Teenage boy fishing by a river
Read the story about Sam before answering the questions.

Grade 4 Reading Literature - Comprehension

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Students should continue to read for pleasure even during the summer. In the 4th grade they should be reading chapter books. With these books, they should be analyzing characters, settings and events. They should also be using the context clues to determine the unknown words. In this quiz, the students will read a text and answer the questions.

Story - A Talking Fish

Sam spent many hours during the summer fishing in the local pond. Sam had found the best spot to fish. No one knew about this spot. Today, Sam had been at his fishing spot for about two hours without catching anything.

Then Sam's line started to tug. Excited, Sam quickly reeled in the line. A big carp was on the end of his fishing line. He knew it was his lucky bait. Sam just stared at the big carp.

"Hey, would you get this hook out of my mouth, please?" the big carp said to Sam. Sam couldn't believe it. His fish was talking to him.

"What did you say?" Sam stared in disbelief.

"I said to get this hook out of my mouth. It is starting to hurt," the big carp said louder.

"Of course," Sam said. He removed the hook and held the carp around its middle. "So, you can talk?"

"Yes, I can. It was that lucky bait you threw me," the big carp answered.

"What is your name? How old are you? My name is Sam," Sam stated quickly. He didn't know how to begin to talk to a talking fish.

"Whoa! One question at a time, please," the big carp said. Both Sam and the fish walked away talking all the way back home.
1.
Read the story - A Talking Fish above.
Why isn't anyone else around Sam as he fishes?
Because Sam is hiding.
Because everyone else is in school or work.
Because it is the summertime.
Because it is a spot that no one knows about.
No one knows about Sam's fishing spot.
2.
Read the story - A Talking Fish above.
How long does it take Sam to catch a fish?
Two hours.
Four hours.
Three hours.
A few minutes.
Sam is fishing for two hours before he catches anything.
3.
Read the story - A Talking Fish above.
How many fish does Sam catch before he heads home?
None.
One.
Two.
Three.
Sam catches one fish and then goes home.
4.
Read the story - A Talking Fish above.
What kind of fish does Sam catch?
A flounder.
A carp.
A trout.
It is unknown what type of fish was caught.
Sam catches a big carp.
5.
Read the story - A Talking Fish above.
How does the carp know how to talk?
By Sam's bait.
It was born that way.
By medicine.
It doesn't talk.
The carp says it was the lucky bait that lets him talk.
6.
Read the story - A Talking Fish above.
What is the first thing the fish says?
What did you say?
Of course.
This hook hurts.
Would you get this hook out of my mouth?
The fish wants the hook out of his mouth.
7.
Read the story - A Talking Fish above.
What is the first question that Sam asks the fish?
What is your name?
How old are you?
What kind of fish are you?
Do you know who I am?
The first question Sam asks is for the fish's name.
8.
Read the story - A Talking Fish above.
What does Sam do with the fish?
He throws it back in the pond.
He takes it home.
He puts it down on the ground.
He puts it in a cooler.
Sam and the fish head to Sam's house.
9.
Read the story - A Talking Fish above.
What do you think Sam will do when he first gets home?
Call a vet.
Talk some more to the fish.
Cry.
Cook the fish and eat it.
Sam would probably talk to the fish some more.
10.
Read the story - A Talking Fish above.
What does the word DISBELIEF mean as it is used in the following sentence?
"What did you say?" Sam stared in disbelief.
With hatred.
Lovingly.
Tiredly.
With doubt.
Sam can't believe that he is hearing a talking fish.
Author:  Amy Flanders

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