St. Patrick's Day Reading Comprehension

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The Blarney Stone

The Blarney Stone is a stone set in the wall of the Blarney Castle tower in the Irish village of Blarney.

Blarney Castle was built in 1446. Its walls are 18 feet thick. High thick walls were necessary in those days to provide protection against enemy attacks.

Kissing the stone is supposed to bring the kisser the "gift of gab" and the ability to talk people into things.

How did the Blarney Stone get its magic powers?
No one really knows for sure. One legend says that an old woman cast a spell on the stone to reward a king who had saved her from drowning.

Kissing the stone while under the spell gave the king the ability to speak sweetly and to talk people into doing anything he wanted them to do.

It's very hard to reach the stone. It sits between the main castle wall and a balcony. Kissers have to bend back and down, holding iron rails for support.

Every year thousands of tourists visit the castle and try to kiss the Blarney Stone.

When was Blarney Castle built?
1446
1492
1496
1446 What are you supposed to do with the Blarney Stone?
kiss it
touch it
carve your initials into it
kiss it Where is the Blarney Stone?
in the Blarney village town square
in a wall of Blarney Castle
at the top of the Blarney tower
in a wall of Blarney Castle What do you think the "gift of gab" means?
You're very generous.
You're a good talker.
You're a good joke teller.
You're a good talker. Why are the Blarney Castle walls so thick?
to provide protection against enemies
to stand up to heavy wind
to keep out animals
to provide protection against enemies Why was the Blarney Stone put in a hard-to-reach location?
to keep it safe from enemy attack
to keep people away from it
It doesn't say in the story.
It doesn't say in the story. What is supposed to happen when you kiss the Blarney Stone?
You kiss the next person in line.
You marry the first person you look at.
You become a good talker.
You become a good talker. How did the Blarney Stone get its magical power?
A leprechaun kissed it.
A woman cast a spell on it to reward a king.
A king pulled it out of the water and kissed it.
A woman cast a spell on it to reward a king. How do people reach the Blarney Stone to kiss it?
They climb up a ladder of iron rails.
They take an elevator.
They bend backwards and downwards.
They bend backwards and downwards. Where in the castle is the Blarney Stone?
between the castle wall and a balcony
at the very top of a tower
by the road leading to the castle door
between the castle wall and a balcony

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