Circus Mirandus by Cassie Beasley
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Who did Ephraim Tuttle write a letter to?
The Lightbender, Care of: Circus Mirandus p. 2
What 4 words did Mr. Tuttle add to the bottom of his letter to the Lightbender?
I need you now. p. 2
Why was Ephraim Tuttle writing a letter to the Lightbender?
the Lightbender had promised him a miracle when he was a boy p. 2
While Micah Tuttle said most old ladies were chocolate cake and warm sweaters on the inside, what did he say Aunt Gertrudis was?
cough syrup p. 4
Why would Aunt Gertrudis not let Micah have sugar in his tea?
because bad teeth ran in the family p. 4
Who was Ephraim Tuttle?
Micah's grandpa p. 4
What was Micah's favorite part of the kettle heating water for tea?
when the bird on top started to whistle - the bird singing
Among all the notes now covering the refrigerator, what did Micah say was the only evidence of his existence?
a sticky note that said "Inca Project 4 School" p. 6
Who is Micah in a group with for the social studies project?
Jenny Mendoza the smartest girl in 5th grade p. 11
What Indian artifact model did Micah plan to make to bring to school for the social studies project?
a quipu which looks like a bunch of strings tied into fancy knots p. 11
What messenger came in thru the window to get Grandpa's letter for the Lightbender a few hours after he finished writing it?
the parrot messenger p. 18
When the parrot came for Grandpa Ephraim's first letter, where did he find out Circus Mirandus right then?
La Paz in Bolivia p. 19
Who was Chintzy?
the parrot messenger p. 23
After Chintzy delivered the first message from Ephraim Tuttle to the Lightbender, what did the Lightbender tell Chintzy to do?
to go back to Ephraim and find out exactly what he needed p. 27
While Ephraim was young and his father was at war what important thing was his mom known for doing?
bellowing encouraging things to young men who were leaving on the ships, going off to war p. 29
Where would Ephraim go with his pencil and paper instead of going to school?
the beach p. 30
What was Ephraim Tuttle's father's name?
Obadiah Tuttle p. 33
In the one letter Ephraim and his mom got from his father, what important thing did he say he had done?
he had tied a knot that kept a boy from dying p. 32
Right before Ephraim first heard the magical music and he had tried to walk across the ocean, what had happened?
his feet sank into the water, soaking him and a fish got stuck in his left boot p. 34
At what school did Micah attend 5th grade?
Peal Elementary School p. 40
What made Micah realize he had forgotten to bring the Incan artifact to school, that his quipu string was in Grandpa's room?
Florence came to the bus stop holding an enormous model of an Egyptian pyramid p. 40
When Micah realized he had forgotten his part of the Incan project at home, what was the first thing he did when he got to school?
checked the arts and crafts closet searching for anything he could use to do the project p. 42
What is a quipu?
a long string of knots that was an ancient method of record keeping p. 42
What did Grandpa Ephraim say Tuttles went together like?
toast and cheese p. 43
When Micah found the ball of yarn in the arts and craft closet, what did he decide to try to do for the project?
tie 24 knots, one to represent each student in the class
While Mrs. Stark wrote math problems on the board and hiding his hands in his desk Micah tied 12 knots for classmates, what did he realized he had done?
tied his grandfather a dozen times p. 44
What did Micah do when he overheard Aunt Gertrudis telling her friend that she was relieved Grandpa Ephraim was near the end?
he went and yanked the phone out of the wall, told her he didn't love her and she was mean p. 56
After Micah's fight with Aunt Gertrudis ended with him telling her he hated her and she told him to get out, where did he go?
he got clothes and shoes and went to the treehouse p. 58
What had impressed Micah about Jenny Mendoza when she showed up at the tree house the night his aunt kicked him out of the house?
she showed up with a decent plan, a small library and supper p. 61
When Jenny showed up the treehouse, where had she told her parents she was?
that Florence Greeber had invited her to spend the night
What things did Jenny bring in her wagon to Micah's treehouse?
a book on traveling circuses, printed things from the computer, peanut butter crackers and tuna sandwiches
When Grandpa Ephraim first approached Circus Mirandus what animal did he think he saw stalking around the circus?
a white tiger p. 66
What did Ephraim offer the ticket person in exchange for a ticket?
to brush the horses p. 67
What did Ephraim see the little boy in the ticket line give the ticket taker and was told it was a 2 hour ticket?
a spool of yellow thread p. 68
What did Ephraim give the ticket taker and found it was a week long pass?
