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The Mouse and the Motorcycle: Testing Students' Recall and Comprehension

written by: Elizabeth Wistrom • edited by: Sarah Malburg • updated: 2/8/2012

Are you using The Mouse and the Motorcycle as a literature study or read-aloud in your elementary classroom? The Mouse and the Motorcycle quiz provided here will allow you to test students' recall and comprehension.

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    The Mouse and the Motorcycle quiz below may be used at the conclusion of a literature study unit or classroom read-aloud series. Answers for multiple choice questions are provided below for your convenience. .

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    The Quiz

    1. The Mountain View Inn is not where the Gridley family had planned to vacation. How did they wind up staying there?

    a. Their car broke down in front of the inn.

    b. Mr. Gridley was frustrated by the holiday weekend traffic, and decided to find a place to stay for the weekend.

    c. A friend invited them to come for a visit.

    d. They heard there was a family of talking mice, and they just had to see it for themselves!

    2. What does Mrs. Gridley think of the inn?

    a. She thinks it is charming and cozy.

    b. She thinks it is the nicest place she has ever stayed.

    c. She thinks it is old, spooky and probably filled with mice.

    d. She thinks it is too expensive.

    3. Which event happens first?

    a. Keith and Ralph meet.

    b. Keith brings Ralph and his family room service.

    c. Ralph tries riding the motorcycle, but can't figure out how to make it really go.

    d. Keith has a fever and Ralph brings him an aspirin.

    4. How do Ralph and Keith first meet?

    a. Keith finds Ralph in a trash can.

    b. Keith saves Ralph from a mouse trap.

    c. Ralph saves Keith by bringing him an aspirin.

    d. Ralph hides the motorcycle in his mouse hole, and Keith pokes his finger in to retrieve it.

    5. Give two examples of things that Ralph's mother worries about.

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    6. How did Ralph's father die?

    a. Mouse trap

    b. Too much cheese

    c. The housekeeper found him

    d. He was poisoned by an aspirin he had in his cheeks

    7. What did Ralph have to do to make the motorcycle really go?

    a. Make the same Pb-pb-b-b-b sound that Keith made when he was playing with the motorcycle.

    b. Moving his feet fast along the table and then lifting them up while he coasted.

    c. Give it some gas.

    d. Make the levers move.

    8. Where did Ralph promise Keith he would park the motorcycle?

    a. In the wastebasket.

    b. In his mouse hole.

    c. Next to the cars.

    d. Under the bed.

    9. What is the first thing Keith brings Ralph and his family from room service?

    a. An apple with a core.

    b. A peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

    c. Bacon and toast with jelly.

    d. Blueberry muffin and a chocolate chip cookie.

    10. Why aren't Ralph and his family able to find plenty of their own food?

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    11. After his encounter with the vacuum cleaner, how did Ralph manage to escape from the pile of laundry linens?

    a. He drove the motorcycle right out of the pillowcase.

    b. Keith rescued him.

    c. He fell into another trashcan.

    d. He chewed his way out.

    12. At the end of Chapter 9, Keith says to Ralph, "I guess I should have known you weren't old enough to be trusted with a motorcycle." Afterward, the author writes, "The boy could not have said anything that would hurt Ralph more." What did the author mean by that?

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    13. In Chapter 10, Keith falls ill with a fever. How does Ralph help him?

    a. He finds a doctor to take care of Keith.

    b. He alerts Keith's parents.

    c. He brings Keith an aspirin that he has found in one of the guest rooms.

    d. He tells Keith jokes to make him feel better.

    14. At the end of the book, who gets to keep the motorcycle - Ralph or Keith?

    a. Ralph

    b. Keith

    c. Neither - the bell boy Matt keeps it.

    d. Neither - Ralph loses it again.

    15. Throughout the book, it can be said that Ralph is a very resourceful little mouse. Give some examples from the story to support this claim.

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    Bonus Questions for The Mouse and the Motorcycle Quiz:

    1. Who is the author of the book? _____________________________________________________

    2. Who is the illustrator? _____________________________________________________________

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    Quiz Answer Key

    1. B
    2. C
    3. C
    4. A
    5. Answers will vary
    6. D
    7. A
    8. D
    9. B
    10. Answers will vary
    11. D
    12. Answers will vary but should go along with the idea that Ralph thought he was responsible
    13. C
    14. A
    15. Answers will vary

    Bonus Questions

    1. Beverly Cleary
    2. Louis Darling
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    For questions to use during literature circle time or The Mouse and the Motorcycle activities to support your unit of study, be sure to read the other articles in this series.

The Mouse and the Motorcycle: A Literature Study Unit for the Elementary Classroom

This series of articles provides teachers with activities, literature circle questions and an end of the book quiz to support a literature study using the book The Mouse and the Motorcycle, by Beverly Cleary.
  1. Curriculum Activities for The Mouse and the Motorcycle
  2. Literature Circle Questions for the Mouse and the Motorcyle
  3. The Mouse and the Motorcycle: Testing Students' Recall and Comprehension