The Luck of the Buttons

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Practice questions for The Luck of the Buttons by Anne Ylvisker

1. Who is the author of The Luck of the Buttons?

Anne Ylvisaker

2. According to the book, The Luck of the Buttons, who is the oldest Ward?

Lester (p. 1)

3. According to the book, The Luck of the Buttons, what is the name of the group of hoodlums?

The Rowdies (p. 2)

4. According to the book, The Luck of the Buttons, who is Aggie's family descended from?

The Millhouse Bank and Trust family (p. 3)

5. According to the book, The Luck of the Buttons, what would Aggie rather do than dance?

Play basketball (p. 4)

6. According to the book, The Luck of the Buttons, who did Aggie want to partner with her for the three-legged race?

Tugs Button (p. 4)

7. According to the book, The Luck of the Buttons, who does Aggie usually partner with for the three-legged race?

Felicity (p. 4)

8. According to the book, The Luck of the Buttons, why wasn't Aggie going to partner with Felicity for the three-legged race?

Felicity was going to Cedar Rapids for the auto races this year, so she was going to be Tugs' partner (p. 4)

9. According to the book, The Luck of the Buttons, who did Tugs usually pair with for the three-legged race?

Her cousin Ned (p. 4)

10. According to the book, The Luck of the Buttons, when is the three-legged race held?

On Independence Day (p. 4)

11. According to the book, The Luck of the Buttons, how were Ned and Tugs kind of like twins?

They had the same birthday, just one year apart, but had different parents (p. 5)

12. According to the book, The Luck of the Buttons, what is the Button credo?

Family first. (p. 5)

13. According to the book, The Luck of the Buttons, why did Ned and Tugs make an awkward pair for the three-legged race?

He is short; she is tall. Neither is coordinated (p. 5)

14. According to the book, The Luck of the Buttons, who is Granddaddy Ike?

Tugs' great grandfather (p. 6)

15. According to the book, The Luck of the Buttons, what time is Aggie's birthday party?

2:00 (p. 6)

16. According to the book, The Luck of the Buttons, who broke the Ben statuette at Ward's Ben Franklin?

Tugs (p. 7)

17. According to the book, The Luck of the Buttons, what does pie mean in the Button family?

Trouble (p. 8)

18. According to the book, The Luck of the Buttons, what means trouble in the Button family?

Pie (p. 8)

19. According to the book, The Luck of the Buttons, who sliced off his left foot with a scythe?

Uncle Norton (p. 8)

20. According to the book, The Luck of the Buttons, what did Uncle Norton slice off with a scythe?

His foot (p. 8)

21. According to the book, The Luck of the Buttons, how did Uncle Norton slice off his foot?

With a scythe, trying to mow hay for horses (p. 8)

22. According to the book, The Luck of the Buttons, why did Uncle Norton spend his days sitting on the porch, spitting sunflower shells over the rail?

He cut his foot off with a scythe (p. 8)

23. According to the book, The Luck of the Buttons, who was conned out of their seed money?

Uncle Elmer (p. 9)

24. According to the book, The Luck of the Buttons, how was Uncle Elmer conned out of his seed money?

A card playing con man did it (p. 9)

25. According to the book, The Luck of the Buttons, what kind of pies were made when Uncle Norton cut off his foot?

Pie plant pies (p. 8)

26. According to the book, The Luck of the Buttons, what kind of pies were made when Uncle Elmers seeds washed away in the storm?

Oatmeal pies (p. 9)

27. According to the book, The Luck of the Buttons, what kind of pies are made for fall funerals?

Apple (p. 9)

28. According to the book, The Luck of the Buttons, what kind of pies are made for the measles, mumps, and broken bones?

Custard (p. 9)

29. According to the book, The Luck of the Buttons, what kind of pies are made for marital trouble?

Pecan (p. 9)

30. According to the book, The Luck of the Buttons, who doesn't Aunt Mina want Ned playing with?

Ralph Stump (p. 10)

31. According to the book, The Luck of the Buttons, why did the Buttons have butterup pie?

Aunt Mina was trying to sweeten Tugs' mom into taking Granny into her house (p. 11)

32. According to the book, The Luck of the Buttons, why did Granny have to leave Aunt Fiona and Uncle Albert's house?

She insulted Aunt Fiona too much (p. 11)

33. According to the book, The Luck of the Buttons, when stranded on the side of the road, who ran to meet the man in the Panama hat?

