There is a lake near a forest in Sweden. The water in the lake is very clear and everything is quiet and still. On the far side of the water is some farmland and further away, across the field, is an old church built on a hill. It has just stopped raining. The brook flowing into the lake is full and there is still some half melted snow from last winter on the ground.
The reason the water is so clear, and everything is so quiet and still, is that most of the plant and animal life in and around the lake is dead. There are no birds because all the fish and insects, which the birds need for food, have disappeared. Many trees in the forest are losing their leaves and bark, and are sick and dying. Others were blown down by the high winds of last winter. A farmer is working in a field planting something, but unless he plants a stronger kind of seed this year, the crop will be between 25 to 40 per cent lower than a few years ago. The stones of the old church tower are turning to powder and unless the tower is repaired soon, it will fall down.
All the death and destruction in this place is caused by the smoke coming out of factories and poisonous gases from cars and trucks. And yet this silent lake is hundreds of kilometers away from the nearest factory and highway.
1. Why are there no animals or birds in or around the lake?
A. The weather is terribly cold.
B. The lake is quiet.
C. The area is polluted.
D. They have all been killed.
2. The farmer has to plant a stronger kind of seed because ____________.
A. the soil becomes less and less.
B. few plants can grow because of the pollution.
C. the water in the lake can’t be used to irrigate the field.
D. the wind is strong.
3. What do you think is the best title of the passage?
A. A Beautiful Place of Interest.
B. A Polluted Place.
C. A Quiet Place in Sweden.
D. A Faraway Mountain Area.