Mark the brave 勇敢的馬克
Mark and Kathleen were strolling through the town when Kathleen noticed a sign. The local newspaper was running a competition in the local park to find the bravest elephant in the town. The winner would receive unlimited chocolate cake for the rest of their life. “Wow, that looks amazing. Can you imagine anything better than unlimited chocolate cake?” asked Kathleen. “You’re right, but I’m not a brave elephant. I’ll have no chance,” said Mark sadly. “Don’t be silly. It will be easy — last year’s winner just had to ride a horse. The competition has already started. Let’s go!”
When they arrived at the park, the competition was just about to start. The MC picked up the microphone and began talking. “Ladies, gentleman and elephants. In today’s competition, each elephant will have to complete three tasks. The elephant who finishes the most tasks will become the champion!”
For the first task, the elephants had to do a bungee jump from a 200m high bridge. One by one the elephants jumped off the bridge, but when it came to Mark’s turn he just couldn’t do it. For the second task, they had to walk over hot coals. Again, the other elephants did it, but Mark thought it looked too painful. The third task was a parachute jump. Mark sat in the back of the plane, and watched as the elephants jumped out. When it was his turn, he was just too nervous to let go.
When the plane landed, Kathleen came running over to him. “I’m so proud of you! You did your best and that’s the important thing. Who cares about some silly chocolate cake?” Just then, a thief ran onto the stage and grabbed the trophy from the MC. “Somebody stop that thief at once!” yelled the MC… (john phillips, staff writer)
1. unlimited adj.
無限量的 (wu2 xian4 liang4 de5)
例: You can drink unlimited cola for $50.
2. complete v.t.
完成 (wan2 cheng2)
例: You must complete the homework before Friday. (你必須在週五前完成這項作業。)
3. painful adj.
痛苦的 (tong4 ku3 de5)
例: It is still too painful to think about the accident.
4. stage n.
舞台 (wu3 tai2)
例: The singer stood in the center of the stage.
1. How many tasks did the elephants have to do?
2. How did Kathleen feel about Mark’s attempt to win the prize?
Write your own ending to the story! 寫下你的故事結局:
Idea 1: Mark chases the thief and recovers the prize! Does the judge decide Mark is the bravest elephant? Does he accept the reward?
Idea 2: Mark chases the thief but doesn’t catch him. Who is the thief? Why does he want to steal the prize?
Idea 3: Mark catches the thief, then realizes that it was just a test by the judges! What does Mark think of this? Does he win the award?
A: How are your legs? Not too tired? This is the final stretch. We’re almost at the top. B: So do we need to walk up that path? I think I’ll be fine: it looks like a gentle ascent, and there are steps all the way. A: Appearances can be deceptive. The path gets quite steep further on, and the steps become broken and irregular. We’re not out of the woods yet. B: What does that signpost say? If we take the right fork we will get to a temple in 25 minutes. A: Nice try. We’re going