Jean Craighead George

Comprehension Questions – My Side of the Mountain

My Side of the Mountain

By Jean Craighead George

Grades 4-7; Style – Fiction; GRL U

Fifteen-year-old Sam Gribley has determined to run away from his crowded house residence, however in contrast to most youngsters who not often get past their block, Sam goes from New York City all the approach to the ruined farm of Nice-grandfather Gribley in the Catskill Mountains of upstate New York. Sam learns to reside off the land, and in the course of a yr, discovers simply how a lot he values freedom, independence, and adventure when confronted with the challenges of blizzards, loneliness and worry.

Vocabulary

Writing Prompts

Comprehension Questions

Chapter 1

Describe Sam’s house. It’s
in a tree he dug and burned out that’s six ft in diameter; his mattress is on the
proper made of ash slats and deerskin; hearth on the left made of clay and
stones; chimney p.3

How did Sam know that a blizzard was coming? The animals have been silent and in hiding; his
hawk was nervous; it was darker than traditional throughout the daytime p.7

Inform me about Sam’s household. He has a mom and pop, 4 sisters and four brothers p.eight

Tell me the story of Great Grandpa Gribley and the way it
effects Sam?  He owned the land in the Catskill Mountains and constructed a home and plowed
the land; the farm failed and he went to be a sailor; Sam found the land with
the tree that had Gribley carved into it and lives 300 ft from it; he needed
to stay on his nice grandfather’s land p.9

Chapter 2

What did the truck driver say to Sam as he dropped him off
in the forest? He was stunned and informed
him how he ran away as a toddler as properly; Stated he’d be back in the morning if Sam
needed a experience residence p.10

How did Sam’s react when Sam advised him he was operating away? He informed him to go attempt operating away and that
every boy should attempt it p.11

What did Sam make that first day when he acquired to the stream
and commenced to whittle? A fishing hook p.12

Describe Sam’s first night time in the woods? He was capable of catch fish, however couldn’t
begin a fireplace to prepare dinner them; he made a shelter, but was so cold with the winds
and he couldn’t sleep because of a whippoorwill calling p.17

How would you’ve felt on this state of affairs? Take heed to your baby’s answers p.17

Chapter 3

How did Miss Turner reply to Sam when he advised her he
needed to stay on his nice grandfather’s farm? She believed him and supported him; advised him to return back if he needed
any books to study crops, timber and animals p.22

How did Sam discover his nice grandfather’s property? From Miss Turner’s hand drawn maps p.22

How did having a fireplace during the night time examine to not having
a fireplace? It made the woods pleasant and
heat; crammed the woods with brightness when the first night time was dark and
frightful p.24

Chapter Four

What did Sam discover as he explored his great grandpa’s farm? Hickory timber; a small stream; the
foundation of the house; apple timber; walnut timber; a marsh; big timber p.26

Chapter 5

Why was Sam so careful and deliberate on the place his residence was?
One which wouldn’t be seen by individuals as
they came via the mountains p.29

Why did Sam really feel like he didn’t plan proper together with his time in
these first few days of his journey? He
had started a house, but didn’t have any food; he would work himself so exhausting he
hardly had power to seek out any meals; he’d get hungrier p.29

How did Sam put out the hearth as he burned out his tree
house? he’d smother it with filth p.35

Chapter 6

What was the story the previous lady informed Sam? The mountain was haunted; little males play
ninepin in the gorge at twilight p.38

Give me three traits the previous lady has. She was determined; robust; fierce;
forceful; bossy; talked quite a bit; likes to make strawberry jam; needed to select
strawberries to make the jam; goes into the forest each spring to get the
strawberries; didn’t assume Sam ought to be in the forest alone p.38

How did Sam get away from the previous lady? He walked her to her house after which headed to
the library in town p.40

Chapter 7

What did Sam do whereas he waited to see a peregrine falcon? Ate apples, went fishing and cooked his fish
p.42

How did Sam escape the mom falcon as he stole her chick? He used his shoe to protect himself from her
dive, jumped to a ledge under and sat down on the ledge and slid to the next
ledge; she saw her other chicks and left him alone p.44

Chapter eight

Who was the man at Sam’s camp and why was he there? A fireplace warden come to verify the space since
they noticed smoke from Sam’s hearth; they have been nervous about forest fires p.48

Chapter 9

Who is The Baron and the way did Sam meet him? A weasel and Sam caught him in a lure p.51

Why did Sam need to catch a deer? To make a door for his house; make tethers for Frightful; and a blanket
for Sam p.52

How was Sam careful so the warden wouldn’t come back? Pine needles in bare areas; cleaned up front
yard; used dry firewood so it wouldn’t smoke much p.52

Chapter 10

How did Sam get his door? Somebody shot a deer; he acquired to the meadow and dragged it to the woods
and coated it to appear to be a bush; then he cleaned his camp and hid in his
tree p.56

How did Sam know the poacher had left his camp and doubtless
wouldn’t return? He heard a gunshot far
down the mountain p.57

How lengthy did it take Sam to get the deer ready for smoking
and the cover prepared for tanning? Many,
many days p.57

