"Digging the Dirt" Reading Comprehension Test
Questions written to go with the non-fiction article called, Digging the Soil, at
1. This selection is about soil. What was the author's purpose for writing this article?
To show how soil is home to many living creatures.
To explain how soil is needed for the construction of new homes.
To make people see that they need to understand soil, so they will protect and conserve it.
To explain how soil erosion can cause droughts, flooding and problems for farmers.
2. What did the selection say about what "fertile" soil is best used for?
It's best for earthworms, bugs and other creatures.
It's best for crops, agriculture and farmers.
It's best for building houses, streets and buildings.
It's best for mudpies and other good things to eat.
3. Based on the selection, what does the word "conserve" mean?
It means to dig up soil, make mudpies and serve it to others for dessert.
It means we should replant trees and plants and use fertlizer in the soil.
It means to add missing ingredients like rocks, sand and dead bugs.
It means that if you need to use dirt for any reason, dig deeper and don't use the topsoil.
4. In this selection there is a direct quote from a scientist, Patrick Megonigal. Why did the author include his quotes?
The scientist is an expert about soil, he is a reliabe source of information.
The author was trying to use as many writing conventions as possible.
People need to hear different opinions about taking care of soil.
Farmers don't know enough about soil that the author asked a scientist.
5. When the author titled the article, "Digging the Dirt", what does she mean by "digging?'
The author means using a shovel to look below the surface.
The author means protecting soil from damage.
The author uses digging like "being really into something" like a "thumbs-up!"
The author mean that if you did you'll hit rocks and hurt creatures.
6. Which word below best matches this quote, "We need to take care of soil if it's going to support us,"?
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