Tangerine Part 1 and 2 Study Guide

Where are Paul and his family moving to at the beginning of the book?
Lake Windsor Downs, Tangerine County, Florida

Who is Old Charley Burns?
The former Director of Civil Engineering (the job that Paul’s father now holds). Mr. Fisher’s old boss.

What is the mysterious fire that Paul and his mother discover?
the muck fires

What position does Erik play in football?
He is a placekicker.

What are the three drawbacks that Paul and his mother learn about middle school?
Lake Windsor Middle School does not have a gym, an auditorium, or indoor classrooms. The 7th and 8th graders only have portable classrooms

What position does Paul play in soccer?
He is a goalie.

How does Paul think he became legally blind?
He thinks that he stared into the sun during an eclipse (without any protection for his eyes).

Who is the coach of Paul’s soccer team?
Coach Walski

What do the kids on the soccer team call Paul?
Mars

How does Mike Costello die?
He is struck by lightening at football practice.

Who is Paul happy to see at the carnival?
Kerri Gardner

What is Paul so interested in at the carnival?
The Wonders of the World exhibit/Freak Show

Who tells Coach Walski, Mrs. Gates, and Mr. Murrow about the Tangerine Middle School soccer boys being at the Wonders of the World exhibit?
Paul

What disaster happens out by the portables at Paul’s school ?
A sinkhole occurs.

What are the options for the 7th graders for school now that the portables have been destroyed?
They can go to Tangerine Middle for the rest of the year or they can stay and go to school from 1:30 to 7:00 p.m.

How did Paul’s visual impairment affect his ability to play on the soccer team?
He was not allowed to play on the team.

What was Paul’s flashback about at the beginning of the story?
He was being chased by a car with a baseball bat, which he thought was his brother trying to kill him.

What does Mrs. Fisher not like about Florida?
The weather, the muck fires, the portables, etc.

How does Eric and Arthur react to Mike’s accident?
They make fun of Joey’s reaction and make fun of his hair being burnt off.

Who does Paul blame for the exhibit being vandalized at the Freak Show?
The boys soccer team from Tangerine Middle School

What is Tangerine County known for?
Lightning Capital of the World, it’s weather, Tangerine Groves, recent building boom, etc.

What happens in Tangerine Middle School’s second game?
Paul gets to play goalie and scores a goal. Victor comes out of the game because he gets a red card.

What is the specific topic that Paul’s group chooses for the cross-curricular project?
Florida citrus fruits

What do Paul and Luis have in common?
They both play/played goalie.

Maya
top goal-scorer in county for middle school soccer

Victor
leader/captain for TMS soccer team

Gino
leader/captain for LWMS soccer team

Ms. Bright
TMS soccer coach with impressive athletic career

Mr. Donnelly
Writer for Tangerine Times

Why does Paul’s family not have time to eat dinner with the family anymore?
She is busy with soccer games, football games, and school.

True or False: Erik’s family laughed at him when he appeared on the sports bloopers on the evening news.
False

How is TMS different from LWMS?
There are more minorities, co-ed soccer team, no portables, and they have older jerseys.

True or False: The TMS soccer team won the title of District/County Champions.
True

Why did Paul cry when he got off the bus after the last game?
He was so overcome with happiness because they were the champions and he had contributed as goalie.

Why hadn’t Mr. Fisher responded to the college football offers that had arrived for Erik?
He was holding out for the top Florida schools.

What are the nicknames people have given Paul throughout the novel?
Fisher Man, Eclipse Boy, and Mars

Who is TMS mascot?
War Eagles

Who is the LWMS mascot?
Seagulls

The Homeowner’s Association of Lake Windsor Downs met in the Fisher’s home on Oct. 4. What concerns did they discuss?
the pond’s fish population, lightning rods on Donnelly’s house, robberies in the homes, and the termite problem.

What nickname is Joey Costello given?
Charlie the Tuna

Why did Joey try to take off Mike’s shoes after Mike was struck by lightning?
Mike always felt better when he got his shoes off.

Who is Paul’s escort on his first and second day at Tangerine Middle School?
Theresa Cruz

Tino
Theresa’s twin brother

Shandra
starting goalie on the TMS soccer team

Luis
developer of the Golden Dawn Tangerine

Joey
new student at TMS who does not like it there

Who seems to have a crush on Paul?
Kerri Gardner

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