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Two Miles for a Drink of Water - Quiz
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by Daniel Wright
| 23 Questions
Note from the author:
Storyworks Quiz for Two Miles for a Drink of Water
Directions: Read the paired texts “Two Miles for a Drink of Water” and “Little Miss Flint” in the March/April 2018 issue of Storyworks. Then fill in the bubble next to the best answer for each question below.
1
1 pt
The water that Natalia collected from a water hole was very ______.
A clean
B hot
C dirty
D expensive
2
1 pt
In the sentence “And every drop of water is precious,” precious means the same as ______.
A valuable
B cheap
C clear
D wasteful

3
1 pt
How did the new underground well change life in Natalia’s village?
A People sold the water to other villages.
B Villagers used pure water every day.
C Drinking water cost more money.
D Girls stayed home from school to cook.
4
1 pt
Which line from the article supports the answer to question 3?
A “A well would give the villagers safe water to drink.
B “But digging a well requires expensive machines . . .”
C “Natalia’s village could not afford these things.”
D “It would also set Natalia and other girls free.”
5
1 pt
Based on “Little Miss Flint,” the tap water in Flint, Michigan, was polluted with ______.
A waste
B lead
C dirt
D germs
6
1 pt
Which of the following is a main idea in both articles?
A The tap water in Flint, Michigan, was unsafe.
B Natalia’s village needed a well.
C Mari’s family had to use bottled water.
D Many countries have water problems.
7
1 pt
Before her life changed, how did Natalia spend most of her time each day?
A digging wells
B playing sports
C fetching water
D studying in school
8
1 pt
Water from a well is usually ______ than water from a water hole.
A cheaper
B cleaner
C dirtier
D lighter
9
1 pt
Which line from the article best supports your answer to question 2?
A “It would also set Natalia and other girls free.”
B “What Natalia’s village really needed was a well.”
C “Natalia’s village could not afford these things.”
D “A well would give the villagers safe water to drink.”
10
1 pt
What does contaminated mean in “This water would not be contaminated by animal or human waste”?
A polluted
B improved
C changed
D covered
11
1 pt
How did an underground well change Natalia’s life?
A She now teaches other students.
B She must boil water before drinking it.
C She must help clean the well.
D She can attend school regularly.
12
1 pt
Which line from the article best supports your answer to question 5?
A “The villagers elected her to be president of the water committee.”
B “. . . she oversees a team of five adults.”
C “She goes to class, where she is a top
student.”
D “Natalia knows that water is a gift that should never be taken for granted.”
13
1 pt
Based on “Little Miss Flint,” which statement about the tap water in Flint, Michigan, is false?
A It could safely be used to make lemonade.
B It was dangerous to children.
C It caused health problems.
D It contained lead.
14
1 pt
A main idea in both articles is that . . .
A Flint, Michigan, faced a bad water problem.
B Many developing countries lack clean water.
C Communities all over the world face water problems.
D Digging wells is very expensive.
15
1 pt
“She moved _______. There was not one second to waste.” (Hint: How would someone move if there was no time to waste?)
briskly
contaminated
crisis
developing country
filter
luxury
precious
16
1 pt
“But for hundreds of millions of people around the world, even one sip of clean water is a _______.” (Hint: How would you describe something that hundreds of millions of people aren’t able to have?)
briskly
contaminated
crisis
developing country
filter
luxury
precious
17
1 pt
“People use jugs of water for bathing. And every drop of water is _______.”
briskly
contaminated
crisis
developing country
filter
luxury
precious
18
1 pt
“Water-related illnesses are a major problem in _______ like Mozambique.”
briskly
contaminated
crisis
developing country
filter
luxury
precious
19
1 pt
“The water would not be _______ by animal or human waste.” (Hint: Think about what effect waste would have if it were in your water.)
briskly
contaminated
crisis
developing country
filter
luxury
precious
20
1 pt
“To raise awareness about the _______, Mari sent a letter to then President Barack Obama.” (Hint: What type of situation would require immediate attention from the president?)
briskly
contaminated
crisis
developing country
filter
luxury
precious
21
1 pt
“For showering, we have a water _______that allows us to shower for a couple of minutes.”
briskly
contaminated
crisis
developing country
filter
luxury
precious
Short Answer Scale Rubric:

4 = Uses evidence and quotes from the text; Follows rules of grammar, punctuation, and capitalization; Uses one or more transitions; May attempt figurative language; May use content specific vocabulary

3 = Uses evidence from the text; Follows most of the rules of grammar, punctuation, and capitalization; Uses one simple transition

2 = Answers in complete sentences; Some mistakes in grammar, punctuation, and capitalization that interfere with the readability; Probably less than three sentences

1 = Incomplete sentences or one single sentence; Difficult to read due to mistakes in grammar, punctuation, and capitalization
22
4 pts
Based on both articles, what are three ways that unclean drinking water affects people’s lives?

23
4 pts
What do you think Natalia and Mari learned about solving problems in their communities?

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