The Nurse's Office Comprehension Questions
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_______ 1. Jerry received a package in the mail.
(T)rue or (F)alse
_______ 2. Jerry’s mother worried he’d get________.
_______ 3. The Wicker Park Pool saved Jerry from?
________ 4. Brantwoodians avoided the pool.
(T)rue or (F)alse.
________ 5. Jerry's mother didn't want him swimming in the Wicker Park Pool because:
a. Gangs might do him harm.
b. He'd be run over by a car walking to the pool.
c. He'd catch a disease.
d. Some kids went to the bathroom in the water.
________ 6. Why did the nurse tattoo the students?
a. So they could be identified if they were kidnapped.
b. It was a fad like a school sweat shirt with the mascot logo on it.
c. To identify their blood type for a transfusion if they had an accident.
d. To help them distinguish their right side from their left.
________ 7. How did Jerry discover his tattoo was flawed?
a. He bruised his side and the nurse told him about it.
b. He used his mom's hand mirror to see it.
c. A friend saw it at the Wicker Park Pool and laughed about it.
d. It started festering and itching causing him to ask his mom to look at it.
________ 8. What was the purpose of the nurse's hair and scalp exam?
a. To assure students had not violated the hair style codes: no Elvis Presley styles.
b. To send a note home that the student needed a haircut.
c. To suggest the right kind of shampoo for the student's hair.
d. To find evidence of scalp and hair disease or parasites.
_________ 9. What did Jerry compare the tapeworm infection process to?
a. Jules Verne's book, A Journey to the Center of the Earth.
b. The three little bears' eating their mother's porridge.
c. Finding his way out of a haunted house maze.
d. Neil Armstrong's Eagle spacecraft landing on the Moon.
________ 10. What did the vagrant do to the turkey?
a. Slipped a drumstick into his pocket.
b. Named it Oscar Meyer.
c. Patted it on its chest.
d. Expectorated on its carcass.
_________ 11. The card that came in the mail said ______.
a. Jerry might have polio.
b. Jerry had won the lottery.
c. Jerry had ring worm.
d. Jerry might have TB.
_________ 12. Jerry decided to investigate what the card said by______.
a. Calling the doctor.
b. Asking the school nurse.
c. Examining volume 16, pg. 8192 of the encyclopedia.
d. Watching Dr. Kildare on television.
_________ 13. What did Jerry NOT think about his fate?
a. No Camp Pokagon this year.
b. No more Wicker Park Pool.
c. He was a “dead boy walking.”
d. He felt sorry for the person who he thought gave him the disease.
_________ 14. What disease or malady did Jerry most fear?
a. a mile long tapeworm.
b. ring worm
d. pin worms
_________ 15. Jerry began to cry because _______.
a He would not be able to have the hair/scalp exam again next year.
b. He'd thought he'd die a lowly Tenderfoot Boy Scout.
c. He'd miss his mom's calf liver dinners on Thursday nights.
d. He'd never be able to experience the tapeworm milk cure.
_________ 16. Who would you rather be in the story?
a. One of the family at the Thanksgiving dinner.
b. The kid whose “spew” Jerry thought he's stepped in at the pool.
c. One of the kids taking the “milk cure.”
_________ 17. Who among those listed below are not Jerry's hero?
a. Flash Gordon
b. The television cowboy hero Hopalong Cassidy.
d. Dr. Kildare
_________ 18. What saying impressed Jerry?
a. “Dead men tell no tales.”
b. “Stupid is as stupid does.”
c. “A coward dies a thousand deaths...”
d. “What you don't know can't hurt you.”
_________ 19. Jerry's symptoms improved because ______.
a. There was less pollution in the air.
b. They were imagined, and he stopped being fearful.
c. He was resigned to dying and stopped worrying.
d. He really didn't have TB.
_________ 20. The major anecdotes in The Nurse's Office did NOT include ____.
a. The story of the vagrant at the Thanksgiving dinner.
b. The tapeworm cure being administered to infected children.
c. The nurse's hair/scalp exam being conducted.
d. Experiencing the Lincoln School tattooing.
e. Receiving the wrong type blood after an automobile accident.
f. A ricocheting BB breaking Jerry’s glasses
The Nurse’s Office Vocabulary List
28.expectorant spit or other ejected fluid from the mouth
29.facades faces or fronts
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Vocabulary Matching Quiz: The Nurse’s Office
1.____ paranoia a. irregularly sounded
2.____ inexplicable b. becoming fully developed
3.____ desperado c. ridicule
4.____ perfunctory d. agree
5.____ acquiesce e. outer
6.____ vigilance f. stretched out flat
7.____ miniscule g. spread of a disease
8.____ syncopated h. one who feeds another
9.____ subcutaneously i. fear
10.___ epidermal j. in a vein
11.____prostrate k. forecast, prediction
12.____metastasize l. body
13.____prognosis m. deadly thing
14.____genesis n. alert watchfulness
15.____derision o. one who lives off another
16.____maturation p. puzzling
17.____intravenously q. snake or weave
18.____parasite r. obsession, unnatural desire
19.____host s. routine
20.____torso t. sickening
21.____serpentine u. extremely small
22.____malignance v. spread
23.____trekking w. desperate criminal
24.____fetish x. origin
25.____nauseating y. under the skin
26.____perfunctory z. spit
27.____routine aa. front
28.____interloper bb. imprison
29.____expectorant cc. bloody
30.____facade dd. intruder
31.____incarcerate ee. routine
32.____hemorrhagic ff. travel, migrate