The Ledger

Comprehension Questions

 

(Enter answers on the line to left of each question.)

 

            _______   1.  Jerry’s likens the trip to?          

a.       Voyage to the Moon

b.      Columbus’ voyage

c.       A Startrek Movie

d.      Around the World in 80 Days

 

            _______   2.   Jerry’s inference about his father is?

:                                   a.  he was too thrifty

                        b.  he didn’t watch his spending

c.  he liked expensive dining

d.  none of the above 

                                                           

            _______   3.   Jerry ruined his steak by:        

                                    a.  cutting it improperly

                                    b.  using too much A-1 sauce

                                    c.  ordering it well-done

                                    d.  none of the above

 

            ________  4.  Jerry liked knotty pine.                                                          

                                    (T)rue or (F)alse.

 

            ________  5.  The car cooler helped make the

                                     trip comfortable.

                                    (T)rue or (F)alse.

 

            ________   6. Jerry inferred.

                                    a.  his mom was in charge      

                                    b.  his dad was in charge

                                    c.  he was in charge

                                    d.  none of the above

 

            ________  7.   What did his Mom say about his

                                      steak?

                                    a. “Tasty and wonderful.”

                                    b. “Send the d???? thing back.”

                                    c.  It’s Jerry’s fault.”

                                    d.  Order hamburger next time.”

 

            ________  8.   His dad’s budget was….?

                                    a. under run

                                   b. overrun

                                    c.  lavish

                                    d.  none of the above

 

            _________ 9. What helped keep within budget?

                                    a. Billboards

                                    b. Mobile Travel Guide

                                    c. Advice from other tourists

                        d. Picking primitive motels

 

            ________  10. What did the car-cooler look like?

                                    a. a block of ice

                                    b. an aircraft jet engine

                                    c. an electric fan                          

                                    d. a vacuum cleaner

 

            _________ 11. What was the first entry in the  ledger?

                                    a. miles driven the first day

                                    b. a meal at White Castle

                                    c. Jerry’s clip-on sun glasses

                                    d. A Buddy Holly record

 

            _________ 12. How was the air-cooler discovered?

                                    a. an ad on TV

                                    b. a service station rented it

                                    c. a neighbor recommended it

                                    d. a comic book ad

 

            _________ 13. What did Jerry NOT compare the "drenching" to?

                                    a. Admiral Perry's quote about torpedoes

                                    b. Pickett's charge in the Civil War

                                    c. Columbus's hurricane .

                                    d. A serene evening breeze .

 

            _________ 14.Who designed the car cooler?

a.       Rube Goldberg

b.      a rocket scientist

c.       an aerospace engineer

d.      not said in the story

                                   

            _________ 15. What happened when Jerry pulled the air-cooler’s cord?

                                    a.  its motor failed to start

                                    b. his mother told him to forget it      

                                    c. he was soaked with water

                                    d. the air-cooler went airborne

 

            _________ 16.What happened to the car cooler?”

                                    a. trashed at a roadside rest stop

                                    b. sent back to the manufacturer

                                    c. tossed into the trunk

                                    d. dropped off of Pike’s Peak

 

            _________  17. What was the daily budget?

                                    a. about $40

                                    b. doesn’t say

                                    c. $400

                                   d. varied based on overall budget

 

            _________  18.  Why was the budget so low?

a.       things cost less 50 years ago

b.      Jerry’s dad was cheap

c.       the family was poor

d.      all of the above    

 

            _________  19. Why did they choose the $5 motel?

                                    a. to keep the day’s budget                

                                    b. its western appearance

                                    c. they ran out of gas there

                                    d. no other motel was nearby

 

            _________ 20.  What was not true about the $5 motel?       

                                    a. the towels smelled musty

                                    b. the place was full of knotty pine

                                    c. it had a single double bed

                                    d. Gene Autry once slept there

 

 

                       

Suggestive of Dad’s $5 Motel

 

 

 

 The Ledger Vocabulary List

 

            Word                           Synonym

 

1.   consumables                food stuffs                 

2.  skirmish                        fight, battle

3.  precipitate                    cause

4.  pyrotechnics                 fireworks

5.  attrition                                    wearing away

6. artifacts                         objects

7.  judiciously                    wisely

8.   sinew                           tendon

  1. depravity                     coarseness      
  2.  crux                            puzzling problem