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Reading Comprehension
Volume 3, Number 25, March 16, 1998

A Story Starter:

. . . Mrs. Travesty Troll was in the kitchen preparing dinner when her son, Tremor Troll, came bounding through the door. She watched him dive under the table. “What in the world are you doing?” she implored.
. . . “I’m hiding from the leprechauns,” was the reply that came from behind the oversized tablecloth.
. . . “What’s all this about leprechauns?” Tremor’s mother demanded.
. . . “Trogmire Troll says that if I’m not careful, a leprechaun will get me!” Tremor trembled.
. . . “Don’t you know there’s no such thing as a leprechaun?”
. . . “That’s not what Trogmire says. He says that if a leprechaun puts a spell on me, I’ll turn into a human!”
. . . Mrs. Travesty Troll frowned. “That’s disgusting! I’m not sure I want you playing with Trogmire Troll, if he’s going to be talking like that. Besides, anyone who believes in leprechauns is just plain superstitious.”
. . . “What are super stitches?” Tremor asked as he poked his head out from his sanctuary.
. . . “That’s superstitious. If someone believes something that isn’t real and makes no sense at all, they’re superstitious.”
. . . “Well, Trogmire sounds like he knows what he’s talking about. He says that on the night before St. Patrick’s Day, leprechauns go looking for innocent little trolls like me. When they catch us, it’s Humansville!”
. . . Mrs. Troll pulled a chair from the table. “Sit here and eat your mole liver nuggets. It’s time that Trogmire Troll learns a lesson, and I have just the plan that will do it!”

1. How does Tremor Troll feel as the story begins?

a. hopeful
b. amused
c. scared
d. itchy

2. Tremor seems to believe that leprechauns are ___________.

a. unreal
b. playful
c. evil
d. green

3. Mrs. Troll ___________ what Trogmire told her son.

a. agrees with
b. does not approve of
c. is amused by
d. never learns

4. From the context, you can guess that sanctuary means ___________.

a. dinner plate
b. bathroom
c. high place
d. place of safety

5. A superstitious belief is called a superstition. Which of the following is most likely a superstition?

a. There was never such a thing as a unicorn.
b. If a black cat crosses your path, you will have bad luck.
c. Many people will avoid you if you never wash.
d. Germs exist even though we can’t see them.

6. What could Mrs. Travesty Troll’s plan be? You decide as you write the rest of this story.

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