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