Stories for Reading and Listening Comprehension 2

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01.mp3 Mr Robinson died, and after that only Mrs Robinson lived in small house. She was very old. Her son John lived with his wife and child in another street, and he often said to his mother, "You must come and live with us," but she always answered, "No, I'm very happy in my little house, and I don't want to leave it."
02.mp3At eight o'clock one morning the old woman telephoned her son and said, "Please come to my house." she put the phone down. John's wife said, "Who was that?" "It was Mother," he answered.
03.mp3"What did she want?" "She wants me. Perhaps she's ill. I'll take car and go to work from her house." He took his car out and drove to his mother's house quickly.
04.mp3When the old woman opened the door, her son said, "What's the matter, Mother?"
"Come in," she answered. "'s a thief in one of my cupboards."
05.mp3"A thief in one of your cupboards?" said John. " did you find him?"
"I heard noises in a cupboard yesterday evening," she answered.
06.mp3"Which one?" John asked quietly. were in the dining-room now.
"That one," the old woman answered.
07.mp3"Why didn't you telephone me ?" John asked.
"Because it was late, and I didn't want to trouble you," she answered
08.mp3"But the thief hasn't stayed in the cupboard all night, has he?" asked John.
"Oh, yes, he has," the old woman answered. "I nailed the door up, and then I to bed."


Exercise 1

Look at these questions. Find the right answers. Then write the questions and the answers:

1 Did Mrs Robinson live with Mr Robinson before he died?
a) No, she did not. b) Yes, she did.
Type in the correct answer: .

2 Did she live with her son and his wife and child after that?
a) No, she did not. b) Yes, she did.
Type in the correct answer: .

3 Where did her son live?
a) In his mother's house. b) In another house.
Type in the correct answer: .

4 Did Mrs Robinson like her house?
a) No, she did not. b) Yes, she did.
Type in the correct answer:.

5 Who telephoned Mrs Robinson's son?
a) An old woman did. b) Mrs Robinson did.
Type in the correct answer: .

6 Why did she telephone him?
a) Because she was ill. b) Because there was a thief in one of her cupboards.
Type in the correct answer:.

7 Where was the cupboard?
a) In Mrs Robinson's dining-room.
b) Near Mrs Robin­son's door.
c) Near Mrs Robinson's telephone.
Type in the correct answer: .

8 How did Mrs Robinson find the thief?
a) She heard him. b) She saw him.
Type in the correct answer: .

9 Why didn't she telephone her son earlier?
a) Because she was ill. b) Because she did not want to trouble him.
Type in the correct answer: .

10 Why did the thief stay in the cupboard all night?
a) Because he was ill. b) Because Mrs Robinson nailed the door up.
Type in the correct answer:.

Exercise 2

Make this story. Choose the right words each time:

Mrs Robinson (did not have/had) a husband. Then (he/she) died. Mrs Robinson had (a son/a wife and a child). She (did not want/wanted) to live with (him/them), because she (liked/did not like) her little house. One morning (her son's wife/Mrs Robinson) telephoned (her/her son/them). She wanted to see (her/him) at (her/his) house. Mrs Robinson's son went there quickly (after/before) his work. He spoke to his mother quietly, because (he heard noises/there was a thief) in one of her cupboards. The thief had stayed in the cupboard all night because (Mrs Robin­son nailed the door up/it was late).

Exercise 3

When we ask questions we use who for people, and what for animals and things. We use which for people, animals or things when asking someone to choose from a limited number (e.g. "Which of these three pens do you want?" "The red one, please."), and whose when asking about the person who owns something (e.g. "Whose is this pen?" "It's mine.").
What, which and whose can be used either as pronouns (e.g. "What/Which/Whose is this?") or as adjectives (e.g. "What/Which/Whose book do you want?"); but who can only be used as a pronoun (e.g. "Who is this?").

Put who, what, which or whose in the correct places below:

1 " house did the old lady live in?" "She lived in her own house."
2 " did the old lady hear in her cupboard?" "Some noises."
3 " was in the cupboard?" "The thief was."
4 " room was the cupboard in?" "It was in the dining-room."
5 " telephoned John?" "His mother did."
6 " did she want?" "She wanted him to come to her house."
7 " car did he go to her house in?" "He went in his car."




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