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Practice questions for The Ninth Ward by Jewell Parker Rhodes

Who is the author of The Ninth Ward?

Jewell Parker Rhodes

2. In the book, The Ninth Ward, what was covering Lanesha's face when she was born?

Caul, a skin netting that covers the face like a glove (p. 1)

3. In the book, The Ninth Ward, where is Lanesha's mom?

She died in childbirth. Lanesha only sees her ghost (p. 1)

4. In the book, The Ninth Ward, who raised Lanesha?

Mama Ya-Ya (p. 1)

5. In the book, The Ninth Ward, what color are Lanesha's eyes?

Lightest green, with tiny yellow specks (p. 1)

6. In the book, The Ninth Ward, what kind of cake does Lanesha always have on her birthday?

Chocolate (p. 2)

7. In the book, The Ninth Ward, how many pieces of cake did Lanesha eat when she turned 12?

3 pieces (p. 2)

8. In the book, The Ninth Ward, how old is Mama Ya-Ya?

82(p.2)

9. In the book, The Ninth Ward, why is Mama Ya-Ya raising Lanesha?

Her other relatives won't (p. 2)

10. In the book, The Ninth Ward, where does Lanesha live?

With Mama Ya-Ya, in the Ninth Ward, New Orleans, Lousiana (p. 2)

11. In the book, The Ninth Ward, where does Lanesha's relatives live?

Uptown, which is a richer area than the Ninth Ward (p. 2)

12. In the book, The Ninth Ward, how far apart are Uptown and the Ninth Ward?

Less than 8 miles (p. 2)

13. In the book, The Ninth Ward, when Mama Ya-Ya saw Lanesha's eyes, she knew that she had what?

The sight (p. 1)

14. In the book, The Ninth Ward, what is "the sight"?

The ability to see both worlds walking on earth (the living and the ghosts) (p. 2)

15. In the book, The Ninth Ward, what relative does Lanesha consider Mama Ya-Ya to be?

Grandmother and mother (p. 3)

16. In the book, The Ninth Ward, what did Lanesha's relatives say about her?

It was better that she's an orphan (p. 2)

17. In the book, The Ninth Ward, what does Lanesha love saying?

Mama Ya-Ya (p. 3)

18. In the book, The Ninth Ward, how does Mama Ya-Ya say Lanesha's name?

Soft, with the "ah" sound going on forever (p. 3)

19. In the book, The Ninth Ward, what was the last word Lanesha's mother said before she died?

Lanesha (p. 3)

20. In the book, The Ninth Ward, where is Lanesha's dad?

Mama Ya-Ya doesn't know who he is or where he is because Lanesha's mom died before she could say (p. 4)

21. In the book, The Ninth Ward, how old was Lanesha's mom when she was born?

17 (p. 5)

22. In the book, The Ninth Ward, if Lanesha could ask Santa for a gift, what would she ask for?

A whole set of Shakespeare books. The real ones, with his real words (p. 5)

23. In the book, The Ninth Ward, what is Lanesha's favorite scene in Romeo and Juliet?

The party scene (p. 6)

24. In the book, The Ninth Ward, what does "star-crossed" mean?

Doomed (p. 7)

25. In the book, The Ninth Ward, who is Mama Ya-Ya's favorite president?

William Jefferson Clinton (p. 8)

26. In the book, The Ninth Ward, what hangs on the wall above Mama Ya-Ya's chair?

A picture of her favorite president, Clinton (p. 8)

27. In the book, The Ninth Ward, what did Mama Ya-Ya give Lanesha for her birthday?

Package of sparkly pens (p.8)

28. In the book, The Ninth Ward, what did Lanesha write ten times with her purple sparkly pen?

"Romeo + Juliet = Me (p. 8)

29. In the book, The Ninth Ward, what word will wake up Mama Ya-Ya?

Oprah (p. 9)

30. In the book, The Ninth Ward, why did Mama Ya-Ya think Oprah has so much sense?

Because she's a southern girl (p. 9)

