Vocabulary
Comprehension
Inferences & Main Idea
Author's Purpose
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What does impoverished mean as it is used in the following sentence?

The impoverished girl knew she did not have enough money to buy dinner. 

poor

100

Why was this Sunday where an enormous dust storm swept across the Great Plains called "Black Sunday"? 

The dust storm clouded the land, causing it to seem like night. 
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What is the main idea of paragraph 3? 

What the dust storm was like

100

Why does the author include paragraph 6? 

To explain how the storm affected animals

200

What does demoralized mean as it is used in the following sentence?

The team was demoralized because they lost all their games. 

Not feeling confident, feeling bad about who they are

200
According to the passage, what were "Okies"? 

People from Oklahoma.

200

What is paragraph 5 mainly about? 

What the storm was like from somebody who experienced it. 

200

Why does the author include quotes from people who experienced the storms? 

So the reader can understand what it was like from people who lived through it

300

What does ravaged mean as it is used in the following sentence? 

The forest was ravaged by fire. 

Overtaken or attacked with violence

300

What is a cause of the dust storms? 

The following were the biggest causes: Drought and poor farming techniques

300

How did the term "dust bowl" start?

A news reporter called it the dust bowl, and others picked up on it. 

300

Why did the author include the lyrics from a folk song? 

To show the impact of Black Sunday on people. 

400

What does the word widespread mean as it is used in the following sentence?

Covid-19 has been a widespread illness. 

Spread out or widely extended

400

According to the article, what were some of the effects of the dust storms? 

People moved or got sick, fields were leveled, cars crashed, or animals were hurt.  

400

What can you infer about the people who left the great plains for California? 

Various responses will work: 

They were looking for a better life. 

They had a tough life. 

400

Why did the author include the details in paragraph 3? 

To describe the dust storm

500

What does plight mean as it is used in the following sentence? 

I'm sorry for your father's plight of being sick for so long. 

An unfortunate or difficult situation

500

What was America already dealing with when Black Sunday happened? 

The Great Depression and drought

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What can you infer from the first paragraph. 

The people did not know a dust storm would happen. They thought it was an ordinary day. 

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Why did the author use the words "demoralized" and "impoverished" to describe the Okies? 

To show that they had been negatively affected by the dust storms

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