Wednesday, December 1, 2010


Instruction: Read the text and answer the questions that follow.

The Tale of Hachiko

Based on a true story from Japan, “The Tale of Hachiko” is a moving film about loyalty and the rare, invincible bonds that occasionally form almost instantaneously in the most unlikely places.

Some years ago an Akita puppy is flown from Japan to the United States,but his cage falls off the baggage cart atan American train station, where he is found by college professor Parker Wilson. Parker is instantly captivated by the dog.

When Carl, the station controller, refuses to take him, Parker takes the puppy home overnight. His wife, Cate is insistent about not keeping the puppy.

The next day Parker expects that someone will have contacted the train station, but no one has. He sneaks the pup onto the train and takes him to work, where a Japanese college professor, Ken, translates the symbol on the pup's collar as 'Hachi', Japanese for 'good fortune', and the number 8. Parker decides to call the dog 'Hachi'. Ken points out that perhaps the two are meant to be together.

Parker attempts to play fetch with Hachi, but he refuses to join in. Meanwhile Cate receives a call from someone who wants to adopt Hachi. However, after seeing how close her husband has become to Hachi, Cate agrees to keep him.

Hachi and Parker become closer. Parker, however, is still mystified by Hachi's refusal to do normal, dog-like things like chase and retrieve a ball. Ken advises him that Hachi will only bring him the ball for a special reason.

One morning, Parker leaves for work and Hachi sneaks out and follows him to the train station, where he refuses to leave until Parker walks him home. That afternoon, Hachi sneaks out again and walks to the train station, waiting patiently for Parker's train to come in. Eventually Parker relents and walks Hachi to the station every morning, where he leaves on the train. Hachi leaves after Parker's safe departure, but comes back in the afternoon to see his master's train arrive and walk with him home again.

This continues for some time, until one afternoon Parker attempts to leave, but Hachi refuses to go with him. Parker eventually leaves without him, but Hachi chases after him, holding his ball. Parker is surprised but pleased that Hachi is finally willing to play fetch with him but, worried he will be late, leaves on the train despite Hachi barking at him. At work that day Parker, still holding Hachi's ball, is teaching his music class when he passes out from cardiac arrest.

At the train station, Hachi waits patiently as the train arrives, but there is no sign of Parker. He remains, lying in the snow, for several hours, until Parker's son-in-law Michael comes to collect him. The next day, Hachi returns to the station and waits for his deceased master, remaining all day and all night. Hachi religiously waits for years until he finally becomes old and dies peacefully.

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Answer the questions below.

1.How does the puppy get to America?(1 mark)

2.What has Parker learnt from his Japanese colleague about the puppy and his relationship with it?(2 marks)

3.Why does Parker’s wife finally let Parker to keep the puppy?( 1 mark)

4.State one example which shows that Hachi is different from other dogs?
(1 mark)

5.What does the word “sneaks out” in line 29 mean?(1 mark)

6.What does Hachi do every day after the death of Parker?( 2 marks)

7.In your own words, would you like to own a dog like Hachi? Give a reason to your answer.(2 marks)

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