Grades 6-9 GRL W Mildred D. Taylor Newberry Award Winner

Comprehension Questions – Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry

By Mildred D. Taylor

Grades 6-9; Style – Fiction; GRL W

The land is all-important
to the Logan household. Nevertheless it takes a while for Cassie and her three brothers to
understand just how lucky they’re to have it. They need to study the arduous means
that having a spot they will name their very own in rural Mississippi permits the
Logans the luxuries of satisfaction and courage that their poor black sharecropper
neighbors can’t afford.

Vocabulary

Writing Prompts

Comprehension Questions

Chapter 1

Describe the setting of this story. 1933 in Mississippi, autumn time, it was morning as the primary characters have been strolling to high school on a mud street, passing the white youngsters faculty, then within the faculty for black youngsters p.24

Who’re the Logan youngsters? Little Man, Cassie, Christopher-John and Stacey; youngsters who’re a household who stay in Mississippi with their mama, papa, and Huge Ma; youngsters who are the descendents of slaves p.2

Define racism and give an example from this chapter. A perception that one group of persons is superior to a different, often with colour of pores and skin. Ex. Berry’s getting burned by some white men p.6; White youngsters on a bus, the place our characters can’t experience the bus p.eight; Jeremy getting beat up because he walks with the primary characters to high school p.9; white youngsters go to at least one faculty our important characters should go to another p.10; they received all of the previous used books the white youngsters had used and what the books referred to as them p.17

Why have been most of the youngsters on the Nice Faith faculty have
such thread worn garments and footwear that have been too small to wear? They have been all so poor; they worked on
plantations and didn’t make very much cash p.11

Why didn’t Cassie and Little Man want the books the varsity
was giving them? Because of what the
books referred to as them p.18

Chapter 2

Why did Papa deliver house Mr. Morrison? He lost his job and he was going to work as a employed hand on the Logan’s
farm p.27

Explain in your personal words what occurred to the Berry’s. they stopped at a fuel station for fuel and
Henrietta heard some white males speak concerning the men she was with. John Henry left
with out getting fuel and after dropping her off to her house, the white males drove
up behind them and rammed into their automotive. He stopped at his uncle’s house for
worry he was going to expire of fuel and the lads got here and dragged him, Beacon
and his uncle out of the home and set all of them on hearth p.29

Why did Cassie’s dad inform all of them to not go the Wallace’s
retailer? There was consuming, dancing and
smoking and he felt there was going to be hassle in the future for these youngsters who
went p.30

Chapter three

Why did Huge Ma use the time period “ignorant white folks” when
talking to Little Man about getting soiled by the varsity bus every day? Ignorant means missing information or
comprehension of something, so she understands that the white individuals don’t
perceive that black individuals must be handled similarly p.33

How did Massive Ma present Little Man robust love once they have been
speaking concerning the bus problem? Didn’t feel
sorry for him and advised him to stop fretting over it; informed him to review exhausting in
faculty and get a very good schooling and he’d be okay; advised him he might purchase a automotive
when he grew as much as drive himself the place he needed to go p.33

What was Stacey’s plan to cease the bus from splashing them
to and from faculty? To dig into the street
to make it appear to be it was washed out p.38

When the bus fell into the deep ditch, why was Mama and Massive
Ma joyful? Now the white youngsters should
walk to high school identical to their youngsters do day-after-day; now there’s no particular
privilege for white youngsters p.42

Why do you assume the lads within the automobiles with the headlights
got here to Cassie’s residence that night time? To
punish the youngsters for digging the ditch; to seize Mr. Morrison p.50

Chapter 4

Why did Mama and Huge Ma suspect something was flawed with the
youngsters? They have been listless, didn’t eat
or sleep nicely p.53

Why have been the youngsters relieved after speaking to TJ and
listening to concerning the man who acquired tarred and feathered? They discovered it wasn’t as a result of of their prank to cease the bus p.57

Why did Papa deliver Mr. Morrison to reside close to his family? To protect them p.59

Why did Stacey get whipped in class? TJ handed him his cheat notes and the instructor saw p.61