31. In the book, The Ninth Ward, what does Mama Ya-Ya smell like?

Vicks Rub and Evening in Paris perfume (p. 10)

32. In the book, The Ninth Ward, what does Mama Ya-Ya's cane look like?

It's shiny ebony, with an ivory skull on top (p. 11)

33. In the book, The Ninth Ward, what sits on Mama Ya-Ya's nightstand?

A glass for her false teeth, blood pressure pills, cod-liver oil, and rosemary leaves (p. 11)

34. In the book, The Ninth Ward, what color are Lanesha's walls painted?

Different shades of blue (p. 13)

35. In the book, The Ninth Ward, what hangs on Lanesha's walls?

Puzzle pictures (p. 14)

36. In the book, The Ninth Ward, which puzzle picture is Lanesha's favorite?

The one with the picture of a steamboat churning up the Mississippi (p. 14)

37. In the book, The Ninth Ward, who is Lanesha's English teacher?

Miss Perry (p. 16)

38. In the book, The Ninth Ward, who is Lanesha's Math teacher?

Miss Johnson (p. 16)

39. In the book, The Ninth Ward, according to Mama YaYa, what does the number 3 mean?

Life; making peace with thoughts, words, and deeds (p. 16 and 25)

40. In the book, The Ninth Ward, what does the number 8 mean?

Power (p. 17)

41. In the book, The Ninth Ward, what does the number 4 mean?

Hard work in this world, material world (p. 17)

42. In the book, The Ninth Ward, what do the numbers 8 and 4 mean together?

12 - spiritual strength (p. 17)

43. In the book, The Ninth Ward, what do magnolias mean?

Dignity, beauty (p. 17)

44. In the book, The Ninth Ward, if Mama Ya-Ya could be a flower, what would she be?

A magnolia (p. 17)

45. In the book, The Ninth Ward, Lanesha writes "Mama Ya-Ya + Lanesha equals what?

Love (p. 18)

46. In the book, The Ninth Ward, what ghost does Lanesha recognize from school?

Jermaine (p. 20)

47. In the book, The Ninth Ward, how did Jermaine die?

He was shot in the belly when he was at the 7-Eleven buying soda while he was skipping school (p. 21)

48. In the book, The Ninth Ward, who is Lanesha's neighbor that everyone picks on?

TaShon (p. 22)

49. In the book, The Ninth Ward, what did Jermaine call Lanesha?

Devil Eye, Evil Eye (p. 21)

50. In the book, The Ninth Ward, when Lanesha sees TaShon, what does she feel?

That they're related (p. 22)

51. In the book, The Ninth Ward, why didn't Mama Ya-Ya birth babies anymore?

Everyone goes to Charity Hospital (p.22)

52. In the book, The Ninth Ward, who was the last baby birthed by Mama Ya-Ya?

TaShon (p. 22)

53. In the book, The Ninth Ward, what was wrong with TaShon when he was born?

He was born with extra fingers (12 fingers) (p.22)

54. In the book, The Ninth Ward, where does TaShon's mother work?

She cleans at the Riverwalk Casino (p. 23)

55. In the book, The Ninth Ward, where does TaShon's mother sing gospel?

At New Life Church (p. 23)

56. In the book, The Ninth Ward, why does Lanesha think TaShon keeps quiet?

He doesn't want to be noticed (p. 23)

57. In the book, The Ninth Ward, what does the color yellow mean?

Peace (p. 25)

58. In the book, The Ninth Ward, who gets passed through school even though grownups say he is slow?

Andrew (p. 28)

59. In the book, The Ninth Ward, why doesn't Lanesha think Andrew is slow?

He's a different kind of smart (p. 28)

60. In the book, The Ninth Ward, who helps Andrew at school?

Lanesha (p. 28)

61. In the book, The Ninth Ward, why does Lanesha stay late at school on Tuesdays?

So Miss Johnson can teach her and she can work on harder problems (p. 32)

62. In the book, The Ninth Ward, if Lanesha became an engineer, what would be the first bridge she would build?

One that goes from the lower ninth ward to Uptown (p. 34)

