Groundhog Day Reading Comprehension

Reading comprehension Groundhog Day stories with questions and answers. Read and test reading comprehension online or print and use offline. Recommended level: 2nd Grade and up


Who is Wiarton Willie?

The state of Pennsylvania has Punxsutawney Phil as their famous groundhog and Canada's province of Ontario has Wiarton Willie.

Early in the morning on February 2, Groundhog Day, local residents, fans, and news reporters gather in Wiarton, a town on Lake Huron, to find out Willie’s weather prediction.

If Willie sees his shadow when he crawls out of his burrow, it means 6 more weeks of winter. If it is cloudy and Willie does not see his shadow, it means that spring will arrive soon.

The Wiarton Willie Groundhog Day festival continues all day and includes dances, contests, parades and pancake breakfasts.

Willie is very unique. He is the only weather forecasting groundhog that is albino. Albino means that his fur has no color. It is white.

Wiarton Willie has been a groundhog weather forecaster since 1955. In 1995, a large statue of Wiarton Willie was built to mark 40 years of groundhog weather forecasting.

Unfortunately, the original Willie died in 1999. A memorial plaque was added to the statue and Willie was replaced with another albino groundhog, also named Willie.

Where is Wiarton?
Germany
Ontario
Pennsylvania
Ontario When is Groundhog Day?
February 1
February 2
the first Sunday in February
February 2 When was Wiarton Willie's first weather forecast?
1955
1995
1999
1955 When did the original Wiarton Willie die?
1955
1995
1999
1999 When was the Wiarton Willie statue built?
1955
1995
1999
1995 What color is the fur of an albino groundhog?
brown
black
white
white What time of day on Groundhog Day does Willie come out of his burrow?
early morning
exactly at noon
sunset
early morning Who brought the tradition of Groundhog Day to Wiarton?
German settlers
Americans
It doesn't say in the story.
It doesn't say in the story. If Willie sees its shadow, what will happen?
6 more weeks of winter
Spring will be soon.
It will snow the next day.
6 more weeks of winter If Willie does NOT sees his shadow, what will happen?
6 more weeks of winter
Spring will be soon.
It will snow the next day.
Spring will be soon.

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