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A Long Walk to Water (OBOB study questions)
Battle of the Books 2012 Questions for A Long Walk to Water: Based on a True Story (Linda Sue Park)
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How old was Nya in the beginning of the book?
Tall for her eleven years
What was the official language of the Sudanese government?
What Language did Salva speak at home?
Salva spoke the language of his Dinka tribe at home
How old was Salva when war came to his village?
Eleven years old on his last birthday
Why didn't Salva attend school all year?
Because during the dry season his family moved away from their village.
How far was the school from his home?
only half an hour from his home
What did Salva's father do?
He was the village's judge
How many brothers and sisters did Salva have?
Salva had three brothers and two sisters
When did boys in Salva's village start to go to school?
at the age of about ten years
What did Salva's mother give him to keep his belly full until suppertime when he came home from school?
a bowl of fresh milk
Who was fighting the war in Sudan?
rebels from the southern part of Sudan, where he and his family lived, were fighting against the government, which was based in the north
Why were the rebels fighting against the government?
But the people in the south were of different religions and did not want to be forced to practice Islam.
During her trips to get water, when did Nya have to worry about?
Heat, time, thorns
What was the name of the village Salva was from?
The village of Loun-Ariik
Who was the village of Loud-Ariik named after?
What happened in the morning after Salva slept in the barn with the other villagers from Loun-Ariik?
They left without him
What did Nya put on her head to help her carry the container of water back home?
padded cloth doughnut
What did Salva cal the old woman who lived in the house, where he slept in the barn?
What did the old woman give Salva to eat?
two handfuls of raw peanuts.
Why couldn't Salva go with the old woman when she left?
The soldiers will leave her alone
What was the Dinka pattern that was a sign of boys becoming men?
V-shaped scars on their foreheads
What did Nya's mother give her to eat after she got water?
a bowl of boiled sorghum meal with a little milk poured over it
How old was Nya's younger sister Akeer?
5 years old
Why did Nya's mother want her to take Akeer with her to collect water?
She had to learn
How many trips did Nya make to the pond for water each day?
What did the old woman give Salva when he left with the other Dinka?
Bag of peanuts and gourd for dinking
What did Buksa, a young man from the Jur-chol tribe find?
How far was the big lake from Nya's village?
3 days walk
How long did Nya's family live at the big lake?
5 months, during the dry season
Who did Salva meet while searching the camp for his family? He stepped on his hand.
Where did Marial tell Salve they were going?
In the Dinka language, what were the Atuot people called?
"the people of the lion."
What did Nya like about the lake camp?
she did not have to make the two long trips to the pond every day
What did Nya's mother hate about the lake camp?
They had no house and had to sleep in makeshift shelters. they could not bring their things, afraid of fighting with the Dinka
Who did Salva meet in the land of the Atout people?
His Uncle. Uncle Jewiir was the younger brother of Salva's father.
Why had Salva not seen in uncle for two years?
because Uncle had been in the army
What did Salva's uncle have that made people respect him?
Uncle had a gun
What did Uncle shoot for their first meal?
What happened to Salva and the other people after eating the antelope after so many weeks of near starvation?
his stomach rebelled, he vomited
Who was the Chief of Nya's village?
Nya's uncle, the chief of their village
What were the symptoms of Akeer illness?
cramps, stomach ache, diarrhea, sometimes fever
How was Marial killed?
by a lion
What is the longest river in the world? The mother of all life in Sudan?
What did Uncle tell Salva was on the other side of the Nile?
What did they use to make canoes to cross the Nile?
Papyrus grass (Reeds)
How long did it take to make enough canoes for everyone to cross the Nile?
How did Akeer get sick?
"Her sickness came from the water"
How long did they have to boil the water before Akeer could drink it?
Count to 200
When they were on the island in the middle of the river, what types of food did the villages have?
a lot of fish, hippo, and crocodile meat. They grew: cassava, sugar cane, and yams
Then the sun touched the horizon, why did the fishermen abruptly go to their tents?
Which mosquito bites did Salva think were the worst?
in the exact middle of his back, where he couldn't reach to scratch
What was the worse difficult part of the refugee's journey?
What was the only thing green that could survive in the desert?
evergreen acacia bushes, which somehow endured the long winter months with almost no water.
How long would it take them to cross the Akobo desert?
What made Salva cry when he was in the desert?
he stubbed his bare toe on a rock, and his whole toenail came off.
What was Salva's full name?
"Salva Mawien Dut Ariik!"
Where did the men in the jeep say they would find water?
halfway between the two largest trees
Where did Uncle say he was going after he took Salva to the Refugee camp?
Back to fight in the war
How did Uncle die?
The men from the Nuer tribe robbed the group and shot the uncle with his own gun
Who were most of the people at the refugee camp at Itang?
boys and young men
What color head scarf did Salva's mother wear?
What did the villages think the tall drill looked like?
How long was Salva at the Itang Refugee camp?
What is the name of the river between Ethopia and Sudan?
What color overals did the drilling crew wear?
How many people died trying to cross the Gilo river to get out of Ethiopia?
at least a thousand people
Where did Salva decide to go after he left Ethiopia?
Salva had become the leader of how many boys trying to get to Kenya?
a group of about fifteen hundred boys
What jobs did Salva give the boys?
Scavenge for food, collect fire wood, stand guard
How many boys arrived in Kenya?
More than twelve hundred boys
How long did it take them to get from Ethiopia to Kenya?
It took them a year and a half
Why did Nya frown when water started coming out of the hole?
The water wasn't clear
Who was the aid worker from Ireland that taught Salva English?
Salva learned two things from Michael:
how to read and how to play volleyball.
How many letters are in the Arabic alphabet?
What were the Sudan refugees being called in America?
The Lost Boys
How many other boys were traveling to America with Salva?
What new clothes did Salva get?
Underwear, socks, sneakers, a pair on long pants, a T-shirt, a long-sleeved shirt to wear on top of it. And he was to wear all these clothes at the same time!
What did Salva have to drink on the plane?
How many planes did it take to get to Salva's new home?
three planes. (The first plane flew from Nairobi to Frankfurt. He took a second plane from Frankfurt to New York City, and the third to Rochester, NY)
Who was to be Salva's new family?
Chris, the father; Louise, the mother; and four children.
What did the new family give to Salva when he got off the plane?
More clothes (jacket, hat, scarf, gloves)
What were they going to build in Nya's village next to the water pump?
What was Salva studying in college?
Who did Salva get an E-Mail from telling him about his father?
How long had it been since Salva had seen his father?
almost nineteen years
What was the Dinka way of blessing someone who was lost and is found again?
sprinkling water on his son's head
Which of Salva's brothers survived?
Why was Salva's father sick?
Years of drinking contaminated water
When did the idea come to Salva that he could help the people of Sudan?
On the plane ride back to the United States
How did Salva raise money for the project?
He would have to talk to people and ask them to give money.
What was the name of the School in America that helped raise money for the well to be dug?
Elm Street School
What did Nya say to Salva when they met?
"Thank you for bringing the water."
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