63. In the book, The Ninth Ward, what is Miss Johnson's first name?

Evelyn (p. 34)

64. In the book, The Ninth Ward, who sent Miss Johnson a postcard?

Jim (p. 34)

65. In the book, The Ninth Ward, what picture was on the postcard Miss Johnson received from Jim?

The Golden Gate Bridge (p. 33)

66. In the book, The Ninth Ward, what kind of bridge is the Golden Gate Bridge?

A suspension bridge (p. 33)

67. In the book, The Ninth Ward, what boys were fighting in the alley?

Max, Eddie, and Lavon (p. 36)

68. In the book, The Ninth Ward, why doesn't anyone mess with Mama Ya-Ya?

They think she may cast a spell on them (p. 37)

69. In the book, The Ninth Ward, who were Max, Eddie, and Lavon bullying in the allwy?

TaShon (p. 38)

70. In the book, The Ninth Ward, why were Max, Eddie, and Lavon bullying TaShon?

He was trying to help the dog they were kicking (p. 38)

71. In the book, The Ninth Ward, what was the dog's name that TaShon brought to Lanesha's house?

Spot (p. 39)

72. In the book, The Ninth Ward, who did TaShon ask to keep Spot?

Lanesha (p. 39)

73. In the book, The Ninth Ward, why did TaShon ask Lanesha to keep Spot?

His mom would not let him keep it because it would be "another mouth to feed" (p. 39)

74. In the book, The Ninth Ward, what kind of dog did TaShon say Spot was?

A German Shepard (p. 39)

75. In the book, The Ninth Ward, what did Mama Ya-Ya feed Spot?

Hoppin' John (p. 41)

76. In the book, The Ninth Ward, where did Mr. Lincoln say his flesh foot was?

Buried in Vietnam, so he has a fake foot (p. 43)

77. In the book, The Ninth Ward, why did Rodriguez give TaShon a silver dollar?

To buy Spot a bone (p. 44)

78. In the book, The Ninth Ward, what did Lanesha's mom's ghost usually do?

Sleep or sit and stare (p. 48)

79. In the book, The Ninth Ward, why did Lanesha feel fearful when Mama Ya-Ya shared her dream about the storm?

Mama Ya-Ya usually understands her dreams, but this time she doesn't know what it means (p. 52)

80. In the book, The Ninth Ward, what had Lanesha been drinking since she was 5 years old?

Café au lait, but only 99% hot milk and a tiny bit of coffee (p. 52)

81. In the book, The Ninth Ward, when did Mama Ya-Ya say Lanesha's mom's ghost would stop being at the house?

When she found her purpose (p. 54)

82. In the book, The Ninth Ward, who invited Lanesha to go try on clothes at the mall?

Ginia (p. 55)

83. In the book, The Ninth Ward, who went to the store with Lanesha to get storm supplies?

Ginia (p. 56)

84. In the book, The Ninth Ward, who is Mr. Ng's daughter?

Mengying (p. 58)

85. In the book, The Ninth Ward, where does Mengying live?

Vietnam (p. 58)

86. In the book, The Ninth Ward, why wasn't Mengying living with her father in the United States?

He was saving up money to send for her (p. 58)

87. In the book, The Ninth Ward, who was Ginia's penpal?

Mengying, Mr. Ng's daughter (p. 58)

88. In the book, The Ninth Ward, who owned the grocery store that Lanesha bought storm supplies from?

Mr. Ng (p. 57)

89. In the book, The Ninth Ward, what does Mr. Palmer do all day?

Sit in his wheelchair on the porch watching TV (p. 60)

90. In the book, The Ninth Ward, how much did Mama Ya-Ya pay for the set of encyclopedias?

$3 a week for 3 years (p. 66)

91. In the book, The Ninth Ward, what was the best present Lanesha ever received?

A set of encyclopedias (p. 66)

92. In the book, The Ninth Ward, what did Lanesha's school used to be?

A convent (p. 74)

