Reading Comprehension Quiz
Which statement is FALSE?
Mauritius is off the coast of Rhode Island.
Mauritius is a very small island.
Mauritius had no mammals on it for most of time.
Mauritius had a lot of fruit trees in the past.
Why do you believe that this statement is FALSE? Refer to the text in your response.
Which bird is an ancestor of the dodo?
Which best explains WHY dodos lost the ability to fly?
The dodos had no predators on Mauritius.
The forest was so dense in Mauritius that birds couldn't fly.
Dodo wings adapted to swimming, like penguins.
Mauritius was too windy and flying there was dangerous.
Which best describes the author's purpose in writing the FOURTH paragraph?
He is persuading readers to learn more about history and geography.
He is explaining how and why the Dutch came to Mauritius.
He is informing readers about how farms work and what they do.
He is describing what the Netherlands was like in the 1600s.
Which event happened LAST?
The Dutch brought mammals to Mauritius.
A sailor had the last recorded encounter with a dodo.
The concept of human-induced extinction was proven.
The Dutch abandoned Mauritius.
Which was NOT a factor in the extinction of the dodo?
Pigs and chickens out-competed the dodo for food.
Humans cleared forestland to make farmland.
Cats and rats ate the dodos' eggs.
Pollution spoiled the dodos' ancient mating grounds.
How did people feel about the extinction of the dodo when it happened?
Governments started preserving wildlife.
Many people were really upset.
Most people didn't notice or care.
Animal protection groups were formed.
Why do you believe this? Use the text to support your response.
Which event happened FIRST?
Humans discovered the island of Mauritius.
The last recorded encounter with a dodo occurred.
The Dutch colonists left Mauritius.
A study of the dodo helped prove the concept of extinction.
Which statement is TRUE based on information from the text?
The case of the dodo helped to prove the idea of extinction.
Overhunting was the sole cause of the dodo's extinction.
The Dutch colonies on Mauritius were a great success.
The dodo was the only species extinguished by the colonists.
With which statement would the author most likely AGREE?
Our actions can have severe, unintended effects on the environment.
We should not explore the planet because it is too dangerous.
It is arrogant to think that humans can permanently change the planet.
Nature always bounces back no matter how much damage we cause.
If the island of Mauritius were discovered today, would people treat the dodo and its habitat differently? Why or why not? Explain your answer completely.
What lesson can readers learn from this text? What can the dodo and the island of Mauritius teach readers about ecology and our environment? Refer to the text in your response.