Chapter 11

What did Sam do get the deer cover able to be a door? Soaked it in water and oak woodchips in a
stump for five days; chew, rub and leap on it to make it tender; he needed to minimize it
down to fit the door opening p.59

How did Sam practice Frightful to fly to his hand? He’d hold food in his hand and whistle p.62

Why did hikers come to the space throughout the summer time? To hike by way of the meadow to the gorge p.64

When the two hikers have been nearly to have lunch on The
Baron’s boulder, they left. What made them depart? The Baron operating all over and round them p.64

Why didn’t Sam need Frightful to eat what she catches? As a result of she’ll go wild p.68

Chapter 12

Who helped Sam dig up mussels? Jesse C. James the raccoon p.71

How did Sam all the time know one thing was flawed in the forest? Frightful can be alerted p.72

Describe Bando. A
school English instructor who acquired lost in the forest; pleasant smile; variety; blue
eyes; likes birds; is aware of the best way to swing an ax and build a raft p.80

Why does Bando name Sam Thoreau? Thoreau’s an previous poet and author p.77

Identify five things Bando and Sam did collectively? Made jam; made the raft; smoked fish;
gathering white oak acorns and groundnuts; harvesting the blueberry crop; went
fishing; made willow whistles p.81

Chapter 13

What did Sam determine to make use of to help him stay warm for the
winter? A clay hearth p.89

What was Sam in search of as he dug round the previous Gribley
farmhouse? Something metallic to help him
together with his hearth p.90

What did Sam find to help together with his hearth? A flat, slender, lengthy rock p.92

Chapter 14

What did Sam do to have fun Halloween? He had a celebration by leaving out nuts, crayfish, smoked rabbit and apples
for the woodland animals p.96

What was the outcome of the celebration? Raccoons in Sam’s tree house and tossed them throughout his bed and
flooring; Sam gotsprayed by a skunk; animals had discovered Sam’s camp and food p.99

How did Sam get rid of the animals? Made the hearth huge; yelled; growled and snarled, hissed and snorted
p.100

Chapter 15

What is that this chapter about? Deer searching season and the way Sam will get three deer p.104

How does Sam get three deer? Hunters shot the deer, however couldn’t discover them after they dropped lifeless
p.104

Describe how Sam made his deerskin disguise jacket? Reduce a rectangle with a hole for his head and
sewed on straight sleeves p.105

What does Sam examine this jacket to? A Russian army shirt and a carpenter’s apron p.106

Chapter 16

When Sam went into town, what made individuals stare at him? His clothes p.108

Who is Mr. Jacket? A
younger man (about Sam’s age) Sam met in the drugstore p.108

What essential factor did Sam overlook to do to organize for the
winter season? Stack up an enormous woodpile
p.112

Chapter 17

Why did Sam place an “x’s” outdoors his tree house? It was the place he needed to pile the firewood
so he might reach it when the snow was deep and then tunnel to other firewood
piles p.112

How did Sam and Frightful spend their winter days and
evenings? Eat breakfast; Go to the gorge;
ice fishing; digging up crops to eat; go to the subject and Frightful would fly
whereas Sam would kick the grasses and typically a rabbit or pheasant would come
up and Frightful would dive to get it; experiment with meals; watch Frightful;
write notes; go to bed p.113

Sam thought he would tunnel to get to his firewood, but what
did he end up doing as an alternative? Strolling on
the snow and digging for wood p.115

Chapter 18

Who does Sam examine the birds of the forest to? People who lived at his house home on
Third Avenue house p.117

Who was Sam’s first visitor throughout the Christmas holiday? Bando p.119

Bando introduced up newspaper articles. What did they report? A younger man dwelling in the Catskill
Mountains p.120

Who also came around Sam? His dad p.124

Chapter 19

During the winter months what helped Sam know what to anticipate
in the climate? The birds and animals
p.134

Why did Sam oversleep after the rain had frozen into ice? His residence was in a block of ice and he couldn’t
hear any morning sounds p.139

Find an instance of a simile on web page 139. ice on a limb like shattering crystal; sky
like Indian soup

What was the consequence of the ice storm in the forest? broken timber and limbs lay in all places;
birds and animals died of hunger p.141

How did Sam know spring was coming? The deer disappeared to the deer started foraging in the land under; the
nice horned owl had returned and laid eggs p.147

Chapter 20

Why couldn’t Sam let Frightful go? He needed her still; she would have been killed by one other feminine since
she didn’t have a territory; he had educated her to have instincts made for man;
she was a captive fowl, not a wild fowl p.149

What info did Sam tell Matt Spell, the need a be
newspaper reporter? He saw the wild boy sporting
a bearskin coat who ran away and lives in a cave. The boy has lengthy matted hair
and wears a coon-tail hat. The boy wears newspapers for footwear and does so much of
fishing. He lives off of fish, roots, berries, rabbit and nuts.p.154

Was Sam capable of fool the boy? No, Matt found out the boy was actually Sam p.156

