南宁市二中英语教研组 覃明宏
Topic one: What is the passage about?
a description of The passage begins with pumas reports .Then it goes on to say that that were received by London Zoo a puma 45 miles south of had been spotted London. Next ,there follows an account of the hunt turned out for the puma which to be both difficult and fruitless.The last sentence winds up the passage by saying that the still puma is at large,thus referring back title to the “A Puma at Large”.
Note to the text:

  1.at large: (esp. of a dangerous person or animal)free;uncontrolled e.g 两个逃跑的罪犯仍然逍遥法外
The two escaped criminals are still at large.

  2.take sth seriously

  3. …felt obliged to investigate: …thought it necessary to investigate. oblige sb to do… 要求某人做某事 do…要求某人做某事 被迫做… 被迫做… feel/be obliged to do… 迫使某人 force sb. to do 做… 被迫做… feel/be forcedto do… 被迫做…
前者强调主语自身觉得有必要做; 前者强调主语自身觉得有必要做;后者强调 主语受外在压力甚至武力不得不做

  4. spot: VtSee; catch sight of VtSee; nthe place where sth happen the
  5.began to accumulate: began to pile up
  6.confirm that: be sure
  7.unless it is cornered: unless it is forced into a corner unless it is forced into a difficult situation

  8.leave sth behind: forget to take sth with go away without taking sth with
  9.complain of/about+n of/about+ complain that?从句 that?
  10.convince sb. of +n 使某人 convince sb. That从句 深信… That从句 深信… be convinced of + n/that从句 n/that从句 I am convinced that he is telling the truth

  11.sth be in/under the possession of sb Sth belong to sb Sb be in/under possession of sth Sb own sth. 这房子是我叔叔拥有的。 这房子是我叔叔拥有的。 This house is in the possession of my uncle. My uncle is in possession of the house
Answer the following questions
  1.What kind of animals are pumas?
  2.What reports were received by London Zoo?
  3.Where had the puma been spotted?
  4.How were the reports taken by the experts from the Zoo?
  5.Why did experts finally decide to investigate?

  6.Where did the hunt for the puma begin?
  7.Why did they begin to hunt at that particular place?
  8.Did the puma attack human being?
  9.Why were the experts finally convinced that animal was a puma?
  10.Did they know where it was from?
  11.Why did the experts believe the puma must have belonged to a private collector?

  12.How long did the hunt last?Was it successful?
Reports of a puma having been spotted but were received exports did not take seriously similar themat first.As repots investigate poured in,they began to.The where hunt started in a villageit was first seen by a woman.But it moved to leaving other places, behind a trail of dead animals.Paw prints and puma fur catcat-like were found andnoises heard at night;it was once seen up in a tree.The hunt proved both difficult and fruitless.
 

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