93. In the book, The Ninth Ward, why do the ghosts at Lanesha's school usually stay away?

The kids are loud, playing in the hallways (p. 74)

94. In the book, The Ninth Ward, what did Mama Ya-Ya say would not be the problem with weather?

The storm (p. 69)

95. In the book, The Ninth Ward, which ghost nun did Lanesha like?

Sister Margaret (p. 74)

96. In the book, The Ninth Ward, how old is Miss Johnson?

22 (p. 74)

97. In the book, The Ninth Ward, where did Miss Johnson go to ride out the storm?

Baton Rouge (p. 76)

98. In the book, The Ninth Ward, what did Miss Johnson give Lanesha before she left the school?

A teacher's edition math book; 7th grade pre-algebra teacher's edition (p. 78)

99. In the book, The Ninth Ward, what did Lanesha ask Miss Johnson for when she met her at the school before the storm?

A problem to work on (p. 78)

100. In the book, The Ninth Ward, why did Lanesha ask Miss Johnson for a problem to solve before the storm hit?

It would keep her mind off the hurricane (p. 78)

101. In the book, The Ninth Ward, what was happening in the French Quarter before the hurricane hit?

People were partying and dancing (p. 82)

102. In the book, The Ninth Ward, why didn't Mama Ya-Ya ever go to court to become Lanesha's foster mother or legal guardian?

She feared the judge would say she was too old to care for Lanesha, or that she could be sent to live with the relatives that didn't want her (p. 85)

103. In the book, The Ninth Ward, when Lanesha saw that Ng Grocery was closed, what did she notice about the inside?

The lights were still on and the shelves were bare (p. 86)

104. In the book, The Ninth Ward, what did Mama Ya-Ya do with Lanesha's caul?

She buried it in the backyard (p. 88)

105. In the book, The Ninth Ward, what was Mama Ya-Ya's advice about the storm?

"Don't feed the storm" (p. 89)

106. In the book, The Ninth Ward, why didn't Mama Ya-Ya and Lanesha leave when the mayor made it mandatory?

They didn't have a way to leave (p. 90)

107. In the book, The Ninth Ward, who offered to take Mama Ya-Ya and Lanesha to Baton Rouge to ride out the storm?

Mrs. Watson (p. 91)

108. In the book, The Ninth Ward, why can't Mama Ya-Ya and Lanesha go with Mrs. Watson to Baton Rouge before the storm?

There wasn't enough room in the car (p. 81)

109. In the book, The Ninth Ward, where did TaShon go during the storm?

The Superdome (p. 95)

110. In the book, The Ninth Ward, where did Ginia go during the storm?

The Superdome (p. 96)

111. In the book, The Ninth Ward, what did Lanesha draw that made her feel sage as the storm approached?

Bridges (p. 99)

112. In the book, The Ninth Ward, what did Mama Ya-Ya want Lanesha to do to help her understand her dream of seeing the big black shroud?

Ask her ghosts (p. 100)

113. In the book, The Ninth Ward, where does Lanesha know to go if she gets separated from Mama Ya-Ya?

Missionary Baptist Church (p. 102)

114. In the book, The Ninth Ward, who is Private Charles?

The man Mama Ya-Ya loved, who died during World War 2 before they could marry and have kids (p. 103)

115. In the book, The Ninth Ward, what is Mama Ya-Ya's name?

Delores (p. 103)

116. In the book, The Ninth Ward, what ghost did Lanesha try to talk to about Mama Ya-Ya's dream?

Her mom (p. 105)

117. In the book, The Ninth Ward, what was Lanesha's mom's ghost's response to Lanesha asking about Mama Ya-Ya's dream?

She has a blank stare, blank eyes, then she fades (p. 107)

118. In the book, The Ninth Ward, how did Lanesha board up the upstairs windows?

With planks, hung from the inside (p. 115)

119. In the book, The Ninth Ward, what did Lanesha cook to prepare for the storm?

Chicken, beans, and rice (p. 115)

