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Getting the Essential Information in Reading: Reading Comprehension Review Practice Exercises

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Updated on Aug 24, 2011

Read the following study guide for a concept review:

Getting the Essential Information in Reading: Reading Comprehension Review Study Guide

PRACTICE LAP

Read the passage and then answer the questions to practice finding the basic information.

On Friday afternoon at 4:30 p.m., the fire department was called to Washington Park because of a report of a cat stuck in a tree. When they arrived, they found an orange tabby in a high branch of the oak tree in the center of the park. A crowd had gathered around the tree, with everyone looking up to keep track of the cat. Kathy Green, who had called the fire department, told one of the firefighters that she saw the cat run up the tree. It was being chased by a golden retriever that had gotten loose from his leash. Kathy and some of her friends tried to get the cat down by calling to it and offering it food, but when they saw it wasn't working, Kathy called the fire department. The firefighters were able to rescue the cat by climbing up a ladder.
  1. Who was in the tree?
    1. Kathy's friend Marge
    2. Kathy
    3. Kathy's cat
    4. an orange tabby cat
  2. How did it get in the tree?
    1. A dog chased it up the tree.
    2. It was chasing a bird in the tree.
    3. It was hiding from its owner.
    4. Kathy's friend put it in the tree.
  3. Where did the incident occur?
    1. Pebble Beach
    2. Thompson Square Park
    3. Washington Park
    4. Lincoln Center
  4. When did the incident occur?
    1. Sunday morning at 9:00 a.m.
    2. Friday afternoon at 4:30 p.m.
    3. this evening
    4. last night at 10:15 p.m.
  5. Who called the fire department?
    1. Kathy Green
    2. Kathy's friend
    3. a member of the crowd
    4. a Washington Park ranger
  6. What did Kathy and her friends do to try to get the cat down?
    1. climbed up the tree
    2. called to it
    3. offered it food
    4. b and c
  7. What kind of tree did the cat climb?
    1. maple
    2. pine
    3. elm
    4. oak
  8. What kind of dog chased the cat up the tree?
    1. Jack Russell terrier
    2. Labrador retriever
    3. golden retriever
    4. poodle
  9. How were the firefighters able to rescue the cat?
    1. climbing up a ladder
    2. sounding a horn
    3. calling to it
    4. offering it food
  10. What color was the cat in the tree?
    1. calico
    2. black
    3. orange
    4. gray

ANSWERS

  1. d. An orange tabby cat was in the tree.
  2. a. A dog chased the cat up the tree.
  3. c. The incident occurred in Washington Park.
  4. b. The incident occurred on Friday afternoon at 4:30 p.m.
  5. a. Kathy Green called the fire department.
  6. d. Kathy and her friends tried to get the cat down by calling to it and offering it food.
  7. d. The cat climbed an oak tree.
  8. c. The dog that chased the cat up the tree was a golden retriever.
  9. a. The firefighters were able to rescue the cat by climbing up a ladder.
  10. c. The cat in the tree was orange.
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