Unit 5 Lesson 2: John Henry Races the Steam Drill
by Jason Clark
| 13 Questions
Note from the author:
McGraw Hill - Imagine It - 4th grade
Another word for generous is
The Latin root 'rupt' in the word rupture means
His wife told John Henry not to strain himself. In this sentence, strain means
to think highly of oneself
to get hurt by doing too much
to travel too far away from home
to upset yourself
Folklore experts began to study the John Henry legend seriously in the 1920s. A legend is a type of
There are one hundred versions of the ballad of John Henry. Versions are
What was the Big Bend Tunnel?
the tunnel under the English Channel
a subway tunnel in New York City
a railroad tunnel through mountains
a tunnel made by Captain Tommy
What is the sound of John Henry's hammer like?
a crash of thunder
the crash of waves on a rocky shore
a lion's roar
the hum of a car's motor
What does the story say John Henry always did while driving steel?
challenged his fellow workers to races
stopped frequently to rest
drank lots of water
sang hammer songs
What conclusion can you draw about Captain Tommy's offer of money and a suit of new clothes?
He does not think John Henry can win.
He wants the steam drill to win.
He wants to encourage John Henry to win.
He wants to make Polly Ann happy.
What happens to the suit of clothes that John Henry wins
They are given to Captain Tommy.
He wears them to the celebration.
His wife gives them to her brother.
He is buried in them.
What is the difference between what the company men and the steel driving men think will happen in the contest?
Why does John Henry ask for a new hammer?
Why does John Henry die at the end?
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