A man was travelling abroad in a small red car. One day he left the car and went shopping. When he came back, its roof was badly damaged. Some boys told him that an elephant had damaged it. The man did not believe them, but they took him to a circus which was near there. The owner of the elephant said, ‘I am sorry! My elephant has a big, round, red chair. He thought that your car is his chair, and he sat on it.’ Then he gave the man a letter, in which he said that he was sorry and that he would pay for all the damage.

When the man got back to his own country, the custom officers would not believe his story. They said, ‘You sold your new car while you were abroad and bought this old one.’

It was only when the man showed them the letter from the circus man that they believed him.


  1. True – False questions :
  2. The man travelled in his own country.
  3. He travelled by bus.
  4. He saw the car damaged by the elephant.
  5. He was told that the car had been damaged by an elephant.
  6. At first he thought it was impossible.
  7. He only believed when he saw the elephant.
  8. The owner of the animal was not honest.
  9. The customs officers thought that the man lied.
  10. They accused him of deceit.
  11. They only believed after they saw the letter.
  12. Find words in the passage that have similar meanings to:
  13. agreed with 12. supposed 13. journeying  14. brought      15. several
  14. in a foreign country 17. returned 18. seriously     19. stated         20. When

III. Give the correct form of the word in the brackets!

  1. Someone who travels is called a (travel).
  2. Mrs. White always goes (shop) in the morning.
  3. Many of the building have red (roof).
  4. We have different (belief)
  5. Mr. Black still (own) many animals.
  6. However he tried to explain, they (will) not believe him.
  7. Crops are often (damage) by flood.
  8. He (think) that it was his car and sat on it.
  9. His (think) are difficult to follow.
  10. He said that he (be) sorry.


  1. Fill in the correct word!
  2. frightened sorry            c. hit                 d. some            e. much
  3. were g. better            h. was              i. nearly            j. again

Harry did not stop his car at some traffic-lights when they 31 _______ red, and he 32 _______ another car. Harry jumped out and went to it. There 33 _______ an old man in the car. He was very 34 _______ and said to Harry, ‘What are you doing? You 35 _____ killed me!’

‘Yes,’ Harry answered, ‘I am very 36 ______ .’ He took a bottle out of his car and said, ‘Drink 37 ______ of this. Then you’ll feel 38 ________ .’ He gave the man some whisky, and the man drank it, but then he shouted again, ‘You nearly killed me!’

Harry gave him the bottle 39 ______, and the old man drank a lot of the whisky. Then he smiled and said to Harry, ‘Thank you. I feel 40 ______ better now. But why aren’t you drinking?’

‘Oh, well,’ Harry answered, ‘I don’t want any whisky now. I am going to sit here and wait for the police.’