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5: Unit 5 - Uprising by Margaret Peterson Haddix

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    Character Analysis

    As you read the novel, complete the chart below. Be sure to include the page numbers where you find the information.





    Country of Origin:




    Living Arrangements:


    Details about Personality:

    Comprehension Questions

    Reading Assignment 1 (p. 1-43)


    1. Why was Bella upset?

    2. What prevented her from talking back?

    3. Why was the man yelling?

    4. Why couldn’t Bella go to her room during the day?

    5. How did Pietro convince Signor Carlotti to keep Bella?


    6. Who is Rahel?

    7. What does Yetta do with her money?


    8. Why did Jane envy the girls standing outside the building?

    9. What are some ideas mentioned about immigrants?

    10. What are some ideas mentioned about women?

    Reading Assignment 2 (p. 44-69)


    1. Why doesn’t Bella receive her full pay?

    2. Why does Bella feel ashamed when leaving the factory?

    3. What happened to Pietro?

    4. What is a Padrone and why do they get paid?


    5. List the ways employees are treated badly.

    6. How does Yetta respond to Rahel when she says Bella will quit, get married, and have babies?


    7. Why did Jane come home late?

    8. What topics did the lecture Jane attended question? What topics did it cover?

    9. Jane has a discussion with her father about what he expects regarding her marriage plans. What does Jane want? What does Jane’s father want? Whose side are you on?\

    Reading Assignment 3 (p. 70-94)


    1. Who helps Bella now that Pietro is gone? What do they do for her?

    2. Why doesn’t Bella have work? What does she do instead of working?

    3. Why is Signor Carlotti so nice to Bella?


    4. When Yetta asks the prostitutes why they beat her, they responded “Money, of course. Don’t you know anything? In America, money is God.” What details (give at least three) in the story support the woman’s point?




    5. Why did Yetta walk home instead of taking a ride?


    6. Why did Eleanor tell Jane to learn Italian and French?

    7. How did Miss Milhouse try to get Jane out of bed?

    Reading Assignment 4 (p. 95-121)


    1. What did Bella do during her lunch break? Why did she do it?

    2. Why did the police arrest Yetta?

    3. What did Bella do to Rocco and how did he respond?


    4. Summarize in your own words the union meeting. How did Yetta and the other girls’ opinion differ from the opinion of the leaders?


    5. How did Jane’s chauffeur respond when Jane asked him for a ride to the strike?

    6. Why did Jane run back to the car?

    7. Jane thought, “She’s that free. That free, even on her way to jail” (p. 121). What does freedom mean to Jane? In your opinion, how free are you?

    Reading Assignment 5 (p. 122-144)


    1. How does Bella discover that the family is stealing her money? What reason does the family give as to why they are not sending the money?

    2. What did Rocco give Bella when he met her before work? Who did she think could help her?


    3. Why did the judge start punishing the strikers to the workhouse instead of paying a fine?

    4. Who helped Bella translate the letter?


    5. What did Jane do for the first time in her life? Why did she do it?

    6. Compare Bella’s reaction to learning about her family’s death to Jane’s reaction of her mother’s death.

    7. How does seeing Bella without clothes inspire Jane?

    Reading Assignment 6 (p. 145-167)


    1. Why couldn’t Jane understand Bella when she requested the letter?


    2. What surprised Yetta about her first car ride? Why was she in that car?

    3. What language does Bella speak with Yetta?

    4. Why does Bella decide to strike?

    5. What does Miss Milhouse accuse Bella of? How does Jane respond to Miss Milhouse?

    6. What does Jane give Yetta and Bella?


    7. Summarize the list that Jane makes.

    Reading Assignment 7 (p. 168-203)


    1. Why does Rocco visit Bella?

    2. What are three pieces of news Bella learns from Rocco?





    3. Why isn’t Yetta happy about the union and factory agreement? Do you think she is being unreasonable?

    4. What news does Rahel have?


    5. What does Jane learn about her father?

    6. What is Eleanor’s strategy to change society? Whose strategy do you feel is most effective, Jane’s or Eleanor’s?

    Reading Assignment 8 (p. 204-228)


    1. What does Jane learn when she arrives at the factory?


    2. What does the young cutter suggest that Yetta tell Jane? Why?


    3. Summarize Jane’s experience when she leaves the apartment.

    4. What are reasons why Jane should take the job with Mr. Blanc’s family?

    5. What are reasons why Jane should not take the job with Mr. Blanc’s family?

    Reading Assignment 9 (p. 229-262)


    1. According to Bella, what does she want more than money? What does this tell you about her values? Do you agree with Bella? Why or why not?


    2. How does Yetta respond to Jacob?

    3. What news does Rahel have for Yetta?

    4. In this section, Yetta shares a Yiddish saying, “Better to die on one’s feet than to live on one’s knees” (246). Explain this saying in your own words and then connect it with the situation the girls are experiencing in the novel, using text-based details to support your response.

    5. Why doesn’t the group that opposes the suffrage movement support women voting? What do they think will happen if women vote?


    6. What was Charles Livingston’s answer to Yetta’s question?

    7. To protect Jane’s reputation, what did her father say she has been doing?

    8. What happened between Miss Milhouse and Jane’s father?

    9. What did Mr. Corrigan offer to Jane?

    Reading Assignment 10 (p. 263-291)


    1. Bella and Yetta are discussing the idea of making things happen now versus waiting for someday. What action does Bella take to show she has considered Yetta’s stance on wanting something to happen now?


    2. When the fire first starts in Yetta’s chapter, she screams at a hysterical co-worker that the building is “fireproof.” Identify and explain at least two details provided by the author that the building is not fireproof.


    3. Although there are no signs of a fire yet on the ninth and tenth floor, what are some clues that show something is strange?

    Reading Assignment 11 (292-330)

    1. For both Yetta and Jane, reflect on the girls’ last thoughts and explain what that represents for each character.

    2. How does Bella compare this loss of her close friends with when she lost her whole family in Italy?

    3. Harriet asks Mrs. Livingston whether Mr. Wellington managed to earn his “atonement” (repentance) by donating his fortune to the suffrage movement when he died. Do you think it’s possible to be forgiven for past mistakes, such as Mr. Livingston’s?

    Book Report

    Write a 2-page book report about Uprising. Your report should not include personal pronouns (“my opinion”, “I”, etc.). Use the guide below to assist you in writing the report.

    Number of Paragraphs



    Introduction: In this paragraph, identify the author, type of book you’re describing, and provide general information about the setting. Describe the themes and conflict without telling the ending.


    Main Characters: Describe the main characters in this story without telling the storyline (what happened). Focus on their personalities and roles.


    Plot: Tell what happens in the story. Include the beginning, the development, climax, and resolution. Do not include details. Only include main events.


    Describe the message and/or moral of the story. What point was the author trying to make? What life lesson is provided by the story?


    Recommendation: Identify what you liked and disliked about the book, explaining why. Where possible, try to give examples to support your point of view, referring to specific pages. Also, consider whether you would recommend this book and if so, to whom.

    Table 25 Book Report Guidance

    After the final paragraph include this citation:

    Haddix, Margaret Peterson. Uprising. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2007.

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