Watsons Go To Birmingham-1963 Quiz Ch. 9-12

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Comprehension check on chapters 9-12 of the Watsons.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    What does Kenny think is the worst thing about Alabama?

    • A.

      Grandma Sands's house

    • B.

      Byron's behavior

    • C.

      The heat

    • D.

      Country people

    Correct Answer
    C. The heat
    Explanation
    Kenny believes that the worst thing about Alabama is the heat. This implies that he finds the high temperatures in Alabama to be unpleasant or unbearable.

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  • 2. 

    What is Byron afraid of seeing at the rest stop in Tennessee?

    • A.

      Shadows

    • B.

      Snakes

    • C.

      People

    • D.

      Stars

    Correct Answer
    C. People
    Explanation
    Byron is afraid of seeing people at the rest stop in Tennessee. This fear may stem from various reasons such as social anxiety, past negative experiences with strangers, or a general discomfort in crowded places. The presence of people might make Byron feel uneasy or vulnerable, leading to his fear.

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  • 3. 

    Who is Mr. Robert?

    • A.

      A watchdog

    • B.

      A neighbor

    • C.

      Momma's friend

    • D.

      Grandma Sands's friend

    Correct Answer
    D. Grandma Sands's friend
    Explanation
    Mr. Robert is Grandma Sands's friend.

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  • 4. 

    Why does Joey say the angel doesn't look like her?

    • A.

      She thinks it doesn't look like her because it is too old looking.

    • B.

      She thinks it doesn't look like her because it is white.

    • C.

      She thinks it doesn't look like her because it has brown eyes.

    • D.

      She thinks it doesn't look like her because it has dimples.

    Correct Answer
    B. She thinks it doesn't look like her because it is white.
    Explanation
    Joey says the angel doesn't look like her because it is white. This suggests that Joey is referring to the skin color of the angel. She may be comparing her own skin color to that of the angel and noticing a difference. This could imply that Joey is of a different racial or ethnic background than the angel, leading her to conclude that it doesn't resemble her.

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  • 5. 

    What surprises Kenny about Birmingham?

    • A.

      The heat

    • B.

      The people

    • C.

      The houses

    • D.

      The streets

    Correct Answer
    C. The houses
    Explanation
    Kenny is surprised by the houses in Birmingham. This suggests that the houses in Birmingham are different or unique compared to what Kenny expected or what he is used to seeing. It could be possible that the houses in Birmingham have a distinct architectural style, size, or design that stands out to Kenny. Alternatively, the houses in Birmingham could be in a particular condition or state that surprises Kenny. Without further context, it is difficult to determine the exact reason for Kenny's surprise.

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  • 6. 

    Where does Joey keep her present from Mrs. Davidson?

    • A.

      In her closet

    • B.

      On a bookshelf

    • C.

      In her sock drawer

    • D.

      Under the bed

    Correct Answer
    C. In her sock drawer
    Explanation
    Joey keeps her present from Mrs. Davidson in her sock drawer. This implies that Joey has a special place to store her gift, and she chooses to keep it among her socks. The sock drawer is likely a safe and secure location for Joey to hide the present, ensuring that it remains hidden and protected until she decides to use or reveal it.

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  • 7. 

    Why does Byron sleep in Momma and Dad's bedroom the night before they leave for Birmingham?

    • A.

      Byron sleeps in their room to prevent him from running away.

    • B.

      Byron sleeps in their room because they are going to miss him while he is in Birmingham.

    • C.

      Byron sleeps in their room so he will stop teasing Kenny.

    • D.

      Byron sleeps in their room so he can talk them out of sending him away.

    Correct Answer
    A. Byron sleeps in their room to prevent him from running away.
    Explanation
    Byron sleeps in his parents' bedroom the night before they leave for Birmingham to prevent him from running away. This suggests that Byron may have a history of trying to escape or run away from home. By sleeping in their room, his parents hope to keep a closer eye on him and ensure that he doesn't attempt to leave while they are away.

