Sosa – Close Reading: Roosevelt’s Last Trip 4/1

Teacher: Sosa (jsdiaz@hps.holyoke.ma.us)

Assignment:

Read the following informative text twice, the second time, aiming for a close reading the same way we’ve been practicing, then, answer questions 1-8.

Roosevelt’s Last Trip

Franklin Delano Roosevelt was president of the United States during a challenging time. He saw the nation through the Great Depression, which left millions of people out of work, and steered the country through World War II. On April 12, 1945, as the war was coming to an end, the president was taking a rare vacation in Warm Springs, Georgia.

1. Roosevelt was seated in the comfortable living room of his small cottage with some friends and family. He was nearing the end of a pleasant escape to Warm Springs. He liked going there to relax and recover from his exhausting job.

2. Laughing and joking, the president seemed in good spirits. An artist, Elizabeth Shoumatoff, was painting Roosevelt’s portrait. The president’s dependable assistant arrived, and Roosevelt signed some papers, including a bill from Congress. The president was looking forward to a barbecue later that day. His guests believed the rest at the “Little White House” had done him good.

3. At 1:00 p.m., lunch was about to be served. Suddenly, the president grabbed the back of his head and complained of a terrible headache. Then he fell backward. A call went out to Roosevelt’s personal doctor, who was staying nearby. The doctor arrived quickly, and another specialist followed. The president had suffered a cerebral hemorrhage. The damage to his brain was not reversible. At 3:35 p.m., Roosevelt stopped breathing.

4. Everyone at Warm Springs suffered shock and grief, but calls had to be made to Roosevelt’s family. After that, the news of Roosevelt’s death was broadcast to the nation.

5. In Washington, DC, Roosevelt’s wife, Eleanor, learned the terrible news. Soon afterward, she called Harry Truman and asked the vice president to come to the White House. Truman had to be sworn in as the new president. “You are the one in trouble now,” Eleanor told Truman before she left to see her husband.

6. Eleanor accompanied Roosevelt’s body on a train back to the nation’s capital. By then, the country had learned of Roosevelt’s death. At stops along the way, people packed the streets to pay their respects to their fallen leader. Mourners wept and prayed and sang. A train car filled up with flowers and wreaths. It was incomprehensible that the president was dead.

7. The funeral train arrived in Washington. Sobbing crowds lined the route to the White House as the president’s body passed by. The president who had seen his nation through the terrible war-torn years was gone. Democrats and Republicans alike mourned Roosevelt’s passing.

1. What was the purpose of President Roosevelt’s visit to Warm Springs in April 1945?

A to go to a hospital

B to meet with world leaders

C to take a vacation

D to give an important speech

2. Based on the passage, what was the author’s view of Roosevelt?

A The author is critical of Roosevelt’s visit to Warm Springs.

B The author admires Roosevelt and was sorry that he died.

C The author believes Roosevelt could have done more during the Great Depression.

D The author does not seem to care about Roosevelt.

3. In paragraph 2, the word dependable means

A not able to be trusted.

B able to be trusted.

C one who does not trust others.

D one who trusts others.

4. Read the excerpt from paragraph 5. “You are the one in trouble now,” Eleanor told Truman before she left to see her husband.

Why did Eleanor Roosevelt most likely say this to Harry Truman?

A Truman would have to change all of Roosevelt’s policies.

B Truman was not popular.

C Truman would have to guide the country through difficult times.

D Truman had not been feeling well.

 

5. Which phrase from the passage has a positive connotation?

A “a pleasant escape”

B “was painting”

C “personal doctor”

D “he fell backward”

6. Which detail from the passage shows that Roosevelt’s death was unexpected?

A “Suddenly, the president grabbed the back of his head and complained of a terrible headache.”

B “The damage to his brain was not reversible.”

C “In Washington, DC, Roosevelt’s wife, Eleanor, learned the terrible news.”

D “At stops along the way, people packed the streets to pay their respects to their fallen leader.”

7. In paragraph 6, what is the meaning of incomprehensible?

A one who comprehends

B not able to be comprehended

C able to be comprehended

D after comprehending

8. What detail from the passage shows how the nation reacted to Roosevelt’s death?

A “Eleanor accompanied Roosevelt’s body on a train back to the nation’s capital.”

B “By then, the country had learned of Roosevelt’s death.”

C “Mourners wept and prayed and sang.”

D “The funeral train arrived in Washington.”

 

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