4000 Essential English Words 2 » Unit 19: Mrs. May and the Green Girl

Word List
  • adopt [əˈdɒpt] v.
    To adopt someone is to make them as a part of one’s own family.
    The girl was adopted by the couple when she was three.
  • beg [beg] v.
    To beg is to ask for something one really wants.
    The man begged for some money.
  • beyond [bɪˈjɒnd] prep.
    If A is beyond B, A is farther away.
    John’s house is beyond that lake.
  • costume [ˈkɒstjuːm] n.
    A costume is a set of clothes people wear for a particular occasion.
    The woman wore a mask with her costume.
  • exclaim [ɪksˈkleɪm] v.
    To exclaim is to say something loudly, usually due to being excited.
    “Look at her dress!” Sara exclaimed.
  • extend [ɪksˈtend] v.
    To extend is to stretch out or reach.
    The boy extended his hand to catch the ball.
  • fool [fuːl] n.
    A fool is someone who makes unwise choices.
    The girl was a fool for playing too close to the water.
  • forbid [fəˈbɪd] v.
    To forbid is to tell someone they cannot do something.
    My father forbids watching TV while we’re eating dinner.
  • illustrate [ˈɪləstreɪt] v.
    To illustrate is to show something by drawing a picture.
    The executive illustrated the decreasing profits of the company.
  • indeed [ɪnˈdiːd] adv.
    Indeed means truly or really.
    The birthday party was indeed fun last night.
  • interpret [inˈtəːrprit] v.
    To interpret is to explain what something means.
    The woman interpreted what her co-worker was trying to say.
  • kindly [ˈkaɪndlɪ] adv.
    If people do something kindly, they do it in a nice way.
    The stranger kindly cared for the hurt man.
  • motive [moutiv] n.
    A motive is the reason someone does something.
    His motive for studying so hard is to get into a good college.
  • nest [nest] n.
    A nest is a place where a bird lays its eggs.
    The bird laid her eggs in the nest that she made.
  • origin [ˈɒrədʒɪn] n.
    The origin of someone or something is where they come from.
    The origin of the honey that we eat is from a beehive.
  • reception [rɪˈsepʃən] n.
    A reception is a party to welcome a person or celebrate an event.
    We all danced and had a good time at the wedding reception.
  • reject [rɪˈdʒekt] v.
    To reject is to refuse something because you do not want it.
    The girl rejected the broken cup.
  • silence [ˈsaɪləns] n.
    Silence is complete quiet.
    The man asked for silence while he worked on the problem.
  • stream [striːm] n.
    A stream is a small river.
    The boy caught a fish in the stream.
  • tone [təʊn] n.
    Tone is the sound of someone’s voice. It shows how they feel.
    My father’s tone told me I had broken the rule.
Exercise 1

Choose the right word for the given definition.

  1. to tell or explain meaning
    • a. adopt
    • b. exclaim
    • c. interpret
    • d. reject
  2. a person without sense
    • a. fool
    • b. nest
    • c. stream
    • d. vitamin
  3. clothes that people wear for a particular occasion
    • a. motive
    • b. neat
    • c. costume
    • d. tone
  4. to reach or put out
    • a. beg
    • b. extend
    • c. forbid
    • d. silence
  5. in a kind way
    • a. beyond
    • b. illustrate
    • c. indeed
    • d. kindly
Exercise 2

Check (V) the one that suits the blank naturally.

  1. When I found the lost cat, _________.
    • ____ a. I asked my mom if we could adopt it
    • ____ b. I extended my hurt foot
  2. When I visit other countries, _________.
    • ____ a. I usually tell them how much better my country is than theirs
    • ____ b. someone has to interpret what I say
  3. Not having enough money _________.
    • ____ a. can put you beyond the forest
    • ____ b. can indeed be a big problem
  4. At the start of class, _________.
    • ____ a. the teacher kindly asked for us to stop talking
    • ____ b. the teacher exclaimed the lesson
  5. The woman wanted to go to Africa. _________.
    • ____ a. The tone of her voice was angry
    • ____ b. Her motive was to help people
Exercise 3

Fill in the blanks with the correct words from the word bank.

WORD BLANK
illustrate fool origin rejected
costume begged forbids stream
silence reception    
  1. We had a big ___________ to welcome my grandmother home from the hospital.
  2. The man was a ___________ for crossing the street without looking.
  3. A friend asked me to ___________ the book she wrote because I am an artist.
  4. I sewed feathers on my ___________ for the play.
  5. My teacher ___________ my paper because I didn’t follow the directions.
  6. I like being alone in the forest because of the ___________ that's around me.
  7. The boy who stole the bread ___________ me not to tell.
  8. Some fish swim up a ___________ to lay their eggs.
  9. We learned about the ___________ of the Statue of Liberty.
  10. My sister ___________ anyone to come in her room without asking first.
Answer Key
Exercise 1
  1. c
  2. a
  3. c
  4. b
  5. d
Exercise 2
  1. a
  2. b
  3. b
  4. a
  5. b
Exercise 3
  1. reception
  2. fool
  3. illustrate
  4. costume
  5. rejected
  6. silence
  7. begged
  8. stream
  9. origin
  10. forbids
Answer Key
Mrs. May and the Green Girl

One morning, people from a small town found a little girl by a stream. She seemed to be wearing a green costume. As the people got closer, they saw that the girl’s skin was green!

“Oh my!” The people exclaimed. “What if her motive for coming to our town is bad? What if she has a strange origin?”

An old woman kindly went to her. “Look how scared she is. Please,” she begged. “Do not reject her. I will adopt her.”

There was silence until the judge spoke. “I don’t know,” he said in a worried tone. “But we cannot forbid you. I indeed hope you’re not being a fool.”

Mrs. May extended her hand to the girl. “Come with me. I won’t hurt you.”

The girl spoke a language Mrs. May didn’t know. But she was able to interpret what the girl was trying to say. Sometimes the girl drew pictures to illustrate what she meant.

The green girl was from a place far beyond the sun. There, people lived in nests built in trees. They only ate green leaves, which made their skin green.

“Well, you can’t just eat leaves,” Mrs. May said. She fed the green girl home-cooked meals, and soon the girl wasn’t green anymore. The people had a huge reception to welcome her as a citizen of the town.

Reading Comprehension

Answer the questions.

  1. What is this story about?
    • a. A reception for an old woman
    • b. A girl who liked to find nests in the trees
    • c. The people in the land beyond the sunset
    • d. How a woman kindly took care of a girl
  2. What are the people trying to do to the green girl?
    • a. Beg her to jump into the stream
    • b. Make her leave
    • c. Forbid her to stay with Mrs. May
    • d. Interpret what she was trying to say
  3. What is true of the green girl in the story?
    • a. She was good at drawing illustrating about what she meant.
    • b. She was indeed there to bring bad luck.
    • c. Her costume turned her skin green.
    • d. She asked Mrs. May to adopt her.
  4. Why did Mrs. May extend her hand to the green girl?
    • a. To tell the girl that she was a fool
    • b. To show that she indeed had good motives
    • c. To exclaim that she didn’t want to adopt her
    • d. To silence the crowd from hurting the girl
  5. Why did the town judge speak in a worried tone?
    _____________
Answer Key
Answer Key
Reading Comprehension
  1. d
  2. b
  3. a
  4. b
  5. Because he thought that Mrs. May should not adopt the girl.
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