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Fábula: The Fox and the Grapes + Exercícios

Ative as legendas em inglês para 
acompanhar a leitura no próprio 
vídeo ou leia abaixo.

One day a hungry Fox came 
across a rich and luscious 
grapevine. A bunch of ripe
grapes were hanging from
a height a good way above
the ground.

The Fox made several 
attempts to jump up
and pluck the grapes,
but his efforts were
in vain.

Tired and hungry, 
he walked off
grumpily and 
murmured:

"I am sure those
grapes were nasty
and sour. I'm glad 
I could not reach 
them. They were
definitely not
worth eating."

It is easy to belittle
what you cannot obtain.

The Fox spoke badly
of the grapes only
because he could not
reach them and was
forced to go away
hungry.

To lessen his
disappointment
of not getting what he 
wanted, he comforted
himself with the idea 
that the grapes were sour.

Moral of the story
That's just sour grapes.

Vocabulário:
1) luscious = saborosa
2) grapevine = videira
3) bunch = cacho 
4) ripe = madura
5) height = altura
6) ground = chão
7) attempts = tentativas
8) pluck = arrancar
9) efforts = esforços
10) in vain = em vão
11) walked off = foi embora
12) grumpily = irritado, mal humorado 
13) sour = azeda
14) belittle = menosprezar
15) lessen = diminuir
16) disappointment = decepção

EXERCISES
1) Escolha a alternativa correta: 
a) The grapes looked
 sour and large.
 dried up.
 plump and juicy.

b) The fox did not eat the grapes because
  they were no good.
  they were too far up for him to reach.
  they were sour.

c) When the fox could not get any grapes 
he walked off grumpily. Grumpily means
 bad humoredly.
 immediately
 happily

d) The fox then said that the grapes were
 big and juicy.
 nasty and sour.
 too far away.

e) The fox would not eat them if

 someone gave him some.
 they were sour.
 he didn’t have any.

f) The fox belittled the grapes. 
What does "belittle" mean?
  choose them
  like very much
  say they are terrible

g) What does “obtain” mean?
  despise
  disgust
  get

2) Marque Verdadeiro (True)
ou Falso (False):
a) The Fox was walking 
in a vegetable garden.

b) The Fox was hungry.

c) The grapes were on 

a low branch.


d) He tried to pick up 

the grapes.


e) The Fox tried many 

times unsuccessfully.


f) He finally plucked the grapes.


g) The Fox got tired.


h) The Fox went away 

hungry and angry.


i) The grapes were sour. 


j) The Fox was disappointed. 

 

3) A moral da fábula 

"That's just sour grapes

significa:

  Quem desdenha quer comprar.
  As aparências enganam.
  Devagar se vai ao longe.

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