The Story of the Smart Parrot
A man in Puerto Rico had a wonderful parrot. There was no another parrot like it.
It was very, very smart. This parrot would say any word-except one. He would not say the name of the town where he was born. The name of the town was Catano.
The man tried to teach the parrot to say Catano. But the bird would not say the word. At first the man was very nice, but then he got angry. “You are a stupid bird! Why can’t you say the word? Sat CAtano, or I will kill you!” but the parrot would not say it. Then the man got to so angry that the shouted over and over, “Say Catano, or I’ll kill you!” but the bird wouldn’t talk.
One day after trying for many hours to make the bird say Catano, the man got very angry. He picked up the bird and threw him into the chicken house. “You are more stupid than the chickens. Soon I will eat them, and I will eat you, too.”
In the chicken house there are four old chickens. They were for Sunday’s dinner. The man put the parrot in the chicken house and left.
The next day the man came back to the chicken house. He opened the door and stopped. He was very surprised at what he saw!
He saw three dead chickens on the floor. The parrot was screaming at the fourth chicken, “Say Catano, or I’ll kill you!
(sumber: detik-detik UN bahasa Inggris; 2005/2006; Intan Pariwara)
Vocabularies: wonderful: hebat, parrot: burung beo, bird: burung, picked up: mengambil, throw: melemparkan, stupid: bodoh, put: menaruh, saw: melihat, scream: berteriak, smart: pandai
1. Where does the story take place?
A. London C. Jakarta
B. Puerto Rico D. Buenos Aires
2. What is the word that the parrot cannot say?
A. Catano C. Canato
B. Tacano D. Nacato
3. How often did the owner teach the bird how to say the word?
A. Always C. Many times
B. Everyday D. Every second
4. .Which statement is true according to the text?
A. The parrot could say Catano
B. At last the parrot could say Catano
C. Catano was the name at the parrot
D. The man never got angry at the parrot
5. What does the man do to the bird because the bird cannot say the name of a place.
A. The man ate the bird.
B. The sold the bird.
C. The man killed the bird.
D. The man taught the bird.
6. It is most likely that ….
A. The bird killed the three chickens.
B. The three chickens killed the bird.
C. The bird played with the chicken.
D. The bird killed one of the three chickens.
7. What is the story about?
A. A parrot and a cat
B. A parrot and a chicken
C. A parrot and the owner
D. A parrot, the owner, and chickens
8. “It was very, very smart”
The underlined word refers to ….
A. The man
B. The bird
C. The chicken
D. Puerto Rico
9. “The parrot was very, very smart”
The word ‘smart’ means ….
A. Stupid C. Stubborn
B. Clever D. Beautiful
10. “The parrot was screaming at the fourth chickens”
What does the underlined word mean?
A. Smiling C. Shouting
B. Crying D. Laugh