Tugs and Ned (p. 17)

34. According to the book, The Luck of the Buttons, who was the man in the Panama hat claiming to be?

Harvey Moore, their newspaperman (p. 18)

35. According to the book, The Luck of the Buttons, why was Harvey Moore walking down the road when Tugs met him?

He said he got off the train at the wrong station (p. 18)

36. According to the book, The Luck of the Buttons, where did Harvey Moore claim to be from?

Chicago (p. 18)

37. According to the book, The Luck of the Buttons, who was the man claiming to be the newspaperman?

Harvey Moore (p. 18)

38. According to the book, The Luck of the Buttons, who figured out what was wrong with Tugs' mom's car?

Tugs (p. 21)

39. According to the book, The Luck of the Buttons, what was wrong with Tugs' mom's car when it was stranded on the side of the road?

It was out of gas (p. 21)

40. According to the book, The Luck of the Buttons, why did Harvey Moore say was Tugs was dressed as a mechanic?

She was wearing coveralls (p. 22)

41. According to the book, The Luck of the Buttons, what did the Buttons give Harvey Moore when he tried to help them with the car?

2 sandwiches and some coins (p. 23)

42. According to the book, The Luck of the Buttons, who did Tugs share her sandwich with?

Ned and Gladdy (p. 24)

43. According to the book, The Luck of the Buttons, who brought the Buttons gas when they ran out on the side of the road?

Lester Ward (p. 24)

44. According to the book, The Luck of the Buttons, what city do the Buttons live in?

Goodhue (p. 26)

45. According to the book, The Luck of the Buttons, what did Mother Button first suggest that Tugs give Aggie as a birthday gift?

Her nearly new pincushion (p. 28)

46. According to the book, The Luck of the Buttons, what did Tugs take to give Aggie for her birthday?

A braided coil of twine to make a new jump rope (p. 28)

47. According to the book, The Luck of the Buttons, what did Harvey Moore call Tugs when she saw him leaving the Dostal's house?

Helen (p. 31)

48. According to the book, The Luck of the Buttons, where was Harvey Moore staying while he was in Goodhue?

He was renting a room from the Dostals, next door to Tugs (p. 32)

49. According to the book, The Luck of the Buttons, what was the name of the newspaper that Goodhue residents read?

Cedar Rapids Tribune (p. 32)

50. According to the book, The Luck of the Buttons, how was Aggie's birthday cake different from Tugs' mom's cakes?

It was pretty dry and not as good (p. 36)

51. According to the book, The Luck of the Buttons, what did Tugs suggest to Aggie's mom for making her cake taste better?

Try one extra egg (p. 36)

52. According to the book, The Luck of the Buttons, why would one extra egg help make Aggie's mom's cake better?

It doesn't leave as many crumbles (p. 36)

53. According to the book, The Luck of the Buttons, what does everyone get to keep from Aggie's birthday party?

Beanbags from the beanbag toss game (p. 37)

54. According to the book, The Luck of the Buttons, what is Aggie's dog's name?

Mitten (p. 38)

55. According to the book, The Luck of the Buttons, how did Felicity get the scar over her eye?

Tugs knocked her into the coat hook in third grade (p. 38)

56. According to the book, The Luck of the Buttons, why didn't Tugs get a beanbag from Aggie's party?

Mitten ran off with Mary Alice's beanbag after Tugs knocked it out of Mary Alice's hand, so Mary Alice got to keep Tugs' beanbag (p. 40)

57. According to the book, The Luck of the Buttons, why did Tugs leave Aggie's party?

She felt like she ruined the party (p. 42)

58. According to the book, The Luck of the Buttons, where was the largest dictionary that Tugs had ever seen?

At the Goodhue library (p. 42)

59. According to the book, The Luck of the Buttons, a goat is not only an animal, but what?

A person who caused their team to lose (p. 42)

60. According to the book, The Luck of the Buttons, who called Tugs a goat?

Ralph Stump (p. 42)

61. According to the book, The Luck of the Buttons, when did Tugs become fond of the dictionary?

When she realized that not everyone's name was in it, but hers was (p. 43)

62. According to the book, The Luck of the Buttons, who is the Goodhue librarian?

Miss Lucy (p. 44)

63. According to the book, The Luck of the Buttons, who is the most exotic person Tugs ever knew?

Miss Lucy (p. 44)

64. According to the book, The Luck of the Buttons, what was the first word Tugs looked up in the dictionary on her way home from Aggie's party?

