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Comprehension Questions
Chapter 7-epilgue
Chapters 7-9
1) Why does the school work get a lot harder in
the beginning of the school year?
2) What is the rule Sonny’s Dad has about the
getting supplies for cape Coalwood?
3) Where do Sonny and the boys post the
announcements about the next launch?
4) What is Sonny’s crew’s new nickname?
5) What does Jack Mosby show Sonny on the
roof?
ANSWERS 7-9
1) To compete with the Russians.
2 ) No company supplies—no rockets in the
town
3) Town store
4 ) Rocket boys
5) Telescope- planets
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Questions 10-13
• What do O’Dell and Roy Lee try to take from
the mule barn?
• What do they ask Miss Riley for?
• What job does Dad want Sonny to have?
• What did Sonny get for Christmas?
• Sonny goes to school when he’s not to
supposed to, what does he get for going to
school? List two women who help him, one
way or another
Answers 10-13
1) Telephone wires
2) A book about rocketry
3) Mine engineer
4) Signed picture of vonn Braun
5) Miss Riley- A book and he has to do the science fair
• Dorothy-kisses him
• Geneva Eggers- dries his clothes and makes him toast.
Dorothy’s mother gives him a ride
• Miss Bryson gives him the book.
Chapters 14-21
• Who takes the Sonny’s slot for the calculus
class?
• Why does Quentin want to do the Science
Fair?
• How does Jim betray Sonny?
• How does the mine tragedy personally effect
Sonny?
• What happens with O’Dell’s money making
project? How much money to they earn?
Chapters 14-21
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5)
Dorothy
It will give everyone a chance to go to college
He start to date Dorothy
It kills Mr. B- Dad loses an eye
They try to dig out scrap metal, Sonny get’s
hurt and they only earned $4 but the doctor
charged them $5.
Chapter 22-25
• What happens to the Hickman’s house? How
does Dad react?
• Why does Calvin chase Sonny down in the
street?
• What happened to Daisy May?
• What does Sonny say to John F Kennedy?
• What happened to Sonny’s rocket at the
National Science Fair?
Chapter 22-25 ANSWERS
• What happens to the Hickman’s house? How
does Dad react? A bullet breaks the window---he
acts like it’s no big deal
• Why does Calvin chase Sonny down in the street?
– he wants to talk to him about getting a job
• What happened to Daisy May?--- she’s killed
• What does Sonny say to John F Kennedy?---- He
asks about going to the moon.
• What happened to Sonny’s rocket at the National
Science Fair? The pieces get stolen.
Chapter 26-epilogue
• Who was valedictorian?
• Who launched the final rocket?
• How did BCMA finally go to space?
Chapter 26- epilogue ANSWERS
• Dorothy
• Dad
• One of the Auk nozzle are launched into space
on the Space shuttle Columbia.

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