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Text: New Oxford Secondary English Course for SS1

Topic: Mac pages 9, 10

Read the passage carefully and answer the questions on page 10.

Note: the model expressions on page 10 and practise using them.

Mac

My friend told me that I needed Mac.

          “Your business is going really well,” he told me and you need some help. So within a few weeks, Mac arrived and started work with me in my tiny office. Soon I discovered that I really needed him. In fact, we needed each other. Without me, Mac didn’t have a job and without him, I couldn’t do my job properly. With him around, I became free to do my job properly.

          Then I had a bad day. My son had a temperature and a sore-throat. I had to nurse him throughout the night. I was tired and irritable. At the office, I asked Mac for information about a new customer and he gave me the wrong one. I was angry. I began to shout. In my anger, I picked up a brass letter holder from my desk. It was in the shape of a crocodile and quite heavy. I took it by the tail and by accident, I hit Mac with it. Mac gave me a brief strange noise and went totally silent. I ran to get help.

          My friend was furious when he found out what I had done and he saw the state Mac was in.

          “You hit him with a crocodile?” he said, when I explained what had happened. “I don’t believe it! He’ll be out of action for weeks!” he told me. “He may never work for you again. If you want Mac back you’re going to have to pay”.

          I did have to pay but Mac came back to work for me.

          “There you are, love, good as new”, said the engineer as he plugged in the computer. And it was true.

Questions & Answers:

1. Who is Mac?

Answer – Mac was the writer’s computer.

2. What benefit did the writer get from having Mac to work for him?

Answer – The presence of Mac enabled the writer to do his job properly.

3. Give two reasons why the writer was angry.

Answer

i.      His son was sick.

ii.     He was tired

iii.    Mac gave him wrong information.  (Any two)

4. Do you think the writer truly hit Mac by accident?

Answer –     

i.      No!

ii.     He was the one who picked the heavy object and hit Mac with it.

5. “… that I really needed him”.

What name is given to the figure of speech contained in this expression?

6. “… a brief strange noise”.

i. What grammatical name is given to this expression as it is used in the passage?

ii. What is its function?

7. For each of the following words, find another word or phrase which means the same and which can replace it as it is used in the passage:

i. tiny
ii. discovered
iii. nurse
iv. irritable
v. furious

Answer    

i.      tiny          –       small, little

ii.     discovered        –       realized, found out

iii.    nurse       –       take care of

iv.    irritable    –       bad-tempered

v.     furious     –       angry

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