One Came Home
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Based on the video in the annotation, what is the genre (category of literature) of this book?
The story you are about to read is told from the perspective of 13-year-old Georgie Burkhardt. Watch the book trailer for a quick introduction to the journey you are about to embark on with Georgie. (This annotation contains a video)
Point of view is the angle of considering things, which shows us the opinion, or feelings of the individuals involved in a situation. In literature, point of view is the mode of narration that an author employs to let the readers “hear” and “see” what takes place in a story. Watch the video to learn more about point of view and then answer the question below. (This annotation contains a video)
From which point of view is this story written?
Did you know that you can look up any word in the text of the book or the text of the questions and answers? Just click (or press on mobile devices) the word you want to define and hold until the blue text selector pops up. When you release, a DEFINE option will appear. Since it's so easy to look up words, make sure you use this feature frequently. Click on the word 'rectification' and give it a try.
Why do you think Georgie's Ma doesn't tell Grandfather Bolte to stop the horses? Do you think he would have even if she wanted him to?
Use the Define feature to read the definition of mourners. Based on the definition, what kind of facial expression would a mourner have?
How does Georgie feel about the preacher reading Psalm 19 at Agatha's funeral?
A trough is a long, narrow open container for animals to eat or drink out of. (This annotation contains an image)
Flashbacks are interruptions writers use to insert past events in order to provide background or context to the current events of a story. By using flashbacks, writers allow their readers to gain insight into a character’s motivation and provide a background to a current conflict. Dream sequences and memories are methods used to present flashbacks. Watch the video for more information about flashback. (This annotation contains a video)
How does Georgie know that something "unusual" is happening?
What does this detail reveal about Georgie's feelings for her sister Agatha?
What effect does the memory of refusing to join Agatha have on Georgie?
Use the Define feature to read the definition of submersion. Which word is an antonym (word with opposite meaning) for submersion?
Why does Georgie NOT want Agatha to go to the university? How will Georgie's life change if Agatha is not at home?
How does Georgie know that Agatha has forgiven her? Use evidence from the text to support your answer.
As Agatha tells Georgie the story of the wise old man, visualize the events and try to determine if there is a moral to the story.
Why does Agatha want Georgie to know she loves her?
Dialogue is conversation between characters in a story. Watch the video to learn more about dialogue and why it is used in writing. (This annotation contains a video)
Why does Georgie's family NOT think much of Agatha's disappearance during the first days?
Parallelism (or parallel structure) is the use of components in a sentence that are grammatically the same or similar in their construction, sound, meaning or meter. Learn more about parallelism by watching the video. Then, look at the highlighted sentence and identify its parallel structure. (This annotation contains a video)
'Shinnied' means to climb in an awkward manner.
Which literary device is used in this sentence?
Why would it be better to "clamp" onto a horse's back instead of "perch?" Why does this make sense to Georgie?
What is Georgie's reason for taking a photograph of Agatha with her on the trip?
The conversation between Billy and Georgie is an example of ________________.
Georgie has a habit of saying things before she realizes what she says.
Visit the website to see how the Bechtler gold coin came into existence. (This annotation contains a link)
Why are the Bechtler gold coins special to Georgie? Cite textual evidence to support your answer.
Use the DEFINE feature to read the definition of squirreled. Which definition most closely relates to the context of the sentence?
Do you think Grandfather Bolte and Ma will notice Georgie's behavior and suspect she is up to something?
Has someone ever made you feel good by giving you a compliment?
Can you recall what "amenities" Georgie paid Billy for?
"Over a barrel" is an idiom that means 'to put someone in a very difficult situation in which they have no choice about what to do.' Why does Georgie feel that Billy has her "over a barrel?"
Why does Billy give Georgie her Bechtler coins back?
What does this detail suggest about Billy?
Have you ever ridden a mule? How does riding a mule differ from riding a horse?
A "lean-to" is a shack or shed supported at one side by trees or posts and having an inclined roof. (This annotation contains an image)
What word in the highlighted text helps you "hear" the bits and bridles hit the earth?
What causes Georgie to feel a "howling ache" when her back touches Billy's?
