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Comprehension - Monkey Facts (Year 1)
Learn about monkeys in this quiz!

Comprehension - Monkey Facts (Year 1)

Get to know some monkey facts in this enjoyable comprehension quiz for Year 1 students. This quiz will show KS1 pupils a sentence and ask them to answer a question on that sentence. This will set good foundations for comprehension tests carried out in the summer of Year 2. In addition, it will add to their ever-expanding repertoire of the English language and literacy.

Monkeys are interesting creatures. I’m going to tell you lots of things about them and I want you to read what I’ve said and answer questions. This is called comprehension. Good luck!

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The largest monkey is called a mandrill, with grown-up males weighing up to 35 kg. Spider monkeys are a different type of monkey and they are named after the spider because of their long arms, legs and tail.

Which statement below is true?
Male and female mandrills are the largest type of monkeys.
Male adult mandrills are the largest type of monkeys.
Spider monkeys are called that because they look like frogs.
Another type of monkey is called a tarantula.
Often, males are the largest and tallest out of all animals.
The loudest monkeys are called howler monkeys. You can hear them up to two miles away.

Which statement is correct?
The howler monkey is the prettiest monkey.
The howler monkey is the ugliest monkey.
The howler monkey is the quietest monkey.
The howler monkey is the loudest monkey.
These monkeys have deep howling calls, that's why they are called howler monkeys - because they howl.
Groups of monkeys are known as tribes, barrels or troops.

Now answer this question: Which of these answers is not a name we use to group monkeys?
So if you see more than one monkey, you could say you see a tribe of monkeys.
The fastest monkeys are called the patas monkeys and they can run up to 31 miles per hour. This means they could run alongside your car!

Which statement is correct?
The patas monkey is the slowest monkey.
They can walk alongside your car.
The patas monkey is the fastest monkey.
The patas monkey is blue in colour.
They can only reach this speed on the ground. When swinging from tree to tree or running along the branches, they are a little slower.
There are around 264 monkey species in the world.

Now answer this question: How many species of monkeys are there?
Don't worry, I won't list them but know that an ape is not a monkey.
Monkeys can be put into two groups, Old World and New World monkeys.

Now answer this question: How many groups can we put monkeys into?
Old World monkeys live in Africa and Asia whereas New World monkeys live in South America.
In the Chinese calendar there are twelve animals and the monkey is the ninth one, just before the rooster.

Which statement is true?
The monkey is the eighth character in the Chinese calendar.
The monkey comes before the rooster.
The monkey comes after the rooster.
The rooster is the ninth character in the Chinese calendar.
Many people find out the year they were born and look at which animal they are, according to the calendar. This will then tell them what their future holds and what kind of person they are.
Monkeys can be very sneaky and if you holiday in Bangkok you have to be careful and make sure the monkeys don't steal your food.

Why are monkeys sneaky?
Because they look sneaky.
Because they don't talk.
Because they steal your food.
Because they hate pizza.
In some hotels you have to be very careful and shut your doors and windows in case they accidentally steal your passport and clothes!
The pygmy marmoset is the smallest type of monkey and the adults only weigh about 120 grams.

Now answer this question: What's the name of the smallest monkey?
Pygmy marmoset
120 grams
An ape
They weigh about the same as a cucumber!
The vervet monkeys have different calls that they share with each other. They make different noises to warn if an eagle is coming and a different sound to say if it's a python and another sound to say it's a leopard.

Why do they have different calls?
To show which type of predator is coming.
To warn each other that it's going to snow.
To show off their singing voices.
To discuss the news.
This shows that the monkeys work in a team and help each other against their common enemies.
You can find more about this topic by visiting BBC Bitesize - Comprehension

Author:  Finola Waller

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