America's Best Girl
Contributed by: Adler

  • 1. What is one thing that didn't make crossing the English Channel difficult?
A) heavy ship traffic
B) clinging seaweed
C) The rocky coast
D) raw sewage and stinging jellyfish
  • 2. What was not true about Trudy Ederle?
A) She used to swim in the ocean every day
B) She crossed the English Channel the first time she tried
C) She grew up in New York
D) She was one of the best all around swimmers in the world
  • 3. Why did she put grease on her body?
A) to protect her from the sun
B) to keep sharks away
C) to protect her from the cold
D) to make her glide off the waves
  • 4. What did the people on the boat next to her do?
A) They sang silly songs to keep her from getting bored.
B) They carried a sign to encourage her
C) They tried to get her to stop when the weather got bad.
D) all of the things listed here
  • 5. The English Channel is...
A) A roadway between England and Spain
B) A waterway between England and France
C) A waterway between England and Spain
D) A waterway between New York and England.
  • 6. Why do you think the author wrote this article?
A) To try to persuade people from trying to swim the English Channel.
B) To provide an example of a woman who broke sterotypes and show that girls can do things as well as boys.
C) To report about Olympic Heroes from the past.
D) To teach people about the history of swimmers who tried to swim the English Channel.
  • 7. Trudy broke the old world record. The old record holder took close to how many hours to cross the channel?
A) 9
B) 14
C) 18
D) 16
  • 8. "Most people thought that no woman was strong enough to complete such an arduous swim." In this sentence, what does "arduous" mean?
A) cold
B) difficult
C) long
D) dangerous
  • 9. After completing her journey, Trudy had to stop competing. How did she feel about this?
A) depressed
B) Angry that she had crossed the channel
C) Sad
D) She felt okay because she had accomplished her life's biggest goal.
  • 10. After completing her journey, Trudy....
A) Had damaged her hearing.
B) Had all the injuries listed here.
C) Had a stubbed toe.
D) Had a tongue that was swollen twice its normal size.
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Answer Key

1.C   2.B   3.C   4.D   5.B   6.B   7.D   8.B   9.D   10.B  

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