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Read and Understand: 'The Boy Who Cried Wolf'

In this worksheet, students read the fable of the boy who cried 'Wolf!' and answer questions based on the story.

'Read and Understand: 'The Boy Who Cried Wolf'' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 1

Curriculum topic:  Reading: Comprehension

Curriculum subtopic:  Improve Understanding of Texts

Difficulty level:  

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Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

A fable is a short story with a moral, or a lesson about how we should live our lives. A man called Aesop, who lived in ancient Greece, is believed to have written many of the fables we still know today. The tale of "The Boy Who Cried Wolf" is one of them.

Read the story and then answer the questions. Remember that you can look back at the story as often as you like by clicking the Help button.

 

 

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The Boy Who Cried Wolf

 

There was once a young shepherd boy who tended his sheep at the foot of a mountain near a dark forest. It was rather lonely for him all day, so he thought up an exciting plan in the hope that he would get some company. He rushed down towards the village calling out: "Wolf, Wolf!"

 

The villagers came running out to meet him, and some of them stayed with him for a considerable time. This pleased the boy so much that a few days afterwards he tried the same trick, and again the villagers came to his help.

 

One day, shortly after this, a real wolf came out of the forest and began to worry the sheep. The boy, of course, cried out "Wolf, Wolf!" louder than ever before.

 

But this time the villagers, who had been fooled twice before, thought the boy was again trying to fool them, and nobody bothered to come to his help. The wolf ate all of the boy's sheep and he had nothing left.

Why did the boy call out 'Wolf, wolf!' the first time?

He was frightened.

He was lonely.

He thought he saw a wolf.

What did the villagers do the first time they heard him call?

They ignored him.

They told him off.

They came running to help him.

What happened the second time he called?

The villagers came again.

The villagers ignored him.

The wolf ate his sheep.

What happened when a wolf really did come?

Nobody came to help.

The boy killed the wolf.

The wolf killed the boy.

Which of the sentences below is the moral of the story?

Nobody will believe a liar even when he tells the truth.

Always help people when they ask you to.

Look after your sheep carefully.

  • Question 1

Why did the boy call out 'Wolf, wolf!' the first time?

CORRECT ANSWER
He was lonely.
  • Question 2

What did the villagers do the first time they heard him call?

CORRECT ANSWER
They came running to help him.
  • Question 3

What happened the second time he called?

CORRECT ANSWER
The villagers came again.
  • Question 4

What happened when a wolf really did come?

CORRECT ANSWER
Nobody came to help.
  • Question 5

Which of the sentences below is the moral of the story?

CORRECT ANSWER
Nobody will believe a liar even when he tells the truth.
EDDIE SAYS
All three statements give advice, but the point of the story is that nobody believed the boy because he had told lies twice before.
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