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For elementary students who study English at pre-intermediate level. Build your vocabulary while enjoying your reading!

For elementary students who study English at pre-intermediate level. Build your vocabulary while enjoying your reading!

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  • 1. StorylinesLife LinesGeneral Activities After reading 1 There are seven pictures with this story. Write aBefore reading caption to go under each one. Your caption should1 Is it possible to know about the future? Answer be only one or two sentences long. It can describethese questions. what is happening in the picture, or it can have the1 Do you read your horoscope (your stars) in a words that someone is saying or thinking. It should newspaper or magazine? be about the important things in the picture.2 Has anyone ever read your hand? 2 When you have finished, put your captions into a3 Has anyone ever told your future (when different order. Give them to another student who someone looks in a glass ball or looks at cards has read the story and ask him /her to match the and tells you about your future)? captions to the correct pictures.4 Do you believe any of these things can tell you about your future? Then compare your captions with the ones other students have written. Which ones are the best?2 Ask two other students for their answers to thesequestions. Do you all agree?While reading• Read to the end of Chapter 4.What do you think is going to happen to the threemain characters, Rachel, Mark and Mervyn?Choose one answer for each person from the chartbelow and say why you have chosen it.Then read to the end of the story. has to dose his dies in a business after Rachels nuclear explosion story in Chatford sells his business to something else Rachel and Mark starts a magazine called The Future Today writes a story for writes a book about becomes a successful never tells anyone a newspaper about the life lines and makes palmistry consultant about the life lines Mervyns cheating a lot of money dies in a dies in a buys Mervyns something else . . . nuclear explosion nuclear explosion business in Chatford in Chatford writes a book about the life lines something else and makes a lot of money
  • 2. Storylines 3Life LinesComprehension Tests 5 In the hotel she met Mervyn. 6 Rachel left her job at Computer Astrology.Chapters 1 and 2 7 He took the computer printouts outside and• Are these sentences true (T) or false (F)? burned them.1 With the date, time and place of your birthday, 8 The next week she took a train to Chatford. Computer Astrology Limited could do a horoscope for you.2 Mervyns real name was Mervyn Smith. The whole story3 There are six different lines on your hand that tell • Write answers to these questions. you about the future. 1 What did Rachels company use computers for?4 Rachel thought palmistry was nonsense, 2 Why did Mervyn change bis name?5 Mervyn was happy because the new idea was 3 Why did he have gold stars on his Rolls-Royce? successful. 4 What is palmistry?6 Rachel liked talking to people about her job. 5 Which line on your hand tells you about your7 The woman at the party stopped reading hands future love life? because she was frightened. 6 What did people have to send to Rachel to get a8 Rachel read lots of books about palmistry. forecast? 7 Which was more successful: computer horoscopes or palmistry forecasts?Chapters 3 to 5 8 Why wasnt Rachel happy with her job?• Are these sentences true (T) or false (F)? 9 Why did the woman at the party stop reading hands?1 Rachel wanted to do a statistical analysis of all 10 Why dont fortune tellers tell people bad news? the palmistry photographs. 11 What did Rachel want Mark to do?2 Rachel wanted to compare life lines from city 12 Why didnt Mervyn want to do his own areas and country areas. horoscope?3 Mervyn often did his own horoscope on the 13 Why couldnt Mark do a real statistical analysis? computer. 14 What did Mark do before he worked for Mervyn?4 Mervyn used to work on computers at the power 15 Why did they get so many photographs from station. Chatford?5 More than seventy-five per cent of the photos 16 What was strange about the photos from from Chatford had short life lines. Chatford?6 The twenty old people from Norwich all had 17 What was interesting about the photos from average life lines. Norwich?7 Mervyn wasnt interested in Rachels information 18 How did Rachel feel after she walked out of her about life lines. job?8 Mervyn said he was rich because people were 19 What was Rachels new job? stupid. 20 What did Rachels new boss tell her to do?9 Rachel felt angry when she left her job. 21 Who did Rachel meet in Chatford? 22 What did Mark dream about on the night of September 20th?Chapters 6 and 7 23 What happened in Chatford?• Put these sentences in the right order. 24 Who was Mark going to tell about the life lines?1 Mark dreamed about Rachel and the printouts. 25 What did Mark do with the printouts?2 One day she told her new boss about the life lines.3 In the evening there was an explosion at the Total score nuclear power station.4 He read about the explosion in the Daily Echo.
  • 3. Answer Key Life Lines General ActivitiesWhile readingRachel dies in a nuclear explosion in Chatford.Mervyn dies in a nuclear explosion in Chatford.Mark never tells anyone about the life lines. Comprehension TestsChapters 1 and 2 1T 2F 3F 4T 5T 6F 7F 8TChapters 3 to 5 1T 2T 3F 4F 5T 6F 7T 8T 9FChapters 6 and 76 2 8 5 3 1 4 7The whole story 1 They used them to do computer horoscopes. 2 Because Mervyn Astra sounded good. 3 Because it was good advertising. 4 The science of telling the future from peoples hands. 5 Your heart line. 6 A photograph of their left hand and a cheque for £10. 7 Palmistry forecasts. 8 Because she was embarrassed by it. 9 Because she thought it was nonsense.10 Because people dont want to know bad news,11 A statistical analysis of all the palmistry photographs.12 Because he was frightened of the future.13 Because they didnt have enough photographs.14 He was a computer operator at the power station at Chatford.15 Because Mervyns brother owns the Chatford newspaper and gave him a lot of free advertisements, and wrote a lot of stories about computer palmistry for his newspaper.16 More than seventy-five per cent had short life lines.17 All the old people had long life lines.18 She felt pleased.19 She was a reporter for the Daily Echo.20 He told her to go to Chatford and write a story about the life lines.21 Mervyn Astra.22 He dreamed about Rachel and the computer printouts.23 There was an explosion at the nuclear power station.24 He was going to phone the Daily Echo.25 He burned them.

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