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The Shepherd Boy and the Wolf
Based On a Fable By Aesop
Long ago, there was a boy whose father owned many sheep. One day, the father said to the boy, “You are old enough now to be my shepherd. Take the sheep to a field where there is lots of grass for them to eat. Then watch the sheep. Make sure that none get lost, and do not let wolves eat my sheep!”
The boy led the sheep up a hill to a field of grass. He sat on a rock and watched the sheep. After a few hours, the boy was bored. “The sheep eat and do not wander off. I have not seen any wolves. What can I do for fun?”
Then the boy got an idea. There were no wolves in sight, but he shouted, “Wolf! Wolf!”
The people in the village heard him shout. They ran up the hill to help him chase away the wolf. When they got to the top, they were huffing and puffing. “Where is the wolf?” they asked.
The boy laughed. “There is no wolf,” he said. “I was just having a bit of fun.” The villagers grumbled and went back down the hill.
The next day, the boy was bored again. “Wolf! Wolf!” he shouted. The villagers rushed up the hill and saw the boy had tricked them again.
On the third day, the boy took a nap while the sheep ate grass. When he woke up, he saw a wolf killing a sheep. “Wolf! Wolf!” he shouted. The villagers did not come. He shouted again, but still no one came.
Moral: If you tell lies, no one will believe you when you tell the truth.
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1. Why did the boy take the sheep up a hill?CorrectIncorrect
2. Why did the boy shout “Wolf!” when there was no wolf?CorrectIncorrect
3. Do you think the boy was selfish? Tell why or why not.
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4. What information in the story tells readers that it was hard work for the villagers to run up the hill?CorrectIncorrect
5. Why did the villagers not come when the boy called “Wolf!” on the third day?CorrectIncorrect