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Comprehension (5.2)

Read the passage and answer the questions.

The Old Donkey

There once was a miller in a village who had a donkey. The donkey

had carried heavy loads every day for many years. When he became too

old to work, his master stopped feeding him and said,"We have no food for

a useless donkey. Go anywhere you like," and he turned the donkey out.

Rather than stay and starve, the donkey left his old village.

"It's sad to grow old," thought the donkey as he walked aimlessly. Then

he found an old dog lying by the roadside, looking very tired.

"Is anything wrong with you, my friend?" asked the donkey.

"Well," replied the dog,"I used to be called the Hunting King of the

country, but now I have grown too old to hunt and my master drove me out

when he saw my toothless mouth. I don't know how to make a living except

by hunting, so I expect I'll starve.

At that thought he lifted up his head and began to howl mournfully.

"You have a beautiful voice, my friend," said the donkey."Let's go and

make a living as musicians." The dog liked the idea and walked with the

donkey.

1. Why did the donkey's master stop feeding it?

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2. Why did the donkey leave his old village?

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3. Why was the dog driven out by his master?

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4. Why did the dog howl mournfully?

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5. What did the donkey suggest to the dog?

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