What Dad Never Taught Me Comprehension Questions
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_______ 1. Jerry’s dad taught him how to:
a. play tennis
b. ride a horse
d. memorize a poem
_______ 2. Jerry was like his dad regarding teaching his sons.
(T)rue or (F)alse.
_______ 3. Jerry’s hobby of memorizing ___.
a. profited him richly money wise
b. led to a career as a Thespian
c. made him a Rubik’s Cube master
d. won him a scholarship
________ 4. Jerry heard President Truman give a speech.
(T)rue or (F)alse.
________ 5. His Sunday school student cried because _______.
a. Jerry threw a water balloon at her.
b. She lost a race to list Bible books.
c. She was frightened by Goliath.
d. Her parents were angry with Jerry.
________ 6. How did Jerry learn JFK’s speech?
a. listening to it on his Walkman
b. by taking a memorization class
c. associating pictures with the words
d. reciting it during his morning walk
________ 7. Why did Jerry receive praying hands?
a. He was a devout catechumen.
b.He memorized the lessons best.
c.His dad was the pastor.
d.He was Gideon in a church play.
________ 8. Why did Jerry choose JFK’s speech?
a. His parents were Democrats.
b. JFK and Jerry looked alike.
c. JFK’s speech inspired him.
d. Jackie Kennedy was attractive.
_______9.Jerry tried to look like JFK by _____
a. using facial “make-up”
b. using life-sized JFK poster
c. wearing a latex mask
d. having “plastic surgery”
________ 10.How did Jerry copy JFK’s tie?
a. buying one at a used clothes store
b. paying nearly $50 for a designer tie
c. printing one on his HP color printer
d. having his wife sew one
_________ 11. How did Jerry copy JFK’s hair style
a. buying an Elvis wig
b. using Miracle Grow for hair
c. combing his dyed hair over his bald spot
d. having hair follicle implants
_________ 12. How did he use the President’s Seal?
a. by getting White House permission
b. by using the Great Seal instead
c. using the Kennedy Coat of Arms
d. cleverly changing one letter
_________13. What was good about not wearing glasses?
a. He had to memorize the talk.
b. He looked better without them.
c. He had a character flaw about looking people in the eye.
d. JFK wore contacts.
_________ 14.How much did Jerry spend?
a. one hundred dollars.
b. one hundred fifteen dollars
c. nothing, he used discarded props and clothes
d. NASA paid for everything
_________ 15. Jerry presented the talk ____?
a. at Rice Stadium
b. behind the actual podium JFK used at Rice Stadium
c. at the Moody Gardens IMAX theater
d. beside a four story tall image of JFK on the Space Center Houston IMAX screen
_________ 16. The audience came forward for ___?
a. free ice-cream coupons offered to those who would stay for Jerry’s JFK talk
b. two-for-one coupon for dinner in the NASA cafeteria
c. complimentary tickets to the
d. well-wishes and autographs of the JFK mimic
_________ 17. What quote was in the speech?
a. “Ask not what your country will do for you, but…”
b.“…tear down this wall…”
c. “We do this thing not because it is easy but because it is hard.”
d. “Why does Rice play A&M?”
_________ 18. What was not among Jerry’s props?
a. an American flag
b. a plant stand podium
c. a converted tree stand for the flag
d. the presidential seal
_________ 19. Why did Jerry discard the JFK mask?
a. It would frighten young children.
b. The lips didn’t move.
c. It made an inappropriate sound.
d. It look like Nixon, not JFK
_________ 20. What did the student think of Jerry’s talk?
a. It was too long and uninspired.
b. The astronaut was much better.
c. His voice was too loud.
d. Compared to JFK, Jerry was better looking.
What Dad Never Taught Me Vocabulary List
adjunct auxiliary, assistant
mentor wise counselor
valedictory bidding farewell
catechumen one under instruction
neophyte novice, beginner
Thespian actor or actress
tunic an ancient gown garment
latent hidden, concealed
rhetoric oratory, usage of words
aghast filled with sudden horror
protégé disciple, follower, trainee
charismatic attractive, appealing, winsome
embark to engage, begin or start
personification essence, type, image
demeanor conduct, behavior
replicate clone, duplicate
copious abundant, plentiful
pompadour uplifted from forehead hair style
decoupage multilayer clear coating
immaculate spotlessly clean, pure, unblemished
myopia near-sightedness of the eye
emasculation weakening, depriving of strength
desecrate to profane
President John F. Kennedy
Rice Stadium September 12, 1962
Jerry Woodfill, A.K.A. JFK recreation
NASA Open Houses
Jerry Woodfill as JFK
before NASA Coop Corps