Bud, Not Buddy Themes


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1. In Bud, Not Buddy, one of the themes is family. This is important to Bud because he became a/an _____ at the age of six.

2. In Bud, Not Buddy, Bud's mother used to tell him an old saying ''that when one door closes, another one opens.'' This helped Bud to always believe he would find his father (and therefore his family). What theme does this BEST illustrate?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and worksheet reviews the themes contained in the story of Bud, Not Buddy. Questions will address the definition of a theme, and the theme of family as it appears in the story. You can also find questions on determination and discrimination.

Quiz and Worksheet Goals

The following subjects appear on this quiz and worksheet:

  • The theme of family
  • Bud's mother's old saying
  • Determination to do something
  • Discrimination based on race

Skills Practiced

  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can properly define theme as it appears in a story
  • Information recall - remember what you have learned about discriminating one's race
  • Reading comprehension - understand the key plot points involving theme in the story

Additional Learning

To read more, check out the lesson titled Bud, Not Buddy Themes. There, you can view the following subjects:

  • Bud finding his father
  • Herman E. Calloway
  • The Civil Rights Movement
  • The Great Depression