A teachers guide to Journey of the Adventure and other Stories


This section contains background information, Lexile measures and quiz answers for the booklet Journey of the Adventure: A Tennessee Common Core Reader. More general questions about the booklet, including how to purchase it, are answered here.

We printed this booklet on non-glossy paper. The intention was for students to write in their booklets and get to keep them.

Regarding the quizzes: we tried hard to come up with thoughtful questions that meet Common Core curriculum objectives for non-fiction reading. Please note that there may be multiple right answers. When, in our opinion, answers may vary, we have written the acronym AMV.

Chapter One: The legend of Big Foot Spencer

Lexile measure: 740

Quiz answers:

1. AMV. Any person (or thing) with a foot that big must be scary!
2. AMV. Most of the settlers probably found life on the remote frontier more difficult than it had been in Virginia.
3. Daniel Boone
4. AMV. Many stories about large, strong people exaggerate their size and exploits.

Chapter Two: Weena and Connestoga


Lexile measure: 760

Quiz answers:

1. Little Carpenter was obviously afraid that the soldier would take his daughter away.
2. Mocking Crow was mad because he was jealous.
3. An oak tree and a hackberry tree
4. Athens, Tennessee

Chapter Three: The path Lincoln wanted to save

Lexile measure: 810

Quiz answers:


1. "I have never been lost, but I was might turned around for three days once."
NOTE: If you google the words "Daniel Boone lost quote" you will find multiple versions of what he said. You might show your students this. If you do, here are interesting follow-up questions: "Why are there multiple versions of this quote? Do we really know exactly what he said?"
2. It was important because it was the easiest way to travel west across the Cumberland Plateau and the Tennessee and Cumberland rivers.
3. Most likely answer: During the Civil War, soldiers cut all the trees down, and today the Cumberland Gap is surrounded by trees. Subtle answer: During the Civil War, there were no paved roads through that part of Tennessee, and the people who came through looked a lot different than the ones who come through there now.
4. President Lincoln asked General Howard to do something to help the people who lived in the area of the Cumberland Gap.
5. The Freedman's Bureau was a government agency set up to help freed slaves.

Chapter Four: Journey of the Adventure

Lexile measure: 810

First quiz answers (page 17)

1. Kingsport
2. because they intended to eat fish that they caught and animals that they killed along the way.
3. Dragging Canoe
4. AMV. Women and children were probably sent by boat because it was believed that the journey would be easier by boat.
NOTE: This question and this answer should start a debate about whether women and children should have been sent on a separate journey.

Second quiz answers (page 20)

1. For about 2 months
2. Knoxville
3. The first person to die was an African-American man who was a slave. (By the way, his name is not recorded in history.)
4. There were ashes and debris there because armed settlers had attacked and destroyed the village

Third quiz answers (page 26)

1. It was last in line because smallpox had broken out on that boat, and Colonel Donelson ordered it to be last in the flotilla.
2. Because when the Tennessee River crosses the Cumberland Plateau, it went through a series of rapids, dangerous currents, boulders sticking up from the bottom, and other things that made it dangerous to float down.
3. AMV. Answers to this question are completely speculative, but it is very possible that the journey would have made members of the Donelson Party more appreciative of life in general and distrustful of Native Americans.

Chapter Five: The state that didn't become a state

Lexile measure: 870

Quiz answers


1. AMV. The most likely answer would be that they wanted better protection from Native Americans. But another good answer is that settlers simply wanted better access to government functions.
2. 7
3. 1,000 deer skins
FOLLOW-UP QUESTION: What do these "salaries" tell us about how fast the settlers were killing deer, otter and other animals?
4. We don't know the names of settlers who met and tried to form the state of Franklin because the records have been lost.

Chapter Six: Violent quakes and a peaceful lake

Lexile measure: 800

Quiz answers


1. AMV.
2. We don't know because not very many people lived in the states that we now call Missouri, Tennessee, Kentucky and others. Many of the people who did live there were Native Americans who didn't have written languages.
3. AMV. It is natural, not man made. It is not surrounded by hills like the other lakes in Tennessee. Its average depth is only five feet. It has cypress trees growing inside it.