Why did Stacey determine to inform his Mama about preventing on the
Wallace’s retailer? Mr. Morrison helped him
understand he wanted to. Stacey respected Mr. Morrison and needed to do what he
stated p.66

Clarify why Mr. Granger needs to purchase their land? He simply needs it to personal it, he doesn’t want
it; to take away their privilege of having land; it was his before the ward,
however his family had to sell it since they didn’t have any money p.67

Chapter 5

Why did Huge Ma park the wagon on the back of the sector on
market day? Solely the white individuals’s
wagons might park near the entrance p.80

How was Cassie purported to act within the store whereas Mr.
Barnette was serving to everybody else earlier than them? Affected person, wait till he’s prepared to assist; helps everybody who’s white
earlier than helping her p.85

How had Cassie been insulted when in town? Mr. Barnette yelled at her for having no
manners and anticipating to be helped in correct order at the retailer and Lillian
Jean made her apologize for bumping into her and anticipated Cassie to stroll within the
street p.86

Chapter 6

How did Uncle Hammer react when Cassie advised him what
occurred in Strawberry? He was indignant and
needed to get revenge on Mr. Simms so acquired into his automotive to go to Mr. Simms residence
p.93

How did Cassie’s mama clarify the rationale for Lillian Jean’s
remedy? She defined that individuals are
still stuck considering that white individuals are higher than black individuals although
slavery had ended many years before p.95

What did Uncle Hammer give Stacey on the best way to church and
why did he give it to him then as an alternative of at Christmas? A brand new coat as a result of his was worn and too small p.101

When Uncle Hammer continued across the bridge to make the
different automotive stop and anticipate them, why was Mama so frightened as she stated, “at some point
we’ll pay.” Uncle Hammer’s actions will
cause the Wallace’s to take offense and cause the Logan household to have issues
as a result of of it p.105

Chapter 7

What did Stacey do to the coat Uncle Hammer gave to him and
what was his uncle’s response when he came upon? Gave it to TJ; Uncle Hammer advised him to not obtained get it, however acquired after
him for doing whatever TJ needed him to do and informed him he wanted to stick up
for himself and not be influenced easily p.107

Summarize Mr. Morrison’s story concerning the night time men. His
little city received attacked by them since a lady complained some boys had harm
her. The night time men came, started the city
on hearth, and killed ladies, youngsters and men. His sisters died and his mother
threw him out of the home so he wouldn’t get harm and she or he fought subsequent to his
dad. They both died that night time p.112

What did the youngsters get for Christmas? Books, garments and candy/meals p.116

What did Mr. Jamison propose to Papa and Uncle Hammer? That he’ll back the credit for individuals to
store at the retailer in Vicksburg p.122

Why did Mr. Granger come to visit the Logan’s? to tell them not to go to Vicksburg for the
groceries or he would cause them to lose their land p.122

Chapter eight

Describe the recommendation Cassie’s papa gave her concerning the
incident with Lillian Jean? She has Uncle
Hammer’s temper and she or he has to think about what is worse, the harm you obtain or
the harm your loved ones would receive if they reacted the best way they needed to, however
you’ll be able to’t again down at some things or theya eat you alive ; he advised her to not
be mad, however she wanted to determine how she was going to reply this remedy
p.133

Why was Cassie so variety to Lillian Jean and being her “pet”? to get her to belief her and inform her issues,
so when she beat her up and made her apologize, she had leverage to maintain
Lillian Jean from telling anybody what she had accomplished p.137

Explain why Mama lost her job as a schoolteacher? Mr. Granger came to her class and she or he admitted
to not educating every little thing in the guide that the varsity board offered as a result of
it wasn’t true p.140

What did TJ say that acquired their Mama fired?  That she
wasn’t a great instructor and destroyed faculty property by masking the books with
paper and that she was the one who informed everybody to not go to the Wallace’s
retailer p.143

What’s a consequence of TJ talking to Kaleb Wallace about Ms.
Logan and getting her fired? No one will speak
to him at college p.146

Predict what’s going to happen to TJ and the way his actions are
going to have an effect on his relationship with the Logan’s.  He’s
going to aspect extra with the white individuals and assist them damage the Logan’s p.147

