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A Sad Thanksgiving Story (Grade 3)

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A Sad Thanksgiving Story

Four hungry-looking animals
All seated in a row;
Why does not some one speak to them?
That’s what I want to know.

They all of them were bidden to
A fine Thanksgiving feast,
And now, it seems to me, their host
Might welcome them, at least.

‘Twas Master Pug invited them,
Why does he not appear?
‘Tis plain they think his absence looks
Extremely rude and queer.

Alas! poor Pug’s in trouble sore,
The host he cannot play;
No feast for self or friends has he
On this Thanksgiving Day.

He saw a turkey, large and fat,
Upon the kitchen shelf.
“That’s just the very thing I want,”
Said he unto himself.

He caught the turkey, but the cook
Caught him with firmer grasp,
And shook him till he could not bark
But only choke and gasp.

Meanwhile, those hungry animals,
Who’d waited there in vain,
Declared they never would be guest
Of Mr. Pug again.
Which statement best explains why all of the animals came for the feast?
  1. They were all very hungry.
  2. They were all gentle animals.
  3. They were all invited by Mr. Pug.
  4. They were all part of the same family.
Why did the animals think their host was rude?
  1. He made them cook the food.
  2. He didn't give them any turkey.
  3. He didn't show up for the feast.
  4. He tricked them into coming for dinner.
What happened to their host?
  1. He forgot the time of the dinner.
  2. He was invited to another party.
  3. He got lost on his way to the party.
  4. He was hurt by the cook in the kitchen.
What caused the host to get in trouble?
  1. He tried to steal a turkey.
  2. He ran away from home.
  3. He was mean to his friends.
  4. He stole food from the store.
What did the animals decide at the end of the poem?
  1. They would eat without Mr. Pug.
  2. They would save some food for Mr. Pug.
  3. They would never find out what happened to Mr. Pug.
  4. They would never come to a party thrown by Mr. Pug.
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