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A Modern Hero Questions

1) On his 90th birthday, what kind of message did Nelson Mandela say? _____________
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2) Mandela was very happy that he was able to lead a long life. What is one thing he has
said that makes people not able to live long lives? _______________________________
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3) What was he suggesting in order to improve the lives of others? Who was he talking
to and challenging them to do? ______________________________________________
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4) Why do some people call Mandela “Madiba?” ________________________________


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5) What is apartheid? ______________________________________________________


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6) How were non-whites treated under the system of apartheid? ____________________


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7) What did the African National Congress do? _________________________________


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8) Why was Mandela sentenced to life in prison? ________________________________


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9) What did Mandela do while he was still in prison? _____________________________


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10) If you could give this article a different title what would it be? __________________
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What is the main idea of this passage?


a) School children sing to Mandela on his birthday.
b) Mandela celebrates his release from prison with cake.
c) Nelson Mandela has lived a long life of fighting for justice and peace and his
country thanks him for it.
d) Nelson Mandela was elected president in 1994 after being in prison for over 27
years.