69 pages 2 hours read

Laura Hillenbrand


Nonfiction | Biography | Adult | Published in 2010

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Reading Questions & Paired Texts

Reading Check and Short Answer Questions on key points are designed for guided reading assignments, in-class review, formative assessment, quizzes, and more.


Reading Check

1. What is the name of the German dirigible that circumnavigated the globe in 1929?

2. Who was Louie’s role model and best reformer?

3. Who did Louie travel with on the way to the 1936 Berlin Olympics?

4. What happened to the 1940 Olympics in Helsinki?

Short Answer

Answer each question in at least 1 complete sentence. Incorporate details from the text to support your response.

1. What does Hillenbrand’s use of the metaphor “one boy insurgency” (Chapter 1) convey about Louie’s character?

2. How did Pete help set his brother on a new path?

3. What was unusual about the tone of the Olympic Opening Ceremony in Berlin, 1936?

4. What is so strange about Louie’s friend Jimmie Sasaki?

Paired Resource

Ode to Peace or Prelude to War? The Opening Ceremonies of the Berlin Olympics as Political Theater

  • This article details the political significance of the 1936 Olympic Opening Ceremonies.
  • The spirit of the Olympics, as conveyed through the Opening Ceremonies, is to celebrate Human Dignity and achievements.
  • Compare Hillenbrand’s account of the ceremony with Smith’s.