The Statue of Liberty (True Books, American Symbols)
What I Learned Section 1 -- Answer
the Following Questions:
1. In what
year did the United States become a free and independent country?
The United States became a free and independent country after
winning the Revolutionary War against Great Britain. France helped
the United States fight this war, and a strong friendship grew
between the U.S. and France.
2. Which country gave
the Statue of Liberty to the United States?
France. Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi was a French
sculptor, and he began working on the Statue of Liberty in 1876.
Did you know his mother posed
as a model for the Statue of Liberty's face?
3. Where is the Statue
of Liberty located?
On Bedloe's Island at the front of New York Harbor. During the
War of 1812, Fort Wood was build on Bedloe's Island. This fort
was constructed in the shape of a star, and it became the foundation
for the base of the Statue of Liberty. Did
you know the Statue of Liberty faces the ocean to welcome
people as they arrive by ship?
4. What does the broken
chain at the feet of the Statue of Liberty represent?
America's newly won freedom from Great Britain. The Statue of
Liberty also has a crown with seven spikes around her head, and
some say these represent the seven continents and seven seas of
5. What does the Statue
of Liberty hold in her right hand?
A torch. The Statue of Liberty holds the torch high in the air.
This torch symbolizes she is "enlightening the world."
6. What does the Statue
of Liberty hold in her left hand?
The birthday of the United States is written in Roman numerals
on the tablet: July IV, MDCCLXXVI. This date is July 4, 1776.
Here's how you figure out the year: M = 1,000; D = 500; C = 100;
L = 50; X = 10; V=5; I = 1.
7. When was the Statue
of Liberty dedicated to the people of the United States?
October 28, 1886. There was a big celebration in New York City
for the unveiling of the Statue of Liberty's face. President Grover
Cleveland gave a speech at the ceremony. Large crowds watched
from the streets and their boats as the French sculptor, Bartholdi,
let down the French flag covering the Statue of Liberty's face.
What I Learned Section 2 -- Define the
Enlighten: To inform
Immigrant: Person who leaves one country to settle in another
Independent: Self-governing; free
Scaffold: Temporary structure put up to support workers
while they repair a sculpture or building
Tablet: Sheet of metal, wood, or stone with worlds or designs
written on it
Bonus Questions (Answer 1 of the
Following Questions for Your FREE
a. Finish the poem, "Give me your tired, your
"Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore;
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"
In 1883, Emma Lazarus, a young Jewish woman from New York City,
wrote this poem called "The New Colossus." This poem is located
on a plaque inside the Statue of Liberty's pedestal.
b. How high is the Statue
of Liberty from base to torch?
305 feet high. The Statue of Liberty is so big it had to be built
in 300 sections. The first part to be built was the right arm
and torch. This section went on display in Philadelphia in 1876,
for the Centennial Exposition. Did you
know the Statue of Liberty's index finger is 8 feet
long and her mouth is 3 feet wide?
c. Use five of the words
in Section 2 in a sentence.
Answers will vary. Here are sample sentences from our young readers:
The Rocky Mountains are colossal.
I enlightened my brother that
I got a raise in my allowance.
My great-great-great-grandparents were immigrants
in the United States.
The United States is an independent
Scaffold surrounded the Jefferson
Memorial when my family visited Washington, D.C.
The Statue of Liberty holds a tablet
in her left hand.
d. Have a parent or friend give you
a spelling test with EACH of the words in Section 2.
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