Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Funny Seatle Signs & Excerpt Questions from an American Lit Quiz on Tall Tales

Found myself writing a 50 question multiple choice quiz this week.  I detest multiple choice, but it has its place in the pantheon of educational quid pro quo.  I have to give myself a break now and then, don’t I?  Take a look, some of these questions are silly as the great signs I saw while bumming around Seattle with my daughters.

Where does Davy Crockett begin?
a.     In the Blue Mountains of Kentucky     
b.   Orange Hills of Illinois     
c.   Red Rivers of Missouri                    
d.  Green Mountaintops of Tennessee

What did Pecos Bill use as a teething ring?
a.      A Wagon Wheel        
b.  A Jumpin Jehosaphat        
c.  Bowie Knife                 
d.  A Grizzly Cub
How did Pecos Bill get his name?
a.     He was a cowboy in Pecos, Texas    
b.  The coyote gave him the name    
c.  He fell into the Pecos River as a boy 
d.  His parents named him after the Pecos star

Johnny Appleseed dresses uniquely .  How is he described?
a.      No shoes, pot on head, overall jeans
b.     Tin pot hat, flour sack clothes, barefoot, carries no weapons
c.      Tin pot hat, barefoot, heavy flannel shirts, shoulders an ax
d.     Barefoot, cooking pan hat, barley sack shirt, carries a buck knife
What did Davy’s parents use for a baby bed?
a.      A turtle shell       
b.   A dresser drawer     
c.  A big cooking pot     
d.  A bathtub

What animal came into young Davy’s house?
a.      Mountain Lion              
b.   Buffalo 
c.  Grizzly Bear              
d.  Python Snake
What was the bear looking for in Davy Crockett’s house?
a.      Cigarettes
b.  Maple Syrup             
c.  Strawberry Jam         
d.  Boysenberry Jam

How did Davy beat the bear?
a.      Beat it at Cards             
b.  Gave it a big hug       
c.  Shot it with a Gun     
d.  Arm Wrestling Contest    
What was Pecos Bill’s horse’s name?
a.      Slue Foot Sue      
b.  Thundercloud  
c.  Widowmaker   
d.  Devil’s Gate

How big were the fangs on the viper snake that attacked Bill?
a.     Big as swords   
b.  Size of two jackknifes     
c.  Long as two arms   
d.  Inching toward his face
What was Slue Foot Sue doing the first time Bill saw her?
a.     Riding a catfish     
b. Swimming with sharks    
c.  Dancing with a tornado   
d.  Riding a dogfish

What is Davy Crockett’s nickname?
a.      King of the Wild Frontier     
b.  King of Minecraft     
c.  King of the Forest            
d.  King of the Dangerous World
What did Sue want to wear on her wedding day?
a.      Nobel Steed         
b.  Big Fancy Dress   
c.  Steel Spring Bustle    
d.  To Ride Widowmaker

What did Widowmaker change his name to?
a.     Lightning Now     
b. Thundercloud    
c.  Lightning            
d.  Dynamite
What is the name of Davy Crockett’s rifle?
a.     Straight Shooter   
b.  Long Bow       
c.  Old Faithful               
d.  Old Betsy

What happens when Johnny Appleseed comes face to face with a rattlesnake?
a.      He kills it and makes a whip  
b.  He gives it an apple           
c.     He speaks gently to it                     
d.   He chases it away
Why isn’t Appleseed hurt when the snake bites him?
a.      His barefoot is too calloused            
b.  Johnny is too tough and strong to be hurt 
c.  The Indian gives him medicine          
d.  The snake is his friend
The sentence from Davy Crockett, “I could whip my weight in wildcats,” is an example of what element from Tall Tales?
a.  Regular Person who is Larger than life  
b.  Solving a problem in a funny way 
c.  Use of everyday language                      
d.  An exaggeration

The sentence from Pecos Bill, “As leader of Coyote pack 494, I resolved to adopt and raise him,” is an example of what element from Tall Tales?
a.  Regular Person who is Larger than life  
b.  Solving a problem in a funny way 
c.  Use of everyday language                      
d.  An exaggeration

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