Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears Comprehension
  • 1. In this selection, a yam is a ______.
A) turnip
B) sweet potato
C) white potato
D) weed
  • 2. Why does the iguana think that the mosquito's story is nonsense?
A) Mosquitoes are tiny compared to yams.
B) There is no such thing as a yam.
C) Yams are always smaller than mosquitoes.
D) Yams and mosquitoes are the same size.
  • 3. The iguana puts sticks in his ears because _____.
A) he is trying to be funny
B) he doesn't want to hear what the mosquito is saying
C) the mosquito is talking too loudly and too fast
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) the different things animals smell
B) how things taste
C) what the animals see
D) how the animals sound when they move
  • 5. Who warns the other animals of danger?
A) the python and the rabbit
B) King Lion and the owl
C) the crow and the monkey
D) the mosquito and the iguana
  • 6. The monkey leaps "kili wili through the trees". In this story, kili wili means _______
A) quietly
B) calmly
C) easily
D) excitedly
  • 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 the owlets.
C) He asks each animal what has happened?
D) He brings the mosquito before the council.
  • 8. The iguana doesn't speak to the python because the iguana _______.
A) is in a hurry
B) is mad at the snake
C) is planning some mischief
D) can't hear with sticks in his ears
  • 9. The author repeated some lines in story to make the ______.
A) story easier to read
B) story difficult to read
C) story longer
D) story fun to read
  • 10. Which sentence best tells about the mosquito?
A) She still whines in people's ears.
B) She tries to do good for others.
C) She causes trouble on purpose.
D) She is very brave.
  • 11. At the end of the story, what does KPAO! stand for?
A) a word meaning "yes"
B) the sound of someone slapping at a mosquito
C) the sound of a mosquito buzzing
D) the sound of someone shouting
  • 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
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Answer Key

1.B   2.A   3.B   4.D   5.C   6.D   7.C   8.D   9.D   10.A   11.B   12.A  

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