The Boy Who Liked To Play
Like many boys Peter liked to play. Everyday after school he went to the playground to play with his friends. However, he would always get home late. Peter’s parents were very unhappy about that and scolded him often but Peter was a stubborn boy and refused to listen to them.
One day, Peter arrived home even later than usual. His parents were furious but as usual Peter took no notice of his parent’s complaints. After dinner it was quite late so Peter went straight to bed.
At four a.m. the alarm clock next to his bed went off. Peter looked through the window and saw it was still dark outside. His mother came into his room. “Why did you set my alarm clock so early?” asked Peter. His mother replied, “Well, because you take three hours to get home from school I think you also need three hours to get to school from home.”
Peter was never late arriving home again.
1) scold (v.) – 責駡
2) stubborn (adj.) – 固執
3) as usual – 照例，像往常一樣
4) alarm clock (n.) – 鬧鐘
5) go off –響起，突然發出巨聲
6) set (v.) – 設置
7) dark (adj.) – 黑暗
8) go to bed – 睡覺
1.Choose the best answers.
A. Peter liked
(a) to play.
(b) to be scolded.
(c) to listen to his parents.
(d) to wake up early.
B. When Peter arrived home early his parents felt
C. His mother set the alarm clock to make Peter
(a) sleep more.
(b) wake up.
(d) do more work.
D. When Peter woke up it was
(a) before sunrise.
(b) after sunrise.
(d) the afternoon.
E. Peter’s mother wanted him to
(a) play more.
(c) get home earlier.
(d) sleep more.
2. Write T for True or F for False beside these statements about the story.
(a) Peter’s parents were happy with him. ___
(b) Peter played so long he got home late. ___
(c) Peter scolded his parents. ___
(d) His father set the alarm clock. ___
(e) Peter liked waking up so early. ___
3. Complete the following sentences by putting in the correct form of the verb in brackets.
(a) The alarm clock (set) ________ by Peter’s mother.
(b) Peter (scold) _______ by his parents.
(c) The alarm clock (go) _______ off.
(d) He never (come) _______ home late again.
(e) Peter liked (play) _______ with his friends
4. Write short answers
(a) What did Peter do after school?
(b) Where did he play with his friends?
(c) What did his parents do when he arrived home late?
(d) Where was the alarm clock?
(e) Did Peter like waking up so early?
5. Find words or phrases in the story similar in meaning to the following.
a) tell off _________
b) refuse to change his mind __________________
c) say something is wrong ____________________
d) reach a place _________________________
e) not light ____________________________