Nasreddin and the Pot: Reading Comprehension
Read the story and answer the questions.
Nasreddin and the Pot
One day Nasreddin borrowed a pot from his neighbour Ali. The next day he brought it back with another little pot inside. "That's not mine," said Ali. "Yes, it is," said Nasreddin. "While your pot was staying with me, it had a baby."
Some time later Nasreddin asked Ali to lend him a pot again. Ali agreed, hoping that he would once again receive two pots in return. However, days passed and Nasreddin had still not returned the pot. Finally Ali lost patience and went to demand his property. "I am sorry," said Nasreddin. "I can't give you back your pot, since it has died." "Died!" screamed Ali, "how can a pot die?" "Well," said Nasreddin, "you believed me when I told you that your pot had had a baby."
Story retold by Martin Holmes based on Nasreddin Hodja folktales
Audio version performed by Cam Culham, English Language Centre
Who was the owner of the pot?
- the baby
How many times did Nasreddin borrow the pot?
- three times
How many pots did he give back the first time?
Why was the neighbour happy to lend his pot a second time?
- He was greedy.
- He was a good neighbour.
- He had lots of spare pots.
How many pots did Nasreddin return the second time?
What probably happened to the pot?
- It died.
- The neighbour took it back.
- Nasreddin kept it.