মুহম্মদ মাছুম বিল্লাহ, সাবেক অধ্যাপক, সিলেট, মির্জাপুর ও কুমিল্লা ক্যাডেট কলেজ এবং রাজউক উত্তরা মডেল কলেজ
৯ মার্চ, ২০১৭ ০০:০০
"What?" cried the bat. "Is that all you have to say to our gracious host?" Is he not the
wisest, bravest and most generous of all animals and birds? Have you no praise for his
noble character as well as for his goodness to us? I am ashamed of you! You do not
deserve such hospitality. You do not deserve this shelter." "You are an ungrateful bird, and the bat is right. You do not deserve this generous
hospitality which I have offered. Get out! Be off, I say!" "Yes, get lost!" echoed the bat, flapping his leathery wings. And the two heartless
creatures fell upon the poor little dove and drove her out into the dark and stormy
night. But the owl and the bat did not go unpunished for their act of heartlessness. The bat
can never fly in broad daylight. He has to wait for the sun to go down. And do you
know what happened to the vain owl? Well, he is blind as long as the sun is up. He
cannot hunt or feed himself unless it is dark. So the two vicious creatures with their
dark heart live in the dark.
On the other hand, the dove is rewarded for her truthfulness. Her name shall be used
by poets as long as the world lasts to rhyme with "LOVE".
(a) The owl was the wisest, bravest and the most generous of all animals and birds.
False : The bat flattered by saying that he was the wisest, bravest and the most gracious of all animals and birds.
(b) The bat was very much pleased with the dove.
False : The bat was very much angry with the dove.
(c ) The dove was a cheat.
False : The bat was a cheat.
(d) The dove was an ungrateful bird.
False : The bat was an ungrateful bird.
(e) The owl was very much pleased with the bat. True.
(f) The dove was very much displeased with the bat. True.
(g) The dove was driven away by the bat and the owl. True.
(h) The dove was a heartless bird. False : The bat and the owl were heartless creatures.
(i) When the dove was driven it was dark and stormy outside. True.
(j) Their act of heartlessness was rewarded. False : Their act of heartlessness was punished.
(k) The bat can never fly in broad night. False : The bat can never fly in broad daylight.
(l) An owl remains blind as long as the sun is in the sky. True.
(m) The bat cannot fly at night. True.
(n) An owl hunts in the dark. True.
(o) The dove is rebuked for her truthfulness. False : The dove is rewarded for her truthfulness.
(p) The poets use and remember the names of bat and owl.
False : The poets use and remember the name of the dove.
2. Fill in the gaps.
(a) The bat was — the owl unnecessarily.
(i) praise (ii) praising
(iii) praised (iv) be praised
(b) The bat was — towards his friend
(i) faithful (ii) gentle
(iii) faithless (iv) good
(c) The bat was very much —
(i) greedy (ii) voracious
(iii) friendly (iv) wise
(d)The owl loved to be —(i) flattering (ii) flattered
(iii) sheltering (iv) hosting
(e) The dove was — in her expression
(i) genuine (ii) unreal
(iii) clever (iv) foolish
(f) The dove actually — the owl for his shelter and food.
(i) thanked (ii) rebuked
(iii) extolled (iv) criticized
(g) The bat and the owl were of the —nature.
(i) different (ii) separate
(iii) same (iv) intellectual
(h) The bat and the owl showed — toward the dove.
(i) kind (ii) cruel
(iii) friendly (iv) neighbourly
(i) Their heartless act received its —.
(j) The owl cannot — at day time.
(i) fly (ii) see and hunt
(iii) go (iv) sing
3. Fill in the gaps from following words.
Deserve, Ungracious, Offered, Generous, Animals, Praise, Flattered, Gracious, Termed, Ashamed, Behaviour, Said
The bat (a) — the owl as a (b) — host. He also (c) — him as the wisest, bravest and the most generous bird. He said that he was (d) — of the (e) — of the dove. He (f) — that the dove did not (g) — the hospitality and shelter. He told the dove as (h) — . The owl also told him that he had (i) — him the (j) — hospitality.
(a) Flattered, (b) Gracious, (c) Termed, (d) Ashamed, (e) Behaviour, (f) Said, (g) Deserve, (h) Ungracious, (i) Offered, (j) Generous.
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