The Catflap by Alex Moseley

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Extensive reading UNIT 5


1 Look at the cartoon and say what the artist's message is.

2 A. Look at the pictures A-D alongside the text.

. In pairs work out a possible outline of the story.

B. Read the text. Arrange the pictures according to the text.


Alex Moseley

1  MY DAD HAD never really wanted children, he didn't think the world was fair enough or pleasant enough for them to grow up in but somehow he did have children, I'm not sure how, there has always been an abundance of storks in our village. My earliest memory was of a long yellow beak and soft feathers that were warm and soft to touch, Not only was I born but had some brothers too. Can you only imagine? Three kids for a man who believed the human race should just give up and call it a day. My brothers came by stork too, All at the same time. We were all the same age except I assumed I was the eldest. My brothers decided which of them was the eldest and which was the youngest. How they did that I don't know, that's their business.

When I was old enough to talk, my dad came into the kitchen to see how we B were oOlng ana tie sar6Ya me:

"Son, I don't want to hamper your life with rules and oppressive doctrines. I firmly believe that you'd do a better job raising yourself, so you'd' better get on with it and just see how it goes, You never know, it might be fun one day."

call something a day - stop, finish
doctrine - set of beliefs that form the main part of a religion
sonme - baked dish that is very light and is made with egg whites and often cheese orfruit


3 A. Do tasks 1-4 alongside the text.

B. Look through the text again and find equivalents for the following words.

1 large quantity of 1                                                                            5 smile widely 3
2 think that something is true although you have                                    6 someone's child or children 3
no proof of it ill 7 for ever1
3 restrict (oграничивать) someone's                                                     8 to feel worried about small unimportant things 4
movements, activities or achievements 2                                               9 think that something is a fact6
4 bring up 2                                                                                        10 friendly and likeable 6

4 Translate the highlighted sentences.

5 A. Answer these questions.

1 Why was Dad against having children?
2 How did the brothers come into being?
3 Who brought up the brothers?
4 What were Dad's educational principles?
5 Why did the sons decide to lock their father out of the house?
6 How did Dad get in?
7 Was the father satisfied with his children?

B. Choose from the answers suggested. Find evidence in the text or use arguments from your life experience to support your choice.

1 Normally only:
a) very little babies
b) teenagers
c) adults
believe that children are delivered by a stork.

2 The father:
a) didn't care for his-children
b) loved his children.

3 "We were all the same age except I assumed I was the eldest." (Section 2) He did it because:
a) he wanted to dominate
b) he was prepared to take responsibility.

4 The narrator allowed his brothers to decide which of them was the eldest because:
a) he didn't care
b) it was his educational principle
c) it was his father's educational principle.

5 "When I was old enough to talk... " (Section 2)
He meant.
a) a baby of about 3
b) a teenager.

6 Dad's educational techniques were:
a) a success
b) a failure.

7 The brothers really:
a) cared for each other
b) didn't care for each other.

8 Tractor was his brother's:
a) nickname
b) real name.

9 "... you could have been accountants or something." (Section 7) This means that Dad was glad they:
a) didn't become accountants
b) became accountants
c) were able to be accountants

10 "You know, Dad... in a way I think we are (grateful)." (Section 7) It was Tractor, not any of the other two sons who said this because he was:
a) angry with Dad for his spoiled haircut
b) the smartest of the sons
c) the kindest of the sons.

11 The story is told by a man who is about:
a) 20
b) 60.

C. Go through the list of statements about the narrator.

. Tick the ones that you think are true to the text.

When he was young he:
- thought that his parents had nothing to do with his achievements, and may be even his birth.
- didn't want to be treated like a baby, and rebelled each time he thought somebody tried to.
- thought that he could do very well on his own, that parents only caused troubles.
- thought that appearance was more important than food.
- used nicknames (nD03BtUje), which sounded ridiculous to strangers.
- liked to tease even those who he loved.
- tried to ridicule in particular those who were the closest, so that it sometimes seemed rude.

D. Do you know any real people who are like him?


6 Write a paragraph explaining the message the author wanted to share with the readers.

O. Л. Гроза, О. Б. Дворецкая, Н. Ю. Казырбаева, В. В. Клименко, М. Л. Мичурина, Н. В. Новикова, Т. Н. Рыжкова, Е. Ю. Шалимова, Английский язык нового тысячелентия, Учебник английского языка для 10 класса общеобразовательных учреждений. — 2-е изд. — М. Титул, 2004. — 175 с, ; ил.

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