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Lesson 1 A puma at large 逃遁的美洲狮

Listen to the tape then answer the question below.


Where must the puma have come from?

Pumas are large, cat-like animals which are found in America. When reports came into London Zoo that a wild puma had been spotted forty-five miles south of London, they were not taken seriously. However, as the evidence began to accumulate, experts from the Zoo felt obliged to investigate, for the descriptions given by people who claimed to have seen the puma were extraordinarily similar.

The hunt for the puma began in a small village where a woman picking blackberries saw‘a large cat’only five yards away from her. It immediately ran away when she saw it, and experts confirmed that a puma will not attack a human being unless it is cornered. The search proved difficult, for the puma was often observed at one place in the morning and at another place twenty miles away in the evening. Wherever it went, it left behind it a trail of dead deer and small animals like rabbits. Paw prints were seen in a number of places and puma fur was found clinging to bushes. Several people complained of‘cat-like noises’at night and a businessman on a fishing trip saw the puma up a tree. The experts were now fully convinced that the animal was a puma, but where had it come from? As no pumas had been reported missing from any zoo in the country, this one must have been in the possession of a private collector and somehow managed to escape. The hunt went on for several weeks, but the puma was not caught. It is disturbing to think that a dangerous wild animal is still at large in the quiet countryside. New words and expressions 生词和短语

puma(title)/'pju:m+/n. 美洲狮

corner(1. 9)/'k&:n+/v. 使走投无路,使陷入困境

spot(1. 2)/sp&t/v. 看出,发现

trail(1. 11)/'treil/n. 一串,一系列

evidence(1. 4)/'evid+ns/n.证据

print(1. 12)/print/n. 印痕

accumulate(1. 4)/e'kju:mjuleit/v. 积累,积聚

cling(1. 12)/kliR/(clung/kl)R/, clung)v. 粘

oblige(1. 5)/+'blaid{/v. 使……感到必须

convince(1. 14)/k+n'vins/v. 使……信服

hunt(1. 7)/h)nt/n. 追猎;寻找

somehow(1. 16)/'s)mha(/adv. 不知怎么搞地,不

blackberry(1. 8)/'bl$kb+ri/n. 黑莓 知什么原因

human being(1. 9)/?hju:m+n-'bi:iR/人类

disturb(1. 17)/di'st*:b/v. 令人不安

Notes on the text 课文注释

1 at large是介词短语,此处表示“逍遥自在”、“行动自由”的意思。

2 When reports came into London Zoo that a wild puma had been spotted forty-five miles south of London, 当伦敦动物园接到报告说,在伦敦以南45英里的地方发现一头野生美洲狮时。这个从句中以that引导的从句是reports的同位语,用于进一步说明报告的内容。

3 feel obliged to do sth. 是“感到不得不做某事”的意思。

4 it left behind it a trail of, 它身后留下一串……。

a trail of作left的宾语,behind it是状语,提到宾语之前是为了使句子结构更紧凑。

5 puma fur was found clinging to bushes中,clinging是现在分词,此处作主语puma fur的主语补足语。下文中As no pumas had been reported missing…一句中,missing也是现在分词作主语补足语。

6 in the possession of, 为……所有。




Summary writing 摘要写作

In not more than 80 words describe how experts came to the conclusion that the animal seen by many people really was a puma. Do not include anything that is not in the passage.

Answer these questions in note form to get your points:

1 What sort of reports were received by London Zoo?

2 Were the reports similar in nature or not?

3 Who saw it first?

4 Did it stay in one place,or did it move from place to place?

5 What did it leave behind it?

6 Were paw prints and puma fur found as well or not?

7 What was heard at night?

8 Was the animal seen up a tree or not?

9 Were experts now sure that the animal really was a puma or not?

Vocabulary 词汇

Give another word or phrase to replace the following words as they are used in the passage:spotted(1. 2);accumulate(1. 4); obliged to(1. 5); claimed(1. 6); extraordinarily similar(1. 6); immediately(1. 8); convinced(1. 15).

Composition 作文

Describe the occasion when the woman picking blackberries saw the puma. Expand the following into a paragraph of about 150 words.

Mrs. Stone had spent the whole morning…It was nearly lunch time, so she decided…She was just…when she heard a noise in…Then she saw an animal which…She knew it was not a cat because… The animal suddenly…and she thought it was going to…She dropped her basket and…Hearing the sound, the animal…after which, Mrs. Stone…and they…(86 words)

Letter writing 书信写作

On a full page, show the exact position of each of the following:

The address and date;the beginning of the letter;the Introduction;the Purpose;the Conclusion;the letter-ending;the signature;the postscript. Supply all necessary full stops and commas.

Key structures 关键句型

Simple, Compound and Complex Statements. 简单句、并列句和复合句(IKS 73)(参见第2册第73课关键句型)


Underline all the joining words in the passage. Note carefully how simple statements have been joined to make compound or complex statements.

Special difficulties 难点


Where had it come from? (1. 14)

Instead of saying:

It is better to say:

About whom are you talking?

Who(m)are you talking about?

That is the film about which I told you.

That is the film I told you about.

(Compare ISD 28) (对比第2册第28课难点)


A Complete these sentences by adding a suitable word to the end of each one:

1 What are you looking ______ ?

2 Where is your mother going ______ ?

3 Whom has the letter been sent ______ ?

4 This is the house I was born ______ .

5 What does your decision depend ______ ?

B Write these sentences again changing the position of the words in italics. Where possible, omit the words whom or which.

1 He is the man about whom we have heard so much.

2 The shelf on which you put those books has collapsed.

3 From whom did you receive a letter?

4 This is the road by which we came.

5 Where is the pencil with which you were playing?

Multiple choice questions 多项选择题

Choose the correct answers to the following questions.

Comprehension 理解

1 Experts eventually decided to investigate ______ .

a.because they did not believe that pumas existed in England

b.because they wanted a puma for the London Zoo

c.when a woman saw a puma in a small village

d.because people's descriptions of the puma had a lot in common

2 What particular piece of evidence persuaded the experts that a puma had been seen in the village?

a.The puma had not attacked the woman.

b.The woman had described the animal she had seen as‘a large cat’.

c.A puma had come very close to a human being.

d.The puma had behaved like a cat.

3 What was the problem the experts were unable to solve?

a.How the puma had managed to cover such great distances within a day.

b.How the puma had escaped from a zoo.

c.Whom the puma had belonged to.

d.How the numa had climbed a tree.


4 The accumulating evidence made the experts ______ the animal was a puma. (lines 4-6)

a.to think




5 People said ______ the puma. (lines 5-6)

a.to have seen

b.to see

c.they saw

d.they had seen

6 ______ , it immediately ran away. (lines 8-9)

a.Observing her

b.On being observed

c.Having been observed

d.On her being observed

7 Pumas never attack a human being except ______ cornered. (line 9)

a.they are


c.that they are

d.when they are

8 The experts were now fully convinced that the animal ______ a puma. (lines 13-14)

a.must be

b.should have been

c.can only be

d.could only have beenVocabulary词汇

9 The woman saw‘a large cat’ ______ five yards away from her. (lines 7-8)

a.at least

b.four or

c.no more than


10 A puma will not attack a human being unless it feels itself to be ______ . (line 9)

a.in a corner

b.in a trap

c.at an angle

d.under cover

11 A business man on a fishing trip is probably someone who ______ . (line 13)

a.sells fish

b.fishes for pleasure

c.nets fish

d.earns his living as a fisherman

12 A private collector is a man who collects ______ . (lines 15-16)

a.for his own benefit

b.on his own

c.in private

d.unknown to the public

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