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Read and Understand Fables: 'The Fox and the Stork'

In this worksheet, students read the fable 'The Fox and the Stork' and answer questions on it.

'Read and Understand Fables: 'The Fox and the Stork'' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:   Reading: Comprehension

Curriculum subtopic:   Check Understanding of Text

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

A fable is a short story that has a moral, or message. The characters in fables are often talking animals.

 

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

 

The Fox and the Stork

 

 

The fox and the stork were once on good terms with each other, but the fox could not resist playing a trick on his friend.

 

'I have made a delicious soup,' the fox said to the stork. 'Why don't you come round for dinner tonight and share it with me?'

 

So the stork arrived at the fox's house, looking forward to her meal. However, the malicious fox served the soup up in very shallow bowls, which he could easily lap from but the dejected stork, with her long beak, couldn't manage at all. She could only gaze hungrily at the fox as he finished his soup and licked his lips.

 

'Oh dear,' said the fox. 'It looks like you are not keen on my soup after all. Here, let me finish it for you.' And he lapped up the stork's soup as well as his own.

 

'Please don't apologise,' said the stork. 'I hope you will come round to dinner with me tomorrow evening.'

 

So the fox arrived at the stork's house the next evening, looking forward to his meal. To his dismay, the meal was served up in tall jars with narrow necks. The stork ate her meal easily, dipping her long beak into the jar, but the fox could eat nothing at all and went home hungry.

 

The moral of the story is 'One bad turn deserves another'.

Why did the fox invite the stork round for dinner?

He wanted to be kind to his friend.

He wanted to play a trick on his friend.

He knew the stork was hungry and wanted to help her.

The fox is described as 'malicious'. What do you think this means?

hungry

spiteful

clever

Find the word that is used to describe how the stork felt when she couldn't eat her meal.

Write it in the answer box.

The fable is about the stork taking her revenge on the fox. What does this mean?

being angry with someone

tricking someone

hurting someone because they have hurt you

The moral of the story is 'One bad turn deserves another'. What does this mean?

If you like someone you should be nice to them.

Never trick people when you invite them for dinner.

If you treat someone badly you deserve to be treated badly yourself.

Look at the following adjectives and decide which ones describe the fox. You may need to use a dictionary if you do not know what the words mean.

Tick three boxes.

clever

deceitful

unkind

uncaring

generous

friendly

  • Question 1

Why did the fox invite the stork round for dinner?

CORRECT ANSWER
He wanted to play a trick on his friend.
EDDIE SAYS
The fox knew that the stork would not be able to eat from a flat dish.
  • Question 2

The fox is described as 'malicious'. What do you think this means?

CORRECT ANSWER
spiteful
EDDIE SAYS
The fox is deliberately doing something unkind to the stork. This is spiteful or malicious behaviour.
  • Question 3

Find the word that is used to describe how the stork felt when she couldn't eat her meal.

Write it in the answer box.

CORRECT ANSWER
dejected
Dejected
EDDIE SAYS
If you are dejected it means you are feeling sad and low.
  • Question 4

The fable is about the stork taking her revenge on the fox. What does this mean?

CORRECT ANSWER
hurting someone because they have hurt you
EDDIE SAYS
If you do something bad to someone because they have done something bad to you it is called taking revenge.
  • Question 5

The moral of the story is 'One bad turn deserves another'. What does this mean?

CORRECT ANSWER
If you treat someone badly you deserve to be treated badly yourself.
EDDIE SAYS
Some people believe that the stork behaves as badly as the fox by tricking him in return, but perhaps she is just teaching him a lesson.
  • Question 6

Look at the following adjectives and decide which ones describe the fox. You may need to use a dictionary if you do not know what the words mean.

Tick three boxes.

CORRECT ANSWER
deceitful
unkind
uncaring
EDDIE SAYS
If you are deceitful you are untruthful and you mislead others. The fox thinks he is being clever but he is outwitted by the stork in the end.
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