Wednesday, December 1, 2010

READING COMPREHENSION


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.

Adapted from en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hachiko

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)

READING COMPREHENSION


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

Where Has My Baby Gone?


Rudi and Katja Keet had been looking forward to visiting their friends who live in Assen, a town in north-eastern Netherlands. It was the first time since the birth of their son six months ago that the whole family was going on an outing.

On Saturday, 26 September 2009 at 7.30 in the morning, the family’s luggage was stacked in the hall of their townhouse in Utrecht, waiting to be loaded into the car: travel cot, clothes, diapers and toys. Katja, a beautiful 32-year-old woman rummaged around the kitchen while Rudi, a slim, athletically built 37-year-old man, started to load everything into the car.

Their car, a black Volvo S40, was parked in front of their house on Ondiep Street, just a stone’s throw away from the city centre. You could already smell the autumn leaves in the chilly morning air. Rudi started the car to warm up the engine. When everything was set, he put Daniel in the back seat, where the cheerful little blonde baby looked out inquisitively from his car seat.

When Daniel was nice and snug in the back seat of the car with the engine running, Rudi quickly went into the hall, just a few feet away.
“C’mon Katja, let’s go!” The young blonde turned off the light in the kitchen and followed her husband. At that moment, they heard the car door slam. Rudi turned around and saw a strange man who looked in his thirties sitting behind the wheel of the family car. The man had light brown skin and his hair was thick and curly. While the young father ran towards the car, he looked the thief straight in the eye. Then the man put his foot firmly down on the accelerator.

“My baby! My baby!” Rudi and Katja cried out, chasing after their car. The stranger sped off and made a left turn at the end of the street.
There was a cab waiting at the nearby intersection, right in front of a bus stop. Rudi ran up to the cab, and pointed to the car in the distance and tried to explain what happened. He got into the cab and started the chase. At the following intersection, however, the car with baby Daniel in it took a sudden left, as the cab driver and Rudi turned right.

Katja, who was watching all of this from a distance, hailed a bus to stop. She got on and told the driver: “Call the police! Call the police! Someone has just stolen our car with our baby in it!” The bus driver looked at her uncomprehendingly. Katja realised she had been speaking in Russian. In her best Dutch she tried to explain what happened. The bus driver called the police immediately, but told her he had to continue on his schedule.

Katja was left standing all alone on the kerb of a busy street. Traffic was rushing around her. She felt the ground tilt beneath her. Her baby Daniel might be gone forever.

Adapted from www.rdasia.com.my


Answer the questions below.
1.Where was the family going to?(1 mark)

2.Why did Rudi leave his son in the car?(1 mark)

3.What was actually happening when they heard the sound of the door car slam?(1 mark)

4.State two actions taken by Rudi and Katja to save their baby.(2 marks)

5.The bus driver did not understand what Katja was trying to say. Why?(1 mark)

6.What does the phrase “She felt the ground tilt beneath her” mean?(2 marks)

7.In your own words, give a suggestion on what we should do to ensure children’s safety.(2 marks)

A GOOD TEACHER

A good teacher teaches
Even when students refuse to learn
Even when parents give problem

A good teacher takes the burden
even when there’s lack of encouragement
from the headmaster and colleagues

A good teacher spends all his time
preparing, teaching and coaching
as if he is going to sit on the exam

A good teacher does not shed tears even
when all his hard continuous efforts go
unnoticed, unappreciated and undermined

A good teacher does not give up
to bring up a generation of youths
even when there’s no single “Thank You” on Teachers’ Day