St. Patrick's Day Reading Comprehension

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Shamrock Shortage in Ireland sparks St. Pat’s fears, March 16, 2010 --

A severe shamrock shortage is threatening St. Patrick's Day in Ireland and the "wearing of the green," according to leading botanist Dr. Declan Doogue of the Royal Irish Academy.

The shamrock was hit hard by the severe winter weather and won’t be easily found this week, said Doogue.

He also stated that the national plant was under threat because of the loss of its natural habitat due to modern farming methods. There are "pretend" shamrock plants, but the real one is a type of clover found in natural grasslands of which there is hardly any left in Ireland.

The shamrocks that most people will wear on St. Patrick's Day are not in short supply, but they are also not real clover, according to botanists.

Doogue said he hoped President Obama, visiting Ireland on St. Patrick's Day, would still receive the real thing from the Irish Prime Minister.

This story is
a legend
a news story
a set of instructions
a news story When did this story appear?
March 16, 2010
March 17, 2011
March 17, 2016
March 16, 2010 Which website published this story?
The Irish Times What is Declan Doogue's profession?
news reporter
botanist A real shamrock
has 4 leaves
is brown, not green
is a type of clover
is a type of clover President Obama visited Ireland on March 17, 2010.
It doesn't say in the story.
True Most people in Ireland wear shamrocks that are real clover.
It doesn't say in the story.
False Why was there a shamrock shortage in 2010?
bad winter weather
Animals ate them.
Wildfires destroyed them.
bad winter weather Why might there always be a shamrock shortage?
too rocky soil
loss of its natural habitat
not enough people to harvest it
loss of its natural habitat

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