Why do you suppose pigeons remind Georgie of a particular day in February? Do you think she will tell us why?
When Agatha and Georgie get ready to go outside, each one grabs an item. Agatha gets her sketchbook and pencil. Georgie gets her rifle. Based on the item they take, what can you infer about Agatha and Georgie?
ru·mi·nate (ro͞oməˌnāt): Ruminate is a verb that means 'to think deeply about something.'
What does Georgie fear Billy McCabe will do? Why does she not want Agatha to marry Billy?
Why is Georgie upset that Agatha wants to spend time with Billy McCabe?
"Bang!" is an example of onomatopoeia. Onomatopoeia is a word which imitates the natural sound of a thing. It creates a sound effect that mimics the thing being described, making the description more expressive and interesting. The image below contains more examples of onomatopoeia. (This annotation contains an image)
What can you infer is the reason the other pigeons are gone?
Georgie assumes that Agatha shares her dream of someday running the family store together. However, Agatha feels pulled in several different directions. Do you think Georgie's dream of sharing this business with her sister will ever be realized?
"Chattered" is an example of __________.
Use the DEFINE feature to read the definition of paltry. Which of the following is a synonym (word with similar meaning) for paltry?
"Putrescence" is the condition of being putrid.
Imagery is the use of figurative language to create visual representations of actions, objects, and ideas in our mind in such a way that they appeal to our physical senses. Watch the video to learn more about imagery. (This annotation contains a video)
How are pigeon feathers utilized?
What is meant by "there was enough bite in the air to make your nose run?"
Georgie is still hoping and assuming that she and Agatha will run the family store together. How do you think Georgie will feel if that never happens?
What effect does the pigeon nesting have on the town of Placid, Wisconsin?
The people are all trying to get their share of the passenger pigeons. (This annotation contains an image)
How do Georgie's feelings about Mr. Olmstead dating Agatha differ from her mother's feelings?
Lending Agatha books is compared to dangling a worm in front of a fish. This comparison is made using a simile. Similes compare two distinct objects and draw similarity between them using "like" or "as." Watch the video to learn more about similes. (This annotation contains a video)
What does Georgie mean by "no boy should be able to cook like that. It isn't natural?"
Georgie wants Billy to believe that he can continue on the trip with her because she needs a good hand. What is her real reason for keeping Billy on the trip?
Based on the context of the sentence, what do you think "marooned" means? Can you think of any synonyms for "marooned"?
Mules are stubborn animals. They move ___________________.
Do you think Georgie's attempts to calm the mule will work? Why or why not?
Use context clues to help you answer this question: What is likely the meaning of "jimjams?"
Have you ever been so scared that you just froze? If so, you can imagine how Georgie feels when she sees the cougar.
How does the author's description of the cougar make you feel? Are you more afraid for Georgie now that you know what the cougar looks like?
How might The Prairie Traveler book help Georgie at this point in the story?
What effect does The Prairie Traveler book have on the cougar?
Why is Billy unable to shoot the cougar?
How does Georgie feel after her encounter with the cougar?
Which literary device is used in the highlighted sentence?
Do you think Georgie will take Long Ears into the river? Why or why not?
Did you predict that Georgie would take Long Ears to the river to clean up? What do her actions reveal about her feelings for Long Ears?
What does Georgie like MOST about Billy?
What does Billy's apology to Georgie reveal about his character?
Do you think Billy is hiding something from Georgie?
This detail about Agatha suggests that she __________________.
What is Mr. Olmstead's reaction to Georgie telling him that Agatha kissed Billy McCabe?
Use the DEFINE feature to read the definition of relations. Which of the following definitions most closely relates to the context of the sentence?
Why does Billy say he started seeing Polly?
Do you think Billy loves Polly as much as he loved Agatha?
Do you think Georgie is glad Billy came along with her?
Georgie's dream is an example of _______.
What does Georgie mean by "all similarity to our store stopped with the cowbell?"
Can you identify the literary device used in this sentence? How does the device help you hear the cowbell?
Why do you think Pin Eyes wants to know about the relationship between Georgie and Agatha?
What effect do the words "my sister" have on Georgie?
