Val's Garden: Reading Comprehension
Read the text on the left and answer the questions.
I am new to the city. I do not know anyone. But an old woman lives next door. Her name is Val. She gives me a big box of vegetables.
She grows them in a garden by the sidewalk. There are carrots, tomatoes, beans, and peas. They are the best vegetables I ever ate. Val lives alone, too. But she seems happy in her garden. She loves plants. Sometimes, I can hear her talking to them. Maybe that is why they grow so big.
One day, I stop seeing Val in the garden. I see people take many boxes from her home. Weeds grow in her garden. The dirt is dry. The plants look sad. Val must have passed on.
So I pull the weeds. I water the garden. I even talk to the plants.
Then a family moves next door. They are new to the city. They do not know anyone. And I give them a big box of vegetables from Val’s garden.
Story by Shantel Ivits at BC Open Textbooks
Drawings by Carlee Ashton Diabo
Story and drawings adapted under Creative Commons license
Story adaptations and exercises by Douglas Rodger, English Language Centre
Audio version performed by Cam Culham, English Language Centre
- How long has the writer of the story lived in the city?
- A very long time
- Not very long
- Ten years
- She was born in the city.
- What kind of vegetable did Val NOT grow?
- Beans and peas
- What happened after the writer of the story stopped seeing Val in her garden?
- No one watered the garden.
- People took many boxes from Val's house.
- Other neighbors took care of the garden.
- Val's house stayed empty.
- Why was the new family lucky?
- They moved into a good neighborhood.
- The had lots of friends in town.
- They were lucky because the writer of the story took care of Val's garden even after she died.
- They had good jobs.
- What is something that the writer of the story did NOT do after Val died?
- pull the weeds
- water the garden
- talk to the plants
- learn about Val's family