NARRATIVE TEXT EXERCISES

Published March 31, 2012 by ourenglishzone7

One day, a hound dog went hunting by himself in the woods. He saw a rabbit in the bush and chased him out into an open. The rabbit ran. The dog followed. The rabbit ran around trees and through an open field.

When the dog began to be tired, the rabbit, with its last energy, jumped into the bush and disappeared.

As the dog turned back home, a goat herder who had seen the chase smiled at him saying, “Why did you let that rabbit go?”

“You forget,” replied the tired dog, “I was only running for my dinner. He was running for his life!”

  1. The story tells us about how……save his precious life.

a. the hound dog

b. the poor rabbit

c. the rabbit’s friend

d. the goat herder

2. The story happened….

a. on an open field

b. behind the bush

c. around trees

d. in the woods

3. What can you learn from the above story?

a. People should protect endagered rabbits

b. A big and strong hound dog is the best man’s friend

c. We should have a dog to chase any dangerous animals

d. One should make any possible efforts to safe his or her life

Long time ago a remote village, in central China, was inhabited mainly with farmers and hunters.

One day, a poor farmer lost his entire livestock because of flood. He prayed to God for help or his family would die of starvation.

Few days later, an old man with long grey beard, passed by his house took pity on him. He gave him a goose and said, “I don’t have any expensive thing to give you and hope this goose will help you to ease your hardship.”

A week later to almost surprise the farmer found an egg in his yard. This was no ordinary egg. It was a golden egg. He was suddenly overcome with joy.

Thereafter, his livelihood rapidly improved, but the farmer had forgotten his earlier hardship. He became lazy, arrogant and spenthrifty.

Strangely, the goose only laid one golden egg every six months. The greedy farmer lost his patient and slaughtered his goose thinking there were plenty of golden eggs inside its stomach.

Though he was very regretted for his foolishness, it’s already too late.

4.  What is the text about?

a.  A farmer who was saved by a goose

b.  A goose which brought farmer’s hardship

c.  An old man who helped a a golden goose

d. A golden egg which saved an old man

5.  The story happened…..

a. In a remote village

b. In all countries

c. In unknown country

d. In the paddy-field

6.  What can you learn from the above story?

a.  People often regret because of misfortune.

b. It is useless to regret what happened.

c. We should feel sorry for anything that

d. Regrets will help people to overcome their problem.

A street sweeper was doing his job when he came across some money lying on the ground. He decided to use it to buy a present for his little daughter. He bought a jar of honey, rushed home and left it on the table, so that his daughter would find it as soon as she came from school. But, alas, it was the flies that ate the honey.

The sweeper was so angry that he went to ask the judge to give orders for the flies to be arrested and condemned to death.

“You are aboslutly right,” smiled the judge, “but as you well understand, we cannot mobilize the army against these rascals. We shall see justice done in another way. Everytime you see a fly, strike it down. I authorize you to execute them by yourself. Furthermore, I demand personally that you do not allow even a single one of these thieving flies to escape.”

“Yes, your honor. You can count on me,” the sweeper assured him.

At that very moment, a fly decided to settle on the judge’s head and the sweeper did not hesitate; he raised his brush and brought it crashing down on the judge’s head. The guards were about to arrest him, when the judge recovered and intervened. “Leave him be,” he ordered. “he has taught me not to say foolish to simpletons.”

7.  What is the text about?

a. The street sweeter and the jungle.

b. The flies and the rascals.

c. The guards and their masters.

d.  The court and the simpleton.

8. The text shows that the street sweeper……the flies much.

a.  liked

b. loved

c. envied

d. hated

9. “…….so that his daughter would find it as soon as she came home from school”. What does the word “it” in the sentence refer to?

a. The honey

b. The money

c. The fly

d. The jar

10. What is the moral value of the story?

a. There is no justice for foolish people.

b. It is dangerous to talk to street sweepers.

c. A Judge should be more careful with his or her words.

d. We must be careful with stupid persons in this life.

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