Boom Town Comprehension
  • 1. This selection takes place long ago in _______.
A) California
B) St. Joe
C) gold fields
D) Oregon
  • 2. Pa has brought his family out west because he thinks he'll _____.
A) learn to read
B) make his wife happy
C) strike it rich
D) work all day without pay
  • 3. Who is telling the story?
A) Pa
B) Ma
C) Baby Betsy
D) Amanda
  • 4. In the selection, the phrase "Once in a while a crow flew by" shows how _____ life was.
A) funny
B) beautiful
C) happy
D) boring
  • 5. Because Pa lives in the gold fields during the week, he ______.
A) makes crusts for the pies
B) helps Amanda's pie business get started
C) picks apples for pies
D) can't find pans for Amanda
  • 6. Ma said it was unlikely that Amanda could make pie because ______.
A) there wasn't enough flour for a pie crust
B) the boys would make fun of her
C) there were no pie pans and there was no oven
D) Amanda was poor at baking pies
  • 7. Amanda was ________ about baking pies.
A) grateful
B) angry
C) foolish
D) persistent
  • 8. The main reason Amanda was successful at baking her first pie was that ______.
A) she learned to solver her problem a different way
B) her brothers finally decided to help
C) Ma ended up making it for her
D) Pa came home to encourage her
  • 9. Pa came home with money on Saturday night because he had _______.
A) landed another job
B) struck gold
C) traded his horse
D) sold Amanda's pie
  • 10. Many of the miners decide that ______.
A) only young miners strike it rich
B) it is easier to get rich doing something else
C) living apart from your family is too hard
D) mining for gold is an easy way to get rich
  • 11. The main purpose of this story is to show how a ______.
A) town gets its start
B) brother and sister can get along
C) family strikes it rich
D) little girl learns to bake
  • 12. Why would Amanda and other businesses need a bank in town?
  • 13. Explain what Amanda did, other than bake pies, to turn the little settlement into a boom town.
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