Practice Text 02: "The Kingdom of the Lion"

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The animals of the forest had a lion as their king. He was neither cruel, nor tyrannical, but a just and gentle king. As king, he made a royal proclamation for a general assembly of all the animals. He passed a law, stating, "All animals will now live together in perfect peace and friendship." The wolf and the lamb, the cat and the bird, the tiger and the deer, the fox and the rabbit, will no longer be enemies. The rabbit said, "Oh, how I have longed to see this day, in which the weak will be equal to the strong." And after saying this, he ran for his life.
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Vocabulary exercise

Match the vocabulary words and their definitions.

1. " cruel "

2. " tyrannical "

3. " just "

4. " gentle "

5. " a proclamation "

6. " an assembly "

7. " to present "

8. " to pass "

9. " to state "

10. " enemies "

11. " to long for "

12. " royal "

13. " no longer "

Multiple Choice exercise

Select the best answer for each of the following questions.

1. Who did the king rule over?
a. Animals.
b. Animals and people.
c. Royal animals.

2. How could you describe the king?
a. Tough but fair.
b. Understanding but idealistic.
c. Harsh but knowing.

3. What happened at the assembly?
a. The animals voted on a new law.
b. The animals debated a new law.
c. The animals were told of a new law.

4. Which animal did not trust the new law?
a. The cat.
b. The tiger.
c. The rabbit.

5. How could you describe the new law?
a. Just.
b. Impractical.
c. Perfect.

Completion exercise

Complete the following story using the correct words.

The leader of the village held an (1) to (2) a (3) solution to protect the (4) people. Their (5) (6) , (7) followers of the (8) emperor, often entered the village to abuse the people. The leader (9) in a (10) that (11) would the villagers tolerate this behavior. Nonetheless, the people of the village (12) the days when it wouldn't have been necessary to (13) such a law.

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Vocabulary Exercise
1. m
2. d
3. a
4. f
5. g
6. i
7. j
8. h
9. c
10. b
11. k
12. l
13. e

Multiple Choice
1. a
2. b
3. c
4. c
5. b

Completion Exercise
1. k
2. l
3. c
4. j
5. i
6. d
7. f
8. m
9. e
10. b
11. h
12. a
13. g