The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street
by Karina Yan Glaser
Who is your teacher?
What is your first name?
What is your last name?
What idea does Mr. Jeet have for Paganini?
to do tricks
to walk in the park
to train him to fetch the paper
to play music
What was one of the kids' plan to change Mr. Biederman's mind in the beginning of the book?
Clean his windows
Write him songs
Leave a new gift everyday, much like the Twelve Days of Christmas.
In the beginning, the children believe that Mr. Biederman is just a mean old man who doesn't like children and noise. What evidence does the reader have that supports this?
He yelled to have Isa stop playing her violin.
He leaves mean notes on their door.
He turns the other way when he sees them walking.
He wrote an article about them in the paper.
Why is having the "Roof of Epic Proportions" important to the children?
The roof is where they have to be quiet.
The roof has their garden.
The roof has their playground on top.
The top of the roof is the perfect place where adults can't find them and the children meet here.
Jesse compares her neighborhood to Sesame Street because:
Their street is called Sesame Street.
They have neighbors who sing songs.
The children know absolutely everyone who lives nearby.
Everyone is always happy.
One of the biggest misunderstandings in the story resulted in two people being angry at each other. Who were those people and why were they mad?
Isa and Jesse argued because Jesse told Bennie her sister would not want to go to the dance with him.
Isa and Jesse argued about how to set up their room.
Isa and Jesse each wore the same outfit.
Isa and Jesse did the wrong homework.
Laney had an alter ego and she called herself Panda Laney. Why do you suppose she did this?
Laney wanted more attention than anyone else in the family so crawling on the floor allowed her to get in everyone's way.
She loved pandas.
She wore black and white clothes.
Laney adopted one at the zoo.
How did Abigail and Luciana Biederman die?
Mr. Biederman was driving and he ran a red light.
They were struck by a car while crossing street.
They were in a motorcycle accident.
They were mountain climbing and they slipped off a rock.
What "Aha Moments" did the author provide so that the reader could begin to understand Mr. Biederman?
Mr. Biederman used to teach at the local university.
Mr. Biederman had no family.
Mr. Biederman created a law to ban music on the streets.
Mr. Biederman used to own a different building.
The Vanderbeeker parents are upset about moving. Why doesn't the author provide us more detail about who they are?
The parents are always at work and the reader doesn't need to know what they are doing all the time.
The parents are too busy packing to bother with providing details about who they are.
Parents should not argue in front of their children.
The Vanderbeeker children are more important than the parents in the story because they are the ones trying to solve the problem.
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