Can you describe the animal in the
limbs( 四肢 ):
the hind legs （后腿） are longer than the front.
small and rounded
long and heavy
Listen to the tape then answer the question below.
What sort of reports were received by London Zoo?
Were the reports similar in nature or not?
Who saw the puma first?
Did it stay in one place, or did it move from place to place?
What did it leave behind it?
Were paw prints and puma fur found as well or not?
What was heard at night?
Was the animal seen up a tree or not?
Were experts now sure that the animal really was a
puma or not?
10. Where must the puma have come from?
Read the text carefully, and then do the multiple choice questions below:
Experts eventually decided to investigate
because they did not believe that pumas existed in England
because they wanted a puma for the London Zoo
when a woman saw a puma in a small village
because people’s descriptions of the puma had a lot in common
What particular piece of evidence persuaded the experts that a puma had been
seen in the village?
The puma had not attacked the woman.
The woman had described the animal she had seen as ‘a large cat ’.
A puma had come very close to a human being.
The puma had behaved like a cat.
What was the problem the experts were unable to solve?
How the puma had managed to cover such great distances within a day.
How the puma had escaped from a zoo.
Whom the puma had belonged to.
How the puma had climbed a tree.
A puma at large
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
A puma at large
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 .
e.g. 1 ） The thief is still at large
2 ） Two of the escaped prisoners are still at large.
⑵ 全部，整个，总体来讲（ = as a whole ） ：
e.g. 1 ） The country at large is hoping for great changes.
2 ） The students at large are interested in English.
e.g. 1 ） I finally spotted my friend in the crowd.
2 ） He has good eye for spotting mistakes.
e.g. His jacket was covered with spots of mud.
on the spot
e.g. He answered the question on the spot.
e.g. An ambulance was on the spot within minutes.
Take sth. seriously
take sth. seriously = deal with sth seriously
e.g. I always take your suggestions
take sth. lightly
e.g. Don’t take the problem lightly.
e.g. When the police arrived, he had already
destroyed the evidence.
adj. 明显的 , 显然的
adv. 明显地 , 显然
in evidence 显而易见的
e.g. He was in evidence at the party.
accumulate / ə’kju:mjuleit / v. 积累，积聚
e.g. He gradually accumulated an
collection of paintings.
accumulative adj. (fml) 累积的，渐增的
feel obliged to
oblige / ə’blaidʒ / v. （常用被动态）使某人非做 ~ 不可；迫
使某人做某事，使负有 ~ 的义务
feel obliged to do sth. 感觉有必要做某事
e.g. I feel obliged to say no to his demand.
be obliged to do sth. 被迫做某事
e.g. They were obliged to sell their car to
pay their debts off.
I’m much obliged to you.
claim / kleim / v. （尤指面对反对意见）断言
e.g. They claimed to have seen UFO last
extraordinarily / iks’trɔ:dnərili / adv.
e.g. Why does he behave so
e.g. It took an extraordinarily long time.
hunt n. / v. ~for 1) 狩猎 2 ）搜寻，寻找
e.g. (1) The hunt for these terrorists still
(2) They are hunting the foxes.
confirm / kən’fə:m / v.
e.g. The announcement confirmed that the
election would take place on June 20th.
公告证实选举将在 6 月 20 日举行。
e.g. When do you think the President will confirm
you in office?
confirmation n. 证实；证明；确定
corner / 'kɔ:nə /
v. 使走投无路 , 使陷入困境
e.g. 1) He fought like a cornered animal.
2) The thief was cornered at last.
3) The problem cornered me.
e.g. (1) I hit my knee on the corner of the table.
(2) There’s a telephone at the corner of the street.
(3) They live just round the corner.
(4) in the corner of the room
trail / treil /
n. 1) 一串 , 一系列
e.g. The car raced( 使快速移动 )past, leaving a trail of dust.
e.g. The hunters followed the tiger’s trail.
跟踪，追踪（ = follow ）
e.g. The police trailed the criminal to the place where he was hiding.
print / print /
n. [c] ( 常构成复合词 ) 印痕，痕迹
e.g. 1) These deep marks in the wet ground
look like the prints of a bicycle tyre.
e.g. This machine can print 60 pages in a minute.
这台印刷机一分钟能印 60 页。
cling / kliŋ / v.( clung/ klʌŋ / clung, clinging)
紧握 ( 紧抱 ) 住；牢牢粘住；缠着
e.g. 1) His wet shirt clung to his body.
2) She still clings to the belief that her
son is alive.
3) He clung to the hope that he would succeed.
trip / trip / n. ( 尤指短途的 ) 旅行，旅游； ( 有目的
的 ) 外出
e.g. 1) We were on a bus trip / a boat trip.
我们乘公共汽车 ( 乘船 ) 旅行。
2) a business trip to Japan
3) a day trip to France
convince / kən’vins / v. 使确信；使信服
e.g. 1) I’m convinced that she is telling the
2) We finally convinced them of our
convincing adj. 令人信服的
n. [u] (~of) 占有，持有，拥有
e.g. 1) She was found in possession of dangerous drugs.
2) According to facts in my possession he can not
possibly be guilty.
possess v. 拥有，占有；具有 ( 某种品质 )
e.g. The police asked me if I possessed a gun.
somehow adv. 不知怎么搞地 , 不知什么原
e.g. 1) I’ll get the book back somehow.
2) I got lost somehow.
不知怎么搞地 , 我迷失了。
3) Don’t worry, we’ll get the lost money
manage / 'mænidʒ / 有能力做，有办法处理
e.g. Tom had somehow managed to pass
the exam at last.
disturb / di’stə:b / v.
e.g. (1) His illness disturbed me.
(2) a disturbing new development in the dispute between the two
e.g. I am sorry to disturb you, but could you tell me how this machine
American English Proverbs
1. Great minds think alike.
2. To see is to believe.
3. A friend in need is a friend indeed( 确实 , 实在 ).
4.He who laughs last, laughs best.
5.The grass is always greener on the other side of the
Finish the exercises on page16 and 17 in your textbook.
Remember the words ,expressions and proverbs.
Retell the story of the text.
Read a little passage and then do multiple choice questions.
Write a small composition according to the request below: 人们完
点。请你以“ Working Individually or Working in a Team” 为题，按
注意：词数 150 以上，文章的题目和开头已给出。
Working Individually or Working in a Team
There are basically two ways to get work done.