King of the Beasts

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Reading Comprehension King of the Beasts Fables like this one, which comes from India, tell a story to teach a lesson about life. A rabbit was searching around for food. Suddenly a lion leaped out of the bushes and grabbed him from behind. The lion dangled the rabbit in the air for a while and watched him squirm. The rabbit trembled in the lion’s claws. He knew that he was lunch unless he could think of a way out. Quickly he said, “You’re not as big as the other lion.” “Other lion?” the lion roared. “What other lion? There is no other lion! I alone am King of the Beasts!” “Tell that to the other lion,” said the rabbit. “Then take me to him!” roared the lion. “I will show him who is King of the Beasts!” “You’ll have to put me down first,” said the rabbit. This the lion did. Lunch could wait. He followed the rabbit through the tall grass until they came to a hill. At the top of it was a well. “He lives up there, in that well,” said the rabbit. “But I beg you—if you approach him, do not make him angry. He’s terrifyingly ferocious.” “I’LL SHOW HIM WHO’S TERRIFYINGLY FEROCIOUS!” said the lion, and charged up the hill. When he got to the well, he leaned over and stared into the water. And there, staring back at him, was another lion—just as the rabbit had said. “I alone am King of the Beasts!” growled the lion, baring his teeth. “I alone am King of the Beasts!” growled the other lion. He, too, bared his teeth. “I WILL FIGHT YOU UNTIL YOU DROP!” roared the lion in his loudest voice. “I WILL FIGHT YOU UNTIL YOU DROP!” roared the other lion in his loudest voice. Enraged, the lion charged headfirst into the well. There was a great splashing sound. Then there was nothing. The rabbit would have been pleased if he had bothered to stick around. But as it happens, he was safely back home, having long since run off. ™ © Advanced Assessment Systems/LinkIt! Duplication is restricted to licensees only.

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