The Ant and the Grasshopper
In a field, one summer’s day, a grasshopper was hopping about, chirping and singing to its heart’s content. An ant passed by, carrying an ear of corn he was taking to his nest.
“Why not come and chat with me,” said the Grasshopper, “instead of working so hard?”
“I am helping to store food for the winter,” said the Ant, “and recommend you do the same.”
“Why bother about winter?” said the Grasshopper.” We have got plenty of food at present.” But the Ant went on its way and continued its work. When the winter came the Grasshopper had no food and found itself dying of hunger. It saw the ants distributing corn and grain from the stores they had collected in the summer.
Then the Grasshopper knew,” It is best to prepare for the days of necessity”
1. chirp (v.)- 唧唧叫，嘰喳叫
2. hearts content- 盡情的，心滿意足
3. ear of corn- 玉米穗
4. recommend (v.)-推薦
5. distribute (v.)- 分發，分配
6. grain (n.)- 谷物
7. store (n.)- 貯存，貯藏
8. necessity (n.)- 需要
1. Choose the best answers.
A. What was the grasshopper doing in the field?
(c) Washing clothes.
(d) Collecting food.
B. What was the ant doing?
(b) Collecting food.
(c) Visiting the grasshopper.
(d) Planting grain.
C. What did the grasshopper suggest the ant do?
(a) Work harder.
(b) Talk with him.
(c) Give him food.
(d) Go home.
D. What did the ant tell the grasshopper it was doing?
(a) Giving out grain.
(b) Saving food.
(d) Eating dinner.
E. What happened to the grasshopper?
(a) It lived happily ever after.
(b) It went to live with the ant.
(c) It died of hunger.
(d) It became a famous singer.
2. Write T for True or F for False beside these statements about the story.
(a) The grasshopper was hard working. ___
(b) The ant liked singing. ___
(c) The grasshopper didn’t worry about the future. ___
(d) The grasshopper couldn’t find food in winter. ___
(e) At last the grasshopper had plenty of food.___
3. Complete the following sentences by putting in the correct form of the verb in brackets.
(a) The grasshopper (sing) ______all summer.
(b) The ant (store)______ food for the winter.
(c) The grasshopper (do not)______worry about the winter.
(d) At last, the grasshopper (die)______of hunger.
(e) In winter, the ant (distribute) ______the grain.
4. Write short answers
(a)What did the grasshopper want to do all day?
(b) What did the ant do all day?
(c) What did the ant store for winter?
(d)Did the grasshopper have enough food in winter?
(e) Did the ant have enough food in winter?
5. Find words or phrases in the story similar in meaning to the following.
(a) a lot of ______________
(b) jump up and down___________________
(c) to keep for later _________________
(d) the things we need ____________________
(e) now __________________