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PETER THE BULL.

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1-There was once a poor farmer who lived in Denmark. He and his wife owned a very good farm, but they had no
children. They were often sad because they had no one to give their possessions to, when they died. They continued to
do well and became rich people. But they had no heir.

2-One year they owned a pretty, little, bull calf, which they called Peter. It was the prettiest, little creature they had ever
seen. It was so beautiful and so wise that it understood everything that was said to it. And it was very gentle and full of
play. Both the man and his wife came to love it as if it were their own child.

One day the man said to his wife, “I wonder if our Minister can teach Peter to talk. If so, we could adopt him as our son
and let him inherit all that we possess.”

3-“Well, I don’t know,” said his wife. “The Minister is very educated, and he knows much more than even his master the
Bishop. I can almost believe that he can teach Peter to talk. Peter is very smart, too. You could at least ask him about it.”

So the man went to the Minister and asked him whether he thought he could teach a bull calf to speak, for they wished
so much to have it as their heir.

The Minister was no fool. He looked around to make sure no one could hear them. And he said, “Oh, yes, I can easily do
that. But you must not tell anyone about it. It must be a secret, and the Bishop must not know of it. I will get into trouble
if he finds out. It will also cost a lot of money, because I will need some very expensive books.”

4-That, doesn’t matter at all, the man said. They did not care what it cost. The Minister could have a hundred dollars to
begin with, to buy the books. He also promised to keep it a secret, and to bring the calf for lessons in the evening. He
gave the Minister the hundred dollars. And in the evening he took Peter to the Minister, and the Minister promised to do
his best with it.

A FILL IN THE GAPS:


There was once a poor (1)……………. who lived in Denmark. He and his wife (2) ……………… a very good farm, but they had
no children. They were often sad because they had no one to give their possessions to when they (3) …………... They
continued to do well and became rich people. But they had no (4)…………...
One year they owned a pretty, little, bull (5) ………., which they called Peter. It was the prettiest, little creature they had
ever seen. It was so beautiful and so (6) ………… that it understood everything that was said to it. And it was very (7)
…………….. and full of play. Both the man and his wife came to love it as if it were their own child.

One day the man said to his wife, “I wonder if our (8)…………… can teach Peter to talk. If so, we could adopt him as our (9)
………… and let him (10) …………… all that we possess.”

“Well, I don’t know,” said his wife. “The Minister is very (11) ……………., and he knows much more than even his master
the (12)………….. I can almost believe that he can teach Peter to talk. Peter is very (13)…………, too. You could at least ask
him about it.”

So the man went to the Minister and asked him whether he thought he could teach a bull calf to speak, for they wished
so much to have it as their heir.

The Minister was no (14)……………. He looked around to make sure no one could hear them. And he said, “Oh, yes, I can
easily do that. But you must not tell anyone about it. It must be a secret, and the bishop must not know of it. I will get
into (15) …………. if he finds out. It will also cost a lot of money, because I will need some very expensive books.”
That doesn’t (16) ………………….. at all, the man said. They did not care what it cost. The Minister could have a hundred
dollars to begin with to buy the books. He also promised to (17)……….. it a secret, and to bring the (18) …………… for
lessons in the evening. He gave the Minister the hundred dollars. And in the evening he (19)……….. Peter to the Minister,
and the Minister promised to do his (20)…………… with it.

B ORDER THE SENTENCES:

1. Farmer/poor/Denmark/a/once/in/lived

2. Calf/farm/they/a/owned/an/good/a

3. Pretty/calf/creature/the/a/bull/was

4. And/was/the/play/gentle/of/calf/full

5. Knows/than/minister/master/the/his/more

6. Teach/the/to/Peter/minister/talk/can

7. Farmers/heir/have/wanted/an/to/the

8. Asked/teach/Peter/they/the/to/minister

9. Mustn’t/the/it/know/bishop/about

10. Very/need/books/I/some/expensive

11. The/hundred/gave/minister/to/one/he/dollars

12. Do/the/best/minister/his/to/promised

C TRUE OR FALSE:

