wherever she goes. Sometimes they get into some very sticky situations.
The long way round 漫漫長路
“Phew, its hot,” Kathleen sighed.
“Well, at least it isn’t raining!” Mark said cheerfully. He was really enjoying their holiday in Pakistan. “What shall we go see next?”
“Maybe we should head over to the Shah Faisal Masjid mosque,” Kathleen suggested. “It’s supposed to be one of the biggest in the world.”
“Cool! We can check out the huge silver globe statue on the way,” Mark said.
Kathleen and Mark set off toward the statue, admiring the greenery along the way. As they turned a corner they saw crowds lining the street.
“Oooh, what’s going on here?” Kathleen asked.
“Way too many people, that’s what,” Mark replied grumpily. “Come on, let’s cut across that park, or we’ll never get to see any of the sights.”
Mark and Kathleen were soon enjoying the peaceful park. “That’s more like it,” Mark said. “The problem with big crowds is that you never know if they’re going to be happy or angry. It’s best to stay well out of the way.”
“I suppose you’re right,” Kathleen replied, ”but I wonder what they were all waiting to see.”
Just then there was a loud commotion behind them. Kathleen and Mark spun round. A big mass of scary looking men wearing blue tracksuits was heading right for them. And right in the middle of them was a torch!
“Get out of the way! Move! Move you stupid elephant!” they roared ...
(CATHERINE THOMAS, STAFF WRITER)
1. greenery n.
綠色植物 (lü4 se4 zhi2 wu4)
例: It’s always lovely to come across a patch of greenery in the city.
2. commotion n.
騷動 (sao1 dong4)
例: Helen caused a commotion when she found she’d lost her phone.
3. mass n.
民眾 (min2 zhong4)，眾多 (zhong4 duo1)
例: There were masses of people at Taipei 101 on New Year’s Eve.
4. torch n.
火把 (huo2 ba3)
例: We used torches to light up the garden path.
1. Where are Mark and Kathleen?
c. San Francisco.
2. Why do they cut across the park?
a. Mark hates streets.
b. Kathleen wants to.
c. The street is too crowded.
d. It’s unclear
Write your own ending to the story! 寫下你的故事結局:
Idea 1: Mark is upset that the men wearing blue tracksuits called him stupid. What does he do? Does he move or stay put? Does he try to put out the torch with water from his trunk? What do the men do?
Idea 2: The men don’t notice Kathleen because they’re too busy shouting at Mark. What does Kathleen do? Does she try to scare the men back by running up their legs? Are the men scared? What does Mark do?
Idea 3: Mark and Kathleen try to quickly move aside to let the men pass, but Kathleen slips and lands right in their path. Mark tries to reach over and grab her with his trunk, but he accidently blows the torch out. What do the men do? Does Kathleen manage to get away unhurt? What happens to Mark? Is the torch relit?
What happened? : 1. b 2. c
Match it: 1. E 2. D 3. C 4. A 5. B
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