The King Who Wrote Poetry
Once there was a king who loved to write poetry. He was very proud of his poetry and all his court officials said it was very good .This encouraged the king so he decided to publish a collection of his best poems so his people could enjoy them too.
One day he was visiting the market when he came across a boy who was reading the recently published book of poetry .The king was highly pleased by this and so approached the boy. He asked the boy if he enjoyed the poetry and the boy replied that he did. In fact the boy told the king that he could recite some of the poems and proceeded to do so. The king was overjoyed to hear this and reaching into his pocket took out a copper coin and gave it to the boy. The boy refused the coin, telling the surprised king that his father had taught him never to take money from strangers. The king laughed and told the boy that he was no stranger, but the king. The boy replied that he knew, but his father wouldn’t believe that the king would be so cheap as to give only a copper coin.
The king, feeling rather embarrassed, reached into his pocket again and this time gave the boy a gold coin.
1) poetry (n.) – 詩歌
2) court official- 王宮人員，王室人員
3) encourage (v.) – 鼓勵
4) publish (v.) – 出版
5) poem (n.) – 詩
6) recently (adv.) –最近
7) highly (adv.) – 非常，很，高度的
8) approach (v.) – 接近
9) recite (v.) – 背誦
10) stranger (n.) – 陌生人
11) proceed (v.) – 開始，著手
12) overjoyed (adj.) – 狂喜的，極度高興的
13) cheap (adj.) – 小氣的，摳門的
14) embarrassed (adj.) – 尷尬的
1.Choose the best answers.
A. Why did the king publish his poetry?
(a) He was bored.
(b) He wanted to make money.
(c) He wanted his people to enjoy it.
(d) To encourage his officials.
B. Who did he meet at the market?
(a) His officials.
(b) A boy.
(c) A stranger.
C. What did the boy say he could do?
(a) Recite some of the poems.
(b) Write better poetry.
(c) Become a king.
(d) Take money from strangers.
D. What did the boy’s father tell him not to do?
(a) Take money from strangers.
(b) Read poetry.
(c) Talk to the king.
(d) Talk to strangers.
E. What did the king give the boy?
(a) A copper coin.
(b) A gold coin.
(c) A book.
(d) A market.
2.Write T for True or F for False beside these statements about the story.
(a) The court officials said the king’s poetry was bad. ___
(b) The king wanted more people to read his poetry. ___
(c) The boy couldn’t remember any of the poems. ___
(d) The boy visited the king. ___
(e) The boy refused the copper coin. ____
3.Complete the following sentences by putting in the correct form of the verb in brackets.
(a) The boy (give) ________ a gold coin by the king.
(b) The poems (write) _______ by the king.
(c) The boy (read) ________ when the king saw him.
(d) The king was happy (hear)_______ to hear the boy read.
(e) The king (feel) _______ embarrassed.
4.Write short answers
(a) Where did the king go one day?
(b) What was the boy doing when the king met him?
(c) What did the boy do for the king?
(d) What did the king offer the boy at first?
(e) How did the king feel when the boy refused the copper coin?
5. Find words or phrases in the story similar in meaning to the following.
a) a short time ago ____________________
b) to make a book ____________________
c) very ______________________
d) somebody you don’t know _________________
e) very happy ______________________