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The Easter Lily (Informational Passage) (Grade 4)

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The Easter Lily (Informational Passage)

On Easter, you may notice that some people display a special plant with a trumpet-shaped flower. This plant is called an Easter lily and it has become a popular Easter flower.

During World War I, a soldier named Louis Houghton brought back lily bulbs from Japan. He gave the bulbs to his friends and family who lived on the coast of Oregon. They planted them and soon lilies began to grow. The bulbs were distributed up and down the West Coast and by 1945 there were over 1,000 growers on the West Coast. They harvested and sold their bulbs to give to others interested in growing Easter lilies too. Today, you can only buy Easter lilies in stores for about two weeks every year, but when they are available they sell out.

Why have Easter lilies become so popular? The white flowers symbolize purity, life, and hope, which are some of the same traits people celebrate at Easter. Those who celebrate Easter as a religious holiday like lilies because Christ used them as an example in the Sermon on the Mount and white lilies were found in the Garden of Gesthemane after Christ died on the cross. The lilies help symbolize the hope in Christ's resurrection.

For others, the white lilies are simply a sign that Spring is coming.
1. 
Why does the author use the word trumpet in the passage?
  1. To introduce an instrument played at Easter
  2. To describe the shape of the flower
  3. To bring auditory imagery into the passage
  4. To share another Easter tradition
2. 
Which word or phrase best describes Easter lilies around Easter?
  1. in demand
  2. fashionable
  3. unknown
  4. unusual
3. 
Which detail from the passage best describes how fast Easter lilies grew once they were introduced in the United States?
  1. They planted them and soon lilies began to grow.
  2. The bulbs were distributed up and down the West Coast and by 1945 there were over 1,000 growers on the West Coast.
  3. They harvested and sold their bulbs to give to others interested in growing Easter lilies too.
  4. Today, you can only buy Easter lilies in stores for about two weeks every year, but when they are available they sell out.
4. 
Based on the passage, you can infer that today Easter lilies are mostly grown...
  1. in Japan
  2. in Oregon
  3. in California
  4. on the West Coast
5. 
Where did lily bulbs originally come from?
  1. Louis Houghton
  2. Oregon
  3. Japan
  4. The West Coast
6. 
Using details from the passage, explain why Easter lilies are so popular.



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