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G8Bi Women in Aviation (Comprehension)

Quiz by Janette Salinas

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  • Q1
    Think about the word "marred" which means "dirtied or sullied, ruined something beautiful". How does it help you understand the author's purpose?
    It shows the author wants to raise awareness and inform about the sexism and racism female pilots faced.

    It shows the author wants to persuade you that women have dirtied the history of aviation. 

    It shows that the history of aviation is long and complicated.

    It shows that the author thinks the history of women in aviation is entertaining. 

  • Q2
    What evidence in these lines supports a conclusion that the earliest female aviators were brave and accomplished?

    "women were generally inferior to men" 

    "a number of women…gained fame for their skill and daring"

    "the story of women in aviation goes back to the time of the hot air balloons"

    "flying…required a level of skill that women and blacks lacked" 

  • Q3
    What details in lines 25-33 both entertain and inform?

    "fired back answers"

    "Flying is easier than voting."

     "On August 1, 1991"

    "a real beauty" 

  • Q4
    In lines 74–77, which words suggest a more conversational, informal tone as if the authors were talking about someone they knew?

    "other blacks had gone to Europe" 

    "she didn't have any money to get there"

    "she couldn't speak a word of french"

     "she, too, would have to go to France"

  • Q5
    In lines 97–99, what does the use of "daredevil maneuvers" and "thrilled audiences" reveal about the authors’ purpose?

    The authors want the readers to respect the efforts of both women. 

    The authors want to intimidate the readers.

    The authors want to show how fearless the women were.

    The authors want to scare the audience. 

  • Q6
    In lines 137–145, why do the authors choose to include a quote from Amelia Earhart at the end of the selection?

    Her quote is included because she's an expert in aviation.

     Her quote is included to make the story more credible.

    Her quote emphasizes the point that all women aviators had to overcome obstacles.

     Her quote is included because she knew Bessie Coleman and Harriet Quimby personally.

  • Q7
    What distinction did Harriet Quimby have?

    She was the first American woman to make a solo balloon flight. 

    She was the first American woman to become a licensed pilot.  

    She said, "Flying is easier than voting."

    She was the first woman in the world to earn a pilot's license.

  • Q8
    Why is Bessie Coleman an important figure?

    She gave flying exhibitions and lectured on aviation.

    She was the first African-American woman to earn a pilot's license.

    She was determined to start a flying school for African Americans.

    Her flight instructor said she was a “natural talent.” 

  • Q9
    What obstacles did Bessie Coleman NOT face?


    not enough flying schools



  • Q10
    How did Bessie Coleman “refuse to accept the limitations others tried to place on her”?

    Bessie didn't let anybody else fly with her. 

    Bessie refused to be prejudiced against people.

    Bessie just quit and never tried at all. 

    Bessie didn't let obstacles stand in her way of her dreams.
  • Q11
    Why did Bessie Coleman go to France to learn to fly?

    She knew how to speak French. 

    The best instructors were there.

    Racial prejudice was less restrictive.

    The cost of flight school was less. 

  • Q12
    According to the authors, why did the United States lag behind Europe in developing a strong aviation program?

    African-Americans went to Europe to be trained as pilots so the US lost valuable pilots. 

    European leaders understood the commercial and military advantages.

    There was less racial prejudice in Europe so everybody could become a pilot.

    The United States was the birthplace of flight so they didn't need to develop a program. 

  • Q13
    What factor contributed to the deaths of both Harriet Quimby and Bessie Coleman?

    Lack of strength and presence of mind.

    Attempting to break a record. 

    Lack of safety precautions.

    Giving flying exhibitions. 

  • Q14
    Which statement best reveals the authors’ perspective on their topic?

    "The story of women in aviation actually goes back to the time of the hot-air balloons." 

    American aviation was from its very beginnings marred with sexist and racist assumptions.

    Though she did not fly, Katherine Wright was a major supporter of her brothers' efforts. 

    "The strict rules and regulations that govern aviation today didn't exist during the first three decades of flying."

  • Q15
    How did the deaths of Harriet Quimby and Bessie Coleman affect public opinion about female pilots?
    the public felt that women weren't strong or smart enough to fly planes

    the public were interested in learning more about flying 

    the public felt women had the best ability to fly

    the public sympathized with both of the women


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