Rapscallion (p. 44)

65. According to the book, The Luck of the Buttons, what word did Tugs look up in the dictionary after reading the definition of "rapscallion"?

Rogue (p. 44)

66. According to the book, The Luck of the Buttons, when Tugs laughed aloud in the library, how many people shushed her?

No fewer than six (p. 45)

67. According to the book, The Luck of the Buttons, why did Tugs laugh in the library?

She realized that Miss Lucy was addressing her when she asked how her Independence Day essay was coming (p. 45)

68. According to the book, The Luck of the Buttons, what was the essay topic of the Independence Day essay contest?

What you think about the USA (p. 45)

69. According to the book, The Luck of the Buttons, who were the judges for the Independence Day essay contest?

Miss Winthrop and Miss Potter (p. 45)

70. According to the book, The Luck of the Buttons, when will Harvey start the newspaper?

When he raises enough funds for a printing press (p. 46)

71. According to the book, The Luck of the Buttons, what does Harvey want to call the newspaper he will start?

The Goodhue Progress (p. 46)

72. According to the book, The Luck of the Buttons, where did Tugs put her essay after she wrote it?

In the trash (p. 46)

73. According to the book, The Luck of the Buttons, what did Tugs say as she put her essay in the trash?

It's stupid. Don't read it. (p. 46)

74. According to the book, The Luck of the Buttons, in her essay, what did Tugs say was her favorite thing about the US?

The new president, Herbert Hoover, from Iowa (p. 47)

75. According to the book, The Luck of the Buttons, who is the president?

Herbert Hoover (p. 47)

76. According to the book, The Luck of the Buttons, why were Tugs and G.O. friends?

3rd and 4th grade (p. 47)

77. According to the book, The Luck of the Buttons, what was G.O.'s dad in prison for?

Robbery (p. 49)

78. According to the book, The Luck of the Buttons, why did Aggie come to visit Tugs?

To practice for the three-legged race (p. 50)

79. According to the book, The Luck of the Buttons, how did Aggie know where Tugs lived?

She saw her once when she was riding with her mom to Mrs. Dostal's house (p. 50)

80. According to the book, The Luck of the Buttons, Aggie says what team always wins the three-legged race?

Not the fastest, but the one that doesn't fall down (p. 51)

81. According to the book, The Luck of the Buttons, what did Aggie bring to practice the three-legged race with?

The braided twine that she could in the bushes of her front yard (p. 51)

82. According to the book, The Luck of the Buttons, where did Tugs leave the jump rope she made for Aggie?

In the bushes of Aggie's front yard (p. 51)

83. According to the book, The Luck of the Buttons, who pushed Tugs and Aggie down while they were practicing for the race?

G.O. (p. 54)

84. According to the book, The Luck of the Buttons, what has Harvey Moore promised to do in exchange for room and board at the Dostal's house?

He will fix Mr. Dostal's car and teach him how to sail (p. 58)

85. According to the book, The Luck of the Buttons, what does Mrs. Dostal call their arrangement with Harvey for room and board?

Paying "in kind" since he's not REALLY paying for his room and board (p. 59)

86. According to the book, The Luck of the Buttons, what day is Granddaddy Ike's checkers morning?

Wednesday (p. 60)

87. According to the book, The Luck of the Buttons, what is Tugs role in Grandaddy's checkers mornings?

She walks him from his house, to Al and Irene's Luncheonette to make sure he didn't wander off to City Hall or the Baptist Church. Then she makes sure he doesn't gamble away anything valuable (p. 60)

88. According to the book, The Luck of the Buttons, where did Granddaddy Ike live?

In a tiny cottage next to Ned's house (p. 61)

89. According to the book, The Luck of the Buttons, what does Granddaddy Ike claim to have down in the Civil War?

He was a drummer boy (p. 61)

90. According to the book, The Luck of the Buttons, if Granddaddy Ike tried to gamble away something valuable, what did Tugs do?

