October Sky Study Guide




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October Sky Study Guide


Completion

Complete each statement.


1. At the beginning of the movie, what was the radio announcement about?


2. How many minutes did it take for Sputnik to orbit the earth?


3. Dr. Wernher Von Braun was the _________ country’s rocket scientist. (American or Russian)


4. What sport was Homer Hickam trying out for?


5. What type of troubles was the mine experiencing?


6. Did Homer make the team?


7. Where did Homer and his friends first hear the broadcast of Sputnik?


8. Who was the science nerd who knew all the details of Sputnik?


9. Describe what Homer and the town’s folk saw in the night sky.


10. What was Homer’s older brother’s name?


11. What was Homer’s mother’s advice when he said he was going to build a rocket?


12. What happened on Homer’s first rocket attempt?


13. What famous American Rocket Scientist was Homer writing letters to?


14. What did Quentin think Homer wanted when he came by in the Cafeteria?


15. Why did Homer become friends with Quentin?


16. What did they make their rocket body out of


17. Why did they go to the metal shop?


18. Why did Mr. Bykovski help weld the rocket?


19. What did Homer’s teacher want Homer and his friends to do with the rockets?


20. What was Homer’s teacher’s name?


21. Where did the first rocket go?


22. What was Homer’s dad reaction to his rocket hobby?


23. What physical ailment had the mine given Homer’s dad?


24. Where did Homer’s dad put Homer’s rocket stuff?


25. Instead of being hillbillies what did Homer want to get into?


26. How did O’Dell’s father die


27. Did Homer waited till his friends agreed before heading to Snake Root?


28. According to Homer, what were their chances of winning the National Science Fair?


29. What name did they give to the rocket launch site?


30. What did Homer’s dad donate to the project?


31. What are the ingredients in the first rocket fuel that Quentin made?


32. What happened when Quentin dumped his rocket fuel in the Chemistry Lab drains?


33. What happened to Bykovski after helping Homer with the weld?


34. What famous fighter pilot group did Mr. Bowling belong to in World War II


35. How did the Rocket Boys afford the expensive metal to make their nozzle?


36. According to Quentin, why did all the early rockets explode?


37. Where did the Rocket boys find their source of undiluted alcohol?


38. Why did the all the high school kids come to see one of Homers launch attempts?


39. What did Homer get in the mail for his birthday?


40. What did Ms. Riley get for Homer?


41. Why was the principal discouraging Ms Riley on trying to give the students hope of leaving Coalwood?


42. What happened to Homer after he got his name in the Newspaper and why?


43. How did Homer’s dad feel about O’Dell’s real dad?


44. After the fire at Cape Coalwood, did Homer get the girl of his dreams?


45. Was there another woman who found Homer’s rocket efforts worthwhile?


46. What happened to Bykovski in the mine accident?


47. What happened to Homer’s dad in the same accident?


48. Why did Homer go to the mine instead of Jim?


49. How did Homer’s mother handle all the calls during her husband’s injury?


50. What did Homer see in the night sky as he descended the mine shaft?


51. What had Homer’s dad given his wife on their honeymoon instead of diamonds?


52. Why did Ike Bykovski stay in the mine instead of returning to the machine shop?


53. Why didn’t Homer’s dad try to send him back to school when he returned to work?


54. What was the real reason that Ms Riley wasn’t going to school?


55. What advice did Ms. Riley give Homer concerning career choice?


56. Using the Rocket Science book, what did Homer discover about the forest fire started by the rocket?


57. Using the math from the Rocket Science book what was Homer and Quentin able to find?


58. What did start the fire in Welch?


59. After winning the regional Science Fair, how many students got to go to Indianapolis and who was/were they?


60. Did Homer receive his father’s blessings to go to the National Science Fair?


61. What happened to the Rocket Display before the judging was done?


62. What famous person congratulated Homer on winning the National Science Fair first prize and Homer yet did not recognize him?


63. After returning from the fair, where did Homer find Ms. Riley?


64. How many Rocket Boys got college scholarships?


65. Who was Homer’s real hero? Homer said it wasn’t Von Braun so who do you think it was and why?


66. What unexpected person showed up for the last launch and how did Homer honor him?


67. Where did the Rocket boys find work after their scholarships?


68. What happened to Ms Riley and Homer’s dad and what caused it?


69. Are you encouraged to do great things or just taught to settle for average by your teachers and parents? Explain. What is important to you? How will you reach your dreams?

