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1. ​Simple Past and Past Perfect

Complete this story by Julius Lester. Choose the correct forms of the words given in the brackets.

Brer Rabbit (a) ___________ (decided/ had decided) gardening was too much hard work. So he (b) ________ (had gone/ went) back to his old ways of eating from every body else's garden. Earlier, he (c) _________ (made/ had made) a tour through the community to see what everybody (d) _________ (had been/was) planting that summer and his eye (e) _______ (was/ had been) caught by Brer Fox's peanut patch. Soon as the peanuts (f) _______________ (had been/ were) ready, Brer Rabbit (g) ______ (decided/ had decided) to make his acquaintance with them. Every night he (h) ______ (had eaten/ ate) his fill and even started bringing his family. Brer Fox (i) ________ (had/ had had) a good idea who was eating his peanuts, but he couldn't catch him. He inspected his fence and finally (j) __________ (had found/found) a small hole on the north side. He tied a rope with a loop knot and put it inside the hole. If anybody (k) ______ (stepped/had stepped) in it, the rope would grab his leg and hoist him up in the air. That night Brer Rabbit (l) __________ (came/ had come) down to the peanut patch. He climbed through the hole and WHOOSH! Next thing he (m)________ (had known/knew), he was hanging in the air upside down. There (n)________ (wasn't/ hadn't been) a thing he could do, so he made himself comfortable to catch a little sleep! 


1.1 Answer the following questions based on the story you have read. 

(a) What had Brer Rabbit found out? 

(b) What did he do when the plants grew? 

(c) How did he enter Brer Fox's peanut patch?
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