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Reading Comprehension 10 - All Creatures Great and Small

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Reading Comprehension 10 - All Creatures Great and Small

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For this reading comprehension quiz you will be reading a short summary about the book All Creatures Great and Small, the first book in a series. This book is kind of an autobiography as the author, James Herriot (a/k/a Alf Wight), tells stories about different experiences he had while he worked as a veterinarian in England.

The book begins with his internship with Siegfried Farnon. Although it is one long story, it is also broken down into smaller stories that revolve around some of his animal patients. Because there are a number of smaller stories contained within, the story runs quickly and provides for a lot of fun moments.

After you have read the following summary, answer the ten questions that follow and see just how much of the story you were able to remember.

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ALL CREATURES GREAT AND SMALL

By James Herriot (A Summary)

The book begins as Herriot starts off on his own after veterinary school. He is desperate to find a job and is offered the position as an assistant to Dr. Siegfried Farnon in Darrowby. Little does Herriot know what his acceptance of this position will mean for the rest of his life. Happy to have a job, he launches headlong into his new career.

Herriot's first veterinary visit is a reminder that the life of a country vet is not the same as that of a city vet in a clean office. He will have to endure freezing temperatures, sleep deprivation, a lack of electricity, and stubborn clients as he treats his patients. His job will not be easy, but his love of the work will see him through even the most difficult situations.

One of Herriot’s easy patients is Tricky Woo, a little dog who is owned by a rich older lady. She spends lots of money on the dog but feeds him too much fat, which Herriot is always trying to get her to stop. Tricky Woo sends treats to Skeldale House and Herriot learns that he must talk to the dog just like he would a person.

Herriot, after having only seen a diagram of a horse in veterinary school, decides he knows everything about horses. He sees an old, sway-backed coal cart horse and attempts to soothe him. The horse picks him up and hangs onto him by his fancy coat until the owner returns. Herriot is properly humbled.

Herriot calls on a farmer with six sick steers. The farmer is waiting for some new-fangled diagnosis and treatment, since Herriot is young and fresh out of veterinary school. Instead, Herriot tells him the animals have lead poisoning and to give them Epsom salts. The farmer is disappointed at the old-school remedy, but it works. Later, the man has a bull who is down and has a temperature of 110. Once again, he expects a new remedy, but the bull has heat stroke, so Herriot has the men spray him with water, which effectively cures him. Once again, the man is disappointed that he never got to see newer methods used.

As Herriot passes his first year in Darrowby, he learns about more than just the animals in the region. He gets to know the people well and learns about their peculiarities and customs, as a vet usually ends up treating the owners of his patients as often as he does their animals. Herriot becomes a shoulder to cry on, a sounding board, and in some cases, a punching bag for frustrations.

Herriot's first winter in the region passes and he is amazed by how cold the Dales can be. Spring comes in May and all is renewed with the joy of lambing and the fresh countryside.

From stories about pampered lapdogs to rugged farm animals, Herriot reveals the inner workings of a vet's life and the struggles veterinarians face every day. He learns more in his two years in the Dales than he did in veterinary school, and he puts this knowledge to use time and time again.

Throughout these stories, Herriot always keeps his cool, even when his patience is sorely tested, both by Dr. Farnon and the people of Yorkshire. Herriot's stories of his life as a country veterinarian have touched millions of people throughout the world.
1.
All Creatures Great and Small is a type of ________.
historical fiction
fable
biography
autobiography
All Creatures Great and Small is a type of autobiography. Answer (d) is correct
2.
The author’s profession in the book was that of a __________.
veterinarian
school teacher
doctor of science
English gentleman
The author’s profession in the book was that of a veterinarian. Answer (a) is the correct answer
3.
Herriot interned with ________.
Darrowby
Dales
Siegfried Farnon
Yorkshire
Herriot interned with Siegfried Farnon. Answer (c) is correct
4.
The author James Herriot is also known as _________.
Farnon
Alf Wight
Dales
Tricky
The author, James Herriot, is also known as Alf Wight. Answer (b) is the correct answer
5.
Of the following, which one does Herriot NOT have to endure as a country vet?
Freezing temperatures
Sleep deprivation
Stubborn clients
Poor road construction
As a country vet, Herriot will have to endure freezing temperatures, sleep deprivation, a lack of electricity, and stubborn clients as he treats his patients. There is no mention of poor road construction so Answer (d) is the correct answer
6.
One of Herriot’s easy patients is _________.
a grey cat
a mean cow
Tricky Woo
piglets
One of Herriot’s easy patients is Tricky Woo, a little dog who is owned by a rich older lady. Answer (c) is the correct answer
7.
Tricky Woo sends treats to _________ House.
Skeldale
Darrowby
Dales
Yorkshire
Tricky Woo sends treats to Skeldale House. Answer (a) is the correct answer
8.
What does the old, sway-backed coal cart horse do to Herriot?
The horse follows Herriot around as he goes from farm to farm
The horse picks him up and hangs onto him by his fancy coat until the owner returns
The horse chases Herriot down the road
The horse eats Herriot’s hat
The horse picks Herriot up and hangs onto him by his fancy coat until the owner returns. Answer (b) is the correct answer
9.
Herriot calls on a farmer with six sick steers. What was wrong with them?
They were suffering from being over worked
They were suffering from tick bites
They were suffering from heat stroke
They were suffering from lead poisoning
Herriot calls on a farmer with six sick steers and finds out that they are suffering from lead poisoning. Answer (d) is the correct answer
10.
Herriot learned that, as a vet, he ended up treating ____________ as often as he did their animals.
the villagers
the community leaders
the owners of his patients
the other vets
Herriot learned that, as a vet, he ended up treating the owners of his patients as often as he did their animals. Answer (c) is correct
Author:  Christine G. Broome

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