Chapter 9

What’s the issue with TJ hanging out with Jeremy’s
brothers who are 18 & 19? They’re
a lot older than him; could possibly be a nasty affect; don’t deal with him nicely when he’s
not with them p.150

What’s a sequence gang? A
group of males who have been arrested or convicts which might be pressured to engaged on
street development, ditch digging or farming while chained collectively p.155

Describe the example Papa used when answering Cassie’s
query if they have been going to give up. He
used a fig tree growing in an area with tons of timber overshadowing it. That
fig tree retains on growing and doesn’t surrender. It has a proper to be within the yard
too. They aren’t giving up either p.156

What had happened to Stacey, Mr. Morrison and Papa on their
means back from Vicksburg in the rain? Somebody
had loosened the wheels on the cart, they got here off and while the lads have been
putting the wheels on a automotive came from behind and someone shot Papa. Jack the
mule acquired scared and the cart rolled and ran over Papa. Mr. Morrison went after
the lads and stopped them from hurting any of them. The lads left they usually
introduced Papa house with a damaged leg and his head wrapped from the shot p.162

Chapter 10

Why have been Cassie’s mother and father apprehensive about cash? As a result of her papa couldn’t work on the
railroad to get the mortgage funds and her mom misplaced her educating job p.166

What did Mr. Morrison do when Kaleb Wallace blocked the street
together with his truck? He picked up each finish of
the truck and moved it p.170

When Jeremy came to the pond and timber to see the Logan
youngsters, what did he inform them about TJ? That
he was hanging around with white boys and stealing stuff from individuals p.173

What does it mean that the bank referred to as up the notice? The financial institution needed the Logan’s to pay for the debt on the land immediately p.175

What did Uncle Hammer do to get the cash to pay the debt at
the financial institution? Bought his good automotive and different
issues as well as borrowed some cash p.178

Why did TJ come to the revival? To point out off his new pals to his previous pals and boast about his new clothes
and associates and how they’d give him something he needed p.182

Chapter 11

Explain what happened
on the Barnette’s retailer with TJ, R.W. and Melvin. TJ, M.W. and Melvin went to the store to get the pistol, but the store
was closed. TJ climbed into the window and opened the door for the other boys.
As soon as in they received the gun and have been making an attempt to get the metallic case with cash, but
the Barnette’s came down the stairs. Mr. Barnette tried to stop them but acquired
knocked within the head by the flat part of the ax and Mrs. Barnette fell and hit
her head on the stove. The older boys
beat up TJ since he stated he was going to tell. They ran to do some enterprise and
TJ acquired a journey with a farmer near the Logan’s house p.187

What will be the consequence of Stacey taking TJ house
as an alternative of telling his mother and father? The youngsters
all saw the Avery household with TJ get pulled out of their residence. TJ was accused
of breaking into the store p.191

Who got here and tried to assist the Avery family and TJ from
getting harm? Mr. Jamison p.193

Why did Cassie and her brothers have to run and tell Papa
and Mr. Morrison concerning the occasions at the Avery residence? To warn them and shield them from Kaleb Wallace and the Simms since
they need to cling them each in addition to TJ p.195

Chapter 12

Why was Mama so frightened about Papa taking a gun to seek out
Stacey and assist TJ? She knew if he fired at
the lads he can be hung p.197

What began the hearth on their cotton? Lightning p.199

What did Papa and Mr. Granger do to cease the hearth? Dig a trench p.202

What had occurred to TJ? He
acquired taken into Strawberry to jail so he could possibly be tried for breaking into the mercantile
retailer and hurting/killing the Barnette’s p.205

How did Papa stop the hangings that night time? He started a fireplace which triggered Mr. Granger
to stop specializing in TJ and as an alternative putting out the hearth on his fields p.208

Why did Cassie cry on the finish of the story? She mourned what would happen to TJ; she
cried for the things that happened in the night time, however what would not move; for
the land p.210

Comprehension Questions without Answers

Chapter 1

Describe the setting of this story.

Who’re the Logan youngsters?

Outline racism and give an example from this chapter.

Why have been most of the youngsters on the Nice Faith faculty have
such thread worn garments and footwear that have been too small to wear?