the silvery fish from his boot p. 68
What was special about the elephant Ephraim fed hay to at Circus Mirandus?
it could do long division p. 69
What did the dark blue fruit juice to Ephraim after he drank it?
made him sing opera for half an hour p. 69
Why did Geoffrey say adults were not invited to Circus Mirandus?
because they spoil the mood p. 70
What was Ephraim's favorite show at Circus Mirandus before visiting the Lightbender's tent?
the Amazing Amazonian Bird Woman p. 71
What happened when the Bird Woman climbed to the top of the platform and whistled?
a hundred birds in every rainbow color swirled out of the tent skylight p. 71
On his very first day to the circus why had Ephraim not been able to go into the mysterious black tent that intrigued him?
it had a board across the entrance that said NO ADMITTANCE p 73
While standing in line waiting to be let into the black tent for the first time, what did Ephraim notice about the rope entrance?
it was simply vanishing p. 74
When the window to Grandpa Ephraim's room was locked, how did Chintzy get into the house?
the chimney p. 80
When Chintzy ended up in the treehouse with Micah and Jenny, what awful smell did Jenny compare the parrot to?
sewage p. 87
What were Jenny and Chintzy arguing about in the treehouse?
peanut butter crackers p. 88
What did Chintzy tell Micah he would lose if he ever told about her mishap in the sleeping bag?
a thumb, and an earlobe p. 92
What was Jenny's explanation for Chintzy being so smart and talking so much?
she had been genetically modified p. 93
What did Aunt Gertrudis blame Micah for the night he spent in the treehouse?
Grandpa Ephraim's room being covered in feathers p. 95
After spending the night in the treehouse, how did Micah know what time it was the next morning?
he saw Florence at the bus stop and said she always shows up 5 minutes before the bus came p. 96
What happened right after Micah felt the breeze at his ear and hair in the classroom?
his quipu knots rearranged into a new message for him only: MIDNIGHT. FOLLOW THE WIND. p. 103
When Ephraim was in the lightbender's tent the first time watching the sun turn to fruits, what did the voice murmur in his ear?
"Have you ever tasted the flesh of the mango fruit?" p. 105
What happened to the mango slices Ephraim dropped while eating in the tent?
they evaporated before they hit the ground p. 107
After the mango experience, where did the Lightbender take his audience?
to Antarctica to see penguins p. 108
After Ephraim had watched chariot races with a crowd of ancient Romans, what did he find himself watching at night?
a meteor shower over a desert p. 109
After thinking the magic of the Lightbender was almost perfect, what two words did Ephraim say before the Lightbender asked if he was sure, that it would not be real?
"my father" p. 111
When the jungle dissolved, finding Micah in his living room with his mother, what did she tell him?
the war is over and your father is coming home p. 113
On all the days Ephraim went to Circus Mirandus and visited the Lightbender, what never changed?
in the end his father always came home p. 115
On Ephraim's last day at Circus Mirandus, when he wanted to tell the Lightbender 'thank you and he had changed him,' what did he end up asking him instead?
if he would like to see a magic trick p. 117
What special trick did Ephraim Tuttle show the Lightbender?
he took his bootlace, tied it into a complex knot and when the Lightbender couldn't untie it, Ephraim undid it by touching one strand with one finger p. 118
After Ephraim told the Lightbender the knot he showed him was the best of all, what did the Lightbender say about the knot?
he had never seen a better knot p. 119
What did the Lightbender say when Ephraim asked if he could save his miracle for later?
"It's a miracle. It doesn't expire." p. 121
When Micah removed the picture of his grandpa with a young woman from the frame, what did it say on the back?
Ephraim & Victoria Tuttle i the garden, photographed by Gertie p. 127
When Grandpa Ephraim motioned toward his bedside table to give Micah something for luck to take to Circus Mirandus, what item did Micah's fingers hover over?
the long, dirty bootlace Grandpa had used at Circus Mirandus as a child p. 129
The night Micah was to go to Circus Mirandus, what did he find on the floor that day as he was leaving Grandpa's room?
a bright red feather (from Chintzy) p. 131
What was Chintzy's important news that she couldn't wait to tell the Lightbender when Circus Mirandus came to Peal?
about the picture on Grandpa Ephraim's wall of Ephraim and Victoria together, him in a suit and Victoria in a dress
What did Chintzy tell the Lightbender that made him laugh so hard?
that Ephraim and Victoria might have hatched eggs with each other and Micah might be Victoria's grandchick p. 135
How old was Victoria Starling when her father's 'third insanity' came upon him?
