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Identify the theme of each story. Use the space below the answer to explain why you selected that answer.


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  • 1. 
    The Ant and the Grasshopper In a field one summer's day a Grasshopper was hopping about, chirping and singing to its heart's content. An Ant passed by bearing along with great toil an ear of corn he was taking to the nest. "Why not come and chat with me," said the Grasshopper, "instead of toiling and moiling in that way?" "I am helping to lay up food for the winter," said the Ant, "and recommend you to do the same." "Why bother about winter?" said the Grasshopper. “We have got plenty of food at present." But the Ant went on its way and continued its toil. When the winter came the Grasshopper had no food and found itself dying of hunger, while it saw the ants distributing every day corn and grain from the stores they had collected in the summer.
    • A. 

      It is easy to despise what you cannot get

    • B. 

      Preparation pays off

    • C. 

      Kindness pays off more than harshness

  • 2. 
    • A. 

      Kindness pays off more than harshness

    • B. 

      It is easy to despise what you cannot get

    • C. 

      Preparation pays off

  • 3. 
    The Boy Who Cried Wolf A shepherd-boy, who watched a flock of sheep near a village, brought out the villagers three or four times by crying out, "Wolf! Wolf!" and when his neighbors came to help him, he laughed at them for believing he was in trouble.      The Wolf, however, did truly come at last. The Shepherd-boy, now really alarmed, shouted in an agony of terror: "Pray, do come and help me; the Wolf is killing the sheep"; but no one paid any attention to his cries, nor offered any assistance. The Wolf, having no fear, destroyed the whole flock.
    • A. 

      It is easy to despise what you cannot get

    • B. 

      Once a person becomes a liar their is no believing him

    • C. 

      Preparation pays off

  • 4. 
    The Rabbit was once boasting of his speed before the other animals. "I have never yet been beaten," said he, "when I put forth my full speed. I challenge any one here to race with me."      The Tortoise said quietly, "I accept your challenge."      "That is a good joke," said the Rabbit; "I could dance around you all the way."      "Keep your boasting till you've won," answered the Tortoise. "Shall we race?"      So a course was fixed and a start was made. The Rabbit darted almost out of sight at once, but soon stopped and, to show his contempt for the Tortoise, lay down to have a nap. The Tortoise plodded on and plodded on, and when the Rabbit awoke from his nap, he saw the Tortoise just near the winning-post and could not run up in time to save the race.
    • A. 

      Preparation pays off

    • B. 

      Gossips are to be seen and not heard

    • C. 

      Slow but steady wins the race

  • 5. 
    The Donkey and his Buyer  A man who wanted to buy a Donkey went to market, and, coming acrossa likely-looking beast, arranged with the owner that he should beallowed to take him home on trial to see what he was like. When hereached home, he put him into his stable along with the other donkeys.The new Donkey took a look around, and immediately went and chose a placenext to the laziest and greediest beast in the stable. When the mastersaw this he put a halter on him at once, and led him off and handedhim back to his owner again. The owner was a good deal surprised toseem him back so soon, and said, "Why, do you mean to say you havetested him already?" "I don't want to put him through any more tests,"replied the other. "I could see what sort of beast he is from thecompanion he chose for himself."
    • A. 

      Slow but steady wins the race

    • B. 

      A person is known by the company he or she keeps

    • C. 

      Never trust your enemy