I suddenly heard an elephant crying as though frightened. Looking down, I immediately recognized that
something was wrong, and ran down to the edge of the near bank. There I saw Ma Sh we with her
three- month- old calf struggling in the fastrising water, and it was a life- and- death struggle. Her calf was
floating and screaming with fear. Ma Shwe was as near to the far bank as she could get, holding her whole
body against the rushing water, and keeping the calf pressed against her huge body. Every now and then the
rushing water would sweep the calf away.
There was a sudden rise in the water and the calf was washed clean over the mother's body and was
gone. Ma Shwe turned quickly to reach it and pressed the calf with her head and trunk (象鼻) against the
rocky bank. Then with a huge effort, she picked it up in her trunk and tried until she was able to place it on
a narrow shelf of rock.
Just at this moment, she fell back into the river. If she were carried down, it would be certain death. I
knew, as well as she did, that there was one spot (地点) where she could get up the bank, but it was on the
other side from where she had put her calf.
While I was wondering what I could do next, I heard the sound of a mother's love. Ma Shwe had crossed
the river and got up the bank and was making her way back as fast as she could, roaring (吼叫) all the time,
but to her calf it was music.
1. The moment the author got down to the river bank he saw _____.
A. the calf was about to fall into the river
B. Ma Shwe was placing the calf on the rock
C. the calf was washed away by the rising water
D. Ma Shwe was holding the calf against the rushing water
2. How did Ma Shwe manage to save her calf from the fast flowing water?
A. By putting it on a safe spot.
B. By pressing it against her body.
C. By taking it away with her.
D. By carrying it on her back.
3. How did the calf feel about the mother elephant's roaring?
A. It was a great comfort.
B. It was a sign of danger.
C. It was a call for help.
D. It was a musical note.
4. What can be the best title for the text?
A. A Mother's Love
B. A Brave Act
C. A Deadly River
D. A Matter of Life and Death