Easter Reading Comprehension

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The Origin of the Easter Bunny

What does a rabbit who hides eggs and candy have to do with the Christian holiday of Easter?

Long ago, even before Christianity, the people in northern Europe celebrated a springtime holiday when they honored the goddess of spring. They called this goddess "Eastre." It was believed that Eastre’s symbol on earth was a rabbit.

Later, when the people became Christian, their springtime celebration was combined with the religious one and given the English name of Easter.

There are many myths about the goddess Eastre and her rabbits. One story says that Eastre magically turned a bird into a rabbit. The rabbit began to lay colored eggs and Eastre gave away the eggs to children. Later, children believed that the Easter Bunny would leave them colored eggs if they were good, and they left out their Easter bonnets and caps for the gifts.

The Easter bunny was introduced to America by German settlers who arrived during the 1700s. Germans were also the ones who made the first candy Easter bunnies. They were made of pastry and sugar. It wasn't until later in the 1800s that chocolate was used.

Long ago, who was the northern European goddess of spring?
Bunny
Eastre
Easteria
Eastre When were chocolate Easter bunnies invented?
before Christianity
late 1700s
late 1800s
late 1800s What is a bonnet?
a basket
a hat
a shoe
a hat What were the first candy Easter bunnies made of?
chocolate
marzipan
pastry and sugar
pastry and sugar What animal is associated with Eastre, the goddess of spring?
frog
rabbit
chicken
rabbit Northern Europeans started celebrating spring
since the 1700s
even before Christianity
when they immigrated to America
even before Christianity How did the Easter Bunny tradition get to America?
with Christopher Columbus
with Christian missionaries
with German settlers in the 1700s
with German settlers in the 1700s What did the goddess Eastre do with all the colored eggs?
She gave them away to children.
She left them on doorsteps.
She made scrambled eggs.
She gave them away to children. Why did children leave out their Easter bonnets and caps?
so that the Easter Bunny would leave colored eggs
so that chickens would lay eggs in them
so that their parents would leave candy
so that the Easter Bunny would leave colored eggs How were the goddess Eastre's rabbits able to lay eggs?
She put the rabbits in a chicken coop.
She fed the rabbits bird food.
She turned a bird into a rabbit who could lay colored eggs.
She turned a bird into a rabbit who could lay colored eggs.

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