Writing – Where Angels Fear To Tread Y9

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?


Two millions years old




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


“But they weren’t lions, only buffalo”. This probably means if you met or saw a buffalo he wouldn’t be frightened. He referred it as it only a buffalo and he didn’t  know the danger of that animal.


c) What would have been a useful item to take on the walk to the lodge?
Flashlight because it was dark and they couldn’t see much…


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.


(my explanation) This line goes with the story “I waved my arms at them, and they moved out of our way”. The author and Halina were foolish because they walked into a random place not knowing where they were. They do know that wild animals roam free, especially at night. They waved at the animal as if it was a flock of NZ sheep but they didn’t know how dangerous that animal was.

e) What two lessons could be gained from this story?       i. Think carefully about where you are going and what you are doing (if you don’t know the place).

Ii. To always stop and think before you do something, especially when you encounter a wild animal.


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