assignment 5

reading comprehension results

personally I dont mind test like these, I think this is the easiest part of learning the english language, way easier that grammar. but open questions are questions that I sometimes struggle a bit with . open questions like what are the thoughts of the writer? know to practice those open and multiple choice questions I will make 4 of them.

Simply irresistible? You could be sacked
1 IF you think an employee is “irresistibly” attractive, it’s OK to sack them ─ at least in the minds of seven male US judges. 2  An all-male Iowa Supreme Court has ruled that a dentist acted legally when he fired an assistant. The court ruled 7 ─ 0 that bosses can fire employees they see as an “irresistible” attraction. Such firings are not unlawful discrimination under the Iowa Civil Rights Act because they are motivated by emotions, not gender, Justice Edward Mansfield wrote. 3  A lawyer for dentist James Knight said the decision was a victory for “family values” because Dr Knight fired Melissa Nelson to save his marriage. But Ms Nelson’s lawyer said the court failed to recognise the discrimination women see routinely in the workplace. “These judges say they don’t think men can be held responsible for their behaviour and that women are the ones who have to monitor and control their bosses’ sexual desires.” 4  Ms Nelson worked for Dr Knight for 10 years and he considered her a stellar worker. But in her final months there he complained she distracted him. Dr Knight and Ms Nelson ─ both married with children ─ exchanged text messages, mostly about personal matters such as their families. Dr Knight’s wife found out about the messages and demanded Ms Nelson be fired. Ms Nelson filed a lawsuit alleging gender discrimination, arguing she would not have been terminated if she were male.
Sunday Herald Sun, 2012

1 Wat is het doel van de reactie van Sampdoria (alinea 3)?

awnser: Genua hun tegenstander belachelijk maken

In the professional judgement of Dr James Curlew, his unfortunate daughter had, at the very most, five years left before it was all over. Not her life, you understand; her prospects for marriage. The same physical features that made him such a distinguished-looking man ─ tall, rangy build, aquiline nose, long face, strong jaw ─ were a calamitous inheritance for a girl. If she acted quickly, now while she was in her teens, there was still hope. 2  ‘Oh, but I don’t wish to marry, Father,’ she told him. ‘The world has enough married folk in it. What it hasn’t got enough is missionaries.’ 3  ‘In that case,’ he joked, ‘it’s damn naughty of the savages in Africa to keep eating them, isn’t it?’ 4  ‘You mustn’t call them savages, Father,’ Emmeline chided him solemnly. ‘Such disparagements are precisely why slavery is still with us.’ 5  Dr Curlew clenched his jaw ─ the same jaw he’d passed on to his blameless daughter ─ and did his best not to argue. Rancour between him and Emmeline would have grieved his wife, had she lived to see it. 6  ‘I don’t know why you say “still with us”,’ he couldn’t help remarking. ‘We don’t have slavery in England.’ 7  ‘We must regard the whole world as our home, Father,’ said Emmeline, wiping her fingers on the breakfast napkin. Pale sunlight was shining through the parlour window onto her face and upper body, a cool glow aided by the white tablecloth and the snowy landscape outside. The jingling of horses’ harnesses as the nearby shops received their deliveries mingled with the tinkling of Emmeline’s spoon in her teacup. ‘This is the 1850s,’ she reminded her father, as if the modern age had arrived while he’d been occupied elsewhere. ‘Every place on Earth is connected by the web of our Empire. I have correspondents as far-flung as Kabool and New York.’

2 “Shiloh and Cherokee” (alinea 1) 1p 5 Met welke typering van twee woorden later in de tekst vat de schrijfster samen hoe zij denkt dat hun ouders deze kinderen zien? Citeer deze typering.

awnser: Het kind voldoet niet aan zijn verwachtingen

questions

Why are turkeys’ eggs not distributed, sold and eaten in the same way as hens’ eggs?
I don’t know why turkey eggs are not usually available for culinary purposes, but I suggest that if you do come across them,    1   . Charles Manners, fourth Duke of Rutland, an 18th-century governor-general of Ireland, had one for breakfast every morning. He died at the age of 33. Brian Howes, Bingham, Notts

Which of the following fits the gap?