Chapter Seven: George's numbers and Sequoyah's letters

Lexile measure: 810

Quiz answers:


1. He was a blacksmith.
2. He had two names because one of them (George Gist) was the one he used in the English speaking world, and the other (Sequoyah) was his Cherokee name.
3. His daughter Akoya
4. AMV. Having a written language allowed them to write and publish a Cherokee newspaper. But there are countless other things it would have enabled them to do -- write letters to each other, keep better business records, write history books, etc.

Chapter Eight: David Crockett loses his pants

Lexile measure: 750

Quiz answers

1. AMV. He was good at hunting bears, telling stories, and swimming.
2. AMV. He was not a good businessman, and he was not good at rafting.
3. AMV. He would have had to explain to his wife, and to all the people to whom he owed money, why he didn't have any.
4. AMV. It is a funny, amusing story, and maybe people would have liked Crockett because of the way he told it.

Chapter Nine: The fort that is not a fort

Lexile measure: 810

Quiz answers:


1. It looked old, its walls were made of stone and seemed to be shaped like a fort, so they called it Old Stone Fort.
2. Between 1,600 and 2,000 years ago
3. We think this because Native Americans often played chunkey at that time, and they did so in flat fields that were used as gathering spots.
Chapter Ten: The clerk and his glorious flag

Lexile measure: 800

Quiz answers:

1. He told his son not to come home until he was captain of his own ship.
2. It had been knitted together by the ladies of Salem, Massachusetts.
3. AMV. Union sympathizers would have cried from happiness. Confederate sympathizers would have cried from sorrow.

Chapter 11: The loyal tailor people forget

Lexile measure: 760

Quiz answers:


1. William Driver and Andrew Johnson were both unionists who lived in Tennessee during the Civil War. Also, both of them were ran away from jobs as a child.
2. He was a tailor.
3. We really don't know for sure. Many historians believe Lincoln picked Johnson because he thought it would be helpful when it came to dealing with the defeated South after the war.
4. The man who was planning to assassinate Andrew Johnson changed his mind at the last minute and didn't do it.

Chapter 12: Constance and her companions

Lexile measure: 740

Quiz answers:

1. They covered the streets with cleaning solution, set off explosives, and burned all the sheets, clothes and mattresses of anyone who died from the fever.
2. 4 days
3. AMV. It is similar in that Constance and her companions and the Donelson Party knowingly faced death every day when both groups did not have to do so.
4. AMV. It is different in that Constance and her companions faced an enemy that they could not see, smell or hear (the germs that spread yellow fever) instead of one that they could see, smell or hear (the Chickamaugans).

Chapter 13: The once-muddy Dixie Highway

Lexile measure: 810

Quiz answers:

1. AMV. The Dixie Highway and the Cumberland Gap were both routes that people used to cross the Cumberland Plateau.
2. The Cumberland Plateau and the Tennessee River
3. Because the nation's manpower and resources were all devoted to fighting the war.

Chapter 14: The ride that changed Cornelia's life

Lexile measure: 740

Quiz answers:

1. About 6 months
2. Dec. 7, 1941, was the day that Japan bombed Pearl Harbor.
3. Because in those days the U.S. military didn't accept female pilots
4. Cornelia Fort is the first female pilot in American history to die on active duty.

Chapter 15: From polio to fastest woman in the world

Lexile measure: 830

Quiz answers:

1. AMV. They were different in that one was Fort was white and Rudolph was black; Fort's family was rich and Rudolph's was poor; Fort was from Nashville and Rudolph was from Clarksville; and Fort would have been born about 20 years before Rudolph.
2. AMV. They were alike in that they were both courageous; they were both trailblazers; and they were both stubborn and ignored what some people might have said about them.
3. It was the first integrated event in Clarksville history.