Thanksgiving Reading Comprehension

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A Turkey's Lucky Day at the White House

The first turkey to have a lucky day at the White House was Jack.

In late 1863, a turkey was given to the Lincoln family to feast on during the holidays. Ten year old Tad Lincoln named the turkey Jack and treated him as a pet. When it was time to prepare the turkey for the holiday meal, Tad cried and begged that Jack not be killed. Lincoln, being a lover of animals, agreed to spare Jack's life.

Many years passed before there was another presidential turkey pardon.

It wasn't until 1989 that a turkey was officially pardoned by George H.W. Bush. Since that time, Presidents Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack Obama have continued the tradition and pardoned at least one lucky turkey in a White House ceremony.

What happens to the turkeys after they are pardoned?

Since 2005 the turkeys have been flown to Disneyland in California. They serve as the Grand Marshals for the Disneyland Thanksgiving Parade. After that, these special turkeys have lived at a Disneyland ranch or at Mount Vernon, George Washington's home.

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Who was Tad Lincoln?
a United States president
Abraham Lincoln's brother
Abraham Lincoln's son
Abraham Lincoln's son Who was the first president to pardon a turkey?
George Washington
Abraham Lincoln
Barak Obama
Abraham Lincoln Who was the first president after 1900 to pardon a turkey?
Richard Nixon
George H. W. Bush
Bill Clinton
George H. W. Bush Where do turkeys go after they are pardoned?
a petting zoo in Washington D.C.
The San Diego Zoo
Disneyland Pardoned turkeys are in the Disneyland Christmas Parade.
It doesn't say in the story.
False What was the name of the turkey pardoned by President Lincoln?

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