The doomsday vault 末日地窖
Mark and Kathleen were at a museum when they were asked to take part in a project.
"We're making a doomsday vault," a professor told them. "Nothing will be able to harm this vault. If the earth is destroyed, aliens will be able to look in the vault and learn about us."
"What do you want us to do?" Mark asked.
"Come back tomorrow with something to put in the vault."
Mark and Kathleen were very happy. They went home and thought about what to put in the vault.
"I'm going to donate this jade necklace," Kathleen said.
"I'm going to donate these flower seeds. Even if all the plants in the world are destroyed, the aliens will be able to have flowers," Mark said.
The next day there was a long line of animals waiting to put things in the vault. Mark and Kathleen were last in line.
"It's so exciting!" Kathleen said.
When they got to the front, Mark put the seeds in and turned away. Kathleen went to put the necklace in, but she dropped it down a crack outside the vault's door. As she bent over to pick it up, she bumped her head and fell into the vault. Nobody had seen her fall…
(MICHAEL KEARNEY, STAFF WRITER)
1. The professor said that if the earth were destroyed, the vault…
a. would also be destroyed.
b. would be able to save the human race.
c. still wouldn't be harmed.
2. Kathleen hit…
a. her head on something.
c. the professor.
Idea 1: Kathleen was knocked out, and the professor announces that they're ready to close the vault. What does Mark do when he can't find Kathleen? Is the vault closed with Kathleen inside? Does she manage to get out?
Idea 2: Mark starts looking for Kathleen, but he's told the museum is about to close. What does Mark do? Was Kathleen knocked out? When does doomsday come? Is the vault ever found by aliens?
Idea 3: Kathleen wasn't knocked out, but nobody is able to hear her while she's in the vault. Does she try to explore the vault? What does Mark do when he can't find Kathleen? Does he go into the vault?
Write your own ending to the story! 寫下你的故事結局:
1. doomsday /?dumz,de/ n.
世界末日 (shi4 jie4 mo4 ri4)
例: What will happen on doomsday?
2. vault /v?lt/ n.
地窖 (di4 jiao4)
例: We found a secret vault last night.
3. donate /?donet/ v.t./v.i.
捐獻 (juan1 xian4)
例: My family donates a lot of money to charity.
4. bump /b?mp/ v.t./v.i.
碰撞 (peng4 zhuang4)
例: I bumped my knee on the pole and fell.
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