93 pages 3 hours read

Margaret Peterson Haddix


Fiction | Novel | YA | Published in 2007

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Reading Questions & Paired Texts

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


Pages 1-69

Reading Check

1. What did Harriet’s father own?

2. Who is Yetta’s sister?

Short Answer

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

1. For what two reasons does Pietro think it would be better for Bella to work at the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory instead of for Signora Luciano?

2. How do the young women with whom Jane has tea react to her comments about seeing the factory girls?

3. What does Rahel tell Yetta when Yetta suggests that Bella should be invited to join their union?

Paired Resource

“Bread and Roses” by James Oppenheim

  • Lyrics to a protest song about the 1912 textile workers strike in Lawrence, Massachusetts, often referred to as the “Bread and Roses Strike.” The phrase “bread and roses” originates in a speech by women’s suffrage activist Helen Todd.
  • Students can listen to the song here.
  • This content relates to the themes of In America, Money Is God and The Dismissal of Women as a Group.
  • What ideas about women and the labor movement does this song express? How do these ideas reflect what is happening in the lives of Yetta, Bella, and Jane? How do you imagine each of these women would respond to the song “Bread and Roses”?