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READ THE TEXT BELOW AND ANSWER THE QUESTIONS

Joe was the son of a farmer. His father's farm was poor, and Joe worked on it for a long time, but then his father died, and Joe said, "I needn't stay here now. I'll sell this farm and buy one in a better place. Then I'll soon be rich." 
He bought a farm in the east of the country, but then Ms new neighbours said to him, "The weather's often very bad here. The wind's very strong, and it breaks windows and doors. You must build a room under the ground, and then you and your family can go down there, and you'll be safe from the wind."
So Joe built a room under the ground. It was a lot of work, because the ground was hard. 
But after that, the weather was good for a very long time. There was no wind, and Joe spoke angrily. He said, "Why did I listen to my neighbours? I didn't have to make that room under the ground. The wind never blows strongly here." 
But then one day there was a very strong wind, and Joe and his family had to go down into their room under the ground. They were there for a long time. Then the wind stopped, and they came up. All the windows and doors in their house were broken. 
Joe was not angry about his work now. He smiled happily and said, "Ah! I'm glad I built that room!" 

EXERCISE 1
Look at these questions and find the right answers. 

1. What was Joe's father?
a) He was a farmer. 
b) He was a teacher.

2. Was his father rich?
a) No, he was not. 
b) Yes, he was.

3. Why did Joe leave his father's farm?
a) Because the wind was very strong there. 
b) Because he wanted a farm in a better place.

4. Why did he need a room under the ground?
a) Because the doors and windows of his farm were broken. 
b) Because there were very strong winds in that place.

5. Did the wind often blow strongly after that?
a) No, it did not. 
b) Yes, it did.

6. Was Joe happy about that?
a) No, he was not. 
b) Yes, he was.

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COMIC STRIP reading comprehension - Hagar the Horrible

Love can also be portrayed in comic strips. Read the comic strip below and answer the questions orally. 


1. What is it about?

2. In your opinion, which of these options can be considered the purpose of the comic strip?
a) to inform
b) to entertain
c) to provoke reflection
d) to criticize

3. Read the items below and mark true or false.
a) Hagar the Horrible wants his daughter to have a marriage of convenience.
b) Honi seems to oppose the idea of having a loveless marriage.
c) Both of them agree that getting married for money is a wise decision.
d) Hagar is concerned about whether or not his daughter is ready to date.

ANSWER KEYS

1. It's a conversation about love, marriage, and money.

2. To entertain and criticize.

3. 
a) Hagar the Horrible wants his daughter to have a marriage of convenience. true
b) Honi seems to oppose the idea of having a loveless marriage. true
c) Both of them agree that getting married for money is a wise decision. false
d) Hagar is concerned about whether or not his daughter is ready to date. false

FUN TIME - Reading exercise to improve English - pre-intermediate riddles


Read the riddles about famous films and TV characters and guess who they are. Can you write a riddle about your favourite film or TV character?

1
I fly through the air but I haven’t got wings.
I wear a metal suit and fight evil things.
I’m clever and love to have money and fame.
I’m Tony Stark but I’ve got another name.

2
Some think I’m pretty, and some do not.
There’s a big green man I love a lot.
I’m bossy, I’m kind, I can get angry.
I sometimes eat eggs … when I’m hungry.

3
I haven’t got a lot of hair,
To tell the truth, I don’t care.
I know I’m not clever, I’m selfish and lazy
But I love my Marge, and she loves me.

FIRST CONDITIONAL - grammar exercise with keys


What will happen if there’s a power cut?
Complete the sentences with the correct forms of the verbs.

1. If there _____(be) a power cut, we ______ (not have) any electricity.

2. If we ____ (not have) any electricity, our computers ______ (not work).

3. If our computers ______ (not work), we ______ (not be able to) go on the Internet.

4. If we _____ (not can) go on the Internet, we _____ (not be able to) email our friends.

5. If we ______ (not can) email our friends, we ______ (have to) text them on our phones.

6. If our batteries _____ (run out), we _____ (not be able to) charge them!

7. If we _____ (not can) recharge our phones, we _____ (have to) go out and meet our friends.

8. If we ______ (go out) and meet our friends, we _____ (have) fun!

ANSWER KEYS

1. If there is a power cut, we won't have any electricity.

2. If we don't have any electricity, our computers won't work.

3. If our computers don't work, we won't be able to go on the Internet.

4. If we can't go on the Internet, we won't be able to email our friends.

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