Reading Comprehension Quiz
Based on the text, which best explains how black rats were introduced to Hawaii?
The Europeans brought them on their ships.
The Asians brought them to Hawaii when they first arrived.
The rats were able to swim to Hawaii from Asia.
The native Hawaiians imported them to solve a problem with their crops.
How do you know this? Cite evidence from the text to support your response.
Which best defines the word "originate" as it was used in the SECOND paragraph?
To become independent
To come from a place
To wander the world
To go to a place
Which event happened FIRST?
The black rat migrated to Europe
Plantation owners bred mongooses
The mongoose was introduced to Hawaii
The black rat was introduced to Hawaii
Which statement would the author most likely DISAGREE with?
Mongooses threaten many creatures native to Hawaii.
Mongooses were brought to Hawaii intentionally.
Black rats threaten many creatures native to Hawaii.
The only reason people dislike rats is because they are ugly.
Why do you believe this? Use the text in your answer.
Which best expresses the author's main purpose in writing this text?
To describe the habits and hazards of the black rat
To persuade readers to protect the endangered mongoose
To entertain readers with tales of a mongoose's adventures
To inform readers about species that have invaded Hawaii
Which best expresses the main idea of the SIXTH paragraph?
This paragraph is about Indian culture and wildlife.
This paragraph is about the lifecycle of the mongoose.
This paragraph is about how mongooses migrated to India.
This paragraph is about the mongoose's role in Indian society.
Which statement is FALSE based on information from the text?
Mongooses have spread more than 40 deadly diseases.
Rats climb trees and eat bird eggs.
Mongooses eat sea turtle eggs.
Rats eat lots of vegetation and crops.
Which best explains why plantation owners imported mongooses to Hawaii?
Mongooses are fuzzy and adorable.
Mongooses kill deadly cobras.
Mongooses eat rats.
Mongooses make great household pets.
Which best defines the word "revere" as it is used in the SIXTH paragraph?
To dislike someone or something
To respect someone or something
To hunt someone or something
To get rid of someone or something
Why do you believe this? Explain your answer completely.
Which title best expresses the main idea of this text?
Uncovered: What the Real Rikki-Tikki-Tavi is Like
Unwanted: The Journey of the Black Rat to Hawaii
Backfired: Solving Problems with Problems in Hawaii
Travel Procedures: Getting in and out of Hawaii with Pets
The mongoose is praised in Indian culture and hated in Hawaiian culture. Why is this animal perceived differently in these environments? Use the text to support your response.
What lesson can readers learn from this text? Cite examples from the text to support your argument.
Why did the mongoose fail to remove the black rat population from Hawaii? Use evidence from the text to support your argument.