April Fool's Day Reading Comprehension

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April Fish!

Around the world, April 1 is a day when people try to fool their friends. In France, April Fool's Day is called "Poisson d'avril." In English that means "fish of April."

A popular joke, especially with schoolchildren, is to hook or stick a cardboard fish onto someone's back. When the joke is discovered, the trickster shouts, "Poisson d'avril" (April Fish!)

What does a fish have to do with April Fool's Day?
Some people think that it is because there were always lots of fish in French streams and rivers during early April after the baby fish had hatched. These young fish were easy to fool with a hook and lure, and were very easy to catch. The French called them "Poisson d'avril" or "April Fish." It then became a custom to fool people on April 1, as a way of celebrating all foolish fish.

Others say the fish custom is because the zodiac sign of Pisces, occurring just before April, is a fish.

On "April Fish Day" in France, bakeries are full of cookies and cakes shaped like fish, and people often give each other chocolate fish.


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When is Poisson d'avril?
January 1
April 1
September 1
April 1 What does the French word "poisson" means?
fish
fool
April
fish What does the French word "avril" means?
fish
fool
April
April What is the zodiac sign for Pisces?
fish
rat
tiger
fish What do French people say after playing a joke on April 1st?
Happy April Fools Day!
Bon chance
Poisson d'avril
Poisson d'avril People give each other chocolate hearts on Poisson d'avril.
True
False
It doesn't say in the story.
False Why are there lots of fish in the rivers in April?
The baby fish hatch then.
People throw fish in the water.
They swim in from the lakes.
The baby fish hatch then. What do French people often do as a joke on April Fool's Day?
go fishing
tie their shoelaces together
stick a fish on someone's back
stick a fish on someone's back Why did people think the fish in the rivers were foolish?
They were fooled by the hooks and lures and got caught.
They swim every which way.
They jump around a lot and look silly.
They were fooled by the hooks and lures and got caught.

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