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Questions (answers are at the bottom of the page):
1. What is the main idea of this story?
A. The farms of northeast India are already organic.
B. Farmers in northeast India use a method called shifting cultivation.
C. Farmers in northeast India use shifting cultivation and can become completely organic farmers.
D. It is extremely hard to make money as a farmer.
2. Which statement is an inference, not a fact?
A. In this area, the people generally allow fires to burn.
B. Weather often dictates whether or not a crop will reach harvest.
C. There is a rainy season and a dry season in this area.
D. The northeast is one of the best areas for farming in India.
3. What is "shifting cultivation?"
A. the process of burning a field about every ten years
B. the process of letting natural fires burn
C. the process of using different fields for different crops
D. the process of moving from one field to another while harvesting crops
4. Why are the fires that happen during the dry season not threatening?
A. The people have methods for putting out fires quickly.
B. The people have always let fires burn which keeps vegetation low to the ground.
C. Even during the dry season, there is some rain, and fires do not get out of control.
D. Fires burn low to the ground because of wind currents in the area.
5. Why does the author write about fires that happen in the dry season?
A. To write about an interesting fact of the area.
B. To show that the people in the area should put out their fires instead of letting them burn.
C. To show how ancient farmers probably discovered shifting cultivation.
D. To show how the weather affects the land.
6. Match the words to their definitions:
cultivate a. to have authority over
dictate b. to remove
harvest c. to take care of
mirror d. to be similar or the same
shed e, to invite bad behavior
tempt f. to collect ripe food
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answers: 1. c, 2. d, 3. a, 4. b, 5. c, 6. cultivate: c, dictate: a, harvest: f, mirror: d, shed: b, tempt: e