Phoebe the Spy Comprehension Test
Please answer the questions.
Phoebe and her father were different from most black people in New York City because
they were well educated
they were wealthy
they did not have to work for a living
they had never been slaves
This book was written by
Patricia Reilly Giff.
Judith Berry Griffin
On the night of the dinner for General Gates, Phoebe became anxious when she saw
that everyone seemed upset and nervous.
that the General hadn't arrived yet.
two unexpected guests.
Mr. Green's empty chair.
The two clues Phoebe had about the person she was looking for were that
he was a bodyguard who name began with T.
he limped and walked with a cane.
he spoke with a British accent and wore a wig.
he wore a buckskin and had a glass eye.
Phoebe thought it was strange when Mr. Hickey wanted to know
where Washington kept his gun.
if she could serve dinner early.
which bedroom Washington slept in .
which plate was his and which was Washington's
Why did Phoebe like General Washington's bodyguard, Mr. Hickey?
He was friendly and fun.
He was an old family friend.
He came from her hometown.
He was tall and handsome.
Phoebe worried about General Washington's safety at Mortier House because
so many people came in and out of the house each day.
he seemed to trust everyone.
he always sat by a window during dinner.
he refused to lock the house at night.
How did General Washington, General Gates, and the others know that Phoebe had been right?
Mr. Hickey tried to run.
The gunman confessed.
The chickens died.
A knife was found under a folded napkin.
Mr. Hickey brought Phoebe
a curly-haired doll.
small toys made by the soldiers
her favorite biscuits to eat
seeds to feed the chickens
To save General Washington, Phoebe
threw his plate out the window.
stepped in front of him to sheild him.
threw a water pitcher at the killer.
announced that Hickey was a traitor.
What is your name?
For the dinner with General Gates, Mr. Hickey brought
two fat turkeys.
a basket of plump sweet potatoes.
a sack of fresh June peas.
two jars of homemade relish.
Each day, Phoebe secretly reported to
General Washington himself.
her father's friend, John Adams.
her father's employee, Toby.
her father, Samuel Fraunces.
Phoebe turned just in time to see Mr. Hickey
pick up a knife
slip past the window
signal the guest across from him
move his hand away from Washington's plate.
Samuel Fraunces told Phoebe that he had heard that
many American soldiers refused to fight.
someone would try to kill General Washington.
the king had sneaked into New York.
black men were being pressed into service.
At Mortier House, Phoebe found an eight year old friend who was
the butler's son, Paddy.
the cook's son, Pompey.
the maid's daughter, Willow.
the overseer's daughter, Polly.
In 1776, when war was in the air, people could be in trouble if they
lived in the South.
sent messages to their relatives.
talked against the king.
worked on Sundays.
Phoebe was saved from making a big mistake when she remembered her father's advice to
trust no one
keep her eyes open.
question the cook.
lock her bedroom door at night.
Why did General Washington and the Patriots meet at the Queen's Head Tavern?
They liked to watch the harbor.
The ale was good there.
It was a safe place to talk.
The food served there was delicious.
Phoebe's father asked her to help him by
going to John Adam's house.
speaking to Washington's guards
staying out of the way
listening and watching
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