The Fox and the Goat


A fox fell into a well and could not get out again. Soon a thirsty goat came, and he saw the fox in the well. He asked him, “Is the water good?” The Fox said, “Good? It’s the best water I ever tasted in all my life. Come down and try it yourself.” The goat only thought of drinking water because he was very thirsty. So, he jumped in at once. He drank water. When he finished drinking, he wanted to get out of the well but could not get out. Then, the fox said, “I have an idea. You stand on your hind legs; put your forelegs against the side of the well. Then, I will climb on to your back.
Then I will step on your horns, and get out. When I am out, I will help you out, too.” The goat agreed with the fox. He did what the fox asked, and the fox climbed on to his back, stepped on his horns, and got out of the well. Then he walked away. The goat called after him and said, “You promised to help me!” The fox replied, “If you were clever enough, you wouldn’t have got into the well without making certain that you could get out again.”
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#1 Who went into the well first?

#2 Why did the goat go into the well?

#3 How did the fox get out of the well?

#4 Who helped who?

#5 What was the goat’s mistake?