Slip it from him and substitute it with something else (p. 62)

91. According to the book, The Luck of the Buttons, what did Tugs substitute for the silver spoon Granddaddy Ike was trying to gamble with?

5 pennies (p. 62)

92. According to the book, The Luck of the Buttons, what is the Independence Day parade called?

The All Join in parade (p. 62)

93. According to the book, The Luck of the Buttons, who is the mayor of Goodhue?

Mayor Corbett (p. 63)

94. According to the book, The Luck of the Buttons, why hadn't any Button won something in the penny raffle?

No Button had ever bought a raffle ticket (p. 65)

95. According to the book, The Luck of the Buttons, why didn't Buttons buy raffle tickets?

They said it's rigged, so it's a waste of a coin (p. 65)

96. According to the book, The Luck of the Buttons, what was this year's penny raffle prize?

Brownie cameras (p. 66)

97. According to the book, The Luck of the Buttons, where could one buy a penny raffle ticket?

Ward's Ben Franklin or Pepper's Portraits and Photography (p. 66)

98. According to the book, The Luck of the Buttons, what was the picture on the raffle poster?

It was a picture of a boy holding a box in front of his chest, looking down into it, with a grin, taking a picture of two girls in frilly dresses (p. 67)

99. According to the book, The Luck of the Buttons, why did Tugs have to wipe Mr. Pepper's window?

He said she smudged it (p. 71)

100. According to the book, The Luck of the Buttons, who did Harvey ask to be his photographic consultant?

Mr. Pepper (p. 73)

101. According to the book, The Luck of the Buttons, who owns the photography store in Goodhue?

Mr. Pepper (p. 73)

102. According to the book, The Luck of the Buttons, how much did Mr. Pepper pay Harvey for advertising?

6 months worth (p. 73)

103. According to the book, The Luck of the Buttons, how did Tugs get raffle tickets?

Mr. Pepper have her the ones he had left after she helped out in his store (p. 74)

104. According to the book, The Luck of the Buttons, how many raffle tickets did Tugs get?

5 (p. 74)

105. According to the book, The Luck of the Buttons, who picks the raffle winners?

The president of the art guild, Mr. Pepper (p. 75)

106. According to the book, The Luck of the Buttons, who is the president of the art guild this year?

Mr. Pepper (p. 75)

107. According to the book, The Luck of the Buttons, what would be a good day for burglars to hit Goodhue?

The 4th of July because everyone is at the Independence Day celebration at the town park (p. 77)

108. According to the book, The Luck of the Buttons, why would the 4th of July be a good day for a burglar to hi Goodhue?

Everyone is at the town park for the Independence Day celebrations (p. 77)

109. According to the book, The Luck of the Buttons, who is Lula?

The Floyd's three-legged dog (p. 77)

110. According to the book, The Luck of the Buttons, how many advertising commitments did Harvey say he needed in order to start the Goodhue newspaper?

30(p. 78)

111. According to the book, The Luck of the Buttons, how many annual subscriptions did Harvey say he needed in order to start the Goodhue newspaper?

100(p. 78)

112. According to the book, The Luck of the Buttons, what type would be used to print subscribers names in the newspaper?

Bold, 14 point, San serif. 18 point for the first 25 subscribers (p. 79)

113. According to the book, The Luck of the Buttons, what does Mr. Perkins call his wife?

Mother (p. 79)

114. According to the book, The Luck of the Buttons, who is Ned's three-legged race partner?

Ralph Stump, although it was always Tugs until this year (p. 82)

115. According to the book, The Luck of the Buttons, when did Tugs tell Ned that she was not going to be him partner in the three-legged race?

