Read the following poem and answer the questions in your language writing notebook:
“Stay right away from the forest.’ they say;
“The troll will catch you for sure.
He lurks near the lake,
He skulls in the shrubs
And he hides in the hollows of trees.”
If he catches you, you will be sorry, ’they say;
“ Boys and girls are his favorite lunch,
He thinks toes are tasty
Hair is like honey
And nose just so nice to nibble.”
They say anything to keep children away
From my den deep in the woods
Where I eat luscious leaves,
Bright berries, sour seeds
And fresh fruits from the trificka tree.
I just can’t believe they think I eat kids,
Why would I want to do that?
I’d love to meet one
For a chinwag and chat-
A friend for a lonely old troll.
Stay right away from the forest,” they say;
“The troll’s so ugly you’d faint.
He is nothing like us-
Just leave him alone
Some things don’t deserve to be loud.”
A- Choose the correct answer
1- Where does the troll live?
A- far from the forest
B- near the forest
C- in the forest
D- in the lake
2- “They” believe that troll hides __________.
A- in the hollows of trees
B- on treetops
C- in the lake
D- in the park
3- ‘They’ say that troll is ____________.
4- What do you think ‘chinwag’ is
1- tasty toes
2- children’s noses
3- fresh fruit
4- a friend
B- Answer the questions
1- Why do ‘they’ warn children to stay away from the forest?
2- The word ‘lurk’ means to move in a way so as not to be seen. Which other word in the poem has a similar meaning?
3- What do you think ’they’ refers to in the poem?
4- How would you feel about what ‘they’ say about you if you were the troll ? why?
C- Fill in the missing information.
||What ‘they’ say
||What the troll says
|What the troll is
|What the troll eats
|What children should do
||Stay away from him
Adopted from Scholastic Step up comprehension skills.