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116*Below is a summary of a book.

Choose the best alternative to complete the gaps in this summary.

Note the tense used.

 

The Captain and the Enemy' is a novel (1)…… was written by Graham Greene in 1933. It is a story (2) ….. a boy, Victor Baxter, (3)…… father (4)……… he calls 'the Devil') loses him in game of backgammon to a man (5)………. is only known as 'the Captain'. The Captain, (6)……….. real name is never revealed, appears to be some sort of criminal. (7)……. the boy has been taken away from his boarding school, he is brought up by a woman called Lisa,(8)…... is the Captain's mistress. From time to time the Captain returns to visit them, (9)…..for months on end they are alone together.(10) ……… this time a close relationship develops (11) them, and Lisa treats Victor as if he is her son. Eventually, the Captain goes to live in Panama,(12)…… tells them that they cannot join him there (13)…….. he has made enough money. (14) ……… he is18, Victor leaves Lisa and gets his own flat but(15)…….. her death in a road accident, he flies to Panama to meet the Captain ... 1 which what who it 2 about by on of 3 who whose his without 4 which who whose him 5 who whom whose his 6 who whom whose his 7 Before After Although Now   8 she who because that 9 because but when so 10 Before While During On 11 among over between to   12 still but though he   13 after by until if 14 When So Then Why   15 because while as after

 

117 Give a summary of the book you have recently read.

Make use of Ex 29.

 

118* You might have noticed that J. K. Rowling’s books are read by both children and grown ups and

most of them have seen their screened versions. But do you know anything about the author? If

not, skim through the passage below and be ready to answer the questions that follow.

 

 
 

& Rowling, J.K., born July 31, 1965, Chipping Sodbury, near Bristol, England, in full Joanne Kathleen Rowling is aBritish author, creator of the popular and critically acclaimed Harry Potter series about a young sorcerer (magician) in training. After graduating from the University of Exeter in 1986, Rowling began working for [4] Amnesty International in London, where she started to write the Harry Potter adventures. In the early 1990s she traveled to Portugal to teach English as a foreign language, but after a brief marriage and the birth of her daughter, she returned to the United Kingdom, settling in Edinburgh. The idea for the Harry Potter stories came to her during a train ride in 1990, and she
began writing the magic adventure while sitting in cafés and pubs. Living on public assistance between stints (урочная работа) as a French teacher, she continued to write. Rowling's first book in the series, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (1997; U.S. title Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone), was an immediate success, appealing to both children (its intended audience) and adults. Featuring vivid descriptions and an imaginative story line, it followed the adventures of the unlikely hero Harry Potter, a lonely orphan who discovers that he is actually a wizard and enrolls in the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The book received numerous awards, including the British Book Award. Succeeding volumes—Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (1998), Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (1999), and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2000)—also were best-sellers, available in more than 100 countries and some 25 languages. In 2001 the companion books Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them and [5]Quidditch Through the Ages were published, with proceeds going to charity.The series sparked great enthusiasm among children and was credited with generating a new interest in reading. Rowling was appointed [6]OBE (Officer of the British Empire) in March 2001.

 

 

119* Answer the questions.

a. How did Joan Rowling come to write the Harry Potter series?

b. Did her educational background help her in her endeavors, do you think?

c. How did she support herself while working at her books?

d. Since you have read or seen at least one the series, what in your opinion makes it so attractive to the reader or viewer?

e. In your opinion, will the other sequels as interesting as the first ones?

f. Besides her royalties, how were her services for the country recognized?

g. Have you read her latest books either in English or in Russian?

 

 

120* The passage mentions the British Book Award that the Harry Potter series have won. If interested,

read more about literary awards in America and Britain.


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