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THE PROBLEM OF THE SNAKES


THE PROBLEM OF THE SNAKES

Task one ?Translate the following phrases.

? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?

1.经历 2.给…打电话 3. 偶尔,有时 4.显扬自己 5.着手,开始 6不锈钢 7.把放进 8 保持凉爽 9抓住机会 10 在

….的敦促下 11.此外

? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?

1. go through 2.call up 3.now and then 4.distinguish oneself 5.set about doing sth 6 stainless steel 7.put into 8. keep cool 9.seize the opportunity 10. pressed by 11.in addition

Task two ?Translate the following sentences and recite them as soon as possible.

1.When I called up my mother in the countryside on the telephone she was very upset. (Page 20) 2.Here was a chance for me to distinguish myself by inventing something merciful that would catch snakes but not harm them. (Page 20) 3.I set about researching the habits of snakes to find the easiest way to trap them. (Page 20) 4.They abruptly disappeared into a convenient hole in the wall. (Page 20)

5.Between the outside and inside walls of the
bowl there is some jelly, which freezes when

cooled.
6 Only after you have had that recognition

can you say that you are truly an inventor.

Task three Language points learning

up When I called ____my mother in the countryside on the telephone she was are very upset. "There ____(be) some snakes in our courtyard," she told me. "Snakes come near the house now and then, and they seem to have from made their home here, not far ____ the walnut tree. Can you get rid of them please?" I felt very proud.

1. When I called up my mother in the countryside on the telephone she was very upset. (Page 20) 她给朋友打了个电话,不过聊聊天而已。 She called up a friend just for chat. 用法归纳 call up 给……打电话 call in sb. 召集 call up the memory of 使人想起 call for 要求 call on sb.to do sth. 号召某人做某事 call on sb. 拜访某人

Here was a chance for me to distinguish ____ (distinguish) myself by inventing something merciful but that would catch snakes ____ not harm them. I knew my parents would not like me to hurt these living creatures!

? 2. distinguish vt. 辨别, 区别
I can’t ~ the twins; they are so alike.
distinction n. 区别, 差异 distinctive adj. 有特色的, 与众不同的 distinct adj. 截然不同的 distinguishable adj. 区别得出的,辨认得出的 distinguish oneself 显扬自己,使自己扬名 He has distinguished himself as a teacher. 作为老师,他早已负有盛名。 The man distinguish himself by his wisdom. 这个人因智慧而扬名。

distinguish…from …把…...与…...加以分开 =distinguish between… and… Speech distinguishes men from animals.

Children should be taught to distinguish right
from wrong.

tell …from…把......与......区分开 =tell the differences between … and …

The first thing I did was to see if there that were any products ____ might help me, but there only seemed to be powders designed to kill snakes. A new approach was clearly needed. I about set ____ researching the habits of snakes to find the easiest way to trap Luckily them. _____(Luck) these reptiles are small and that made the solution easier.

? Prepared with some research findings, I

decided on three possible approaches: firstly, their removing ____ habitat; secondly, attracting them into a trap ____(use)male or female using perfume or food; and thirdly cooling them so sleepy that they would become _____(sleep) and be caught could _____(catch) easily . I decided to use _____last one. I bought an ice-cream maker the which was made of stainless steel. Between the outside and the inside walls of the bowl there is some jelly, which freezes when _____(cool). I put the bowl into the fridge and cooled waited for 24 hours. At the same time I prepared some ice-cubes.

3.Between the outside and inside
walls of the bowl there is some jelly,

which freezes when cooled.
when cooled 的构成:连词+过去分

词, 相当于when 引导的状语从句:
when it is cooled.

While unfinished (finish), he was ugly, ____________
but now he was a living horror.

= While he was unfinished

crossing Be careful when ________ the street.
=When you are crossing

4. abruptly adv. 突然地,唐突地 ,意外地, 比suddenly的意外程度强。 abrupt adj.突然的;意外的 这路有很多急转弯。 abrupt turns The road is full of ____________. The meeting came to an ________ end. abrupt Our discussion was _________ curtailed. abruptly

before ? The next morning I got up early ____ the sun was hot. I placed the frozen bowl over the snakes' habitat and the ice-cubes on top to keep of the bowl ________(keep) it cool. Finally I with covered the whole thing _____a large bucket. Then I waited. After two hours I removed the bucket and the bowl. The snakes were less active but they were still too fast for me. They abruptly disappeared __________(appear) into a convenient hole in the wall. So I had to adjust my plan.

For the second attempt I froze the and bowl ____ the ice-cubes again but placed them over the snakes’habitat in the evening, as the temperature was starting to cool. Then as before, I covered the bowl with the bucket and left _____(leave) everything overnight. Early the next morning I returned to see the result.

? This time with great caution I bent down to examine the snakes and I _____(find) them very found picked sleepy. But once _____(pick) up, As they tried to bite me. _____ they were poisonous snakes, I clearly needed to improve ____ design my again.

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My third attempt repeated the second procedure. The next morning I carried in my hand a small net used for catching fish. This was in the that expectation _____the snakes would monitored bite again. But ______(monitor) carefully, the snakes proved to be no trouble and all went according to plan. I collected the passive snakes and the merrily next day we _____(merry) released them all back into the wild.

? Pressed by my friends and relations, I decided to seize the opportunity to get recognition for my successful idea by sending my invention to the patent office. Only after you have had that recognition can you say that you are truly an inventor. The criteria are so strict that it is difficult to get new ideas accepted unless they are truly novel. In addition, no invention will get a patent if it is: ? ◎a discovery ? ◎a scientific idea or mathematical model ? ◎literature or art ? ◎a game or a business ? ◎a computer programme ? ◎a new animal or plant variety

? Nor will you receive a patent until a search has been made to find out that your product really is different from everyone else's. There are a large number of patent examiners, too, whose only job is to examine whether your claim is valid or not. If it passes all the tests, your application for a patent will be published 18 months from the date you apply.

? So I have filled in the form and filed my patent application with the Patent Office. Now it's a matter of waiting and hoping. You'll know if I succeed by the size of my bank balance! Wish me luck!


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