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Read and Understand: 'The Fox and the Goat'

In this worksheet, students read the fable of the fox and the goat and answer questions based on the story.

'Read and Understand: 'The Fox and the Goat'' 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 fox and the goat 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 FOX AND THE GOAT

 

A fox fell into a well and was unable to get out again. After a while, a thirsty goat came by and, seeing the fox in the well, asked him if the water was good. "Good?" said the fox, "It's the best water I ever tasted in all my life. Come down and try it yourself."

 

The goat thought of nothing but the prospect of quenching her thirst, and jumped in at once. When she had had enough to drink, she looked about, like the fox, for some way of getting out, but could find none.

 

Presently the fox said, "I have an idea. You stand on your hind legs, and plant your forelegs firmly against the side of the well, and then I'll climb on to your back and, from there, by stepping on your horns, I can get out. And when I'm out, I'll help you out too." The goat did as she was asked and the fox climbed on to her back and got out of the well; and then he coolly walked away.

 

The goat called loudly after him and reminded him of his promise to help her out, but the fox merely turned and said, "If you had as much sense in your head as you have hair in your beard you wouldn't have got into the well without making certain that you could get out again."

 

The moral of this story is to 'look before you leap'.

Why did the fox ask the goat to come down into the well?

He wanted to make friends with the goat.

He could see that the goat was thirsty.

He wanted to use the goat to get himself out of the well.

Why did the goat jump down into the well?

She wanted to help the fox.

She wanted to try the water.

She slipped and fell.

How did the fox get out of the well?

He jumped out.

He climbed up the wall.

He climbed onto the goat's back.

What happened to the goat?

The fox helped her out of the well.

She couldn't get out of the well.

She jumped out by herself.

The moral of the fable is 'look before you leap'. What does this mean?

Never jump into wells.

Think carefully about what you are going to do before you do it.

Always jump as high as you can.

  • Question 1

Why did the fox ask the goat to come down into the well?

CORRECT ANSWER
He wanted to use the goat to get himself out of the well.
  • Question 2

Why did the goat jump down into the well?

CORRECT ANSWER
She wanted to try the water.
  • Question 3

How did the fox get out of the well?

CORRECT ANSWER
He climbed onto the goat's back.
  • Question 4

What happened to the goat?

CORRECT ANSWER
She couldn't get out of the well.
  • Question 5

The moral of the fable is 'look before you leap'. What does this mean?

CORRECT ANSWER
Think carefully about what you are going to do before you do it.
EDDIE SAYS
The goat didn't think about how she would get out of the well before she jumped in, so she became stuck.
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