Lesson 4

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Vocabulary:

Study these vocabulary words before you read the story below.

ancient
handsome
graceful
chance
reflection
blossoms
mountain
admire

gleam
slender
slim
mop
crowned
precipice
sculptor
pass

sculptor
reflection
balance
toppled
drown
discover
scent
heaven

faultless
image
carve
mankind
mirror
seize
being
myth

       

READING #4

        In Ancient Greece lived a young man called Narcissus, who was greatly 1 , for he was very handsome. Narcissus was very proud of his perfect face and graceful body, and never lost the chance to 2 his reflection in any body of water he happened to pass. He would lie for hours admiring his gleaming dark eyes, slender nose, slim hips and the mop of curly 3 that crowned the perfect oval of his face. You would think a sculptor had come down 4 heaven to carve such a faultless body as a living image of mankind's love of beauty. One day, Narcissus was walking close to a precipice where the clear waters of a cold mountain pool mirrored his beautiful face. "You are handsome, Narcissus!" he told 5 as he bent down to admire his reflection. "There's nobody 6 handsome in the whole world! I'd love to kiss you." Narcissus was suddenly seized by the desire to kiss his own reflection and he bent down closer to the water. But he lost his balance and toppled into the pool. Narcissus could not 7 and so he drowned. But when the gods discovered that the 8 beautiful being on earth had died, they decided that such beauty could not be 9 . The gods turned Narcissus into a scented flower which, to this day, blossoms in the mountains in spring, and which is 10 called Narcissus.

Adapted from The Myth of Narcissus 

Multiple-Choice Questions


1.

   a)

Admire

   b)

Admires

   c)

Admiring

   d)

Admired


 

2.

   a)

look

   b)

look at

   c)

look out

   d)

look up


3.

   a)

hat

   b)

hair

   c)

hill

   d)

ears


4.

   a)

from

   b)

to

   c)

of

   d)

by


 

5.

   a)

him

   b)

himself

   c)

them

   d)

myself


6.

   a)

so

   b)

such

   c)

more

   d)

too


 7.

   a)

stay

   b)

help

   c)

swim

   d)

jump


8.

   a)

best

   b)

first

   c)

greatest

   d)

most


9.

   a)

forget

   b)

forgot

   c)

forgotten

   d)

forgetful


10.

   a)

only

   b)

still

   c)

just

   d)

finally