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  • 1. PENGUIN ACTIVE READING Activity worksheets LEVEL 4 Teacher Support Programme About a Boy Photocopiable While reading b Will didn’t understand why Marcus liked Chapters 1–2 Joni Mitchell. c c Will didn’t want to sit with the adults 1 Write the names to finish the sentences. at the picnic because he didn’t want to Will Marcus John and Christine Fiona answer any difficult questions. Angie Suzie Marcus’s dad c d Marcus was on his own when he found a ………………… would like Will to be his mother next to a pool of sick. godfather to their new daughter. c e In her letter, Fiona said she had nothing b ………………… had a normal life until he to look forward to. was eight, and then a confused one after that. c f When Fiona got back from the hospital, c ………………… lives in Cambridge with his she was in a strange, calm mood. girlfriend, Lindsey. c g Marcus wanted Will to go out with Suzie. d ………………… doesn’t like having c complicated relationships with women. Chapters 5–6 e ………………… had moved to London 5 Underline the wrong word and put the right because of a new job. one. f ………………… said she wasn’t ready for a a Marcus thought that Countdown was the serious relationship yet. most interesting programme in the history of g ………………… is a single mum to a television. ……………… daughter called Megan. b Marcus’s face is strange because he hates going 2 Put a word on the left with a word on the to the hairdresser’s. ……………… right. c Three ugly boys were throwing sweets at simple innocent Marcus. ……………… lovely pull d When Marcus arrived home from school, he shallow generous wasn’t wearing any socks. ……………… weird complicated e Will and Fiona met in a quiet restaurant to lost horrible talk about Marcus. ……………… push normal f Will said you should never trust a woman guilty won talking about feelings. ……………… selfish deep 6 Circle the extra word in the sentences. Chapters 3 –4 a Marcus thought he wouldn’t hadn’t want pictures like Will’s on his wall. 3 Put the underlined letters in the right place to b Every day now, Marcus felt a horrible make a word. frightened fear. a Suzie was annoyed when Will told her about c When Will answered the door, Marcus was Paula’s veorhibau ……………… . standing in on the doorstep. b Suzie’s daughter, Megan, was sitting in a d Will thought Marcus needed to look more hurphcsia ……………… in the park. most like the other kids at school. c Marcus threw a piece of his dihnsacw e Fiona usually argued with Marcus until he ……………… at a duck. was agreed with her. d The park-keeper thought Marcus had thrown f Ellie didn’t want to put take off her sweatshirt. enormous oelavs ……………… at the duck. g Will didn’t know how to help Marcus to e Fiona was wearing a hairy jumper and some coping cope with a depressed mother. trgylhib ……………… coloured earrings. f Will hadn’t cpdetexe ……………… anyone Chapters 7–8 to break into his world. 7 Answer the questions. 4 Are these sentences right (3) or wrong (7)? a What did Will buy Marcus for Christmas? a Will said that he couldn’t take Ned to the ……………………………………………… picnic because he was ill. c b What did Will help Megan to do? ……………………………………………… About a Boy - Activity worksheets of 2 c Pearson Education Limited 2008
  • 2. PENGUIN ACTIVE READING Activity worksheets LEVEL 4 Teacher Support Programme About a Boy Photocopiable c When did Will first meet Rachel? b ‘I’d like a quiet girlfriend who likes reading ……………………………………………… and computer games.’ ………………… d What did Will think was the most interesting c ‘I thought you were a shallow person but now thing about his life? I know that you’re not.’ ………………… d ‘I’m in love and I want to be deeply involved ……………………………………………… e What did Marcus want Ellie to be? with this person.’ ………………… e ‘I didn’t really want to be a mother and ……………………………………………… f What was Marcus wearing when he went to sometimes I hate my son.’ ………………… Rachel’s house? Chapter 11 ……………………………………………… 11 Put these words into the right sentences. g What did Ali have on his bedroom walls? shook off advice effects down speech ……………………………………………… troublemaker h Why didn’t Marcus want to go back to a Ellie explained to the police that she wasn’t a Rachel’s after he had run away? ………………… . ……………………………………………… b Ellie explained that she had got 8 Find words in Chapters 7–8. ………………… the train and Marcus had a sad and unhappy (p. 54) ……………… followed. b something funny (p. 55) ……………… c Marcus’s father sat ………………… on a seat c something that children play with (p. 56) on one side of the room. ……………… d Marcus made a very cool ………………… in d something you say which isn’t true (p. 59) the police station. ……………… e The police thought that criminals would e a material we can make jackets, shoes and understand the ………………… of their belts from (p. 60) ……………… actions if they met their victims. f a part of the body, at the top of your arm f When Fiona put her face in Marcus’s neck, he (p. 61) ……………… ………………… her off. g the bottom part of a house (p. 62) g Will thought Marcus was the only person ……………… who might be able to give him Chapters 9–10 ………………… . 