1-The farmer lives in Germany

2-The farmer didn’t have any children

3-Peter was a young cow

4-The farmer and his wife loved Peter as it was a child

5-The minister didn’t want to teach Peter

6-The farmer told everybody about Peter’s learning

7-The farmer gave $500 to the minister

D QUESTIONS:

1. Do you like the story?

2. What is the story about?

3. Where does the story happens?

4. Who is Peter?

5. What do the farmers own?

6. Do the farmers have children?


7. What do they want to have when they die?

8. What do they want to teach Peter?

9. Who do they want to teach Peter?

10. Is it a secret?

11. Who mustn’t know?

12. How much money does the farmer give the minister?

13. What is the minister going to buy?

14. Do you think that is posible that Peter learns? Why?

E FIND WORDS WITH THE MEANING OF:


1. Possessions. Paragraph 1
2. Pretty. Paragraph 2
3. Educated . Paragraph 3
4. Begin. Paragraph 4
F PUT THESE SENTENCES INTO ENGLISH:
1-Un granjero posee una granja
2-Ellos son ricos pero no tienen heredero
3-Peter es un ternero listo, savio y apacible
4-Los dos el hombre y su mujer le quieren mucho
5-Me pregunto si el cura puede enseñar a nuestro hijo a hablar
6-Peter hereda todas las possessiones del granjero
7- El problemas es si su jefe el obispo lo averigua
8-El granjero quiere asegurarse de que el cura no es tonto
9-Ellos desean vivir en Dinamarca
10-Cuesta mucho dinero, pero eso no importa
11-Ellos no se preocupan por el ternero
12-Ellos creen que el ternero puede hablar
G MAKE A SENTENCE WITH EACH OF THESE WORDS:
Know, keep, bring, give, take
H TELL US THE STORY IN YOUR OWN WORDS:
WRITE A SIMILAR STORY:
I USE THES EXPRESIONS TO RESPOND:
Really?, I can’t believe it!, Are you kidding?, Oh my goodness!, Gracious me!, Seriously! Oh I see.
I find it hard to belive.

J DISCUSSION:
1 why is it important to have a heir?
2 what happen if you are rich/poor and don’t have a heir?
3what is more important love and affection or money?
4 what do you think of the minister’s attitude?
5 do you think the farmers lost contact with reallity? Do you know of other people who lost contact with reality?
6 do you think we should treat animals like humans?
KEY:
A 1farmer 2owned 3died 4heir 5calf 6wise 7gentle 8minister 9son 10inherit
11educated 12bishop 13smart 14fool 15trouble 16matter 17keep 18calf 19took 20best
B 1-once a poor farmer lived in Denmark
2-they owned a good farm and a calf
3-the bull calf was a pretty creature
4-the calf was gente and full of play
5-the master knows more than his minister
6-the minister can teach Peter to talk
7-the farmers wanted to have a heir
8-they asked the minister to teach Peter
9-the bishop mustn’t know about it
10-I need some very expensive books
11-he gave to the minister one hundred dollars
12-the minister promised to do his best
C 1F, 2T, 3T, 4T, 5F, 6F, 7F
D 1-Student’s own answer
2-Student’s own answer
3-Denmanrk
4-a bull calf
5-a farm and a calf
6-no, they haven’t
7-a heir
8-to talk
9-the minister
10-yes, it is
11-the bishop
12-$100
13-some expensive books
14-no because it’s an animal/a calf
E 1-belongings
2-beautiful
3-cultures
4-start
F 1- a farmer owns a far
2-they are rich but they don’t have a heir
3-Peter is a smart, wise and gente calf
4-both the man and his wife love him very much
5-I wonder if the minister can tech our son to talk
6-Peter inherits all the farmer’s possessions
7-the trouble is whether his master the bishop finds out
8-the farmer wants to make sure that the minister is not fool
9-they wish to live in Denmark
10-it cost a lot of Money but it doesn’t matter
11-they don’t care about the calf
12-they believe the calf can talk

G, H, I, J student’s own answers