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Compare Two Fables
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by Amy Bell
| 5 Questions
Note from the author:
Assesses standards 3RL2, 3RL4, and 3RL9
The Dog and His Shadow

Dog was having a great day. He had found a delicious bone and was going home to chew on it when he crossed a little bridge over a stream. As he looked into the water, he saw another dog who was holding a bone and looking back at him. Hmmm, Dog thought, that dog's bone is bigger than mine. And without thinking further, he made a grab for it. When he did this, the bone that Dog had fell into the water and was swept away.

The Mouse and the Weasel

A lean and very hungry mouse one day found a basket full of corn with a hole in it. He easliy squeezed through the hole and stuffed himself with corn until he could barely budge. When he was ready to leave the basket, he found that he'd filled out so much he could no longer fit through the hole.
Weasel was watching Mouse struggle and laughed at his predicament.
"What's so funny?" said Mouse.
"After all your eating, it seems that you'll have to stay in the basket until you've shrunk back to the size you were when you crawled through that hole."


1
3 pts
Look back in the text The Mouse and the Weasel. What does the word predicament mean?
food
character trait
problem
joke
2
3 pts
Look back in the text The Mouse and the Weasel. What does the phrase barely budge mean?
couldn't easily talk
couldn't easily move
could easily move
could easily crawl
3
3 pts
Click HERE to compare the texts of the two stories. Find connections by looking for things that are the same.
4
3 pts
How are the two stories similar? Remember to use details from the text in your answer.
5
3 pts
What was the lesson learned in The Dog and His Shadow?
If you overeat you will feel ill
If you are greedy you will lose what you have
You should always share
You should be careful around streams
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