9 What happened first? Number the sentences, 12 Write questions for the answers. 1–7. a policewoman / ask / Marcus and Ellie? a c Marcus asked Will to help him with his ……………………………………………… mother. Their ages and addresses. b c Will tells Rachel about Fiona’s depression. b call / Ellie’s mum? c c Will tells Rachel the truth about Marcus. ……………………………………………… d c Ellie breaks the glass window of a shop The police. c shop owner / wear? with her boot. e c Ellie gets drunk on the train to ……………………………………………… Cambridge. A Kurt Cobain sweatshirt and black eye f c Will took Marcus to get his hair cut and make-up. d Ellie / do / Ruth? bought him some new glasses. g c Ellie tells Marcus that Kurt Cobain had ……………………………………………… tried to kill himself. She hugged her. 10 Who says or thinks these words? e Will / afraid? Rachel Will Marcus Ellie Fiona ……………………………………………… a ‘I loved him. He understood me and he sang Losing Rachel. about me.’ ………………… About a Boy - Activity worksheets 2 of 2 c Pearson Education Limited 2008
  • 3. PENGUIN ACTIVE READING Progress test LEVEL 4 Teacher Support Programme About a Boy Photocopiable 3 Write the names to finish the sentences. 1 Are these sentences right (3) or wrong (7)? Will Marcus Fiona Rachel Clive Ellie a At the beginning of the book, Will often does Angie Suzie Ali Lindsey half-hour activities to fill all the free time he a ……………… cries a lot and has problems looking has. c after her son. b Marcus’s life hadn’t changed very much since b ……………… is beautiful and intelligent and does his parents’ relationship ended and he moved drawings for children’s books. to London. c c ……………… has long hair and an earring and c Marcus was definitely responsible for the wears fashionable clothes. duck’s death. c d ……………… feels afraid when he falls in love. d Marcus found a note and was very angry with e ……………… thinks he’s responsible for Marcus his mother for trying to kill herself. c getting into trouble with the police. e Will thinks that musicians are probably cool f ……………… goes out with Will for six weeks but if they take drugs and die. c then finishes the relationship. f Ellie lied to Marcus about the picture on her g ……………… is tall and nervous-looking and a sweatshirt. c good friend of Fiona’s. g Will was proud of lying about having a kid h ……………… lives in Cambridge and wants to when Suzie arrived on Christmas day. c have a baby. h Rachel’s son, Ali, wanted his mum to find a i ……………… is fifteen, has a friend called Zoe boyfriend soon and thought Will would be and loves Nirvana. a good choice. c j ……………… prefers to have lots of friends i Marcus wanted Will to help solve his mum’s around him than be part of a small family. problems. c 4 Finish the sentences with the right word. j Marcus didn’t want Ellie to know that Kurt duck cardboard trainers pumped involved Cobain had killed himself. c truth fancied cope hugged weird 2 What happened first in the book? Number the a In the end, Will was very ……………… with sentences, 1–10. Rachel and wanted to spend the rest of his life with a c Will listened to stories about women’s problems her. with men at a single parents’ party. b The kids at Marcus’s new school thought he was b c Marcus planned to make his family bigger ……………… . because he’s afraid his mum will kill herself. c The park-keeper thought Marcus had killed a c c The kids at Marcus’s school were surprised that ……………… . Marcus had made friends with Ellie. d Fiona had her stomach ……………… after she d c Marcus and Fiona moved to London and tried to kill herself. started a new life. e Eventually, Will told Rachel the ……………… e c Kurt Cobain tried to kill himself by taking a lot about Marcus. of pills. f Will made Marcus happy by buying him a new pair f c Will fell in love with a woman who he thinks is of ……………… . going to make him unhappy. g Marcus found it difficult to ……………… with g c Some bullies stole Marcus’s new trainers. his mother and the kids at school. h c Will started taking Marcus and Ali out together h Will asked Marcus to help him because he on Saturdays. ……………… Rachel. i c A duck died in the park and the park-keeper i Fiona ……………… Marcus at the underground thought it was Marcus’s fault. station. j c Everybody ended up in the police station j The figure of Kurt Cobain was made of talking about what Ellie had done wrong. ……………… . About a Boy - Progress test of c Pearson Education Limited 2008

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