English activities: Text comprehension and Grammar

English activities: Text comprehension and Grammar

What in the world have you been doing?

Pretend you have been invited to the home of one
of your many friends. You are encouraged to sit back
and relax in a comfortable chair. Your friends asks you:”
What in the world have you been doing?”

That is the idea for this webpage. Don’t worry if you
have not written an epic tome or dined lately with the
Premier of Lower Slobovia – we’re not checking references
here – just trying to have a casual conversation.

Readers will find tales from the sublime to the ridiculous.
You may tell about your grandkids, your projects,
a health problem, an interesting trip, an awkward/
humorous event. Whatever you feel like writing about,
that is what your friends will most want to read.

We are all curious about old friends we don’t see much
anymore. We want to know what they have been
doing and how things are going for them.

And here’s the letter Donald Hinde sent us:

The question “What in the world have you been doing
since retirement?” sounds to me like “What’s fun about

Well, my wife and I have been traveling a lot in the
US. Participating in meetings, tours and conventions
of groups interested in antique carousels. Visiting lots
of hand-carved wooden animals that go round and
round. Studying the styles, history and documentation
of the early carvers who were responsible for creating
all those ‘childhood’ memories.

Along the way, getting to know many talented artists
who carve the new ones and restore the old ones.
Having visited small towns, zoos, museums, amusement
parks and family collections, we’ve also met
those who operate the old carousels and those who
belong to ‘friends’ groups that raise money in their
communities in order to save their historic landmark
carousels and band organs. What fun!

English activities Text comprehension and Grammar
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1. (São José-SC/FEPESE/2013) Which of the following word or expression is normally associated with retirement?
a. ( ) army
b. ( ) battle
c. ( ) defeat
d. ( ) old age
e. ( ) strategy

2. (São José-SC/FEPESE/2013) According to the text, are these statements true ( T ) or false ( F )?

  • ( ) ”What in the world have you been doing?”, is the same as: “One of them wants to know what you have been doing lately.”
  • ( ) The author suggests that the reader should imagine that a friend has invited him to go to his house.
  • ( ) The text mentions that when you pay a friend a visit, you pretend you have been invited to his or her house.
  • ( ) “What in the world have you been doing?” we could also say that “When friends arrive, you have sit in a comfortable chair.”

The alternative that presents the correct sequence is:

a. ( ) T – T – F – F
b. ( ) T – F – T – T
c. ( ) F – T – T – F
d. ( ) F – T – F – T
e. ( ) F – F – T – T

3. (São José-SC/FEPESE/2013) The underlined words I, we, me and us, in the text are respectively:

a. ( ) relative pronouns.
b. ( ) reflexive pronouns.
c. ( ) personal pronouns.
d. ( ) emphatic pronouns.
e. ( ) possessive pronouns.

Answer: English activities: Text comprehension and Grammar

1 - D
2 - A
c - C

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