Comprehension - The Bullies - Year 4/5

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Kevin was afraid to go to school. He knew that as soon as he walked through the school gate, someone would be waiting for him. They might grab his schoolbag and hide it, or open it up and scatter all the books in the dirt. Perhaps they might steal the best bits of his lunch and throw the rest in the garbage. Or they might threaten him until he handed over his lunch-order money. Today, they might just trip him up and laugh as he fell. They could snatch the cap from his head and send it flying out through Read morethe school gate, to land on the road under the wheels of the cars and trucks.
Kevin had thought about telling someone. He'd started to say something to his brother, William, but Wills had become impatient with his stutter and had rushed off, saying, "Catch you later, Kev." He'd tried to think of a way to raise the subject with Dad, but the television was showing England versus Australia in the World Cup and Dad had shushed Kevin, and told him to wait till later.
Besides, Kevin remembered that the boys had warned him not to tell anyone. Telling would just mean that even worse things might happen to him. No, telling wasn't a good idea. Slowly, he walked into the kitchen, scuffing his feet against the tiles. "Mum," he whispered, "I feel sick."


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    * Why was Kevin afraid? (Choose the best option)

    • A.

      He wasn't feeling well?

    • B.

      He had a stutter?

    • C.

      He was being picked on by kids at school?

    • D.

      He's brother was angry at him

    Correct Answer
    C. He was being picked on by kids at school?
    Explanation
    Kevin was afraid because he was being picked on by kids at school. This suggests that Kevin was experiencing bullying or harassment from his peers, which can lead to fear and anxiety. Being targeted by other children can create a hostile and unsafe environment for Kevin, causing him to feel afraid and vulnerable.

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  • 2. 

    * Why didn't William listen to him?

    • A.

      He was watch the television?

    • B.

      Kevin wasn't talking clearly?

    • C.

      Kevin was whispering?

    • D.

      William was in a hurry?

    Correct Answer
    B. Kevin wasn't talking clearly?
    Explanation
    The correct answer is Kevin wasn't talking clearly. This suggests that William didn't listen to him because Kevin's speech was unclear or difficult to understand. It is possible that Kevin was mumbling, speaking too softly, or not enunciating his words properly, causing William to struggle to comprehend what he was saying.

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  • 3. 

    * Why didn't his father listen to him?

    • A.

      He was watching television?

    • B.

      Kevin wasn't talking clearly?

    • C.

      Kevin was whispering?

    • D.

      He was in a hurry?

    Correct Answer
    A. He was watching television?
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "He was watching television." This suggests that Kevin's father was preoccupied with watching TV, which caused him to not listen to Kevin.

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  • 4. 

    * What warning did the bullies give Kevin?

    • A.

      We're going to steal your lunch money?

    • B.

      We are going to throw your hat away?

    • C.

      You better not come through the school gate?

    • D.

      Don't tell anyone or it will only get worse?

    Correct Answer
    D. Don't tell anyone or it will only get worse?
    Explanation
    The bullies warned Kevin not to tell anyone about their actions because they implied that if he did, the situation would escalate and become even worse for him.

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  • 5. 

    * Select three unpleasant things that could happen to Kevin at school?

    • A.

      He might have his lunch-order money stolen?

    • B.

      He might get punched in the stomach?

    • C.

      He might have his hat thrown away?

    • D.

      He might get tripped over and laughed at?

    • E.

      He might have his books thrown in the bin?

    Correct Answer(s)
    A. He might have his lunch-order money stolen?
    C. He might have his hat thrown away?
    D. He might get tripped over and laughed at?
    Explanation
    The correct answer includes three possible unpleasant things that could happen to Kevin at school: having his lunch-order money stolen, having his hat thrown away, and getting tripped over and laughed at. These situations can cause embarrassment, loss of personal belongings, and potential physical harm, making them unpleasant experiences for Kevin.

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  • 6. 

    * There is more than one bully.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The statement "There is more than one bully" is true. This means that there are multiple individuals who engage in bullying behavior. This could be in various contexts such as school, workplace, or online. Having more than one bully increases the complexity and potential harm of the situation, as it may lead to a greater number of victims and a more challenging environment to address and prevent bullying.

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  • 7. 