120. In the book, The Ninth Ward, why did Lanesha choose to cook chicken, bean, and rice to prepare for the storm?

Those foods keep at room temperature longer before they will spoil, so if the electricity goes out, they will still have food to eat (p. 115)

121. In the book, The Ninth Ward, who visited Lanesha and mama Ya-Ya right before thee storm hit?

Pastor Williams (p. 116)

122. In the book, The Ninth Ward, where was Lanesha's mom buried?

In St. Louis Cemetery #2 in the indigent section (p. 118)

123. In the book, The Ninth Ward, who always comes by Lanesha's house when there is trouble?

Pastor Williams (p. 119)

124. In the book, The Ninth Ward, where did Lanesha try to move Mama Ya-Ya during the storm?

The tub (p. 131)

125. In the book, The Ninth Ward, why couldn't Lanesha call 9-1-1 during the storm?

The phone line was dead (p. 136)

126. In the book, The Ninth Ward, what day did the hurricane hit?

Sunday (p. 137)

127. In the book, The Ninth Ward, why did Mama Ya-Ya say she has been staying alive?

She thought Lanesha needed her (p. 142)

128. In the book, The Ninth Ward, why did TaShon return home after the hurricane hit?

He lost his parents at the Superdome and thought they came home (p. 146)

129. In the book, The Ninth Ward, what was the first think TaShon asked for when he came to Lanesha's house after the hurricane hit?

Milk (p. 146)

130. In the book, The Ninth Ward, what made the hurricane worse for TaShon?

His dad was scared (p. 147)

131. In the book, The Ninth Ward, how many fingers was TaShon born with?

12 (p. 149)

132. In the book, The Ninth Ward, how did TaShon get back home from the Superdome?

He walked some, then got a ride with a white lady (p. 151)

133. In the book, The Ninth Ward, who was the lady looking for when she drove TaShon back to the Ninth Ward?

Lyle (p. 151

135. In the book, The Ninth Ward, what did Mama Ya-Ya mean when she said she was going to help Lanesha "get birthed"?

Becoming grown in a new way (p. 157)

137. In the book, The Ninth Ward, what did the sky look like after the hurricane hit?

Beautiful and blue (p. 159)

138. In the book, The Ninth Ward, what damage was done to TaShon's house during the hurricane?

The porch fell off and was in the middle of the street (p. 151)

139. In the book, The Ninth Ward, what damage was done to the Watson's house during the hurricane?

It lost the roof (p. 152)

140. In the book, The Ninth Ward, how did Lanesha feel when she saw her mom's ghost out of bed for the first time ever, watching her move to the attic?

She was proud (p. 160)

141. In the book, The Ninth Ward, what encyclopedia did Lanesha take to the attic?

Volume B (p. 161)

142. In the book, The Ninth Ward, why did Lanesha go to the shed as she was moving to the attic?

To get an axe (p. 162)

143. In the book, The Ninth Ward, why did Lanesha take an axe to the attic?

To be prepared. If she was prepared, she would probably not need it (p. 162)

144. In the book, The Ninth Ward, when Lanesha returned to the house from the shed, what did she find?

Water coming into the house (p. 163)

145. In the book, The Ninth Ward, what story did Mama Ya-Ya tell as Lanesha tried to move them to the attic?

The story of Noah (p. 164)

146. In the book, The Ninth Ward, how did Mama Ya-Ya get to the attic?

Lanesha and TaShon pulled and pushed her up there (p. 167)

147. In the book, The Ninth Ward, what did the flooding water smell like?

The Mississippi River (p. 167)

148. In the book, The Ninth Ward, why did TaShon cry when the house started flooding?

He couldn't swim (p. 167)

149. In the book, The Ninth Ward, where did TaShon go to the bathroom while in the attic?

In a cup (p. 170)

150. In the book, The Ninth Ward, what did TaShon want to be when he grew up?

A golfer (p. 172)

151. In the book, The Ninth Ward, why did Lanesha think it was funny that TaShon wanted to be a golfer when he grew up?

He had never hit a golf ball before, and the Ninth Ward didn't have glof course (p. 172)

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