Practice Text 06: "The Thirsty Pigeon"

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 very thirsty pigeon saw a glass of water painted on a billboard. Not supposing it was only a picture, she flew towards it with great speed and crashed directly into the billboard, jarring herself terribly. Having broken her wings by the blow, she fell to the ground, and was caught by one of the bystanders.
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True/False exercise

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

1. The pigeon finds a glass of water.
True False

2. The pigeon thinks the glass is real.
True False

3. The billboard breaks and falls.
True False

4. The bystander doesn't see the pigeon fall to the ground.
True False

5. The pigeon isn't hurt.
True False

6. The pigeon wants a drink of water.
True False

Vocabulary exercise

Match the vocabulary words and their definitions.

1. " thirsty "

2. " a billboard "

3. " to suppose "

4. " to crash into "

5. " to jar "

6. " a blow "

7. " to catch "

8. " a bystander "

Completion exercise

Complete the following story using the correct words.

The commercial for my favorite soda begins with a very dirty and (1) boys softball team, the Rangers, losing to the Bullets. The Rangers (2) the game is over when the last batter hits a fly ball into the air. It flies past the fence and through a (3). The batter runs to every base and then (4) into the catcher who has just (5) the ball. The catcher (6) him and gives him a shocking (7) to the stomach. All the (8) are looking at the ball, so no one notices the batter who is drinking a can of my favorite soda on the bench.

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True/False Exercise
1. False
2. True
3. False
4. False
5. False
6. True

Vocabulary Exercise
1. c
2. h
3. e
4. a
5. d
6. g
7. b
8. f

Completion Exercise
1. e
2. h
3. f
4. b
5. c
6. g
7. a
8. d