Practice Text 03: "The Musical Fisherman"

Read the story once or twice. Be sure you understand most of it, then make a choice in the various "Select" fields, finally click "Show Solutions" to see the correct answer.


A fisherman who was a fine musician took his flute and his nets to the seashore. Standing on a rock, he threw his nets into the sea and then played several tunes in the hope that the fish, attracted by his melody, would dance into his net. At last, having waited a long time, he put down his flute, and casting his net into the sea, made an excellent haul of fish. When he saw them leaping about in the net upon the rock he said: "Oh, you perverse creatures, when I played you would not dance, but now that I have stopped you do so merrily."
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True/False exercise

If the statement is correct, select "True", if it is incorrect, select "False".

1. As the fisherman played his flute the fish swam into the net.
True False

2. The fisherman went fishing with a musical instrument.
True False

3. The fish were afraid of the fisherman's music.
True False

4. The fisherman went fishing in a lake.
True False

5. The fisherman thought the fish would like his music.
True False

Vocabulary exercise

Match the vocabulary words and their definitions.

1. " a net "

2. " to throw "

3. " a tune "

4. " to attract "

5. " a melody "

6. " to cast "

7. " to haul "

8. " to leap "

9. " perverse "

10. " creatures "

11. " merrily "

12. " upon "

Completion exercise

Complete the following story using the correct words.

At the U.S. Open tennis match this afternoon there was some very strange entertainment. Between matches a large (1) in the shape of a tennis ball (2) (3) the court. First, it (4) (5) itself into the (6) and rolled to the edge of the court. Then it stood up and began to sing a (7) . I recognized the (8) but was glad when it was over. After the song, this tennis ball creature (9) a basket of tennis balls from the edge of the court and proceeded to (10) them into the audience. I was lucky not to be hit by them.
I've never seen such (11) entertainment at the US Open. It was of course an advertisement for a new brand of tennis balls. It is suprising to see what advertisers will do to (12) attention.

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True/False Exercise
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Vocabulary Exercise
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Completion Exercise
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