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The Goose and the Golden Egg - Fiction (Grade 4)

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The Goose and the Golden Egg - Fiction

One day a countryman going to the nest of his goose found there an egg all yellow and glittering. When he took it up it was as heavy as lead. He was going to throw it away, because he thought a trick had been played upon him. Instead, he took it home on second thoughts. Soon, he found to his delight that it was an egg of pure gold. Every morning the same thing occurred. He soon became rich by selling his eggs. As he grew rich he grew greedy; and thinking to get at once all the gold the goose could give, he killed it and opened it only to find -- nothing.
In another version of the story, a young boy accidentally cooks and eats the goose. His father turns him away from home, but he eventually becomes a Czar and the story ends by saying:

When he brought them to Little Ivan, the Czar said to his father, "Yes, father, you turned me away from your house, and I therefore bring you to mine. Come, live with me, you and my mother, till the end of your days."

How is the result of the two stories different?

What message does the story give about greed?

Another version of the story by the same author says:

A man and his wife had the good fortune to possess a goose which laid a golden egg every day. Lucky though they were, they soon began to think they were not getting rich fast enough, and, imagining the bird must be made of gold inside, they decided to kill it in order to secure the whole store of precious metal at once. But when they cut it open they found it was just like any other goose. Thus, they neither got rich all at once, as they had hoped, nor enjoyed any longer the daily addition to their wealth.

Compare and contrast the two stories.

Why did the man kill the goose?
  1. Because he was hungry
  2. Because he was greedy
  3. Because he got mad at it
  4. Because he thought an egg was stuck inside
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