Where Angels Fear to Tread

Task 3:

Where angels fear to tread


This task is about reading to find information and make inferences.

Read ‘Where angels fear to tread’, then answer the following questions.




How old is Ngorongoro Crater?


The Ngorongoro Crater is two million years old, in the text it says “The crater is about  two million years old.




What word does the writer use in the middle of the story to indicate that he wasn’t scared of buffalo?


“Only” in the text it says “But they weren’t Lions ONLY Buffalo” 

c) What would have been a useful item to take on the walk to the lodge?
  Flashlight, so that they can see in the darkness, in the text it says “By now our eyes were used with darkness. In the text it also informs us that there was no moon and the stars were covered by the clouds.
d) Explain how the saying in the final line, “Fools rush in where angels fear to tread”, goes with the story.

“Fools rush in where angels fear to tread” refers to a person who behaves impulsively; they don’t think before reacting. The saying goes with the story because a group of people, Halina and the speaker travel to Africa before knowing very little about it e.g. dangers, animals, people.


“Fools rush in where angels fear to tread” This phrase goes with the story because in the story we read that the author and halina waved their hand to buffalos not knowing that the were very dangerous, they were being very foolish to travel to africa without knowing anything about the animals and how dangerous they are, which was very foolish of them. They were very lucky that the buffalo hadn’t gotten upset, if not the situation would have gotten out of hand and turned into a big tragedy . 


e) What two lessons could be gained from this story?

       i. Think before you react 

       ii. Always be prepared


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