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Grade: 5,    Subject: LanguageArts,    Topic: Reading Fiction
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Becker, his wife, and their four sons had been fifteen years on this uninhabited coast, when a storm drove the English despatch sloop Nelson to the same spot. Before this event occurred, the family had cleared and enclosed a large extent of country; but, whether the territory was part of an island or part of a continent, they had not yet ascertained. The land was naturally fertile; and, amongst other things that had been obtained from the wreck of their ship, were sundry packages of European seeds: the produce of these, together with that of two or three heads of cattle they had likewise rescued from the wreck, supplied them abundantly with the necessaries of life.
They had erected dwellings here and there, but chiefly lived in a cave near the shore, over the entrance to which they had built a sort of gallery. This structure, conjointly with the cave, formed a commodious habitation, to which they had given the name of Rockhouse. In the vicinity, a stream flowed tranquilly into the sea; this stream they were accustomed to call Jackal River, because, a few days after their landing, they had encountered some of these animals on its banks. Fronting Rockhouse the coast curved inwards, the headlands on either side enclosing a portion of the ocean; to this inlet they had given the name of Safety Bay, because it was here they first felt themselves secure after having escaped the dangers of the storm. In the centre of the bay there was a small island which they called Shark's Island, to commemorate the capture of one of those monsters of the deep. Safely Bay, had, a second time, acquired a legitimate title to its name, for in it Providence had brought the Nelson safely to anchor.

By unwearying determination, indefatigable industry, and an untiring confidence on the goodness of God, Becker and his family had surrounded themselves with abundance. There was only one thing left for them to desire, and that was the means of communicating with their relatives; and now this one wish of their hearts was gratified by the unexpected appearance of the Nelson on their shore. The fifteen years of exile they had so patiently endured was at once forgotten. Every bosom was filled with boundless joy; so true it is, that man only requires a ray of sunshine to change his most poignant griefs into smiles and gladness.
The first impressions of their freedom awakened in the minds of the young people a flood of thoughts. The mute whisperings that murmured within them had divulged to their understandings that they were created for a wider sphere than that in which they had so far been confined. Europe and its wonders--society, with its endearing interchanges of affection--that vast panorama of the arts and of civilization, of the trivial and the sublime, of the beautiful and terrible, that is called the world--came vividly into their thoughts.

Becker himself had, for an instant, given way to the general enthusiasm, but reflection soon regained her sway; he asked himself whether he had solid reasons for wishing to return to Europe, whether it would be advisable to relinquish a certain livelihood, and abandon a spot that God appeared to bless beyond all others, to run after the doubtful advantages of civilized society.
His wife desired nothing better than to end her days there, under the beautiful sky, where, from the bosom of the tempest, they had been guided by the merciful will of Him who is the source of all things. Still the solitude frightened her for her children. "Might it not," she asked herself, "be egotism to imprison their young lives in the narrow limits of maternal affection?" It occurred to her that the dangers to which they were constantly exposed might remove them from her; to-day this one, to-morrow another; what, then, would be her own desolation, when there remained to her no bosom on which to rest her head--no heart to beat in unison with her own--no kindly hand to grasp--and no friendly voice to pray at her pillow, when she was called away in her turn!
At length, after mature deliberation, it was resolved that Becker himself, his wife, Fritz and Jack, two of their sons, should remain where they were, whilst the two other young men should return to Europe with a cargo of cochineal, pearls, coral, nutmegs, and other articles that the country produced of value in a commercial point of view. It was, however, understood that one of the two should return again as soon as possible, and bring back with him any of his countrymen who might be induced to become settlers in this land of promise, Becker hoping, by this means, to found a new colony which might afterwards flourish under the name of New Switzerland. The mission to Europe was formally confided to Frank and Ernest, the two most sedate of the family.

 
Question 1:
How did Becker, his wife, and their four sons landed on the uninhabited coast?

they emigrated to the coastthey came to visit their family

their airplane crashed during a stormtheir ship was wrecked during a storm
 
Question 2:
What is "Nelson" in the story above?

an airshipa helicopter

a friend of Beckera sailboat
 
Question 3:
Where was Becker and his family originally from?

EuropeAsia

North AmericaSouth America
 
Question 4:
Where did Becker and his family live for fifteen years?

in a tree house near the shorein a cave near the shore

in a hotel on the beachinside the wrecked ship
 
Question 5:
What did Becker and family name the stream that flowed into the sea?

Rock RiverRockhouse Gallery

Jackal RiverSafety Bay
 
Question 6:
Where had Becker and his family come across some animals?

on the bank of the Jackal Riveron the bank of the Rock River

at the back entrance of their cavein front of the Rockhouse
 
Question 7:
Where did Becker and his family first felt themselves safe after having escaped the storm?

at Shark's Islandat Safety Bay

at Rockhouseat Safety Island
 
Question 8:
What was the only thing Becker and his family desired at the coast?

the means of commuting to nearby placesthe delicious food and festivals

the beautiful city life and culturethe means of communicating with their family
 
Question 9:
What type of feeling did the family have to see Nelson at the shore?

a feeling of sadnessa feeling of curiosity

a feeling of freedoma feeling of anger
 
Question 10:
What decision did the family take at last?

that Becker and his wife should return to Europethat two of their sons should return to Europe

that Becker, his wife and four sons should return to Europethat none of the family members should return to Europe
 
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