The Bear and the Two Travelers
Two men were traveling together, when a bear suddenly met them on
their path. One of them climbed up quickly into a tree and
concealed himself in the branches. The other, seeing that he
would be attacked, fell flat on the ground, and when the bear came
up and felt him with his nose, he held his breath, and pretended to be dead .The bear soon left him, for it is said he will not touch a dead body. When he was gone, the other traveler descended from the tree, and asked his friend
what it was the Bear had whispered in his ear. “He gave me this advice,” his companion replied. “Never travel with a friend who deserts you at the approach of danger.”
1. concealed (v.)- 隱蔽，隱藏
2. attacked (v.)- 攻擊
3. pretended (v.)- 假裝
4. descend (v.)- 下來，下降
5. whisper (v.)- 耳語，私語
6. advice (n.)- 建議
7. desert (v.)- 拋棄，遺棄
8. companion (n.)- 同伴，伴侶，朋友
1. Choose the best answers.
A.Who did the men meet on the road?
(a) A bear.
(b) A dog.
(c) Each other.
(d) Their neighbor.
B.Why did one man climb a tree?
(a) He liked trees.
(b) To escape from the bear.
(c) To pick some apples.
(d) For the fresh air.
C.Why did one man lie on the ground?
(a) He was tired.
(b) He was pretending to be dead.
(c) He was so scared he fainted.
(d) He wanted to look at the stars.
D.What did the bear do?
(a) It smelt the man.
(b) It ate the man.
(c) It climbed the tree.
(d) It went to sleep there.
E.What did the man up the tree do after the bear left?
(a) Stayed up the tree.
(b) Came down.
(c) Went to look for the bear.
(d) Climbed another tree
2. Write T for True or F for False beside these statements about the story.
(a) The men were happy to see the bear. ___
(b) They both climbed a tree. ___
(c) The bear went away without hurting the men. ___
(d) The men continued walking with the bear. ___
(e) The man in the tree climbed down when the bear left. ___
3. Complete the following sentences by putting in the correct form of the verb in brackets.
(a) One man(lie)______on the ground
(b) The other man (climb)______ a tree.
(c) The bear (leave)______ them after a while.
(d) The bear (give)______ one man some advice.
(e) The men (be) ______frightened of the bear.
4.Write short answers
(a) What were the men doing when they met the bear?
(b)What did the men think the bear would do?
(c)What did the man in the tree do?
(d) What did the bear do to the man on the ground?
(e) What did the bear do in the end?
5. Find words or phrases in the story similar in meaning to the following.
(a) hide __________________
(b) to go down __________________
(c) speak in a low voice __________________
(d) leave somebody and not help them ___________________
(e) not alive ________________