The Farmer and the Snake - Fiction (Grade 4)

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The Farmer and the Snake - Fiction

Animal - Viper1 Once there was a farmer. This farmer was a kind man who loved all creatures. He would go out of his way to do whatever he could to make sure that the creatures he found were safe, well-fed and warm, no matter what kind of creature they were.

2 One day, the farmer found a snake outside on the ground. It was freezing cold outside and there was snow on the ground. The farmer felt sorry for the snake. He was shivering in the cold and ice was beginning to freeze on his scales. Even though the snake was known to be poisonous, the farmer picked up the snake and took him inside. He set the snake in front of the fire to warm itself.

3 While sitting next to the snake, the warmth of the fire caused the farmer to fall asleep. The snake became warm and was ready to go outside. Because the farmer was asleep and could not let him out, the snake did what he did to humans he came into contact with, he bit the farmer. The farmer woke with a jolt. As the snake's poison slowly worked inside the farmer, he said "I should have known better. Even being kind cannot change the ways of a snake!"
1. 
Which line BEST shows the character of the snake?
  1. The snake became warm and was ready to go outside.
  2. He was shivering in the cold and ice was beginning to freeze on his scales.
  3. Because the farmer was asleep and could not let him out, the snake did what he did to humans he came into contact with, he bit the farmer.
  4. This farmer was a kind man who loved all creatures.
2. 
Which line BEST shows the character of the farmer?
  1. One day, the farmer found a snake outside on the ground.
  2. It was freezing cold outside and there was snow on the ground.
  3. The farmer felt sorry for the snake.
  4. He was shivering in the cold and ice was beginning to freeze on his scales.
3. 
Which line BEST describes the kindness of the farmer?
  1. He would go out of his way to do whatever he could to make sure that the creatures he found were safe, well-fed and warm, no matter what kind of creature they were.
  2. This farmer was a kind man who loved all creatures.
  3. The farmer felt sorry for the snake. He was shivering in the cold and ice was beginning to freeze on his scales.
  4. Even though the snake was known to be poisonous, the farmer picked up the snake and took him inside.
4. 
Which statement BEST sums up the theme of the story?
  1. It is always good to be kind
  2. Kindness never pays
  3. Never trust a snake
  4. Once a snake, always a snake

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