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The truthful dove (01)

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                                   Class Eight

Unit:05  Making a difference Lesson 5: The truthful dove (1)

 Talk about the picture and read the story of the dove and the bat.

Once upon a time, a dove and a bat were very good friends (supporters, helpers, associates, colleagues, comrades). One day the two friends decided (agreed, chose, resolved) to set out on a journey (trip, travel, tour, ride, expedition). They flew (sailed, winged, hovered, coasted) over the rivers and hills and came to a big jungle (forest, woodland, wood). Both the friends were very tired (sleepy, exhausted, bushed), they needed to sit down and take a rest (break, relaxation, recreation). Soon night fell and it was dark (gloomy, black, shady, dusky, dim) all around. A storm (tempest, hurricane, rainstorm, tornado) rose. It started to rain heavily (greatly, deeply, seriously, worryingly, comprehensively). The dove and the bat started to look for a shelter (housing, lodging).

They came upon a century-old rain tree. An owl had his nest (shell, coat, case, layer) in that tree. The dove and the bat knocked (hit, cracked, collided) at the owl’s door. The old grumpy (irritable, bad-tempered, complaining) owl opened (unlocked, released) the door. The dove and the bat requested (invited, wished, demanded) him to give them shelter. The owl unwillingly let (occupy, agreement, rent, contract) them in. The two birds were hungry (starving, famished, ambitious) too. They begged (pled, requested) for some food. The selfish (self-centered, self-seeking) owl was not happy (pleased, glad, joyful, cheerful). However, he shared his dinner with them. The dove was so tired that she could hardly (scarcely, barely) eat (consume, have, take). But the bat was sly (cunning, clever, crafty, artful). He ate greedily (hungrily, avidly). He began to praise (admiration, commendation, complements) the owl with the thought (believed, assumed, supposed) of getting more food. The bat said, “O wise (intelligent, clever, sensible) and brave (courageous, heroic, bold, daring, fearless) owl, you are the most generous (great, wise, kind) person I have ever seen. You are powerful (great, dominant, influential) and mighty.”

The owl was very pleased (satisfied, happy, delighted) at the bat’s flattery (obsequiousness, adulation). He puffed and ruffled himself, trying to look as wise and brave as possible. Then he turned to the dove and asked, “Now little dove, what do you think about me?”

1. Read the story again and now write the answers of the following questions.

a. Who were a dove and a bat?

b. What did they decide to do?

c. Where did they roam?

d. Why were they tired?

e. Why did they need to sit down?

f. When did the storm start?

g. What did they start to look?

h. Why did they look for a shelter?

i. Who lived upon the century-old rain tree?

j. Which words tell you that the owl was not good at heart?

k. Who opened the door?

l. What do you understand about the word ‘grumpy’?

m. Why did they request him?

o. How were the two birds at that time?

p. Why was not the selfish owl happy?

q. How was the dove and what did he do?

r. Why couldn’t the dove eat?

s. What was the bat doing at the time of taking dinner?

t. Why did the bat praise the owl?

u. Which words pleased the owl?

v. What action of the owl tells you that he wanted to hear more good things about him?

w. Why was the owl very pleased at the bat?

2. True or false? If false, give the correct information.

a. The dove and the bat decided to go for a flying competition.

b. They reached a big jungle.

c. They were afraid because a storm was blowing.

d. The dove and the bat were looking for a place to spend the night.

e. The owl gladly asked the bat and the dove to come in.

f. The owl and the birds ate together.

g. The bat sincerely praised the owl.

                   Answer to the Q. No. 01

a. A dove and a bat were very good friends.

b. They decided to set out on a journey.

c. They roamed over the rivers and hills and came to a big jungle.

d. They flew over the rivers and hills and came to a big jungle so they were tired.

e. They needed to sit down to take a rest.

f. When night fell and it was dark all around at that time the storm started.

g. They started to look for a shelter.

h. They looked for a shelter to take meal and pass the night.

i. An old grumpy owl lived upon the century-old rain tree.

j. The word ‘Grumpy’ tells us that the owl was not good at heart.

k. The old grumpy owl opened the door.

l. The word ‘grumpy’ means a person with bad temper.

m. They requested him to give them shelter.

o. At that time the two birds were very hungry.  

p. The selfish owl was not happy because they begged for some food and shelter from him.

q. The dove was so tired and she did not eat much.

r. The dove couldn’t eat because she was so tired.  

s. At the time of taking dinner the bat was beginning to praise the owl.

t. The bat praised the owl to get his favor and much facility from him.

u. When bat told that he was powerful and mighty then it pleased the owl very much.

v. His puffing and ruffling tell us that he wanted to hear more good things about him.

w. The owl was very pleased at the bat because it flattered him very much.

Answer to the Q. No. 02

a. The dove and the bat decided to go for a flying competition.

False. Correct answer: The dove and the bat decided to set out on a journey.

b. They reached a big jungle. True.

c. They were afraid because a storm was blowing. True

d. The dove and the bat were looking for a place to spend the night. True

e. The owl gladly asked the bat and the dove to come in.

False. Correct answer: The owl unwillingly asked the bat and the dove to come in.

f. The owl and the birds ate together.

False. Correct answer: Only the birds ate together.

g. The bat sincerely praised the owl.

False. Correct answer: The bat insincerely praised the owl.

 

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