E: Complete the sentence with the correct reflexive pronoun.
1. He burned ____________ when he moved the hot pan to the table.
2. We built our new house ____________.
3. Did you solve the math problem ____________? Very good!
4. Jennifer ____________ told me she has a new boyfriend.
[Reading Comprehension Text]
One of the classic Chinese stories of tragic romances is that of Liang Shanbo and Zhu Yingtai. People call them the Chinese Romeo and Juliet. Romeo and Juliet are famous as the tragic lovers in an Italian story, which William Shakespeare made into a play. However, the Chinese story is older than the Western version. Here is a summary of the Chinese story.
A young woman named Zhu Yingtai wanted an education. It was not the custom of the time for women to receive a formal education, so she dressed up as a man and went off to school in another town. There she met another young student by the name of Liang Shanbo. Liang was a poor but intelligent student. He and Zhu became friends. They studied together and enjoyed each other's company.
Eventually Zhu returned to her home village. Liang went there to visit his school friend. Instead, he saw this beautiful young woman, who he immediately realized was his old classmate. He instantly fell in love. But there was a problem. Zhu's parents had arranged a marriage for her to a rich nobleman. So she couldn't marry Liang. Zhu tried to change her parents' minds, but she couldn't persuade them.
Liang was very, very sad because he couldn't be with Zhu. Eventually he died from sorrow and a broken heart. Zhu still had to marry the man that she was engaged to. On the way to her wedding, she and her entourage had to pass Liang's tomb. As Zhu was passing the tomb, the wind started to blow violently. She and her group couldn't move past his tomb. So she went to visit the tomb of the man that she had loved. As she was getting near the tomb, it broke open, and Zhu fearlessly walked into it to join her lover. Shortly after, two butterflies flew out of the tomb and floated away. So Liang and Zhu are called "the butterfly lovers."
The story continues to fascinate people. It has been made into a movie. It has inspired artists, and it was recently made into an opera.
F: Read the text. Then choose true or false for each statement.
1. The story about Zhu and Liang, like the story of Romeo and Juliet, has a happy ending.
2. Zhu dressed up as a man because she wanted an education.
3. Liang had known from the beginning that Zhu was a woman.
4. Zhu couldn’t marry Liang because her parents ordered her to marry someone else.
5. At the end of the story, the lovers are together as butterflies.
G: Write a paragraph about your favorite fable, folk tale, or fairy tale. Tell the story, putting the events in order. Use words like while, first, second, then, and last.
Reference:MidBookTestref1 [Narrator] Listen to the fable. Circle true or false for each statement.
A farmer had three sons. He also had a farm with vines and grapes. When the farmer was dying, he was worrying about his sons’ future. He knew that they were lazy. He worried that they might not work to take care of the vines and have a good harvest. The dying man thought of a plan. He called his three sons to his bedside. He said, “Sons, I am going to die soon. There is something important in my fields. You have to work and dig in the fields to find the treasure that I am giving to you.” Shortly after that, the father died. The sons thought that their father had buried something valuable in the fields. They thought that he had buried gold or money, so they dug the fields around the vines. They were trying to find the treasure. Because the vines on the farm were so well dug, the vines grew a lot of grapes. The sons had produced a big crop, and they had a lot of grapes to sell. They had enough money to live on from their father’s fields. The real treasure that their father had left them was the farm itself and the work that they were doing on it. The moral? The rewards that come from one’s work are the best.
Answer Key A
1. If I earn a thousand dollars, I’ll buy a new computer.
2. When Sherry and Ted buy a new house, we’ll help them move in.