The Lion and the Mouse
Once when a lion was asleep a little mouse began running up and down on him. This soon woke the Lion, who placed his huge paw upon him, and opened his big jaws to swallow him. “Pardon, O King,” cried the little mouse. “Forgive me this time, I shall never forget it. Who knows, I may be able to do you a favour one of these days?” The lion was so amused at the idea of the mouse being able to help him that he lifted up his paw and let him go. Some time after, the lion was caught in a trap, and the hunters who planned to carry him alive to the King, tied him to a tree while they went in search of a cart to carry him on. Just then the little mouse happened to pass by, and seeing the sad plight, in which the lion was, went up to him and soon gnawed away the ropes that tied the King of the jungle. “Wasn’t I right?” said the little mouse.
Little friends may prove to be great friends.
1. paw (n.)- 腳爪，爪子
2. jaws (n.)- 口
3. swallow (v.)- 吞
4. favour (n.)- 幫助
5. amused (adj.)- 愉悅的，有趣的
6. trap (n.)- 陷阱
7. plight (n.)- 困境，苦境
8. gnaw (v.)- 啃，咬斷
9. rope (n.)- 繩，索
1.Choose the best answers.
A. Who was running on the lion?
(a) A mouse.
(b) Another lion.
(c) Some hunters.
B. When the lion woke up he
(b) caught the mouse.
(c) ate the mouse.
(d) went back to sleep.
C. The mouse asked the lion to
(a) catch the hunters.
(b) wait for a bigger animal to eat.
(c) set him free.
(d) eat him.
D. The lion thought the mouse was
E. Where did the hunters want to carry the lion?
(a) To a tree.
(b) To the mouse.
(d) To the King.
2. Write T for True or F for False beside these statements about the story.
(a) The lion was running on the mouse. ___
(b) The mouse caught the lion. ___
(c) The lion thought the mouse was funny. ___
(d) The mouse freed the lion. ___
(e) The lion went to visit the King. ___
3.Complete the following sentences by putting in the correct form of the verb in brackets.
(a) The mouse (like) ______running on the lion.
(b) The lion (decide) ______ not to eat the mouse.
(c) The hunters (catch) ______ the lion.
(d) They (tie) ______ the lion to a tree.
(e) The mouse (free) ______ the lion.
4.Write short answers
(a) What woke the lion up?
(b) What did the lion want to do to the mouse at first?
(c) What was the lion caught in?
(d) Who caught the lion?
(e) How did the mouse free the lion?
5. Find words or phrases in the story similar in meaning to the following.
(a) foot of a dog or cat ___________________________
(b) do something to help somebody _________________
(c) to think something is funny _____________________
(d) used to catch animals ________________________
(e) to look for ____________________________
(f) to chew ________________________________