VII. Answer the following questions:
1. Burton thought that what he was telling was "rather a funny story." Do you also think so? Why don't you? Why did Burton think it funny? 2. What kind of man was young Barton? What do you think of his way of living? Do you approve of it? Why not? 3. Why do you think young Burton turned to his namesake for help when he was rained? 4. What was the situation in which he found himself? 5. What did Burton mean by saying that his young namesake was "down and out"? that he was "all to pieces"? 6. What did young Burton mean when he said that he "swam for his University"? 7. On what condition did Burton promise a job in his office to his namesake? What do you think of this condition? 8. Why did young Burton accept it? He knew he was not in good condition, didn't he? 9. What happened to him? 10. Do you think old Burton knew that bis namesake would be drowned? Why do you think so? 11. Why did Burton send his namesake to almost sure death? 12. What kind of man do you think old Burton was? 13. Why does the author emphasize when speaking about old Burton his "kindly chuckle," "mild chuckle," "those candid and kind blue eyes of his"?
VIII. Write an outline of the story. You may try three ways: a) following the chain of true events; b) sticking to the story as told by the author or c) building it up roundthe main idea of the story.
IX. a) Fill in different English equivalents of the Russian words занят and свободен (engaged, busy, occupied or vacant, free, spare):
1. As he was... yesterday he couldn't join our company. 2. I tried toget him on the phone but the line was... As I was... I decided to ring him up later. 3. Is the place next to you...? — No, it is.... 4. When I entered the hall all the seats were... and I could hardly find a... seat. 5. Will you be... tomorrow? Let's go to the country. — No, I'll be... at my office. 6. Let's find a... classroom and rehearse our dialogue there. — I'm afraid at this hour all the rooms are sure to be.... 7. Have you any... time today? 8. At this late hour all taxis will be.... 9. I am young, healthy, and... to do as I please.
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