Cloze test (30 points)
Once upon a time there lived a poor man named Malcolm who hunted for his food. One warm spring day, Malcolm had been 36 for many hours, and he was hot and tired and hungry. He hadn’t 37 even a mouse. When he came upon a big tree, he sat down under its 38 to rest. Suddenly he found a big ostrich (鸵鸟) egg beside the tree. He 39 the egg and carried it back to his hut (小屋).
The egg was so white and round, pure and beautiful that he couldn’t 40 eating it. So he put the egg on the table and went to sleep.
The next morning when he woke up, he was 41 to find bread and soup on his table. He was so hungry, so he tore off a piece and ate it. “I’ve never 42 anything so delicious,” he said aloud. Then he heard a voice answer, “It’s bread and soup I’ve made for you.”
He turned to find a beautiful woman standing beside the ostrich egg, 43 was cracked wide open. “Malcolm, you are a kind and generous man, and I will make you 44 for the rest of your life. 45 me and I will always make delicious food for you.”
“How can this be? An ostrich egg’s 46 cannot speak or cook or marry me,” he said.
“I will make you happy, Malcolm,” she said, “You must 47 only this: you will never call me the daughter of an ostrich egg.”
“I promise,” Malcolm said.
And so they got married. For many years they lived 48 great happiness. His wife brought him 49 , goats and made him a chief.