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A couple of weeks ago, I was hiking with my dog on a mountain when something unexpected happened and I lost sight of him. I looked and looked but couldn’t find him. He had been with me for so long that it was like I was missing part of my soul.

Ever since that day, I had a strange feeling. It was beyond sadness – a feeling that I didn’t quite understand, as if something were pulling me to go back to the mountain. So every chance I got, I grabbed my backpack to see if the mountain could offer me some sense of relief.

One sunny morning, I stood at the foot of the mountain. Something felt different this day. “Please forgive me,” I said out loud. “I’ll find you!” I took a deep breath and began my journey with this mysterious pull growing stronger. After making my way along paths I thought I knew well, I realized I was somehow in an unfamiliar place. I panicked a little, lost my footing, and slipped. From out of nowhere, an elderly man came running towards me and helped me up.

Looking at his gentle, smiling face, I felt a sense of ease. The old man said he was looking for a way to the top of the mountain, so we decided to climb together.

Soon the path began to feel familiar again. We talked about many things, including my dog. I told him that he was a German shepherd. When he was younger, he served briefly as a police dog but had to stop due to an injury. The man let out a laugh saying he had been a police officer for a short time, but he quit. He didn’t say why. Later, he spent a long time as a bodyguard. He also had German roots. We laughed at these similarities.

Before we knew it, we reached a large open area and took a break. I told the man what had happened to my dog. “He had a tiny bell on his collar to scare away bears. We came to this very spot and saw a bear. It was looking back at us. I should have held my dog because, sensing danger, he chased after the bear. I couldn’t find him after that. I should have been more careful.”

As I was telling the story, the man’s expression changed. “It wasn’t your fault. Your dog just wanted to keep you safe,” he said. “I’m sure Tomo would want to tell you this. Also, thank you for not giving up.”

Tomo is my dog’s name. Did I tell him this? The old man’s comment rang in the air.

Before I could ask anything, the man proposed we hurry to get to the top of the mountain. I was planning to do this with my dog a few weeks ago. After two more hours of hiking, we reached the peak. I set down my backpack and we sat taking in the magnificent view. The old man looked at me and said, “Mountains offer truly magical experiences.”

I looked around for a place to rest. I guess I was pretty tired, because I fell asleep right away. When I woke up, I noticed that the old man had disappeared. I waited, but he never returned.

Suddenly, in the sunlight, something caught my eye. I walked over and saw a small metal tag beside my backpack. It was the same silver name tag that my parents originally gave to my dog. Tomo it said.

It was then that I heard a familiar noise behind me. It was the ringing of a tiny bell. I turned around. What I saw caused so many emotions to rush over me.

After a while on the mountaintop, I attached the name tag to my old friend and carefully made my way home with the mountain’s gift beside me. My soul felt very much complete.

問1 The author kept returning to the mountain because 41.

① she felt an urge she couldn’t explain

② she planned to meet the elderly man

③ she thought she could practice magic

④ she wanted to find out about the bear

問2 Which of the following happened first on the author’s most recent trip? 42

① She arrived at a large open area.

② She climbed to the mountaintop.

③ She saw a bear running away.

④ She was assisted by an old man.

問3 What similarity between the author’s dog and the old man was talked about? 43

① They experienced workplace injuries.

② They recently lost close family friends.

③ They were acquaintances of the author.

④ They worked to help protect the public.

問4 Which of the following is closest to the meaning of the underlined phrase rang in the air as used in the text? 44

① brought happiness

② left an impression

③ made a loud noise

④ seemed offensive

問5 How did the author’s feelings change over the course of the last hiking experience? 45

① She was depressed and then became sadder.

② She was determined and then became comforted.

③ She was hopeful but then became homesick.

④ She was miserable but then became entertained.



問1 41 正解 1
問2 42 正解 4
問3 43 正解 4
問4 44 正解 2
問5 45 正解 2














問1 41ので、筆者は山に戻り続けた。

① 彼女は説明できない衝動を感じた

② 彼女は老人に会うことを計画していた

③ 彼女は魔法を練習できると思った

④ 彼女はクマについて知りたかった

問2 筆者の最も最近の旅で最初に起こったのは次のうちどれか。 42

① 彼女は大きな開けた場所に到着した。

② 彼女は山頂に登った。

③ 彼女はクマが逃げるのを見た。

④ 彼女は老人に助けられた。

問3 筆者の犬と老人の類似点は何か。 43

① 彼らは職場での負傷を経験した。

② 彼らは最近、親しい家族ぐるみの友人を失った。

③ 彼らは筆者の知り合いだった。

④ 彼らは、一般市民を守るために働いた。

問4 本文で使用されている下線部の語句rang in the airの意味に最も近いものは次のうちどれか。 44

① 幸せをもたらした

② 印象を残した

③ 大きな音を立てた

④ 不快に思われた

問5 最後のハイキング体験の中で、筆者の気持ちはどのように変わったか。

① 彼女は落ち込んで、より悲しくなった。

② 彼女は決心し、その後元気づけられた。

③ 彼女は希望に満ちていたが、その後ホームシックになった。

④ 彼女はみじめだったが、その後楽しくなった。

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