Why didn’t Cassie and Little Man need the books the varsity
was giving them?

Chapter 2

Why did Papa deliver house Mr. Morrison?

Clarify in your personal words what occurred to the Berry’s.

Why did Cassie’s dad inform them all to not go the Wallace’s
store?

Chapter 3

Why did Massive Ma use the time period “ignorant white folks” when
talking to Little Man about getting dirty by the varsity bus every day?

How did Massive Ma show Little Man robust love once they have been
speaking concerning the bus challenge?

What was Stacey’s plan to cease the bus from splashing them
to and from faculty?

When the bus fell into the deep ditch, why was Mama and Huge
Ma completely satisfied?

Why do you assume the lads within the automobiles with the headlights
came to Cassie’s house that night time?

Chapter four

Why did Mama and Massive Ma suspect one thing was improper with the
youngsters?

Why have been the youngsters relieved after talking to TJ and
listening to concerning the man who obtained tarred and feathered?

Why did Papa deliver Mr. Morrison to reside near his family?

Why did Stacey get whipped in class?

Why did Stacey determine to inform his Mama about preventing at the
Wallace’s retailer?

Clarify why Mr. Granger needs to buy their land?

Chapter 5

Why did Massive Ma park the wagon on the back of the sector on
market day?

How was Cassie presupposed to act within the store whereas Mr.
Barnette was serving to everyone else earlier than them?

How had Cassie been insulted when in town?

Chapter 6

How did Uncle Hammer react when Cassie informed him what
happened in Strawberry?

How did Cassie’s mama clarify the rationale for Lillian Jean’s
remedy?

What did Uncle Hammer give Stacey on the best way to church and
why did he give it to him then as an alternative of at Christmas?

When Uncle Hammer continued throughout the bridge to make the
other automotive stop and anticipate them, why was Mama so nervous as she stated, “someday
we’ll pay.”

Chapter 7

What did Stacey do to the coat Uncle Hammer gave to him and
what was his uncle’s reaction when he came upon?

Summarize Mr. Morrison’s story concerning the night time men. His
little city obtained attacked by them since a lady complained some boys had harm
her.

What did the youngsters get for Christmas?

What did Mr. Jamison propose to Papa and Uncle Hammer?

Why did Mr. Granger come to go to the Logan’s?

Chapter 8

Describe the recommendation Cassie’s papa gave her concerning the
incident with Lillian Jean?

Why was Cassie so variety to Lillian Jean and being her “pet”?

Explain why Mama lost her job as a schoolteacher?

What did TJ say that received their Mama fired?

What’s a consequence of TJ talking to Kaleb Wallace about Ms.
Logan and getting her fired?

Predict what’s going to happen to TJ and the way his actions are
going to affect his relationship with the Logan’s.

Chapter 9

What’s the problem with TJ hanging out with Jeremy’s
brothers who’re 18 & 19?

What’s a sequence gang?

Describe the instance Papa used when answering Cassie’s
query in the event that they have been going to give up.

What had happened to Stacey, Mr. Morrison and Papa on their
approach back from Vicksburg in the rain?

Chapter 10

Why have been Cassie’s mother and father fearful about money?

What did Mr. Morrison do when Kaleb Wallace blocked the street
together with his truck?

When Jeremy got here to the pond and timber to see the Logan
youngsters, what did he tell them about TJ?

What does it mean that the bank referred to as up the observe?

What did Uncle Hammer do to get the cash to pay the debt at
the bank?

Why did TJ come to the revival?

Chapter 11

Clarify what happened
at the Barnette’s retailer with TJ, R.W. and Melvin.

What would be the consequence of Stacey taking TJ house
as an alternative of telling his mother and father?

Who got here and tried to help the Avery family and TJ from
getting harm?

Why did Cassie and her brothers have to run and tell Papa
and Mr. Morrison concerning the occasions at the Avery house?

Chapter 12

Why was Mama so nervous about Papa taking a gun to seek out
Stacey and assist TJ?

What started the hearth on their cotton?

What did Papa and Mr. Granger do to cease the hearth?

What had occurred to TJ?

How did Papa cease the hangings that night time?

Why did Cassie cry on the finish of the story?