October Sky Study Guide

Answer Section


COMPLETION


1. ANS: Sputnik launched on October 4th 1957


PTS: 1


2. ANS: 96 minutes


PTS: 1


3. ANS: American


PTS: 1


4. ANS: Football


PTS: 1


5. ANS: Layoffs, Cave Ins, Safety Issues


PTS: 1


6. ANS: No


PTS: 1


7. ANS: In class


PTS: 1


8. ANS: Quentin


PTS: 1


9. ANS: Bright star like satellite crossing the night sky.


PTS: 1


10. ANS: Jim


PTS: 1


11. ANS: Don’t blow yourself up.


PTS: 1


12. ANS: He blew up the rocket and the fence.


PTS: 1


13. ANS: Dr. Von Braun


PTS: 1


14. ANS: To copy homework.


PTS: 1


15. ANS: To learn about rockets.


PTS: 1


16. ANS: metal pipe


PTS: 1


17. ANS: To get washer welded on bottom of rocket for the nozzle


PTS: 1


18. ANS: Homer was a dreamer


PTS: 1


19. ANS: Enter the science fair and earn scholarships


PTS: 1


20. ANS: Ms.


PTS: 1


21. ANS: at the mining office


PTS: 1


22. ANS: Angry


PTS: 1


23. ANS: spot on his lung


PTS: 1


24. ANS: Through it out


PTS: 1


25. ANS: The science fair


PTS: 1


26. ANS: Piece of slate cut his head off in the mine


PTS: 1


27. ANS: No


PTS: 1


28. ANS: Million to One


PTS: 1


29. ANS: Cape Coalwood


PTS: 1


30. ANS: Concrete


PTS: 1


31. ANS: Potassium Chlorate and sugar


PTS: 1


32. ANS: They set on fire all the drains when a student through a match in the sink.


PTS: 1


33. ANS: He was sent to the mines out of the machine shop.


PTS: 1


34. ANS: The red tails


PTS: 1


35. ANS: Selling train track metal from the abandoned railroads for scrap


PTS: 1


36. ANS: Bubbles in the body of the propellant acting like little combustion chambers


PTS: 1


37. ANS: moonshine


PTS: 1


38. ANS: Nothing else to do that Saturday.


PTS: 1


39. ANS: An autographed picture from Warner Von Braun with a letter of congratulations on rocket work


PTS: 1


40. ANS: A book on Rocket Design


PTS: 1


41. ANS: He felt all the boy students will end up working in the mine with no other hope.


PTS: 1


42. ANS: He got arrested on suspion of setting a fire in the woods with a rocket.


PTS: 1


43. ANS: He was proud to know him.


PTS: 1


44. ANS: No, his brother is now dating her


PTS: 1


45. ANS: Oh yeah baby.


PTS: 1


46. ANS: He died.


PTS: 1


47. ANS: Severe Eye injury - He could lose his eye.


PTS: 1


48. ANS: So Jim wouldn’t lose his football scholarship.


PTS: 1


49. ANS: She through the phone outside.


PTS: 1


50. ANS: The sputnik satellite


PTS: 1


51. ANS: Carbon Crystals


PTS: 1


52. ANS: the money was bettter.


PTS: 1


53. ANS: He was proud of his son following in his footsteps.


PTS: 1


54. ANS: Hotchkins disease.


PTS: 1


55. ANS: Listen to what is truly inside of you dispite what others tell you to do with your life.


PTS: 1


56. ANS: There was no way that they started the fire.


PTS: 1


57. ANS: Their missing rocket


PTS: 1


58. ANS: An aeronautical flare


PTS: 1


59. ANS: One - Homer went alone.


PTS: 1


60. ANS: No, they had a great fight.


PTS: 1


61. ANS: They stole everything


PTS: 1


62. ANS: Dr. Von Braun


PTS: 1


63. ANS: In the Hospital


PTS: 1


64. ANS: All of them


PTS: 1


65. ANS: His dad was a tough, knowlegable leader and Homer wanted to be like him in the Space Field not the Coal field.


PTS: 1


66. ANS: His dad showed up so Homer let him launch the last rocket.


PTS: 1


67. ANS:

Homer - NASA

Quentin Chemical Engineer

Roy Lee Automotive dealer and retired banker

Odell Rancer and Insurance Salesman


PTS: 1


68. ANS: They both died. Ms Riley of Hotchkins and Mr. Hickam of Black Lung Disease.


PTS: 1


69. ANS: Answers will vary.


PTS: 1

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