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The Adventures of Kathleen the Great and Mark the Meek 英勇凱薩琳與害羞馬克歷險記

Kathleen Hartman  /  STAFF WRITER

Meet Kathleen the mouse and Mark the elephant. Kathleen is very brave and likes adventure, but Mark is very shy and scared of many things. But friends stay together, so Mark follows Kathleen wherever she goes. Sometimes they get into some very sticky situations.

見見老鼠凱薩琳和大象馬克。凱薩琳非常勇敢又喜歡冒險,但馬克的個性十分害羞,對許多事情都感到害怕。不過,朋友都喜歡黏在一塊兒,所以凱薩琳走到哪兒,馬克就會跟到哪兒。有時候,他們也會碰上非常棘手的情況...

Math Problems 數學煩惱

One day, Mark and Kathleen were walking home from school when something fell out of Mark’s backpack. He quickly grabbed for it, but not quickly enough. Kathleen had already seen the big, red “F” written at the top of the paper.

“What was that?” she asked, jumping up to try to take it away from him. Mark shoved the paper back into his backpack. “Nothing. Just a stupid math test.”

“Mark, that’s terrible!” said Kathleen. “What happened? I thought you studied really hard for that test. And you always do your homework!”

“You don’t need to yell at me, my teacher already did plently of that. Maybe I’m just dumb at math. Who cares? I’m really good at other stuff. Like art!” Mark answered.

“That’s true,” Kathleen said carefully. She could tell that Mark was upset about the test, and she didn’t want to hurt his feelings.” But you’re really smart in a lot of ways. Maybe you just need a little extra help with math. Tonight when you do your homework, why don’t you give it to me to check? Then, if there are any problems, I can try to explain your mistakes to you.”

“Why do you think I will make mistakes?” asked Mark.

“I don’t think you will. I just said maybe. Do we have a deal?” she asked hopefully.

“Yes, I guess so,” said Mark. (Kayleeen Hartman, Staff writer)

一天,馬克和凱薩琳從學校返家時,有東西從馬克的背包裡掉出來。他很快就抓住它,但動作還不夠快。凱薩琳已經看到那張紙的上方寫著大大的紅色「F」。

Reading Comprehension 閱讀測驗

1. What did Mark get on his math test?

a. A "C."

b. A "D."

c. An "F."

2. What does Kathleen think will help?

a. Getting Mark a private teacher.

b. Sending Mark to cram school.

c. Helping Mark with his homework herself.

Ans: 1.c 2.c


凱薩琳問︰「那是什麼?」她跳起來想搶那張紙。馬克把紙塞回了他背包裡。「沒什麼,只是愚蠢的數學考試罷了。」

「馬克,那樣很糟糕!」凱薩琳說︰「到底是怎麼回事?我覺得你真的很用功準備考試。你都有做回家作業啊!」

馬克回答︰「你不必對我大吼大叫,我的老師已經吼了很多次了。也許我就是沒有數學頭腦。誰在乎啊?我在其他方面真的很優秀。像是美術方面。」

凱薩琳小心翼翼地說︰「那倒是真的。」她看得出來馬克因為考試而心情不好,而她不想讓他難過。「不過你在許多方面真的很聰明。也許你只是需要一點數學方面的額外幫助。你今晚做功課時,何不讓我檢查一下?假如有任何問題,我可以解釋你做錯的地方。」

馬克問︰「你為什麼認為我會做錯?」

她懷抱希望地問︰「我認為你不會做錯,我只是說也許。那我們一言為定?」

馬克說︰「好,我想可以吧。」(翻譯︰賴美君)

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