Alejandro's Gift Comprehension
  • 1. This selection is a good example of realistic fiction because _____.
A) the story involves technology from the future
B) the setting could be a real place
C) many events are unrealistic
D) the story was told orally before it was written
  • 2. Alejandro can have a garden in the desert because ______.
A) he does not have many visitors
B) the windmill brings water up from his well
C) there is a water hole next to his house
D) he does not need much water for himself and his burro
  • 3. Alejandro works in his garden for hours because ______.
A) the garden is very big
B) he wants the vegetables to grow quickly
C) the work keeps him from being lonely
D) there are a lot of weeds in the garden
  • 4. In this selection, woodpeckers, thrashers, and roadrunners are _____.
A) desert birds
B) desert flowers
C) kinds of cactus
D) desert fruit
  • 5. All the animals that come to the garden _____.
A) have fur
B) have long tails
C) are small
D) have four legs
  • 6. The squirrel comes to Alejandro's garden because it is _____.
A) thirsty
B) hungry
C) lost
D) curious
  • 7. Alejandro digs a water hole to ______.
A) feed his animal visitors
B) get better water for his burro
C) provide water for the other, larger desert animals
D) water his garden more easily
  • 8. When "the skunk darted to safety in the underbrush?, ________.
A) Alejandro did not understand why the skunk ran away
B) the skunk warned other animals of danger
C) the skunk go caught
D) Alejandro realized that the animals did not feel safe near the house
  • 9. Animals ignore the first water hole because it is ____.
A) in the open
B) salty
C) too shallow
D) muddy
  • 10. Which word best tells about Alejandro?
A) fearful
B) defeated
C) determined
D) selfish
  • 11. The second water hole is different from the first one Alejandro dug because it is _____.
A) smaller than the first one
B) next to his house
C) shunned by the large animals
D) sheltered from his house
  • 12. Alejandro knows when animals are at the second water hole because _____.
A) his burro moves about
B) he can hear them
C) he can see them
D) they always come at the same time
  • 13. How does Alejandro fix the problems with the first water hole?
  • 14. Explain the two meanings of the story's title Alejandro's Gift. What gift does Alejandro intend to give? What gift does he receive?
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