St. Patrick's Day Reading Comprehension

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Who is St. Patrick?

St. Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland and an important religious figure in the Christian world. Surprisingly, much of the information about him has been made up by storytellers throughout the ages.

Patrick was born in Britain in the 5th century. When he was sixteen, he was kidnapped by pirates and sold as a slave to a rich farmer in Ireland. He became very religious.

After six years, he fled home to Britain. Here, Patrick became a priest. He returned to Ireland after he had a dream that the Irish people were calling him to come back and convert them to Christianity.

For 30 years Patrick traveled across the Irish countryside to spread the word of God. He succeeded in converting almost the entire population of the island.

There are many stories about St. Patrick that involve miracles and magic.

One of the most famous legends is the tale that St. Patrick drove all the snakes from Ireland. It is said that he stood on a hill and used a wooden staff to drive the snakes into the sea. To this day, there are no snakes in Ireland. Experts say, however, that there were probably no snakes at any time!

It is believed that St. Patrick died on March 17, which is the day St. Patrick's Day is celebrated each year.

In which century did St Patrick live?
4th century
5th century
15th century
5th century Where was St. Patrick born?
Britain
Ireland
Spain
Britain How long was Patrick in Ireland as a slave?
2 years
5 years
6 years
6 years Where did Patrick study to become a priest?
Britain
Ireland
Italy
Britain What did Patrick work at while he was in Ireland as a slave?
He was a shepherd.
He was a priest.
He was a farmer.
He was a shepherd. Who is St. Patrick?
the man who discovered Ireland
the man who wrote Irish fairy tales
the patron saint of Ireland
the patron saint of Ireland How did Patrick end up in Ireland the first time?
He got a job offer there.
He was kidnapped by pirates.
He wanted to explore Ireland.
He was kidnapped by pirates. Why is St. Patrick's Day on March 17?
That's the day St. Patrick was born.
That's the day St. Patrick arrived in Ireland.
That's the day St. Patrick died.
That's the day St. Patrick died. Why did St. Patrick return to Ireland?
He wanted to be a shepherd.
He had a dream that the Irish people wanted to be converted.
He was kidnapped and forced to return.
He had a dream that the Irish people wanted to be converted. Which of these is a famous St. Patrick legend?
He made the crops grow well for 30 years.
He lived with magic leprechauns.
He drove all the snakes from Ireland.
He drove all the snakes from Ireland.

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