St. Patrick's Day Reading Comprehension

Printable Story with Interactive Review Questions. Read and test reading comprehension online or print and use offline. For 3rd or 4th Grade and up.


Finn's New House

an Irish Fairytale

Long ago, in the Irish countryside, Finn and Mona bought some land.

Finn picked a perfect spot for a house in the middle of a large field. The field had wildflowers and a ring of mushrooms growing in it.

"Do you see that ring of mushrooms?" asked Mona. "This is the fairies' dancing ground. If you disturb it, you will have bad luck."

"I'm not afraid of fairies," answered Finn.

The next day he began to build the house.

When the house was finished, Finn and Mona began to hear strange noises. It sounded like thousands of tiny people tearing apart the roof.

Finn looked all around the house and up to the roof. He saw no one, but he spoke to the invisible visitors.

"You must be the dancing fairies! I am very sorry if I have bothered you," he said.

"Finn, you have built your home on our dancing field. The house must come down by midnight!" replied a small voice.

"If you will stop tearing up my roof, I promise I will take the house down tomorrow," said Finn.

"Thank you," said the fairies. "You are a good man. You can build your new house between those two trees beside our field."

The next day, Finn tore down his house and started on the new one. He began to dig where the fairies had told him. Suddenly his shovel hit something hard. It was a huge black pot. And the pot was full of gold coins!

Finn and Mona lived happily ever after, and they never were bothered by the fairies again.

Who is Mona?
Finn's sister
Finn's wife
It doesn't say in the story.
It doesn't say in the story. What did the fairies look like?
tiny leprechauns
little green dancers
They were invisible.
They were invisible. What was the sign that the field might be the fairies' dancing ground?
a ring of mushrooms
wildflowers
a field of shamrocks
a ring of mushrooms What happens if the fairies' dancing ground is disturbed?
Heavy rain will fall for a year.
Mushrooms will grow all over the land.
bad luck
bad luck What were the strange noises on the roof?
leprechauns with hammers
dancing fairies tearing apart the house
freezing rain
dancing fairies tearing apart the house How was Finn rewarded for giving the fairies back their field?
He discovered a pot of gold coins.
The fairies never bothered him again.
Both are true.
Both are true. Where did Finn build his first house?
by the sea
in the middle of a field with wildflowers
between the trees beside the wildflower field
in the middle of a field with wildflowers Where did Finn build his second house?
between the trees beside the fairies' dancing ground
in the middle of a field with wildflowers
by the sea
between the trees beside the fairies' dancing ground

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