America's Best Girl
Contributed by: Adler

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

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

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