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Who Was Dr. Seuss? (Grade 4)

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Who Was Dr. Seuss?

If you've ever read "Green Eggs and Ham," "The Cat in the Hat," or even "One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish," you've read a book by Dr. Seuss. Dr. Seuss was a children's author known for his zany stories, made-up words, and catchy rhymes.

However, Dr. Seuss was not always known as Dr. Seuss. His real name was Theodore (Ted) Geisel. He was born on March 2, 1904 in Springfield, Massachusetts. As a child, his mother used to recite rhymes to Ted and his sister, Marnie, at bedtime. He said that his mother was one of the biggest reasons he was able to write so many great rhymes.

As a teenager, Theodore Geisel went to Dartmouth College. After being kicked off the staff of the college humor magazine, he adopted the pseudonym Seuss. This allowed him to continue to contribute to the magazine. Seuss was not such an uncommon name. It was Ted's middle name and his mother's maiden name.

After college, Theodore Geisel became a cartoonist. He worked for many different magazines and newspapers. In 1937, he published his first book, "And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street." The book was rejected 27 times before it was published, but Theodore Geisel didn't give up.

After publishing his first book, Theodore Geisel went on to publish other books, including "If I Ran the Zoo" and "Horton Hears a Who." However, it was "The Cat in the Hat" that made Dr. Seuss a household name. The book featured 220 common vocabulary words. That made it a great book to teach in school.

Dr. Seuss continued to publish many books, including "Green Eggs in Ham" and "How the Grinch Stole Christmas." By the time Theodore Geisel died on September 24, 1991, he had written 44 books.

Today, many books by Dr. Seuss have been turned into cartoons and movies. His life and works have also inspired a Broadway musical called Seussical: The Musical. Kids all over the world continue to enjoy the works of Dr. Seuss. His books have been translated into 15 different languages and over 200 million copies have been sold.
The passage says Dr. Seuss adopted a pseudonym. Based on the passage, a PSEUDONYM is a
  1. a cure for a disease
  2. a meaningless, made-up word
  3. a fake name used by an author
  4. a book that sounds a lot like another book
What caused Dr. Seuss to develop his pseudonym?
  1. He was kicked off the staff of a college magazine.
  2. He was tired of being recognized for his writing.
  3. He wanted a name that kids would think was silly.
  4. He wanted to separate himself from his family.
Dr. Seuss was a determined person. Which detail shows that he was determined?
  1. He worked for many different newspapers and magazines.
  2. Many of his books were turned into cartoons.
  3. Many of his rhymes were inspired by his mother.
  4. His first book was rejected 27 times.
Dr. Seuss was a very successful author. Which detail DOES NOT support this point?
  1. His books have been translated into 15 different languages.
  2. His life and works inspired a Broadway musical.
  3. His college humor magazine kicked him off the staff.
  4. His books have sold over 200 million copies.
According to the passage, what made The Cat in the Hat a great book for teachers?
  1. It was written in rhyme.
  2. It contained 220 common words.
  3. It was about a cat.
  4. It only had 10 pages.

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