At the picnic right before the race (p. 82)

116. According to the book, The Luck of the Buttons, who organized the three-legged races?

The high school track team (p. 84)

117. According to the book, The Luck of the Buttons, which team won the three-legged race?

Aggie and Tugs (p. 86)

118. According to the book, The Luck of the Buttons, what did Aggie and Tugs get for winning the three-legged race?

Blue ribbons (p. 86)

119. According to the book, The Luck of the Buttons, who were the only men in suits at the Independence Day picnic?

The mayor, Mr. Millhouse, and Harvey Moore (p. 87)

120. According to the book, The Luck of the Buttons, who will play football at Iowa?

Lester Ward (p. 90)

121. According to the book, The Luck of the Buttons, where will Lester Ward play college football?

Iowa (p. 90)

122. According to the book, The Luck of the Buttons, who won the essay contest in the 13 and up division?

Florence Floyd (p. 92)

123. According to the book, The Luck of the Buttons, who won the essay contest in the 8 to 12 division?

Tugs (p. 93)

124. According to the book, The Luck of the Buttons, who won a camera in the raffle?

Mrs. Perkins, Orion Orther (the town butcher), and Tugs (p. 97)

125. According to the book, The Luck of the Buttons, who is the town butcher?

Orion Orther (p. 97)

126. According to the book, The Luck of the Buttons, what color camera did Tugs win?

Green (p. 99)

127. According to the book, The Luck of the Buttons, what is Tugs' favorite color?

Green (p. 99)

128. According to the book, The Luck of the Buttons, how many pictures are on each roll of film that Tugs won?

6 (p. 99)

129. According to the book, The Luck of the Buttons, what is one root of misfortune for the Buttons?

Their teeth were square, wide, and protruding (p. 100)

130. According to the book, The Luck of the Buttons, what did a Button say when sending their kids off to school?

Don't get hit by the tater truck (p. 100)

131. According to the book, The Luck of the Buttons, which Button had been hit by a tater truck?

Leonard Button (p. 100)

132. According to the book, The Luck of the Buttons, what kind of camera did Tugs win?

A Kodak No. 2 Brownie F model, green leatherette with film (p. 101)

133. According to the book, The Luck of the Buttons, who was the toughest girl in town?

Bess McCrea (p. 103)

134. According to the book, The Luck of the Buttons, what did Tugs adore about the camera she won?

The satisfying click it made (p. 104)

135. According to the book, The Luck of the Buttons, when she got home, where did Tugs put the ribbons she won?

She tied them to the drawer pulls so she could see them as soon as she woke up (p. 104)

136. According to the book, The Luck of the Buttons, why did Gladdy think the essay contest was rigged?

She said she heard Mrs. Potter tell Mrs. Winthrop that her essay was the best (p. 106)

137. According to the book, The Luck of the Buttons, why did Granny call Tugs "devil child"?

No Button had ever won anything and she won it all at the Independence Day picnic (p. 106)

138. According to the book, The Luck of the Buttons, who dropped Tugs' camera?

Granny (p. 107)

139. According to the book, The Luck of the Buttons, who stepped on Tugs' camera after Granny dropped it?

Aunt Mina (p. 107)

140. According to the book, The Luck of the Buttons, why did Granny take the camera from Tugs?

Tugs tried to take her picture (p. 107)

141. According to the book, The Luck of the Buttons, what was broken on Tugs camera after Granny dropped it and Aunt Mina stepped on it?

Silver exposure lever was stuck, the glass viewfinder was cracked, and the side was dented (p. 110)

142. According to the book, The Luck of the Buttons, what was the only time a Button made the Goodhue Gazette?

When Granddaddy Ike accidentally set the town hall on fire with a cigarette (p. 112)

143. According to the book, The Luck of the Buttons, how did Granddaddy Ike set the town hall on fire?

With a cigarette. He nodded off in the lobby next to a full trash can. (p. 112)

144. According to the book, The Luck of the Buttons, what did Tugs leave at the park after the picnic?

The camera box and manual (p. 113)

145. According to the book, The Luck of the Buttons, what did Tugs do with her essay ribbon when she showed it to Miss Lucy?

She told Miss Lucy to keep it, then took it from the display case (p. 119)

146. According to the book, The Luck of the Buttons, where did Miss Lucy put Tugs' essay ribbon?

In the display case at the library (p. 119)

147. According to the book, The Luck of the Buttons, why were the Marys not at the picnic?

Their families went to the auto races in Cedar Rapids (p. 128)

148. According to the book, The Luck of the Buttons, who took Tugs' ribbon from the display case at the library?

Tugs (p. 125)

149. According to the book, The Luck of the Buttons, why did Tugs want her hair cut in a bob?

To be like the Marys. They were cutting their hair into bobs (p. 132)

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