13 p. 137
What was the first insanity Mr. Starling had an obsession with that ended just after Victoria's birth?
making women's flowery hats? p. 137
How had Victoria Starling's parents died?
the plane they were riding in crashed, on their way to be missionaries as a result of her father's third 'insanity' p. 140
Following the plane crash and her quest to be rich, famous and powerful, what did Victoria do?
pointed her face toward the south and started to fly p. 141
At age 14 when Victoria flew up to the manager's tent of Circus Mirandus to ask for a job, what did she introduce herself as?
the Amazing Amazonian Bird Woman p. 142
Why did the Circus Mirandus manager and other performers feel unease after watching Victoria audition even though she was graceful and sang like an angel?
her personality left something to be desired and she was convinced of her importance p. 143
When Micah and Jenny set out for Circus Mirandus, where did they think they would find it?
the new rec department complex p. 147
Why did Micah realize Jenny couldn't see Circus Mirandus?
because she wasn't looking for it and didn't believe in it
Geoffrey, the ticket taker at Circus Mirandus, asked Jenny and Micah for their ticket, what did Jenny say to him?
didn't he sell the tickets, and wasn't that his job p. 153
When Micah handed Geoffrey the quipu as a ticket, what did Geoffrey tell him?
it was an invitation, not a ticket and was good indefinitely
What flavors were the jelly cube candies the lady sent spinning in the air to Micah and Jenny?
hers like rose petals and his was like mango p. 157
While Micah was on a mission to find the Lighbender's tent, what flitted in a swarm past his nose?
a group of fairies that could turn into butterflies, their wings humming p. 158
When Micah and Jenny reached the tent of the Man Who Bends Light, what did the sign say?
the next show would be 2:00 am p. 159
When Micah asked about the Bird Woman's tent, what did the Strongman tell him about her?
that Victoria, the Bird Woman had left p. 160
What did the Strongman say to Micah when they shook hands?
Geoffrey should have told him to stop by the menagerie, the manager wanted to have a look at him p. 161
How did Micah describe Mr. Head's menagerie?
there were very friendly animals free from cages and were all magical in some way p. 164
What did the plaque on the side of the giant aquarium with the single silver fish located in the center of the menagerie say?
Fish: a rare specimen courtesy of Ephraim Tuttle p. 165W
What did the Strongman wearing the bandana bring into the menagerie that the girls went crazy over?
an aqua colored baby unicorn p. 165
When Micah went to tell Big Jean hello for Grandpa Ephraim, what was she wearing on her harness?
a giant silver medallion reading the World's Most Intelligent Elephant p. 166
When Micah figured out he was supposed to teach Big Jean something she didn't know, what did Micah teach her?
to tie knots p. 168
The first time Micah saw Mirandus Head, what did he notice on one arm?
a large tattoo of a compass rose p. 169
When Jenny was airing complaints and criticisms about the circus to Mr. Head, what finally cut her off?
the growl Bibi the white tiger who was also the circus guardian p. 170,171
What did Jenny bring as a peace offering for Chintzy in case they saw her again?
peanut butter crackers p. 174
When Jenny Micah made it to the Lighjtbender's tent for the second time, what did Chintzy inform Micah of?
the Lightbender wanted to talk to him before the show
What was unique about the orange soda the Lightbender handed to Micah?
it was icy cold even though there was no refrigerator p. 177
After 10 years at Circus Mirandus, what was Victoria Starling's conclusion about children?
that children were abominably foolish creatures p. 183
When Victoria Starling made up her mid to leave the circus, who did she tr to persuade to go with her?
The Man who Bends Light p. 189
When Victoria agreed to do one last show, what did she tell the Man who Bends Light?
she told him not to come, she didn't want him there p. 190
When Victoria asked for a volunteer from the audience, what happened when she cooed to Eidel the swan?
it dove down and hit the floor and died p. 192
At Victoria's last show and the incident with the dying birds, as she fled the tent, what did Mr. Head say to Bibi?
to see that she left the circus, for good p. 195
Why did the Lightbender tell Micah he could not help Grandpa Ephraim in the way he wanted him to?
he could not trick death p. 200
Who did the Lightbender direct Micah to, to get something to make Ephraim feel more like himself for a little while?
Rosebud in the wagon behind Mr. Head's tent p. 201
As Micah was leaving the Lightbender's tent what did he think he heard him groan?