What was the deal Matt made with Sam? Matt would come stick with Sam during spring break and would print what
Sam advised him to p.156

Chapter 21

What was proof that Sam needed to be found? He sought out a human being p.163

What does creating the guesthouse imply to Sam? That he was not a runaway anymore, however simply
like anybody in the city that had guests; he wouldn’t be alone anymore and hiding
in the wilderness p.166

How did Sam know his time on the mountain was coming to an
end? Matt stated photographers could also be on the
mountain; increasingly newspaper articles have been out about him; now that folks knew
about him, they might transfer him again to the metropolis p.168

Who was Mr. Jacket once more? The boy Sam met in the drugstore in town p.169

Chapter 22

Who had Sam’s dad brought with him when he came around
Sam? Your complete household p.174

Why did Sam’s family come to the mountain? They missed him; needed to see what hew as doing;
his mom nonetheless needed to take care of him and be his mother p.176

What did Sam’s dad start to build? A home p.176

Comprehension Questions without Answers

Chapter 1

Describe Sam’s house.

How did Sam know that a blizzard was coming?

Tell me about Sam’s family.

Inform me the story of Great Grandpa Gribley and how it
effects Sam?  9

Chapter 2

What did the truck driver say to Sam as he dropped him off
in the forest?

How did Sam’s react when Sam advised him he was operating away?

What did Sam make that first day when he received to the stream
and commenced to whittle?

Describe Sam’s first night time in the woods?

How would you’ve got felt in this state of affairs?

Chapter three

How did Miss Turner reply to Sam when he informed her he
needed to reside on his great grandfather’s farm?

How did Sam discover his nice grandfather’s property?

How did having a fireplace during the night time examine to not having
a fireplace?

Chapter Four

What did Sam find as he explored his great grandpa’s farm?

Chapter 5

Why was Sam so careful and deliberate on the place his house was?

Why did Sam feel like he didn’t plan right together with his time in
those first few days of his journey?

How did Sam put out the hearth as he burned out his tree
house?

Chapter 6

What was the story the previous lady advised Sam?

Give me three characteristics the previous lady has.

How did Sam get away from the previous lady?

Chapter 7

What did Sam do whereas he waited to see a peregrine falcon?

How did Sam escape the mother falcon as he stole her chick?

Chapter eight

Who was the man at Sam’s camp and why was he there?

Chapter 9

Who’s The Baron and how did Sam meet him?

Why did Sam need to catch a deer?

How was Sam cautious so the warden wouldn’t come again?

Chapter 10

How did Sam get his door?

How did Sam know the poacher had left his camp and doubtless
wouldn’t return?

How long did it take Sam to get the deer ready for smoking
and the cover prepared for tanning?

Chapter 11

What did Sam do get the deer disguise ready to be a door?

How did Sam practice Frightful to fly to his hand?

Why did hikers come to the area during the summer time?

When the two hikers have been just about to have lunch on The
Baron’s boulder, they left. What made them depart?

Why didn’t Sam need Frightful to eat what she catches?

Chapter 12

Who helped Sam dig up mussels?

How did Sam all the time know one thing was flawed in the forest?

Describe Bando.

Why does Bando call Sam Thoreau?

Identify 5 issues Bando and Sam did together?

Chapter 13

What did Sam determine to use to assist him stay warm for the
winter?

What was Sam on the lookout for as he dug round the previous Gribley
farmhouse?

What did Sam discover to help together with his hearth?

Chapter 14

What did Sam do to rejoice Halloween?

What was the end result of the get together?

How did Sam get rid of the animals?

Chapter 15

What is that this chapter about?

How does Sam get three deer?

Describe how Sam made his deerskin cover jacket?

What does Sam examine this jacket to?

Chapter 16

When Sam went into city, what made individuals stare at him?

Who is Mr. Jacket?

What necessary factor did Sam overlook to do to organize for the
winter season?

Chapter 17

Why did Sam place an “x’s” outdoors his tree home?

How did Sam and Frightful spend their winter days and
evenings?

Sam thought he would tunnel to get to his firewood, but what
did he end up doing as an alternative?

Chapter 18

Who does Sam examine the birds of the forest to?

Who was Sam’s first visitor throughout the Christmas holiday?

Bando introduced up newspaper articles. What did they report?

Who also came around Sam?

Chapter 19

During the winter months what helped Sam know what to anticipate
in the weather?

Why did Sam oversleep after the rain had frozen into ice?

Find an instance of a simile on web page 139.

What was the consequence of the ice storm in the forest?

How did Sam know spring was coming?

Chapter 20

Why couldn’t Sam let Frightful go?

What info did Sam inform Matt Spell, the need a be
newspaper reporter?

Was Sam capable of idiot the boy?

What was the deal Matt made with Sam?

Chapter 21

What was proof that Sam needed to be found?

What does creating the guesthouse imply to Sam?

How did Sam know his time on the mountain was coming to an
finish?

Who was Mr. Jacket again?

Chapter 22

Who had Sam’s dad brought with him when he came over
Sam?

Why did Sam’s family come to the mountain?

What did Sam’s dad begin to build?