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border, choking, frightened, gigantic, horizon, making, scouts, sighed, staring, thunderous

Rainbow Country

A war between rhinos and Rainbow Country animals is about to break out. Which side will win?

source: 台灣測驗中心

一場犀牛跟彩虹動物之戰即將展開, 哪一方將取得勝利呢?

A long time ago, deep in a beautiful forest beyond the horizon, there lived many animals called the Rainbow Animals. The Rainbow Animals looked ordinary, as you see anywhere in our land; the difference was that their fur was in rainbow colors. Also, they could talk.

The animals lived peacefully in Rainbow Country, but to the south there was a country that did not wish for peace. This was Rhino Country, and it was populated by some of the meanest rhinos you could ever find. They constantly sent raiding parties over the border.

After the latest raid had robbed several squirrels of the hard-earned nuts they had been storing for winter, a lion called for a meeting. All the Rainbow Animals gathered in a glade.

These attacks can’t go on much longer,” said the lion. “It’s time we fought back against Rhino Country.”

The larger animals chattered excitedly. The smaller ones looked at each other and gulped.

I don’t want to be trampled by rhinos!” squeaked an iguana. “I’d be scared to death, too!”

That’s the trouble with iguanas,” snorted an elephant. “They just want to lie around and bask in the sun all day.”

At least we don’t make the ground shake when we walk,” said the iguana. “The other day, I almost fell off my favorite rock because of you!”

The elephant beamed proudly.

Enough!” roared a bear.


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 beamed中級beam(以樑支撐;用...照射) 的過去式及過去分詞
 border中級[動詞] 毗鄰,接界; [名詞] 邊緣;邊境
 chattered中高級chatter(喋喋不休;吱吱叫) 的過去式及過去分詞
 constantly中級constant(固定的,不變的) 的衍生的副詞
 excitedly中級excited(感到興奮的) 的衍生的副詞; [副詞] 興奮地;激動地
 fur中級[名詞] 軟毛;毛皮製品
 ground中級[動詞] 使擱淺;使停飛;依靠,根據,基於; grind(磨(碎)) 的過去式及過去分詞; [名詞] 地面
 gulped中高級gulp(狼吞虎嚥;大口地吸(氣);哽住) 的過去式及過去分詞
 horizon中級[名詞] 地平線
 long中級[形容詞] 長的; [動詞] 長久地;始終; 渴望; [副詞] 長久地;始終
 meanest中級mean(兇的;吝嗇的) 的最高級
 nuts中級nut(核果) 的複數
 populated中高級populate(居住於;移民於) 的過去式及過去分詞
 raid中高級[動詞] 襲擊;劫掠; [名詞] 突然襲擊;劫掠
 raiding中高級raid(襲擊;劫掠) 的現在分詞
 roared中級roar(吼叫;大聲叫喊;狂笑) 的過去式及過去分詞
 scared中級[形容詞] 害怕的; scare(驚嚇,使恐懼) 的過去式及過去分詞
 snorted中高級snort(噴鼻息;輕蔑(或憤怒)地哼) 的過去式及過去分詞
 squirrels中級squirrel(松鼠) 的複數
 trampled中高級trample(踩;踐踏;蔑視) 的過去式及過去分詞
 will中級[動詞] 將;願,要;能;願意; will(將;願,要;能;願意) 的第三人稱單數現在式; [助動詞] 將; [名詞] 意志;決心;遺囑