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The village near one end of Pleasant Valley where Farmer Green often went to sell butter and eggs was not the only village to be seen from Blue Mountain. There was another which Farmer Green seldom visited, because it lay beyond the mountain and was a long distance from his house. Though he owned the land where it stood, those that lived there thought they had every right to stay there as long as they pleased, without being disturbed.
It was in this village that Brownie Beaver and his neighbors lived. It was a different sort of town, too, from the one where Farmer Green went each week. Over beyond Blue Mountain all the houses were built in a pond. And all their doors were under water. But nobody minded that because--like Brownie Beaver--everybody that dwelt there was a fine swimmer.
Years and years before Brownie's time his forefathers had come there, and finding that there were many trees in the neighborhood with the sort of bark they liked to eat--such as poplars, willows and box elders--they had decided that it was a good place to live. There was a small stream, too, which was really the beginning of Swift River. And by damming it those old settlers made a pond in which they could build their houses.
They had ideas of their own as to what a house should be like--and very good ideas they were--though you, perhaps, might not care for them at all. They wanted their houses to be surrounded by water, because they thought they were safer when built in that manner. And they always insisted that a door leading into a house should be far beneath the surface of the water, for they believed that that made a house safer too.
To you such an idea may seem very strange. But if you were chased by an enemy you might be glad to be able to swim under water, down to the bottom of a pond, and slip inside a door which led to a winding hall, which in its turn led upwards into your house.
Of course, your enemy might be able to swim as well as you. But maybe he would think twice--or even three times--before he went prowling through your crooked hall. For if you had enormous, strong, sharp teeth--with which you could gnaw right through a tree--he would not care to have you seize him as he poked his head around a corner in a dark passage of a strange house.
It was in a house of that kind that Brownie Beaver lived. And he built it himself, because he said he would rather have a neat, new house than one of the big, old dwellings that had been built many years before, when his great-great-grandfather had helped throw the dam across the stream.
The dam was there still. It was so old that trees were growing on it. And there was an odd thing about it: it was never finished. Though Brownie Beaver was a young chap, he worked on the dam sometimes, like all his neighbors. You see, the villagers kept making the dam wider. And since it was built of sticks and mud, the water sometimes washed bits of it away: so it had to be kept in repair.
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Question 1
What is TRUE about Brownie Beaver and his neighbors?
A. they were good hikersB. they were young
C. they were good swimmersD. they loved Blue Mountain
Question 2
Why was the village where Brownie Beaver lived different from other villages?
A. because the houses were built on rocksB. because the houses were made of glass
C. because the houses were made of waterD. because the houses were built in a pond
Question 3
Why did Brownie's forefathers decide to live in that neighborhood?
A. because there were many trees in the neighborhoodB. because there were many flowers in the neighborhood
C. because there was plenty of water in the neighborhoodD. because there were not many enemies in the neighborhood
Question 4
Which river did the old settlers dam to make the pond?
A. Stream RiverB. Swift River
C. Willow RiverD. Swiss River
Question 5
What did Brownie and his forefathers like to eat most?
A. flowersB. water
C. tree rootsD. tree bark
Question 6
Why did the old settlers want their houses to be surrounded by water?
A. because they thought the houses were durable in that wayB. because they thought the houses looked beautiful in that way
C. because they thought the houses were safer in that wayD. because they thought the houses were less expensive to built in that way
Question 7
Which of these was a feature of all the houses in Brownie's town?
A. all their doors were under treesB. all their doors were made of wood
C. all their doors were made of waterD. all their doors were under water
Question 8
According to the story, who had enormous, strong, sharp teeth?
A. Brownie BeaverB. Brownie Beaver's enemies
C. Farmer GreenD. all of the above
Question 9
What was the odd thing about the dam Brownie Beaver's forefathers built?
A. it was very strongB. it was too old
C. it was never repairedD. it was never finished
Question 10
What was the dam built of?
A. solid concreteB. sticks and mud
C. large rocksD. clay and concrete
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