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Read and Understand Traditional Stories: 'Dick Whittington'

In this worksheet, students read 'Dick Whittington' and answer questions based on the story.

'Read and Understand Traditional Stories: 'Dick Whittington'' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:   Reading: Comprehension

Curriculum subtopic:   Increase Range of Texts

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

The tale of Dick Whittington and his cat is very well known. 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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DICK WHITTINGTON

Long, long ago there lived a poor boy called Dick Whittington. He was an orphan and often had nothing to eat. One day he heard of the great city of London where, it was said, even the streets were paved with gold. Dick decided to go to London to seek his fortune.

 

London was a big and bustling city, full of people both rich and poor. But Dick could not find any streets that were paved with gold. Tired, cold and hungry, he fell asleep on the steps of a great house. This house belonged to Mr. Fitzwarren, a rich merchant, who was also a good and generous man. He took Dick into his house, and gave him work as a scullery boy.

 

Dick had a little room of his own where he could have been very happy if it had not been for the rats. They would run all over him as he lay on his bed at night and would not let him sleep. One day Dick earned a penny shining shoes for a gentleman and he decided to buy a cat. After that, Dick's life became easier - the cat frightened away all the rats and Dick could sleep in peace at night.

 

One day Mr. Fitzwarren called all the servants of the house together. One of his ships was leaving for a far-off land with goods to trade. Mr. Fitzwarren asked his servants to send something of their own in the ship if they so desired: something which could perhaps be traded for gold or money. Dick had only his cat to send - which he did with a sad heart as it had been a good companion for him.

 

Dick continued to work as a scullery boy for Mr. Fitzwarren, who was very kind to him. So was everyone else except the cook, who made Dick's life so miserable that he decided to run away. He had almost reached the edge of the city when he heard the Bow Bells ring out. 'Turn again Whittington, thrice Lord Mayor of London,' chimed the bells. Dick was astonished - but he did as the bells said and turned back to Mr. Fitzwarren's house.

 

When he got back he found that Mr. Fitzwarren's ship had returned, and that his cat had been sold for a great fortune to the King of Barbary whose palace had been overrun with mice. Dick had become a rich man and did indeed become Lord Mayor of London three times.

 

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At the start of the story it says that Dick was an orphan. What does the word orphan mean?

a poor person

someone with no friends

someone with no parents

Why did Dick go to London?

He had a job in a rich house.

He thought that London was a very rich city.

He wanted to go on a ship to a foreign country.

What job did Dick get in London?

a rat catcher

a street cleaner

a scullery boy

How did Dick get the money to buy his cat?

He cleaned a gentleman's shoes.

He cleaned the kitchen.

He found it on the street.

Why did Dick decide to run away from London?

He missed his cat.

The cook was unkind to him.

Mr Fitzwarren gave him the sack.

What made Dick turn round and go back to Mr Fitzwarren's house?

He heard that the ship had come back.

He wanted to see his cat again.

He heard church bells telling him to turn around.

How did Dick become rich?

He found that the streets of London really were paved with gold.

He earned a lot of money as Lord Mayor.

His cat was sold to a foreign king for a lot of money.

In the story Mr Fitzwarren is a merchant. What does the word merchant mean?

someone who lives in a big house

a mayor

someone who buys and sells goods to make money

Mr Fitzwarren is described as being generous. What does this mean?

He was very rich.

He gave a lot to other people.

He was very important.

London is described as being a bustling city. Which of the words in the list is nearest in meaning to bustling?

frightening

busy

poor

rich

  • Question 1

At the start of the story it says that Dick was an orphan. What does the word orphan mean?

CORRECT ANSWER
someone with no parents
  • Question 2

Why did Dick go to London?

CORRECT ANSWER
He thought that London was a very rich city.
  • Question 3

What job did Dick get in London?

CORRECT ANSWER
a scullery boy
  • Question 4

How did Dick get the money to buy his cat?

CORRECT ANSWER
He cleaned a gentleman's shoes.
  • Question 5

Why did Dick decide to run away from London?

CORRECT ANSWER
The cook was unkind to him.
  • Question 6

What made Dick turn round and go back to Mr Fitzwarren's house?

CORRECT ANSWER
He heard church bells telling him to turn around.
  • Question 7

How did Dick become rich?

CORRECT ANSWER
His cat was sold to a foreign king for a lot of money.
  • Question 8

In the story Mr Fitzwarren is a merchant. What does the word merchant mean?

CORRECT ANSWER
someone who buys and sells goods to make money
  • Question 9

Mr Fitzwarren is described as being generous. What does this mean?

CORRECT ANSWER
He gave a lot to other people.
  • Question 10

London is described as being a bustling city. Which of the words in the list is nearest in meaning to bustling?

CORRECT ANSWER
busy
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