April Fool's Day Reading Comprehension

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What is April Fool's Day?

April Fool’s Day is celebrated every year on April 1st. It is a special day when many people try to fool their friends. The pranks are all in fun and are usually silly things like telling someone they have a spot on their nose or hole in their sock. As soon as the victim starts to look a little confused, the trickster shouts, "April Fool!"

How did April Fool’s Day start?
Most people think that it started back in the 1500s. At that time, New Year’s was celebrated on April 1. However, in 1582, Pope Gregory XIII ordered a new calendar (the Gregorian Calendar) to replace the old Julian Calendar. The new calendar called for New Year's Day to be celebrated on January 1.

In those days without radio, TV or internet, word spread very slowly. Many people did not find out about the change in the calendar for a long time, so they continued to think that April 1 was New Year’s. These people were called "fools" and jokes were played on them.

People had so much fun with April fooling that they continued the tradition long after everyone had switched to the new calendar. To this day, April Fool’s Day is celebrated all over the world.

Readers of this story will receive a check in the mail for $1,000,000.

.......April Fool!!

When is April Fool's Day?
January 1
April 1
December 28
April 1 In 1550, when was New Year's?
January 1
April 1
September 1
April 1 In 1590, when was New Year's?
January 1
April 1
September 1
January 1 Before 1582, what calendar was used?
Julian Calendar
Gregorian Calendar
International Fixed Calendar
Julian Calendar After 1582, what calendar was used?
Coptic Calendar
Julian Calendar
Gregorian Calendar
Gregorian Calendar What do people say after playing a joke on April 1st?
April Fool!
Fooled you.
Ha!
April Fool! Readers of this story will receive $1,000,000.
True
False
It doesn't say in the story.
False Who ordered the change to the new calendar in 1582?
King Louis IV of France
Pope Gregory XIII
Queen Victoria of England
Pope Gregory XIII Why did it take so long for people to hear about the calendar change in 1582?
News spread very slowly in those times.
It was kept secret for 2 years.
Only the Pope and the kings knew about it.
News spread very slowly in those times. Why did people start playing jokes on April 1?
to make fun of those who were celebrating New Year's 3 months late
The Pope declared it as a day for tricks.
It doesn't say in the story.
to make fun of those who were celebrating New Year's 3 months late

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