1. a. act quickly                                                                                                                                                       b. bewary                                                                                                                                                                c. dig  in                                                                                                                                                                     d. rest assured                                                                                                                                                     e. take a chance

awnser: B

Simply irresistible? You could be sacked
1 IF you think an employee is “irresistibly” attractive, it’s OK to sack them ─ at least in the minds of seven male US judges. 2  An all-male Iowa Supreme Court has ruled that a dentist acted legally when he fired an assistant. The court ruled 7 ─ 0 that bosses can fire employees they see as an “irresistible” attraction. Such firings are not unlawful discrimination under the Iowa Civil Rights Act because they are motivated by emotions, not gender, Justice Edward Mansfield wrote. 3  A lawyer for dentist James Knight said the decision was a victory for “family values” because Dr Knight fired Melissa Nelson to save his marriage. But Ms Nelson’s lawyer said the court failed to recognise the discrimination women see routinely in the workplace. “These judges say they don’t think men can be held responsible for their behaviour and that women are the ones who have to monitor and control their bosses’ sexual desires.” 4  Ms Nelson worked for Dr Knight for 10 years and he considered her a stellar worker. But in her final months there he complained she distracted him. Dr Knight and Ms Nelson ─ both married with children ─ exchanged text messages, mostly about personal matters such as their families. Dr Knight’s wife found out about the messages and demanded Ms Nelson be fired. Ms Nelson filed a lawsuit alleging gender discrimination, arguing she would not have been terminated if she were male.
Sunday Herald Sun, 2012

2. What is the main purpose of paragraph 3?

a. to demonstrate that the ruling was legitimate                                                                                                       b. to explain why the ruling attracted media attention                                                                                           c. to outline the arguments that supported the ruling                                                                                              d. to report how both parties reacted to the ruling                                                                                                    e.  to show that the ruling triggered strong reactions

 awnser: d

3. In welke alinea laat de schrijver van dit artikel zijn/haar eigen mening over deze zaak doorschemeren noteer het nummer van de alinea?

awnser: alinea 1

 In the professional judgement of Dr James Curlew, his unfortunate daughter had, at the very most, five years left before it was all over. Not her life, you understand; her prospects for marriage. The same physical features that made him such a distinguished-looking man ─ tall, rangy build, aquiline nose, long face, strong jaw ─ were a calamitous inheritance for a girl. If she acted quickly, now while she was in her teens, there was still hope. 2  ‘Oh, but I don’t wish to marry, Father,’ she told him. ‘The world has enough married folk in it. What it hasn’t got enough is missionaries.’ 3  ‘In that case,’ he joked, ‘it’s damn naughty of the savages in Africa to keep eating them, isn’t it?’ 4  ‘You mustn’t call them savages, Father,’ Emmeline chided him solemnly. ‘Such disparagements are precisely why slavery is still with us.’ 5  Dr Curlew clenched his jaw ─ the same jaw he’d passed on to his blameless daughter ─ and did his best not to argue. Rancour between him and Emmeline would have grieved his wife, had she lived to see it. 6  ‘I don’t know why you say “still with us”,’ he couldn’t help remarking. ‘We don’t have slavery in England.’ 7  ‘We must regard the whole world as our home, Father,’ said Emmeline, wiping her fingers on the breakfast napkin. Pale sunlight was shining through the parlour window onto her face and upper body, a cool glow aided by the white tablecloth and the snowy landscape outside. The jingling of horses’ harnesses as the nearby shops received their deliveries mingled with the tinkling of Emmeline’s spoon in her teacup. ‘This is the 1850s,’ she reminded her father, as if the modern age had arrived while he’d been occupied elsewhere. ‘Every place on Earth is connected by the web of our Empire. I have correspondents as far-flung as Kabool and New York.’

“his unfortunate daughter” (paragraph 1)

4. Why does Dr James Curlew think his daughter is ‘unfortunate’?

a.  She has no idea how cruel life really is.                                                                                                                 b.  She is going abroad soon on a dangerous mission.                                                                                          c. She is not going to inherit his fortune when he dies                                                                                                  d. She is seriously ill and does not have long to live.                                                                                                  e.  She is too unattractive to find a husband easily.                                                                                                   f. She lost her mother at an early age.

awnser: e

question types

If you talk about question types, you have 2 different sorts of questions. You have multiple choice questions and you have open questions. I will firstly explain the different types of open questions.

First question: What is the  opinion of this person?