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  • 8. 

    How does Dad say he kept everyone in the car asleep?

    • A.

      He set the heater on high.

    • B.

      He kept staring at the road.

    • C.

      He played the same song over and over again.

    • D.

      He hummed like a vacuum.

    Correct Answer
    D. He hummed like a vacuum.
    Explanation
    Dad says he kept everyone in the car asleep by humming like a vacuum. This suggests that his humming was loud and monotonous, similar to the sound of a vacuum cleaner. The repetitive noise may have helped to create a soothing and constant background noise that helped everyone stay asleep in the car.

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  • 9. 

    What does Kenny think of when Grandma Sands laughs?

    • A.

      Clattering dishes

    • B.

      Cackling witch

    • C.

      Dogs barking

    • D.

      Squealing pigs

    Correct Answer
    B. Cackling witch
    Explanation
    Kenny associates Grandma Sands' laughter with a cackling witch.

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  • 10. 

    Why does Grandma Sands "scold" Momma?

    • A.

      Momma was wasting paper towels.

    • B.

      Momma commented on how much Grandma Sands was like Byron.

    • C.

      Momma kept questioning Grandma Sands about Mr. Robert.

    • D.

      Momma wouldn't pick up Kenny's spoon for him.

    Correct Answer
    C. Momma kept questioning Grandma Sands about Mr. Robert.
    Explanation
    Grandma Sands scolds Momma because Momma kept questioning Grandma Sands about Mr. Robert. This suggests that Grandma Sands is annoyed or frustrated with Momma's constant questioning, possibly because she does not want to discuss or reveal information about Mr. Robert.

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  • 11. 

    Which of the following best shows that "all of the fight was out of Byron"? pg. 161

    • A.

      The way Byron kept saying, "Yes ma'am" this and "No, ma' am" that.

    • B.

      "Instead of King Kong and Godzilla it was like King Kong and Bambi."

    • C.

      "I ain't gonna have her death on my hands."

    • D.

      "Byron kept his head down."

    Correct Answer
    A. The way Byron kept saying, "Yes ma'am" this and "No, ma' am" that.
    Explanation
    The correct answer indicates that Byron's behavior of repeatedly saying "Yes ma'am" and "No, ma'am" shows that he has completely lost his fighting spirit and is submissive. This behavior suggests that he is no longer willing to challenge authority or engage in any kind of conflict.

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  • 12. 

    What did Kenny do in the following: "There were real houses, not little log cabins, all over the place." pg. 155

    • A.

      He presented chronological list.

    • B.

      He explained a cause and its effect.

    • C.

      He compared and contrasted life in Flint to life in Birmingham.

    • D.

      He made a generalization about houses in Birmingham.

    Correct Answer
    D. He made a generalization about houses in Birmingham.
  • 13. 

    On what is Kenny basing his conclusion that Dad is very tired?

    • A.

      He has stubble growing on his chin.

    • B.

      He said he was tired of looking at the kids' sour faces.

    • C.

      He hardly ever talked for long without stopping.

    • D.

      He was listening to country music.

    Correct Answer
    C. He hardly ever talked for long without stopping.
    Explanation
    Kenny is basing his conclusion that Dad is very tired on the fact that Dad hardly ever talked for long without stopping. This suggests that Dad is too tired to engage in conversation and is struggling to stay awake or focus on what Kenny is saying.

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  • 14. 

    Which of the following is an example of touch imagery?

    • A.

      "The lights knocked some of the darkness out of the way..." pg. 147

    • B.

      "Byron acted like he was going to throw up." pg. 147

    • C.

      "Wiggle your fingers in it." pg. 147

    • D.

      "It feels like you're running your fingers through silk." pg 147

    Correct Answer
    D. "It feels like you're running your fingers through silk." pg 147
    Explanation
    The phrase "It feels like you're running your fingers through silk" is an example of touch imagery because it describes a tactile sensation. The comparison to running fingers through silk evokes a smooth and luxurious feeling, appealing to the sense of touch. This imagery helps the reader to imagine the texture and sensation being described in a vivid and sensory way.

