My One Hundred Adventures
THE WINNER OF a National Book Award, a Newbery Honor, and countless other awards has written her richest, most spirited book yet, filled with characters that readers will love, and never forget. Jane is 12 years old, and she is ready for adventures, to move beyond the world of her siblings and single mother and their house by the sea, and step into the "know-not what." And, over the summer, adventures do seem to find Jane, whether it's a thrilling ride in a hot-air balloon, the appearances of a slew of possible fathers, or a weird new friendship with a preacher and psychic wannabe. Most important, there's Jane's discovery of what lies at the heart of all great adventures: that it's not what happens to you that matters, but what you learn about yourself. From the Hardcover edition.
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This paragraph is fully of imagery. Watch the short video clip below to learn more about imagery. As you continue reading, look for other places where the author uses imagery. (This annotation contains a video)
What have you learned about the narrator by the end of this paragraph?
A Stranger Comes
Throughout the novel, the author states, "The ___________ are ripe." You can use this as a guide to the approximate months of the summer. Strawberries are ripe in mid-June to early July, raspberries in July, blueberries in July and August, and blackberries in August and September.
What does this sentence tell you about the narrator and her family?
In literature, authors often exaggerate to make a point. When an author uses an exaggeration, it is called a hyperbole. "Every star in the universe" is not actually out, but the author is trying to show that there are many starts in the night sky.
Which of the following would be the best summary of this chapter?
Mrs. Parks’s Thrombosis
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... Is there a word on this page you need to look up?
The highlighted sentence states that "Mrs. Merriweather [was] huffing and puffing as her feet sank, leaving deep prints in the sand." What can you infer about Mrs. Merriweather based on this description?
Authors use similes to make comparisons. After watching the short video below, see if you notice any similes as you continue to read. (This annotation contains a video)
Which of the following is the best meaning of the word amble as it is used in the story? Use the context clues in the sentences surrounding it.
So far, Jane has had two "adventures." Would you consider them to be adventures? Think about what other types of things she might do in the upcoming chapters.
Delivering Bibles by Balloon
Why does Jane decide to ask Nellie about her dilemma instead of asking someone else, like her mother?
Despite what Miss Phipps tells Jane, cancer is the uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells in the body. It is not caused by anger. Sometimes it can be treated and sometimes it cannot.
If you were Jane, how would you be feeling about this trip right now? Would you think it was a good idea or a bad one? Use details from the story to support your answer.
Below is a diagram that shows some of the main parts of a hot air balloon similar to the one that Jane and Nellie are looking at. (This annotation contains an image)
Nellie has tricked Jane into the basket, loaded it with Bibles, and untied it so that Jane is floating all alone in a hot air balloon. What does this tell you about Nellie?
The Poetry Reading
Which of the following lines contains a simile?
Mrs. Gourd thinks Jane's family must be rich since her mother writes poetry, and she thinks she will be able to get money from the family for her child's injury.
Which of the following would be the best summary of the incident with the Bibles?
Below is a short video that describes onomatopoeia. Be sure to watch for examples of onomatopoeia as you read further. (This annotation contains a video)
Using the dictionary, look up the word vehemence. Based on the meaning and the context clues, how is Jane feeling about this conversation with Ginny?
It is clear by the look on H.K. Thomson's face that he must not care much for children.
Which sentence best describes how mother is feeling now that the poetry reading is over?
A metaphor is a comparison of two dissimilar objects without the use of "like" or "as." In the highlighted paragraph, the author is comparing the ocean to a car, stating that it is "getting in gear" and that it is a "great internal-combustion engine."
Mrs. Gourd wants Jane and Ginny to babysit for her children. Do you think this is a good idea? Explain why or why not using details from the story.
The Gourd children are clearly not very well-behaved. Imagine how difficult babysitting will be for Jane and Ginny, and they aren't even getting paid!
Ginny has given up her savings to help pay off Mrs. Gourd. She has also volunteered to help Jane babysit the Gourd children. Which of the following best describes Ginny?
Which of the following sentences does not contain an example of imagery?
Even though Nellie is the one who caused herself to be put in jail, she seems to be passing the blame off onto Jane. For someone who is supposed to be a preacher, she does not seem to be too concerned about others.
Notice that Nellie has a great deal of cash and coins in her purse that she says is from the collection plate at church. She assures Jane that she is using her money, not the church's money, to pay Madame Crenshaw. What do you think?
In the beginning, Jane is eager to ask Nellie's opinion about her prayers for Mrs. Nasters and Mrs. Parks. Since that time, she has spent some time with Nellie. What is beginning to happen to the way that Jane views Nellie? Use at least two examples from the story to support your answer.
Madame Crenshaw seems to be very concerned about the safety of Nellie's belongings. Does anything about this whole situation seem strange?
What is the best summary of the visit with Madame Crenshaw?
Jane is very insecure about her own feelings and thoughts. She feels that Nellie must be right about things because, after all, she is a preacher. She is looking for someone to guide her and to be someone to look up to.
So far, you have read several of Jane's adventures. Why do you think the author chose to arrange this novel in short chapters that told separate adventures instead of using longer chapters that described several adventures?
Jane seems to admire people who have ambition and who want to do something with their lives. Ginny wants to design dresses, and now Mrs. Gourd even seems to have an ambition. Maybe Jane is looking for something to give her ambition so that she feels like she has a purpose.
