4th Grade Reading Comprehension

Free printable funny reading comprehension story about dogs. Print the reading passage for offline use or test comprehension with the fun online quiz game. Recommended level: 3rd or 4th Grade and up


Driving Has Gone to the Dogs


Monty, the schnauzer, behind the wheel of a special Mini

Driving Dogs Pass Test In New Zealand
adapted from The Huffington Post, December 11, 2012

Want to go for a walk? Not these dogs.

Two New Zealand rescue dogs didn't melt under the pressure of live TV and passed their driving test on Monday, according to an Australian news report.

After two months of training, the dogs were strapped into cars and sent down a racetrack in what has been described as a world-first.

"The dog is doing all the driving," trainer Mark Vette said. "The dog starts the car, puts his paw on the brake, puts the car into drive, paw on the steering wheel, gas pedal on, and off he goes down the track."

The cars have handles on the steering wheel and special brakes and gas pedals to make sure the car doesn't go too fast.

The media reports that Porter, a 10-month-old bearded collie, and Monty, an 18-month-old giant schnauzer, were taught to drive by the New Zealand SPCA (Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) to show that shelter dogs are very smart and make great pets.


Source: worksheetsplus.com/Reading/3rdReadingDoggyDrive.html Driving Has Gone to the Dogs
©Courseware Solutions  Wordville.com for Fun English Language Arts Learning

What kind of dog is Monty?
collie
golden retriever
schnauzer
schnauzer Where did this news article first appear?
Huffington Post
New York Times
National Geographic
Huffington Post When was this news article reported?
December 1, 2012
December 11, 2012
February 11, 2013
December 11, 2012 How long was the dogs' training period?
5 weeks
2 months
6 months
2 months What was the name of the dog's trainer?
Harold Porter
Mark Vette
It doesn't say in the story.
Mark Vette The car driven by the dogs was exactly like a normal car.
True
False
It doesn't say in the story.
False Only one dog passed the driving test.
True
False
It doesn't say in the story.
False The special car was set up so the dogs could use the steering wheel with their paws.
True
False
It doesn't say in the story.
True What does SPCA stand for?
Society for Playing with CArs
Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
Society for the Prevention of Car Accidents
Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Why were the dogs taught to drive a car?
to test out a new steering wheel
to prove that cars can be driven by anyone
to prove that rescue dogs are smart and make good pets
to prove that rescue dogs are smart and make good pets

©Courseware Solutions   Wordville.com for Fun English Language Arts Learning