    * William and Dad did not realise that something was wrong.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    William and Dad did not realize that something was wrong. This means that they were unaware of any problem or issue. Therefore, the statement "William and Dad did not realize that something was wrong" is true.

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  • 8. 

    * Dad thinks Kevin should sort out his own problems.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
  • 9. 

    * Kevin is too frightened to tell anyone.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The statement implies that Kevin is too scared to inform anyone about something. Since the statement does not provide any contradictory information or context, it can be assumed that Kevin is indeed too frightened to share the information with anyone. Therefore, the correct answer is True.

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  • 10. 

    * Kevin is feeling sick.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    The given statement states that Kevin is feeling sick. However, the correct answer is "False" which means that Kevin is not feeling sick.

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  • 11. 

    * Kevin's mum is too busy to listen to him.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    The given statement suggests that Kevin's mum is too busy to listen to him, but the correct answer is False. This means that Kevin's mum is not too busy to listen to him.

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  • 12. 

    The next eight questions all relate to the passage below.  For each blank line, type the word that fits best (from the provided options) into the correct numbered answer field.  Be careful, there are more options provided than needed. Kevin's mother (13)________________  that he was (14)________________  about something.  Gently, she (15)______________  him and he told her about his  (16)___________ at school.  She went with Kevin to see his (17)________________ . The other boys and their (18)____________  were asked to come to (19)_____________ at the school.  Kevin did not have any more difficulty with (20)______________ . Provided Words: troubles       parents       worried       cried       knew        headmaster         questioned         bullying          meeting          angry

    Correct Answer
    knew
    Knew
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "knew" because the passage states that Kevin's mother "knew" that he was "worried" about something. The word "knew" fits best in this context as it indicates that Kevin's mother had prior knowledge or understanding of his emotional state. The word "Knew" is also capitalized in the answer, which suggests that it is the correct option to fill in the blank.

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  • 13. 

    Provided Words: troubles       parents       worried       cried       knew        headmaster         questioned         bullying          meeting          angry

    Correct Answer
    worried
    Worried
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "worried" and "Worried". These words are the only ones from the provided list that are spelled correctly and have the same meaning. Both "worried" and "Worried" refer to a state of concern or anxiety.

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  • 14. 

    Provided Words: troubles       parents       worried       cried       knew        headmaster         questioned         bullying          meeting          angry

    Correct Answer
    questioned
    Questioned
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "questioned, Questioned". The word "questioned" is repeated twice, once in lowercase and once in uppercase. This suggests that the word is important and likely the correct answer. The repetition of the word indicates that someone was being interrogated or asked for information.

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  • 15. 

    Provided Words: troubles       parents       worried       cried       knew        headmaster         questioned         bullying          meeting          angry

    Correct Answer
    troubles
    trouble
    Troubles
    Explanation
    The correct answer for this question is "troubles, trouble, Troubles". The given words are variations of the same word, which is "trouble". The question requires identifying the correct spellings of the word "trouble". The variations "troubles", "trouble", and "Troubles" are all correct spellings of the word, hence they are the correct answer choices.

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  • 16. 

    Provided Words: troubles       parents       worried       cried       knew        headmaster         questioned         bullying          meeting          angry

    Correct Answer
    headmaster
    Headmaster
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "headmaster" or "Headmaster". This suggests that the word "headmaster" is relevant to the question or context in some way. It could be that the question is asking about a person in a position of authority, such as a headmaster, who may be involved in addressing or investigating the mentioned issues of troubles, worried parents, bullying, etc. The capitalization of "Headmaster" could indicate that it is a specific person's title or name.

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  • 17. 

    Provided Words: troubles       parents       worried       cried       knew        headmaster         questioned         bullying          meeting          angry

    Correct Answer
    parents
    Parents
    parent
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "parents, Parents, parent". The question is asking for variations of the word "parents". The word "parents" is plural, "Parents" is capitalized, and "parent" is singular. These variations all refer to the same concept of a person's mother and father.

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  • 18. 

    Provided Words: troubles       parents       worried       cried       knew        headmaster         questioned         bullying          meeting          angry

    Correct Answer
    meeting
    Meeting
  • 19. 

    Provided Words: troubles       parents       worried       cried       knew        headmaster         questioned         bullying          meeting          angry

    Correct Answer
    bullying
    Bullying

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