English Homework

posted 7 Jan 2016, 13:51 by H Killen   [ updated 7 Jan 2016, 13:51 by L Ross ]

Miss Killen’s English Homework

LO: To use evidence from the text to answer questions

Success Criteria:

·           Read the text carefully.

·            Answer each question in your book using full sentences.

·             Remember to use evidence from the text in your answers.


Laika (Russian: meaning "Barker"; c. 1954 – November 3, 1957) was a Soviet Union space dog. She was one of the first animals in space, and the first animal to orbit the Earth. She was a mix of a Siberian Husky and a terrier. The reason for sending a dog into space was to get information about the behavior of living organisms in a space environment. Information from the flight led to the discovery of solar (from the sun) and cosmic radiation.

Laika had been a stray dog living in the streets of Moscow. She underwent training with two other dogs. She was then chosen as the dog to go up in the Soviet spacecraft Sputnik 2 which was launched into outer space on November 3, 1957.

Not much was known about how spaceflight would affect living animals at the time of Laika's mission. There was also no way, at that time, to bring the satellite back down to Earth. So all the scientists knew there would be no way for Laika to survive her trip. It was necessary to send a dog first as a test, because it was not thought that humans could live in outer space.

Before her trip in Sputnik, one of the scientists took Laika home to play with his children. Dr. Vladimir Yazdovsky wrote: “I wanted to do something nice for her: She had so little time left to live.”

One of the technicians getting the capsule ready before final lift-off said that "after placing Laika in the container and before closing the hatch, we kissed her nose and wished her bon voyage, knowing that she would not survive the flight.



1.    What breed was Laika?

2.    Why was she sent into space?

3.    When was Laika’s launch?

4.    Where had Laika been living before her space mission?

5.    Find and copy the phrase that tells us it was impossible to bring Laika home safely after her mission.

6.    Find and copy the word that tells us sending a dog into space before humans was essential.

7.    Why do you think the scientist took Laika home to play with his children?

8.    Using evidence from the text, how do you think the scientists felt about sending Laika into space? Explain your answer fully.