Where angels fear to tread

Where angels fear to tread

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This task is about reading information from a text.
Read 'Where angels fear to tread' (pages 6-8, "Danger", Choices, Learning Media Limited, 1999), then answer the following questions.

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a)  How old is Ngorongoro Crater?

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

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c)  What would have been a useful item to take on the walk to the lodge?

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d) Explain how the saying in the final line, "Fools rush in where angels fear to tread", goes with the story.

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e)  What two lessons could be gained from this story?
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This task can be completed with pencil and paper or online (without auto-marking).
Text: Where angels fear to tread [pdf], from pages 6 to 8 of "Danger" (from the Choices series), Learning Media Limited, 1999.
Curriculum info: 
Description of task: 
Students read a recount about New Zealanders travelling in Africa, then answer retrieval and inference questions. The text is provided.
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Links to the Literacy Learning Progressions for Reading:
This resource helps to identify students’ ability to:
  • infer ideas and information that are not directly stated in the text
as described in the Literacy Learning Progressions for Reading at: http://www.literacyprogressions.tki.org.nz/The-Structure-of-the-Progressions.
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This resource can provide evidence of learning associated with within the Reading Learning Progressions Frameworks.
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Y6 (08/2000)


Two million years

very easy





A torch

very easy


The people in the story were like fools because they didn't know that buffalo are dangerous and they didn't read the warning in their room. They foolishly went where "angels" (or locals with more knowledge) would not have gone.



Any 2 of:

  • Be prepared.
  • Consider risks.
  • Read warnings.

2 correct – difficult
1 correct – easy