"Dear, dear Ephraim, could you not have asked for a smaller miracle?" p. 201
What did the sign leading up to Rosebud's wagon say?
Rosebud's Potions and Poultices p. 205
What was the description of Rosebud's head?
she was bald and her skull was painted with bright pink flowers p. 205
When Aunt Gertrudis approached Micah after he returned from Circus Mirandus, where did he tell her he had been?
out riding his bike for exercise p. 209
On Micah's first night home after Circus Mirandus, what did Micah see in Grandpa's room after hearing the shout come from his room?
Grandpa Ephraim was standin in front of the mirror, in his best suit and tie p. 216
When Grandpa Ephraim felt better after taking Rosebud's potion, where did Grandpa and Micah go?
to the movies and to play putt-putt golf p. 217,219
On the night of Grandpa's miracle, what did Grandpa Ephraim and Micah decide to do with the last few hours of the hight?
spend it the tree house they had built together p. 221
In the treehouse with Grandpa, how did Micah figure out how to let Grandpa meet Jenny?
he tied knots representing special things about her into the bootlace p. 223
While on the way to Circus Mirandus the second time when Ephraim was going to try to learn magic there, who did he find himself face to face with?
the Amazing Amazonian Bird Woman (Victoria Starling)
After Victoria had misled Ephraim and they were married, what kind of job did he find?
a shoe salesman p. 231
When Grandpa Ephraim woke up a few months after Victoria left to find a screaming infant on the front stoop, how did he know it was is son (Micah's father)?
she had tucked a white feather in with him p. 235
What had happened to cause Grandpa Ephraim to tell Victoria she must leave?
Gertie had jumped from the rooftop and Victoria had not even tried to catch her p. 233
While Grandpa was dying and Chintzy hurried in to give him the answer, what one word did she say?
"no" p. 239
After Chintzy had given Grandpa the answer of 'no' what did Grandpa tell Micah to do?
to go to Circus Mirandus and bring back the Lightbender
When Micah had been refused entry into the circus by Geoffrey, how did he get in?
he stole the big gorilla balloon, harnessed himself to it, floated into the circus and dropped down into the Lightbender's tent p. 246-251
After Micah's dangerous fall into the Lightbender's tent, how did he get home?
the Lightbender took him on Big Jean the elephant
What miracle did the Lightbender say he thought Ephraim would have asked for?
to bring his father home safely from the war p.257
After Grandpa Ephraim died, on the way back to Circus Mirandus atop Big Jean, what favor did the Lightbender ask of Micah?
to borrow the bootlace p. 267
When Micah and the Lightbender arrived back at Circus Mirandus, what did the Lightbender see that concerned him?
the Lightbender said he had been away too long; people, including grown-ups were everywhere, policemen talking about permits, a television crew was there, p. 268
Upon arriving back at Circus Mirandus what had Big Jean and the Lightbender turned into?
a firetruck and fireman p. 270,271
What was special to Micah about his Grandpa's passing?
he had died holding Micah's and the Lightbender's p. 274
After Grandpa Ephraim's funeral, where was Aunt Gertrudis taking Micah?
to Arizona p. 274
What happened as Micah was about to leave the cemetery?
Chintzy swooped down to Grandpa Ephraim's tombstone and placed the bootlace on it p. 276
What was the postscript that the Lightbender cut from the message Chintzy delivered to Micah from the Lightbender after Grandpa's funeral?
Don't look down. p. 277
What did Micah give to Jenny for a going away present?
a knot like himself so they would not really be apart p. 280
When Micah had left with Aunt Gertrudis, who did Micah see waving at him from the minivan?
a little girl wearing a hat with bunny ears p. 283
When Micah was drifting off to sleep while he and Aunt Gertrudis got stuck in a traffic jam on the way to Arizona, what did he hear?
pipes and drums, THE music P. 284
When Micah went walking away from the car and reached the chasm torn across the interstate, what did the guy say to him?
it had to have been an earthquake p. 285
When Micah reached the almost empty stretch of interstate, who was there to greet him, saying 'hello, Micah, how do you like my miracle'?
the Lightbender with Big Jean p. 287
While Micah was on top of Big Jean riding HOME to Circus Mirandus with the Lightbender, what did Chintzy drop in his lap?
a letter from Jenny p. 290
What was the big miracle Grandpa Ephraim had asked for Micah instead of one for himself?
for the Lightbender to take him to Circus Mirandus and teach him magic p. 288
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