Summary of Show Boat by Edna Ferber

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Author Edna Ferber got the idea for the novel Show Boat from a remark made from the _____ of her play ''Minick.''

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1. The protagonist of the the story in Show Boat is a young performer named _____, who marries a gambler.

2. In the novel, there is a serious and sad incident in which performers Julie and Steve leave the Cotton Blossom because of _____.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and worksheet is designed to check your comprehension of the novel Show Boat by Edna Ferber. In it, you'll be asked about the name of the protagonist of the story, the fate of Gaylord Ravenal and why Julie and Steve leave the Cotton Blossom.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use this quiz to see how well you can:

  • Explain where Ferber got the idea for the novel
  • Name the protagonist of the story
  • Describe the incident in Show Boat that sees Julie and Steve leave the Cotton Blossom
  • Detail the fate of Gaylord Ravenal at the end of the novel
  • Identify the reason that showboats largely disappeared by the time Ferber's novel was published

Skills Practiced

  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the name of the protagonist of the story
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding where Ferber got the idea for Show Boat and interpret it correctly
  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on Show Boat, such as what happens to Gaylord Ravenal

Additional Learning

If you'd like to study this novel further, we've written a helpful lesson called Summary of Show Boat by Edna Ferber for you to review. This lesson is designed to help you achieve the following objectives:

  • Explain Edna Ferber's research process before writing Show Boat
  • Identify Gaylord Ravenal's occupation
  • Describe what happens to the Cotton Blossom
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