Christmas Reading Comprehension

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The Miracle of the Poinsettia

A Mexican Christmas Legend

In a small village in Mexico, many people believe that a miracle happened.

On Christmas Eve, in the year 1834, people in the village were bringing gifts to the church altar. Maria, a poor peasant girl, had no gift. She stood outside the church watching others as they entered with their gifts.

A lady passed by with a big bunch of flowers in her arms. A leaf fell and landed at Maria's feet. Maria picked it up and thought, "I will take this leaf and it will be my gift."

Maria entered the church and walked to the alter. As she opened her hand, there was a gasp from the others who had seen Maria pick up the leaf. Instead of a simple leaf, Maria was holding a beautiful flower. It was shaped like a star with bright red leaves.

Word of the miracle spread quickly through the village. The gift of the Poinsettia came to be known as "The Flower of the Holy Night." Since that time, many houses in Mexico display the Poinsettia at Christmas time. They believe that the beautiful plant brings a blessing that will last all year.

What kind of story is this?
a play
a legend
a news report
a legend Who is the main character in this story?
the flower lady
the priest
Maria
Maria What shape is like the Poinsettia flower?
a circle
a triangle
a star
a star When did this story take place?
on Christmas Eve
on Christmas Day
on New Year's Day
on Christmas Eve Why did Maria stand outside the church?
She was afraid to go in.
She had no gift of her own to take in.
Her mother told her to stay there.
She had no gift of her own to take in. What is the title of the story?
Christmas Reading
A Mexican Christmas Legend
The Miracle of the Poinsettia
The Miracle of the Poinsettia What is the miracle that happened?
A leaf turned into a beautiful Poinsettia flower.
Maria turned into a Poinsettia.
The villagers became very rich.
A leaf turned into a beautiful Poinsettia flower. What do people continue to believe about the Poinsettia?
that the plant brings blessings that last all year
that you will have bad luck if you pick a leaf
that the leaves will turn to red flowers
that the plant brings blessings that last all year Why did people call the Poinsettia "The Flower of the Holy Night?"
because the Poinsettia only blooms at night
because the miracle of the Poinsettia happened on Christmas Eve
because the Poinsettia was blessed on Christmas
because the miracle of the Poinsettia happened on Christmas Eve

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