He’ll Blow His Fingers Off
Fireworks Sign : Vintage 2006
(Enter answers on the line to left of each question.)
_______ 1. Jerry’s tone compares desire for fireworks to:
a. carnal lust
b. Christmas wonder
c. birthday joy
d. getting your first car
_______ 2. Jerry’s inference about his sister
: a. her parents favor her above him
b. she is extremely intelligent
c. he has deep fondness for her
d. she has bladder problems
_______ 3. Jerry picks the 1 ˝ inchers because:
a. he can’t read the label
b. they are the most explosive
c. they’re like machine gun ammo
d. they’ll topple a
________ 4. Jerry is the only Brantwood lover of
(T)rue or (F)alse.
________ 5. Jerry loved trips to Grandma’s:
a. because of the scenery
b. her state had legal fireworks
c. it was a wonderful family time
d. he could use the milk bottle
________ 6. How did Jerry try to get his dad to stop?
a. saying he had to urinate
b. whining continuously
c. asking his parents for fireworks
d. saying he was hungry
________ 7. What did his Mom say about his
a. “He’ll shoot his eye out.”
b. “The police will get him.”
c. “He’ll blow his fingers off.”
d. “He’ll ruin his trumpet practice.”
What did Jerry imagine about using his fireworks in
a. The Optimists would use them.
b. They’d help win the Korean War.
c. They would scare his sister.
d. He’d sell them for a new bike.
_________ 9. Which items were not fireworks:
a. Cherry Bombs
c. Silver Sleuths
d. Dainty Fingers
________ 10. How did Jerry learn about adulthood?
a. watching romance movies
b. reading The Facts of Life and Love
c. the comics
d. from older boys on the playground
_________ 11. Where were the firecrackers from?
_________ 12. What was the least powerful?
b. Atom Bombs
c. Cherry Bombs
d. Lady Fingers
_________ 13. Why was a firecracker called a Cherry Bomb?
a. Mr. Cherry designed it.
b. The Cherry tree was explosive.
c. It looked like a Cherry.
d. No one knew why.
_________ 14. What did “full-bladdered” mean?.
a. a football term
b. condition of needing a bathroom
c. having eaten too much
d. talking too much
_________ 15. Jerry’s attitude about fireworks was?
a they would make him popular
b. they would earn him money
c. they could be used for mischief
d. all of the above
_________ 16.What was meant by “Land
c. ancient biblical nation
_________ 17. What danger did Jerry consider?
a. losing a thumb to an M-80
b. blowing his fingers off
c. stinging his fingers
d. all of the above
_________ 18. Why did Jerry think the name Lady Fingers was discrimation?
a. negative connotations for women
b. men’s names were left out
c. a candy had the same name
d. Wasp Stingers was a better name
_________ 19. What war was
b. World War II
c. Korean War
d. War Between the States
_________ 20. What did Jerry think of the fireworks stand they stopped at?
a. it was a letdown
b. the bathrooms were clean
c. better than a roller coaster park
d. close to his grandmother’s home
He’ll Blow His Fingers Off Vocabulary List
1. debilitating weakening
2. puberty sexual maturity
7. burlesque striptease
8. marquee lighted sign
The feared outcome of Jerry’s fireworks mischief.
The innocent 1950s 4th of July parading trumpeter musing about that night’s Brantwood fireworks extravaganza.