Mrs. Cavenaugh comes to take Ginny away for the rest of the summer. How does this affect the plot of the novel?
Robert Frost was an American poet who lived from 1874-1963. Some of his most famous poems include, "The Road Not Taken," "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening," and "Mending Wall." (This annotation contains an image)
Judging by his initial reaction to Jane and the Gourd children, which of the following does not seem to be true about Mr. Fordyce?
Mabel’s Cousin the Channeler
The video below gives a brief reminder about personification. In the highlighted sentence, the house is being personified by saying that it is breathing. (This annotation contains a video)
Why does the author choose the word herded to describe Mrs. Gourd and her children?
It seems that Jane is a little skeptical of the "spirit." She doesn't seem sure if she believes that there is actually a spirit or not. What do you think?
In literature, tone is an attitude of a writer toward a subject or an audience. Which word does not describe the tone of this "adventure" with Mabel's cousin?
The author uses words like "skeddaddle" to give the story a lighthearted, cheerful tone.
Jane has noticed the "cigarette man" several times over the last few chapters. Does it surprise you that her mother knows him? Be sure to support your answer with details from the story.
Jane's mother is clearly happy to see Ned, and she is thrilled that he has brought supper and will be staying with them. What is Jane's point of view about the situation?
Jane is very hard on herself. She feels terrible about her "evil thoughts" and thinks that many things are her fault, when, in fact, they are not. Throughout the story, she has been searching for a way to make things better, and she feels she may have finally found a way.
You can tell that Jane feels safe in this room, where everything is the same as it always has been. It is familiar, and that brings her comfort.
How do you think Jane will react to this news?
Even though Mrs. Parks is in the hospital, which can be serious, the mood of the situation seems to be light. Mrs. Parks asks for jam, Jane's mother is worried about muffins and which kind of jam to bring instead of worrying about Mrs. Parks, and then when she finally finds one unlatched window in Mrs. Parks's house, she comments that it's careless for her to leave a door unlocked. It gives the impression that the situation maybe is not as serious as it seems.
The words in the highlighted lines create the impression that
In this particular incident, H.K. and Ned seem to be competing with each other, and in doing so, the author creates a humorous situation. For example, Ned tries to win the children over by offering the story about the bone, while H.K. keeps calling Ned "Nate." Can you find any other examples?
Horehound candy is a dark brown hard candy with a distinctly bittersweet taste. It is commonly sold in 5 inch long sticks or lozenges, which are often sugar coated. This candy can often be found in old fashioned candy shops, history museums, and other specialty shops. It can also be made at home by people with access to fresh or dried leaves from the white horehound plant. (This annotation contains an image)
Mrs. Nasters believes that Nellie healed her, while Mrs. Parks does not believe that Nellie healed anyone. What is Jane's belief?
The author is showing us a contrast between Jane and Ned. While Jane feels terrible about injuring Willie Mae and praying/not praying for Mrs. Nasters and Mrs. Parks, Ned seems to have no guilt at all about giving Mrs. Parks the candy that she choked on, which then caused her accident and death.
Jane has many problems she must deal with throughout the novel. What is the main cause of most of her problems?
This funeral is not proceeding the way you would expect. We have also learned that Mrs. Parks's condition was even less life-threatening than she thought, and everyone is getting angry with the doctor and even with Nellie. Jane's mother tries to be the voice of reason and bring everyone back to the reason they are gathered, to honor Mrs. Parks.
Why do you believe that Mrs. Parks told everyone she had a thrombosis when she really didn't? Use details from the novel to support your answer.
Ginny is thrilled with the clothes. It seems they were just what she needed to get herself back on track.
Based on Jane's reaction, what can you tell about her?
Jane has realized that her house is just a house, not a family member like she once believed. Jane seems to be growing up, and this is just one of the lessons she is learning this summer.
Why are the girls so upset?
Jane has been a good friend to Nellie all throughout the novel. She has trusted Nellie, and gone on several "adventures" with her. This situation would be a good time for Nellie to pay Jane back for some of her kindness, but Nellie still seems to be thinking only of herself.
Why doesn't the sheriff believe that Ginny has actually disappeared?
Ockham's razor is a scientific theory. Simply stated, it means that when you have two competing theories that make exactly the same predictions, the simpler one is the better. The sheriff is stating that he thinks Ginny just ran off and H.K. and Caroline changed their plans.
It seems that Ned had no reason to be jealous or to try to compete with H.K. He wasn't interested in Jane's mother after all.
Which of the following best describes Nellie?
Earlier in the novel, Jane realized that her house was just a house, not a family member. She has now had another huge realization, this time about Nellie. Jane is learning many things as she grows up this summer.
Which of the following lines does not contain a simile?
Just when it seems everything is settling down and all will be okay, Jane must deal with this situation.
Jane has finally told her mother the whole story about the events of the summer. Her mother's reaction is very calm. Does this surprise you? Why or why not? Use examples from the story to support your answer.
Again, the author is contrasting two characters here. Mrs. Gourd seems to always be trying to get by with something and is always blaming things on others. Jane's mother, on the other hand, is kind and calm, and does what she can to help others out of the kindness of her heart.
Which of the following themes best fits this novel?