Using context clues, what do you think trampousing means?
How productive is Georgie's walk around town trying to get information about Agatha?
Why do you think the store owner gives Georgie this information?
The store owner suggests that Agatha may have been with ________________ people.
Are you wondering who is telling the truth now? Is it the man behind the desk at Western Union or Billy?
How do you know that Georgie and Billy came on this trip for different reasons?
Do you think this will change the way Georgie feels about Billy?
What is Billy's motivation for coming with Georgie on this trip?
Why does Georgie keep bringing up the fact that Billy "whistled" after he kissed Agatha?
Who does Georgie seem to blame for Agatha's disappearance?
How does Georgie know that Billy has located the spot where Agatha's body was found?
Use the DEFINE feature to read the definition of fissure? Which definition most closely relates to the context of the sentence?
Why is Georgie looking under the rocks?
What does Georgie hope to find in the things she collected?
The comparison between Georgie's weak legs and hollow flutes is made using a simile. Similes compare two objects using "like" or "as."
What does this detail reveal about Billy?
Why are Georgie and Billy going home to Placid, Wisconsin?
Can you relate to Georgie? Have you ever wanted something so bad but couldn't have it?
Why does Georgie go back to the general store? What is her purpose?
How does Georgie's knowledge of working at a store cause her to further question the Dog Hollow store clerk? Cite textual evidence to support your answer.
Why does Billy NOT want to follow up on this lead?
Who do you suppose Billy sends a telegraph to?
Why do you think Georgie has a splitting headache?
Why does Georgie find it difficult to believe a wagon can travel on Old Line Road?
"Tidiest" and "prettiest" are superlative adjectives. Superlative adjectives compare three or more objects, people, or places. Using the superlative form takes a comparison to the highest degree possible. The superlative form of an adjective is formed by adding -est to one syllable words. For multisyllabic words, add 'most' before the word. Watch the video to learn more about superlative adjectives. (This annotation contains a video)
How does Georgie feel about people who use the phrase "carroty hair?"
How do you think Georgie feels when she hears that Mrs. Garrow's daughter is also missing?
What assumption does Mrs. Garrow make about why Georgie's face is bruised?
What does Mr. Garrow mean by "that's quite a mouse on your eye?"
How does Mrs. Garrow feel toward Billy? What evidence from the text supports your inference?
Why do you think Georgie wants the blue-green ribbon from the girl's hair?
Why do Billy and Georgie decide to take a different route back to Dog Hollow?
"Pack" is a collective noun. Collective nouns refer to a group of things or animals. Can you find "pack" on the poster below? (This annotation contains an image)
Why does Georgie feel Mr. Garrow knows more about Agatha than he revealed?
What does this detail reveal about Billy's feelings for Agatha?
How does Georgie know how to console someone?
A hyperbole is a deliberate exaggeration of actions and ideas for the sake of emphasis. Georgie does not have an actual marching band inside her head. The hyperbole exaggerates the fact that her head is pounding. Read the hyperbole examples on the poster below. (This annotation contains an image)
How have Georgie's feelings about Billy changed as a result of being on this trip with him?
What do you think is written on the paper Georgie found?
What is the setting in this section of text?
Which literary device is used in this paragraph?
Do you think Georgie is claustrophobic? Do small, cramped spaces cause you to get nervous and sick like she does?
What do you suppose the paper, paper cutter, and printing press are used for? Do you have a feeling that something illegal is going on in the cave?
Why do Billy and Georgie suspect that Mr. Garrow is a counterfeiter?
How do you feel knowing Billy and Georgie have discovered something illegal? Are you afraid they will get caught?
What time of day is it in this part of the story?
Why does Georgie decide that going back to Garrow Farm is a bad idea?
Do you think "bad men" are coming for Billy and Georgie?
Where does Georgie think the gunshot came from? What evidence from the text supports your inference?
Which literary device is used in this sentence?
Did you predict that men were chasing Billy and Georgie? Why did you think so?
Why does Georgie resolve to do everything she can to save Billy?
What causes Georgie's skirt to have grass slicks on it?
"Splitting hairs" is an idiom which means 'focusing on unnecessary, minute details.'
