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(Nonfiction stories and articles are listed in the index; the comprehension questions are further down the page.)

A to G

APPLES AND THEIR TREES
by Sheila Seifert

BEN FRANKLIN AND HIS KITE
by Edward Eggleston

GEORGE WASHINGTON AND HIS HATCHET
retold by James Baldwin

H to N

JOHN CHAPMAN: THE MAN CALLED JOHNNY APPLESEED
by Sheila Seifert


JONATHAN AND DAVID

Taken from 1 Samuel 16:14-23; 17:55-18:11, 19:1-10, 20:1-42

O to Z

QUICKSILVER BOB: ROBERT FULTON
by Edward Eggleston

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George Washington and His Hatchet
from Fifty Famous Stories retold by J. Baldwin

1. What did George’s Father give him? What did George do with it?
When George Washington was a little boy, his father gave him a hatchet. George liked the gift. He chopped as many things as he could. He even chopped down his father’s prized cherry tree.

2. Why did George want to chop down the cherry tree?

From the moment George saw the cherry tree in the garden, he wanted to cut it down. It was as if the tree itself was inviting him to use his hatchet on it. The temptation grew when he remembered how his father’s servants had cut down large trees in the forest. He liked watching the trees fall and hearing them crash to the ground. He wanted to do the same thing to the cherry tree.

3. Why did George’s father like this cherry tree?

George’s father thought the cherry tree was fine, which meant that it was probably healthy and a good-looking tree. It was also a young tree, which meant that the family potentially could have cherries from it for many years to come. It was the only cherry tree of its kind (variety of cherries) in the new country, which made it rare, and George’s father had paid quite a lot of money for it.

4. What did George do when his father was upset?
George heard how angry his father was. When he learned why his father was angry, George immediately took responsibility for his actions and told his father the truth. George did not lie or soften what he had done. He told his father that he had cut down the cherry tree. He appeared to be willing to take the consequences.

5. What did his father do when George confessed?
George’s father was angry, but the moment George confessed, his anger left him. George’s father preferred to lose a dozen valuable cherry trees than have George tell a single lie.

6. Write a summary paragraph over "George Washington and His Hatchet."
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John Chapman: The Man Called Johnny Appleseed
by Sheila Seifert

1. Where did John come from?
John Chapman was born in 1774 in Massachusetts. His mother's name was Elizabeth, but she died when he was two. He had only one sister. His father's name was Nathaniel. After his wife died, John's father remarried. Then his father and stepmother had ten children.

2. Why did John plant apple seeds?
No one really knows. Some say he was kicked by a mule. Others ay he was caught in a snowstorm. Some say his true love went West because her father wanted to separate them, and John went West to find her. Still others say his bride died after their wedding. These are stories, but no one knows for certain why John planted apple seeds.

3. Where did John get his apple seeds? Why didn't he pay for them?
John went to the cider presses in Pennsylvania. Cider presses squeezed apples to make apple cider. They threw away the seeds. So when John wanted the seeds, they gave him the cider press seeds for free.

4. What made John a rich man?
John walked through areas in Ohio, Indiana, and other nearby states. These places were part of the wild frontier at this time. John planted his seeds as he went. Sometimes, he planted a number of seeds in the same area to make a nursery. He took care of these nurseries. When he died, he owned many apple nurseries.

5. Write a summary paragraph over "John Chapman: The Man Called Johnny Appleseed."
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Jonathan and David
taken from 1 Samuel 16:14-23; 17:55-18:11, 19:1-10, 20:1-42

1. Who was David? Who was Jonathan?
David was the youngest boy in a large family. His father's name was Jesse. He was given the task of watching the family's sheep. Therefore, he was a shepherd boy. Jonathan was the son of the king. He was a prince of the land. He was the oldest son of the king, so he was next in line for the throne when the king died.

2. How did David and Jonathan meet?
The king's servants heard about David, and his ability to play music well. They asked him to come to the king's home and play music for him. David did this. The king liked David's music and asked him to stay. During this time, David met Jonathan, and the two became friends.

3. What changed the king from liking David to disliking him?
When the women in the land welcomed the king and David home from a battle, they sang how the king had killed thousands of their enemies and David had killed ten thousands. Although this is the moment when the king changed, it was probably "the straw that broke the camel's back." David was good looking and well liked by people. He knew when to speak and when not to speak. He also played music well. In addition, God's favor was on David, and God's favor had left the king. All of these things helped make the king jealous of David. He thought David was going to try to be the next king.

4. How did Jonathan save David's life twice?
The first time the king said he was going to kill David, Jonathan talked to his father. He reasoned that David had not done anything wrong. He wanted his father to see that David was a good man. The king agreed and welcomed David back into his home. Much later, David told Jonathan that the king wanted to kill him, again. Jonathan did not think this was true because his father had not confided in him about wanting to kill David. When Jonathan talked to his father, he realized that the king did want to kill David. Jonathan shot arrows and said words to his servant to let David know that his life was in danger. Jonathan warned David to leave the king's home or he would be killed. The two promised to be friends forever. David fled for his life.

5. Write a summary paragraph over "Jonathan and David."
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Quicksilver Bob: Robert Fulton
from Stories of Great Americans for Little Americans by Edward Eggleston

1. What did Bob do with his drawings?
In Bob's day, guns had small drawings on them. Bob drew fairly well. Some of the gun makers put his drawings on their guns.

2. What did Bob think about school? Did he like to learn?
Bob enjoyed learning how things worked. He did not like school. He liked to figure out things on his own, which left little time for book learning. One day he was late to school because he made himself a lead pencil. Another day, a teacher hit his knuckles with a ferrule as punishment. Bob retorted, "I came here to have something beaten into my head, not my knuckles."

3. How did people celebrate the Fourth of July? How was Bob going to celebrate it?
Most people lit candles in their windows to celebrate the Fourth of July. These candles lit the whole town. One year, there was a candle shortage. The city asked people not to waste their candles by lighting them on the Fourth of July. People agreed, but Bob wanted to celebrate it. He worked to come up with something like rockets or Roman candles. He had decided that since the city wouldn't let him burn candles on the Fourth, he would shoot his "candles" into the sky.

4. What did Bob and Chris make for a flat boat?
Bob liked to fish but he did not like to push the boat through the water with poles. It was hard work. He designed a paddle wheel. Then he and his friend Chris made the paddle wheel. From then on, Bob and his friend were able to hand crank the paddle wheel to move the flat boat across the water.

5. Write a summary paragraph over "Quicksilver Bob: Robert Fulton."

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