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Read and Understand: 'The Goose That Laid the Golden Eggs'

In this worksheet, students read the fable of the goose that laid the golden eggs and answer questions based on the story.

'Read and Understand: 'The Goose That Laid the Golden Eggs'' 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 goose that laid golden eggs 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 GOOSE THAT LAID THE GOLDEN EGGS

  

 

A man and his wife had the good fortune to own a fine goose which laid a golden egg every day. This made them rich, as the golden eggs were very valuable. Fortunate though they were, they soon began to think they were not getting rich fast enough. They thought about the goose and decided the bird must be made of gold inside.

 

The man said, "Let's kill the goose, dear wife. Then we can get hold of all the gold at once.

 

So the wife went to fetch a knife and they killed the goose. But when they cut it open they found it was just like any other goose. Thus, they neither got rich all at once, as they had hoped, nor enjoyed the money they got for the golden eggs.

 

The moral is "much wants more and loses all."

In the story it says that the man and his wife had 'the good fortune' to own the goose. What does this mean?

They were clever.

They were lucky.

They were poor.

Why did the man and his wife become rich?

People came to see the special goose.

The eggs tasted good.

The eggs were worth a lot of money.

Why did the man and his wife decide to kill the goose?

They were hungry and needed to eat it.

They thought it must be made of gold.

It stopped laying eggs.

What did they find when they killed the goose?

It was full of golden eggs.

It was made of gold.

It was just like any other goose.

The moral of the story is 'much wants more and loses all.' What does this mean?

Don't tell anyone about something good or you will lose it.

Always look after your goose carefully.

If you are too greedy you will end up with nothing.

  • Question 1

In the story it says that the man and his wife had 'the good fortune' to own the goose. What does this mean?

CORRECT ANSWER
They were lucky.
  • Question 2

Why did the man and his wife become rich?

CORRECT ANSWER
The eggs were worth a lot of money.
  • Question 3

Why did the man and his wife decide to kill the goose?

CORRECT ANSWER
They thought it must be made of gold.
  • Question 4

What did they find when they killed the goose?

CORRECT ANSWER
It was just like any other goose.
  • Question 5

The moral of the story is 'much wants more and loses all.' What does this mean?

CORRECT ANSWER
If you are too greedy you will end up with nothing.
EDDIE SAYS
The goose was already making the man and his wife very rich, but they killed it because they wanted even more money. In the end they had nothing.
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