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Grade 4 - English Language
3.24 Fairy Tale: FOX AND THE GRAPES

Directions: Read the following story and answer the objective questions. Also, identify all the story elements (characters, setting, time, problem, events, and solution) and write them on a separate sheet of paper. As a homework, write a short story of your own. A moral is a message conveyed or a lesson to be learned from a story or event. Did your story have a moral?

FOX AND THE GRAPES

Once upon a time . . . in a forest there lived a very crafty quick-witted fox. The rabbits, rats, the birds and all the other creatures fled at the sight of him, for they all knew how cruel and famished he was. And since his prey kept fearfully out of sight, the fox had no choice but to haunt the neighborhood buildings in the hope of finding something to eat. The first time, he was in luck. Near a lonely peasant's cottage, only a low fence stood between him and the hen run, and there he left death and destruction behind him.

"What careless men, leaving such tender fat hens unguarded," he said to himself as he trotted away, still munching.

A few days later, hungry once more, he decided to visit the same hen run again. He crept up to the fence. A thread of smoke curled from the cottage chimney, but all was quiet. With a great bound, he leaped into the hen run. The cackling hens scattered, and the fox was already clutching one in his jaws when a stone hit him on the side.

"Wicked brute!" yelled a man waving a stick. "Now I've got you!"

To make matters worse, up raced a large dog, snarling viciously. The fox dropped the hen and tried to jump out of the hen run. At the first try, he fell back, perhaps weak with fright. He could almost feel the dog's fangs sink into his ear, but with a desperate jump, he got over the fence. The yells and stones streamed after the bruised fox as he ran into the forest. In a nearby glade, he glanced round to make sure that he was not being followed. "Bad luck!" he said to himself. "All those hens . . ." His mouth was watering and he could feel gnawing hunger pains. Right above his head stretched a vine, laden with bunches of big ripe grapes. "Well, if there's nothing else . . ." muttered the fox, jumping up towards the grapes. But the bunches were hanging just beyond his reach. The fox then took a running jump at them, but without success. And though he tried over and over again, the grapes remained beyond his grasp.

"Craw! Craw! Craw!" laughed a crow overhead, mocking the disappointed fox.

"Sour grapes!" exclaimed the fox loudly. "I'll come back when they're ripe."

And thrusting out his chest to give himself airs, though still smarting from the blows he had received, he set off towards the woods with an empty stomach.

Q 1: Why did the fox try to get the grapes?
because he could not eat the hen
because he knew that the grapes were sweet
because the grapes belonged to the fox
because he liked the grapes better than the hen

Q 2: Given a choice, the fox would have like to eat _____.
the grapes
the hen
nothing

Q 3: Why did the fox go to the human village to look for food?
He wanted to prove that he was brave.
All the animals died and there was no food in the jungle.
All the animals were hiding from him, so he could not find food in the jungle.
He was mad at the farmers.

Q 4: Why did the fox call the grapes
the crow told him so
because he really knew that the grapes were sour
he ate a grape and found it to be sour
to save his face

Q 5: Why did the fox run into trouble the second time it went to the hen run?
the fox tripped and fell down
there was a lion waiting for him
the farmer was prepared
all the hen were gone

Q 6: Which of these words is NOT a good description of the fox?
famished
cruel
honest
crafty

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