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“The Pigeon Hero of World War I”
1. What is the main purpose of the sections “Incredible Powers” and “Brutal Battles”?
2. In the section “Fear and Rats,” Tarshis explains how difficult conditions were for soldiers in
the trenches. Why is this information important to the story of Cher Ami?
3. What made carrier pigeons an important method of communication in battle? What were
some drawbacks to using pigeons?
4. On page 9, Tarshis writes, “The sky was a storm of bullets.” What figurative language is she
using here? What does it help you understand?
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