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There was once a king's son who told his father that he wished to marry.

'No, no!' said the king; 'you must not be in such a hurry. Wait until you have done some great deed. My father did not let me marry until I had won the golden sword. You can see me wear that now.'

The prince was very much disappointed. But he never dreamed of disobeying his father. He began to think what he could do. It was no use staying at home, so one day he walked out into the world to try his luck. As he walked along, he came to a little hut in which he found an old woman crouching over the fire.

'Good evening, mother. I see you have lived long in this world. Do you know anything about the three bulrushes?'

'Yes, indeed, I've lived long. And I have seen much of the world. But I have never seen or heard anything of what you ask. Still, if you will wait till tomorrow I may be able to tell you something.'

Well, he waited until the morning. Quite early in the morning the old woman appeared and took out a little pipe and blew in it. Within a moment, all the crows in the world were flying around her. Then she asked crows if they knew anything about the three bulrushes. But not one of them did know anything.

The prince went on his way. A little further, he found another hut in which lived an old man. The prince asked him the same question. The old man said he knew nothing, but he begged the prince to stay overnight. The next morning the old man called all the ravens together. But ravens too had nothing to tell.

The prince bade him farewell and walked out. He travelled so far that he crossed seven kingdoms. At last, one evening, he came to a little house. There was an old woman in that house.

'Good evening, dear mother,' he said politely.

'Good evening to you, my dear son,' answered the old woman. 'It is lucky for you that you spoke to me or you would have met with a horrible death. But may I ask where are you going?'

'I am seeking the three bulrushes. Do you know anything about them?'

'I don't know anything it, but wait till tomorrow. Perhaps I can tell you then.' So the next morning she blew on her pipe. All the magpie birds in the world except one who had broken a leg and a wing flew up. She asked the magpie birds if they knew where the three bulrushes are. The crippled bird was the only one who knew where the three bulrushes were.

Then the prince started off with the lame magpie bird. They went on and on, until they reached a very high great stone wall.

'Now, prince,' said the magpie bird, 'the three bulrushes are behind that wall.'
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Question 1
What did the king want his son to do before he gets married?
A. do higher educationB. help the king
C. learn how to use swordD. do some great deeds
Question 2
The king's father didn't let him marry until he won the______________.
A. golden palaceB. silver sword
C. pearl crownD. golden sword
Question 3
Where did the prince meet the old woman?
A. in a little hutB. on a big stone wall
C. in a castleD. in a cave
Question 4
Which of the following is NOT true about the prince?
A. the prince was very obedient to his fatherB. the prince wished to marry
C. the prince always disobeyed his fatherD. all of the above
Question 5
Whom did the old woman ask about the three bulrushes?
A. the ducksB. the crows
C. the treesD. the prince
Question 6
Whom did the old man ask about the three bulrushes?
A. the rabbitsB. the ravens
C. the crowsD. the queen
Question 7
How many kingdoms did the prince cross before reaching the little house?
A. fourB. ten
C. seventeenD. seven
Question 8
What happened when the old woman living in the little house blew on her pipe?
A. none of the magpie birds in the world flew upB. all the pigeons in the world flew up
C. all the magpie birds except one who had broken a leg and a wing flew upD. the magpie bird who had broken a leg and a wing flew up
Question 9
Who knew where the three bulrushes were?
A. all the magpie birdsB. the magpie bird, who had broken a leg and a wing
C. the old womanD. the crows
Question 10
Where were the three bulrushes?
A. behind the stone wallB. in front of the high stone wall
C. behind a great lakeD. behind the great stone house
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