Earth Day Reading Comprehension

Printable Story with Interactive Review Questions. Read and test reading comprehension online or print and use offline. For 4th or 5th Grade and up.


Woodman, Spare That Tree!

a Poem by George Pope Morris

Woodman, spare that tree!
Touch not a single bough;
In youth it sheltered me,
And I'll protect it now.
'Twas my forefather's hand
That placed it near his cot;
There, woodman, let it stand;
Thy ax shall harm it not;

That old familiar tree,
Whose glory and renown
Are spread o'er land and sea--
And wouldst thou hack it down?
Woodman, forbear thy stroke!
Cut not its earth-bound ties;
Oh, spare that aged oak
Now towering to the skies.

When but an idle boy,
I sought its grateful shade;
In all their gushing joy,
Here, too, my sisters played.
My mother kissed me here;
My father pressed my hand--
Forgive this foolish tear,
But let that old oak stand!

My heart-strings round thee cling,
Close as thy bark, old friend!
Here shall the wild-bird sing,
And still thy branches bend.
Old tree! the storm still brave!
And, woodman, leave the spot;
While I've a hand to save,
Thy ax shall harm it not.

Who wrote this poem?
George Woodman
Pope John
George Pope Morris
George Pope Morris When was this poem written?
1837
1959
2007
1837 What word near the end of the 2nd verse means "rising high"?
earth-bound
forbear
towering
towering What kind of tree is the subject of the poem?
elm
oak
pine
oak The poet has brothers.
True
False
It doesn't say in the poem.
It doesn't say in the poem. The poet has sisters.
True
False
It doesn't say in the poem.
True The poet's forefather planted this tree.
True
False
It doesn't say in the poem.
True What is the poet trying to do in this poem?
remember his father and mother
express his love of his home
save a tree from being cut down
save a tree from being cut down "Woodman, forbear thy stroke" means
Woodman, stop your cutting.
Woodman, watch out for a bear.
Woodman, swing your ax.
Woodman, stop your cutting. What is a clue that this poem was written a long time ago?
In modern days, people don't write poems about trees.
the reference to wild birds and tall trees
use of words like "thy", "thou", "wouldst"
use of words like "thy", "thou", "wouldst" Why does the poet want to save this tree?
The tree sheltered him when he was young.
The tree holds many memories for him.
Both are true.
Both are true.

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