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The Daring Nelly Bly Study Guide

Study Guide for the Test:

Character’s Motives:

The reasons why a character in a story does what he or she does.

Motives revealed in 4 ways:

  • Traits (personality traits)
  • Thoughts (think)
  • Words (say)
  • Actions (do)

Vocabulary Words:

  1. Relented – someone who has relented has agreed to something he or she once refused
  2. Faze – if things faze you, they bother or confuse you
  3. Eccentric – An eccentric person has habits or options that seem odd to other people
  4. Infuriated – Something that infuriated you made you feel extremely angry
  5. Disheartened – if you are disheartened, you feel disappointed and less help
  6. Impassible – A road or path that is impassable is impossible to travel on
  7. Crusaded – A person who has crusaded has worked hard to make a change based on his or her beliefs

Spelling Words:

  1. Strong
  2. Belong
  3. Prong
  4. Song
  5. Along
  6. Prolong
  7. Costly
  8. Frosting
  9. Costume
  10. Imposter
  11. Roster
  12. Rethought
  13. Brought
  14. Fought
  15. Thoughtful
  16. Thoughtfully

Study Guide:

  1. A biography gives information about why a person is important, like in the story “The Daring Nellie Bly”.
  2. The author wrote “The Daring Nellie Bly” because she was a talented and unusual woman.
  3. Nelly wanted to avoid having to take trunks along, so she bought a long-lasting dress.
  4. Nelly was afraid of not doing well and failure while on her trip.
  5. Nelly had many problems on her trip but the FIRST problem was that she got seasick onboard the ship.
  6. There are a lot of words that describes Nelly, but the BEST would be strong-willed.
  7. Nelly proved that American women could be strong and independent to the mayor of Jersey City.
  8. There were actions throughout the story that showed that Nelly was brave, but the BEST would be that she went to a warzone as a reporter.
  9. Why did Nelly have the respect and affection of those who knew her? Nelly did something that no woman had done, and she wrote stories about it. She loved helping poor people and orphans. She was fifty when she was a reporter in the war.


Nellie's goal: To beat Phileas fogg's fictional record of traveling around the world in 80 days.


Character Traits of Nellie Bly: successful, brave, bright, eager, determined, kind, daring, confident, responsible, figher, curious, bold, clever, bright