movie there would be loud, scary organ music playing right now"? pg. 145
    • A. 

      He is very nervous about being in the South.

    • B. 

      He doesn't understand why there are so many stars.

    • C. 

      He thinks the surrounding mountains are very frightening.

    • D. 

      He thinks the pump looks like a deformed space robot.

  • 23. 
    What is the most likely reason Kenny draws the conclusion that the two new boys will be his "savers"?
    • A. 

      The boys are very friendly, and Kenny believes he will finally have friends.

    • B. 

      The boys talk "country", so Kenny thinks they are not as smart as him.

    • C. 

      The boys are very friendly, so Kenny believes they will sit with him on the bus.

    • D. 

      The boys are dressed raggedy, talk "country", and are overly friendly, so Kenny thinks they will be new targets for bullies.

  • 24. 
    Which of the following would be the best title for chapter five?
    • A. 

      Byron Directs a Movie

    • B. 

      Byron Gets Burned

    • C. 

      Momma Becomes a Snake

    • D. 

      Joetta, the Traffic Cop

  • 25. 
    Which of the following best shows why Momma is mad about the Ultra Glide?
    • A. 

      "Kenneth, you stop playing and move that towel this minute!" Momma said. pg. 109

    • B. 

      "I knew Dad was kind of disappointed by the way Momma had acted." pg. 110

    • C. 

      "...if Momma had stayed and hadn't gone off mumbling about money." pg. 110

    • D. 

      "She really hurt his feelings by walking off like that." pg. 110

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