The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse
Once upon a time, a Country Mouse had a visit from his cousin in the country. He was so happy. He loved his cousin and made him heartily welcome. Beans and bacon, cheese and bread, were all he had to offer, but he offered them freely. The Town Mouse said: "I cannot understand, Cousin, how you can put up with such poor food as this, but of course you cannot expect anything better in the country; come you with me and I will show you how to live. When you have been in town a week you will wonder how you could ever have stood a country life."
Next, the two mice set off for the town and arrived at the Town Mouse's residence late at night. "You will want some refreshment after our long journey," said the polite Town Mouse, and took his friend into the grand dining-room. There they found the remains of food, and soon the two mice were eating up jellies and cakes and all that was nice. Suddenly they heard growling and barking. "What is that?" said the Country Mouse. "It is only the dogs of the house," answered the other. "Only!" said the Country Mouse. "I do not like that music at my dinner." Just at that moment the door flew open, in came two dogs, and the two mice had to run away. "Good-bye, Cousin," said the Country Mouse, "What! Going so soon?" said the other. "Yes," he replied; "Better beans and bacon in peace than cakes and beer in fear."
- bacon = daging babi
- offer = menyajikan
- freely = dengan gratis
- expect = mengharapkan
- country = pedesaan
- wonder = takjub
- residence = tempat tinggal
- remains = sisa-sisa
A. Circle T if the statement is True and F if it is False.
______1. The country mouse visited his cousin in the town.
______2. The mice ate the remains of a fine feast in the grand dining room.
______3. The town mouse didn't like music at the dinner.
______4. Two dogs were growling and barking to the mice.
______5. The country mouse liked peace than fear.
B. Answer the following questions based on the text above.
1. Who came to visit the country mouse?
2. What did the country mouse offer to his guest?
3. Where did the two mice go?
4. When the two mice arrive at the Town Mouse‟s residence?
5. What did they eat in the grand dining room?
6. Who does not like the dog‟s bark at dinner time?
7. How many dogs were in the house?
8. Why did the country mouse leave so soon?
Created by Nifatul Aula, an English teacher of vocational high school in Bondowoso, Indonesia.