How does Bowler Hat feel about going into the meadow to get Georgie?
Do you think Georgie will kill Mr. Garrow? If she doesn't and he finds her, do you think he will kill her?
Explain how Georgie's spiritual perceptions differ from Agatha's? Use evidence from the text to support your answer.
Who or what do you think Georgie shot at? Do you think she hit her target?
Use the DEFINE feature to read the definition of "hoyden."
This detail in the text suggests that _______________.
How does Georgie know Billy needs a doctor?
"Closest" is an example of a ___________.
How does Georgie's story of the wise old man and white pigeon differ from Agatha's version of it?
Repetition is a literary device that repeats the same words or phrases a few times to make an idea clearer. Why do you think the author chose to repeat "spinning" in the text?
Why does Billy choose to tell Georgie about the kiss at this point in the story? Why is it important for her to know he planned it so she would tell?
What does the past tense of "would have been" in Billy's sentence mean?
Why do you think Georgie calls the room at the American House "miraculous?"
Why does Georgie NOT recognize herself in the mirror?
What question do you think Georgie forgot to ask? Who do you think she will go see?
Based on the conversation between the stationmaster and Georgie, which of the following words would describe the stationmaster's demeanor?
What does Mr. Olmstead mean by "no one should underestimate Georgie Burkhardt?" Use evidence from the text to support your answer.
Do you think Georgie will want to see Billy?
How has Georgie's attitude toward Long Ears changed as a result of their journey?
Use the DEFINE feature to read the definition of the highlighted word.
Comparative adjectives compare two nouns. Agatha's funeral is compared to Grandfather Bolte's funeral using a comparative adjective. Grandfather Bolte's funeral is "bigger" than Agatha's. To form a comparative adjective, add -er to one syllable words. For multisyllabic words, add "more" before the adjective. For example, "She is more active than her sister."
What does Ma's reaction to Georgie's return reveal about her state of emotion?
What do you suppose Mr. Olmstead is talking to Sheriff McCabe about?
What detail about Georgie's split skirt most likely concerns her Ma?
Personification is a figure of speech in which a thing, an idea or an animal is given human attributes. The non-human objects are portrayed in such a way that we feel they have the ability to act like human beings. Watch the video to learn more about personification. What human characteristic are the ropes in the sentence given? (This annotation contains a video)
How important is the feeling of belonging to human beings? How does Georgie feel about being "part of them?"
Use the DEFINE feature to read the definition of salient. Which of the following is a synonym (word with similar meaning) for salient?
This detail reveals that ______________.
What does Ma and the sheriff's body language say about their relationship?
Why does Georgie NOT attend Billy and Polly's wedding ceremony?
What does this detail reveal about Billy and Polly's relationship? Do you think they truly love each other?
How does Georgie missing Agatha compare to her Ma missing Pa? Use evidence from the text to support your answer.
Who do you think Georgie apologizes to? Why does she feel the need to apologize?
Based on Ma and Aunt Cleo's reaction to receiving the letter, who might the letter be from?
Who do YOU think the letter is from?
The relationship between Agatha and Georgie is central to the telling of One Came Home. Georgie describes Agatha as "the eighth wonder of my world." What does this detail suggest about the role Agatha plays in Georgie's life?
In what way is Georgie's behavior confusing to Ma and Aunt Cleo?
What reason does the woman talking to Ma have for coming to Placid, Wisconsin?
Do you think Georgie recognizes the woman's voice? Could the woman be someone Georgie knows?
As you read, pay attention to how the events of the story unfold and what causes Darlene's death.
Why is Darlene's death considered an accident?
Why does Ma question whether or not she should use the banknotes given to her by Mrs. Garrow?
What is meant by "waste not, want not?"
Early in the story, Georgie's love of hunting is evident. At the end of the story, Georgie has a changed perspective about the rifle and hunting in general. Discuss the inner journey Georgie experiences over the course of the story. How does she change? What causes the change in her beliefs and actions?
After you take Quiz 3, continue reading the next several pages to find out more about how this story came to be. There is also information about the passenger pigeon. You can find out more about the author and visit her website.