Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears Comprehension
  • 1. In this selection, a yam is a ______.
A) weed
B) white potato
C) turnip
D) sweet potato
  • 2. Why does the iguana think that the mosquito's story is nonsense?
A) There is no such thing as a yam.
B) Yams and mosquitoes are the same size.
C) Yams are always smaller than mosquitoes.
D) Mosquitoes are tiny compared to yams.
  • 3. The iguana puts sticks in his ears because _____.
A) the mosquito is talking too loudly and too fast
B) he doesn't want to hear what the mosquito is saying
C) he is trying to be funny
D) the mosquito is buzzing around in his ears
  • 4. The iguana "went off, mek, mek, mek." In the story, the words mek and kirk are ________.
A) how things taste
B) what the animals see
C) the different things animals smell
D) how the animals sound when they move
  • 5. Who warns the other animals of danger?
A) King Lion and the owl
B) the mosquito and the iguana
C) the crow and the monkey
D) the python and the rabbit
  • 6. The monkey leaps "kili wili through the trees". In this story, kili wili means _______
A) easily
B) calmly
C) excitedly
D) quietly
  • 7. How does King Lion find out why the sun is still sleeping?
A) He searches for the mosquito, who is hiding.
B) He asks each animal what has happened?
C) He asks the owlets.
D) He brings the mosquito before the council.
  • 8. The iguana doesn't speak to the python because the iguana _______.
A) is planning some mischief
B) is mad at the snake
C) is in a hurry
D) can't hear with sticks in his ears
  • 9. The author repeated some lines in story to make the ______.
A) story difficult to read
B) story easier to read
C) story longer
D) story fun to read
  • 10. Which sentence best tells about the mosquito?
A) She tries to do good for others.
B) She is very brave.
C) She still whines in people's ears.
D) She causes trouble on purpose.
  • 11. At the end of the story, what does KPAO! stand for?
A) the sound of someone shouting
B) the sound of someone slapping at a mosquito
C) the sound of a mosquito buzzing
D) a word meaning "yes"
  • 12. "Coyote Places the Stars" and "Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears" are similar because both stories _________.
A) have animal characters and explain about something in nature
B) are about real animals and are factual
C) are like a science textbook
D) are humorous and have nonsense verses
  • 13. How does Mother Owl wake the sun?
  • 14. Why do mosquitoes buzz in people's ears?
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