Three or four hundred years ago there was a little town in Germany where the people weren’t as clever as people are nowadays.
One night a large owl (1. fly) softly onto a certain barn that belonged to one of the townspeople. Soon the owl, as she hunted about for mice, noticed the sky (2. get) lighter. She didn’t like daylight and stayed where she was in the nice dark barn hiding.
Soon the sun (3. rise) and the townspeople began to wake up, and a manservant came whistling out to the barn (4. fetch) some straw. He opened the door and saw the owl’s two great gleaming eyes. He was so terrified, that he rushed out again. “Master! Master!” cried he. “There’s a huge monster in the barn the like of which I never (5. see) before!” His master knew that his servant was not very brave and went to the barn to see for himself. But no sooner he (6. open) the door than he saw the owl’s eyes gleaming in the light. He as (7. frighten) at the sight as his servant.
“Help! Help! Come quickly, neighbours!” cried he. “There’s a horrible beast in my barn. I (8. shut) it up, but the whole town will be in danger if it (9. break) loose!”
Soon a large crowd headed by the mayor gathered around the barn talking excitedly about the terrible monster which was as tall as the church tower and as fierce as a dragon. The mayor even made a little speech in front of his fellow citizens suggesting that the barn should (10. burn). They were making so much noise that the owl left the barn through a window high up in the barn roof and soon reached her own hollow tree without (11. notice) by anybody.