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Comprehension (5.1)

Read the passage and answer the questions.

The Bear And The Travellers

Two good friends were travelling together through a mountain pass.

Suddenly a huge bear attacked them with a threatening roar.

"Help!" they cried. The skinny traveller quickly climbed up a tree, but

his friend could not because he was too fat.

"Hey! Lend me a hand and pull me up, will you?" pleaded the fat man.

"No way! If I help a fat man like you, I will also fall and be eaten by the

bear," said the skinny traveller as he continued to climb higher and higher

up the tree.

The bear approached and its snarling mouth was getting closer and

closer behind the fat man. Suddenly, the man fell flat on the ground.

"I've heard that a bear will not touch a dead man. I'll pretend to be

dead," thought the fallen traveller.

He remained motionless, pretending to be dead as the bear nuzzled

and smelled him with its large nose. The bear then turned away thinking

that the man was really dead.

1. Where did the bear attack the two travellers?

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2. Why couldn't the skinny traveller's friend climb the tree?

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3. What did the fat traveller plead his friend to do?

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4. Why didn't the skinny traveller help his friend?

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5. Why did the bear go away?

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