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  • 15. 

    What is the external conflict between Daniel and Wilona?

    • A.

      Daniel wants to keep driving, but Wilona has planned specific stops for their trip.

    • B.

      Daniel wants to keep driving, but Wilona is worried about Grandma Sands not being ready for them if they arrive too early.

    • C.

      Daniel is tired and wants to stop, but Wilona thinks they should keep driving so they can save some money.

    • D.

      Daniel had joked about Momma's plans with Mr. Johnson, and Wilona had found out and was mad.

    Correct Answer
    A. Daniel wants to keep driving, but Wilona has planned specific stops for their trip.
    Explanation
    The external conflict between Daniel and Wilona is that Daniel wants to continue driving, but Wilona has planned specific stops for their trip. This conflict arises because Daniel's desire to keep driving clashes with Wilona's need for structured breaks during their journey.

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  • 16. 

    What is the cause of Byron's worry about sanitation laws?

    • A.

      Grandma Sands is old and he thinks she will smell in the summer heat.

    • B.

      Grandma Sands is old and he thinks she will not keep up with the house cleaning.

    • C.

      Grandma Sands doesn't have indoor plumbing.

    • D.

      Grandma Sands has an outhouse instead of a toilet in the house.

    Correct Answer
    D. Grandma Sands has an outhouse instead of a toilet in the house.
    Explanation
    Byron's worry about sanitation laws is caused by the fact that Grandma Sands has an outhouse instead of a toilet in the house. This is a concern because it implies that the house does not meet the standards of modern sanitation laws, which could potentially lead to health and hygiene issues.

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  • 17. 

    "It's times like this when someone is talking to you like you are a grown-up that you have to be careful not pick your nose or dig your drawers out of you butt." pg. 124 The author most likely included this detail to 

    • A.

      Inform

    • B.

      Develop the character

    • C.

      Entertain

    • D.

      Persuade

    Correct Answer
    C. Entertain
    Explanation
    The author most likely included this detail to entertain the readers. The sentence uses humor and a playful tone to describe a situation where someone is talking to the narrator like an adult, but the narrator still has to be cautious about their behavior. This adds a light-hearted and comical element to the story, which is likely intended to amuse the audience.

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  • 18. 

    Kenny is nervous about Byron being left with Grandma Sands because

    • A.

      He believes that Byron will torture his poor, sweet grandmother.

    • B.

      He believes that Byron will attempt to runaway and return to Flint.

    • C.

      He believes that Byron will be tortured by their mean grandmother.

    • D.

      He believes that Byron will get in just as much trouble there as he does in Flint.

    Correct Answer
    C. He believes that Byron will be tortured by their mean grandmother.
    Explanation
    Kenny is nervous about Byron being left with Grandma Sands because he believes that Byron will be tortured by their mean grandmother. This suggests that Kenny has a negative perception of their grandmother and believes that she will mistreat Byron in some way. This fear may stem from past experiences or observations of how their grandmother treats Byron. It also implies that Kenny cares about Byron's well-being and wants to protect him from any potential harm.

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  • 19. 

    What does Kenny see in Joey's shoe?

    • A.

      A picture of an angel in the clouds

    • B.

      A picture of a boy and a dog

    • C.

      A picture of a girl and a kitten

    • D.

      A picture of a girl and a boy

    Correct Answer
    B. A picture of a boy and a dog
    Explanation
    Kenny sees a picture of a boy and a dog in Joey's shoe.

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  • 20. 

    Which of the following is not a setting of this story?

    • A.

      Birmingham

    • B.

      Atlanta

    • C.

      Flint

    • D.

      Appalachia

    Correct Answer
    B. Atlanta
    Explanation
    The question asks for a setting that is not mentioned in the story. The story mentions Birmingham, Flint, and Appalachia, but it does not mention Atlanta. Therefore, Atlanta is the correct answer as it is not a setting of the story.

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