Second question: Quote a (or a part of a) sentence where you can find a opinion or a fact which you can anwser the question

Third question: Summerize the text in one or two sentences

Now some tips for open questions

-Try to make your awnser so short but clear as possible

– Read the question twice if you don’t know the awnser and if after reading it a couple of times and still not knowing the awnser go on to the next question.                                                            -if the question doesn’t say you have to awnser in English always awnser in Dutch

Now for the multiple choice questions

Fourth question: True or false questions.
Fifth question: What is the meaning of a word or sentence?

There are also some tips for multiple choice questions:

– Think about what the main idea is.
-Read the question very careful and look up words you do not know.
-Chooce between a positive or negative answer. If the text is positive, the answer is probably positive too.
-Mark in the text sentences where the answer is. ( or near by) This will help you focus.
-Chooce the most overall question is you doubt about the last two answers.
-If there is a opposition in the anwsers, mostly one of these answers is correct.
-Do not base your answer with your knowledge, base it with fact from the text.

thougths

when we first started to leran about tekst structures I realised that I never noticed what I use for tekst structures. I didn’t even know what tekst structure really meant. so I googled it and basically it is that ”the term “text structure” refers to how information is organized in a passage.  The structure of a text can change multiple times in a work and even within a paragraph.  Students are often required to identify text structures on state reading tests; therefore, it is important that they are given exposure to the various patterns of organization.  This page will briefly explain seven commonly used patterns of organization, provide examples, and then offer users free text structure worksheets and interactive online practice activities to help students learn this essential reading skill.” that is what google showed me. I realised that without really noticing it I use a lot of tekst sturctures. for our text with english facebook posts etc. for example if I want to tell a story I will tell it in chronological order. but if I want to explain something I use an example, I never really thought about which structure I was going to use.

here are he four tekst structures

Cause and Effect:The results of something are explained.

Example: The dodo bird used to roam in large flocks across America.  Interestingly, the dodo wasn’t startled by gun shot.  Because of this, frontiersmen would kill entire flocks in one sitting.  Unable to sustain these attacks, the dodo was hunted to extinction.


Chronological:
information in the passage is organized in order of time. this is the structure that I use the most.

Example: Jack and Jill ran up the hill to fetch a pail of water. Jack fell down and broke his crown and Jill came tumbling after.

Reading stategies for  multiple choice

  1. Scan the text, look at all the pictures, the title, the introduction etc.
  2. Think about what you know about the subject. This will help you with your knowledge about the text. but don’t let it fool you. If it is written in the text that it is coorect. so don’t awnser the questions based on what you know about the subject.
  3. Read the first and last sentence of every paragraph.
  4. Read paragraph after paragraph on the basis of your exam questions. try to read the questions first
  5. Pay attention to the function of compound words.
  6. Think about what the awnser could be before you read the text

tip

  • The answers are in alphabetical order so it can happen that you have the same letter six times in a row. this doesn’t mean that one is false
  • If you thinks the answer is half correct than the answers is false. the awnser has to be fully correct
  • you can already forget about 2out of 4 awnsers because they are bullshit
  • read all the options, just to be sure
  • The correct answers can be a part of the sentence or the sentence in other words
  • like I said before the text is Always correct.

my plan:

I am going to plan studying for my test with the smart method. I will shortly explain what the smart method is. it consist  of 5 different steps

-s being specific. I will only learn what I have to, so no extra grammar or learning words. I will focus on practicing reading comprehension texts.

-m for measurable. because I practice with the texts you can see I make progress, because my grades get higher. Also i can tell that I find the exercises easier.

-a for acceptable, if you don’t get the grade you hoped for you got to accept it. but of course you try to get a grade as high as is simply possible. but do not overwork yourself.

r stands for being realistic. I can’t expect to get an 10 when I usually get an 6.  so you have to go for the highest score you can possibly get but you can’t expect a ten, almost nobody manages to get an 10 on a reading comprehension test.

-t stands for time bound. in a couple of days we will do the reading comprehension test and you can’t expect to become a genius overnight. you got to plan the studying. and make sure you stick to your plan.

This is the smart method explained in short. It is basically a guide to set and achieve your goals. I will use this method to study for my upcoming English reading comprehension. My plan is to practice a lot and my goal is to get an 8. Usually I get a grade around a a 7 so I hope that with a lot of studying I can get an 8.

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