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What happens when Roger tries to steal Mrs. Jones's purse in Thank You, Ma'am?
He changes his mind because he knows stealing is wrong.
He changes his mind because he is frightened by her large size.
The purse is so heavy that he loses his balance and falls.
He runs away but is caught by another person and brought back to Mrs. Jones.
What can you infer about Mrs. Jones's first reaction to Roger from this sentence in Thank You, Ma’am?
“The large woman simply turned around and kicked him right square in his blue-jeaned sitter.”
She is puzzled.
She is frightened.
She is angry.
She is deeply hurt.
Why does Roger go with Mrs. Jones to her apartment in the first place?
She sees him on the street and invites him to her house for dinner.
They have been friends for years and have not seen each other in a long time.
She promises to give him money for a pair of shoes if he has dinner with her.
She puts him in a half-nelson and drags him there against his will.
In Thank You, Ma'am, why is Roger scared, at first, in Mrs. Jones's home?
He is very hungry.
Mrs. Jones is a strong, large woman.
Mrs. Jones talks so fast that he cannot understand her
He fears that Mrs. Jones will turn him over to the police.
1. In Thank You, Ma'am, why does Roger try to steal the purse?
to get money for food
to get back at Mrs. Jones for stealing from his father
to get money for blue suede shoes
to show he is tough
In Thank You, Ma'am, how does Mrs. Jones show she trusts Roger?
She makes him wash his face.
She makes sure neighbors keep their doors open
She leaves her purse near him when she prepares food.
She tells him her full name.
According to Mrs. Jones in “Thank You, Ma'am,” what lesson has Roger not been taught?
why “early to bed and early to rise” is true
how to apologize
how to steal a purse without getting caught
the difference between right and wrong
In Thank You, Ma'am, why does Roger sit on the far side of the room when Mrs. Jones goes behind the screen?
He is frightened that she is phoning the police and wants to see what she is doing.
He does not want to smell the food she is cooking because it will make his stomach growl.
He wants her to see that he is not taking anything from her purse.
He wants to be where she cannot see him so that he can take money from her purse.
The author of Thank You, Ma’am calls Mrs. Jones “a large woman.” What might large apply to besides her size?
her large amount of money
her large heart
her large number of friends
her large temper
What does Mrs. Jones imply to Roger with the following statement?
“And next time, do not make the mistake of latching onto my pocketbook nor nobody else’s – because shoes got by devilish ways will burn your feet.”
Mrs. Jones implies that if Rogers wears shoes that were stolen, he could burst into flames.
Mrs. Jones implies that Roger would not enjoy wearing the shoes because they would make him feel guilty.
Mrs. Jones implies that Roger is behaving like the devil, and therefore does not deserve the shoes.
There is no implication; Mrs. Jones is old and crazy.
1. In Thank You Ma’am, Mrs. Jones says she would have given Roger money for shoes if he had simply asked. Roger pauses for a long time. What can you infer from that pause?
He is surprised, touched, and confused by her offer
He is growing more suspicious of Mrs. Jones.
He is not used to washing his face, so he is taking his time.
a. He is plotting ways to get more money from Mrs. Jones.
The conflict of individual vs. individual in the story specifically refers to:
Roger and his conscience
Mrs. Jones and her past.
Mrs. Jones and Roger
Roger and his choices.
What type of conflict is the following excerpt from the story?
“Then, Roger, you go to that sink and wash your face,” said the woman, whereupon she turned him loose – at last. Roger looked at the door – looked at the woman – looked at the door – and went to the sink.”
individual vs. society
individual vs. self
individual vs. man
individual vs. nature
Which statement is a main theme of Thank You, Ma’am?
Lonely, older people seek company even from those who harm them.
Lessons can be learned through kindness and goodwill.
If you are going to steal, do not get caught.
City streets are full of dangers for young and old alike.
In Thank You Ma’am, how does Mrs. Jones’s admission that she did bad things when she was young reveal a theme of the story?
She brags about her youthful adventures so that Roger will be humble in her presence.
She is older and lonely and needs to confide in someone younger
She wants to be the adult whom Roger trusts to understand and help him.
She wants to prove to Roger that all teenagers are delinquents.
What did the author intend to convey about setting through the following statements:
“In another corner of the room behind a screen was a gas plate and an icebox.”
“Then she cut him a half of her ten-cent cake.”
“Now, here, take this ten dollars and buy yourself some blue suede shoes.”
The time period.
The mood of the main character.
The social situation of the main character.
The high cost of blue suede shoes.
Mrs. Jones is a ___________ character based on the statements below:
“The woman said, “You ought to be my son. I would teach you right from wrong. Least I can do right now is to wash your face. Are you hungry?”
“Well, I wasn’t going to say that.” Pause. Silence. “I have done things, too, which I would not tell you, son—neither tell God, if he didn’t already know. So you set down while I fix us something to eat. You might run that comb through your hair so you will look presentable.”
Roger is a ___________ character based on the statements below:
1. “The large woman simply turned around and kicked him right-square in his blue-jeaned sitter. Then she reached down, picked the boy up by his shirt front, and shook him until his teeth rattled.”
Using the text support above identify a trait and characterization method for Mrs. Jones. Highlight one trait and one method.
Mrs. Jones is kind. - Speech
Mrs. Jones is strong. - Action
Mrs. Jones is weak. - Looks
Mrs. Jones is easily frightened. - Thoughts
1. Roger is a ___________ character based on the statements below:
“….a boy ran up behind her and tried to snatch her purse.”
“The boy wanted to say something else other than, “Thank you, ma’am” to Mrs. Luella Bates Washington Jones, but although his lips moved, he couldn’t even say that as he turned at the foot of the barren stoop and looked back at the large woman in the door.”