13 A Surprising Test

“You´ll never guess what Mr. Fowler has pinned up on the notice-board!” said Joe to Simon in the college canteen; “a notice about a history test tomorrow!” Simon looked worried and replied “That’s very short notice. We had better get down to some work right away. l’ve had so much biology homework recently that I’ve got behind with history, and there’s so much to learn.” Joe said that he would go and pass on the bad news to their fellow-students. When he told Martha she said that Mr. Fowler had hinted at a possible surprise test the previous week. “It was when he was handing back our essays,” she said, “and telling us how bad our work was.” They went to find some of the others and Alice said, “I suppose that it’s not all that surprising. He’s always getting on at us for not doing enough history work. He forgets that we have several other subjects to study.” Val was reasonably calm about the test because she was an industrious student who worked away at her various subjects all through the term. Some of the others played more than they worked and had cause for concern. One of these was Sue, and she tried to play down the test, remarking, “It’s only a class test, not a final exam. We’ll just have to hope that we can
muddle through it.” Val muttered to herself, “Somehow I don’t think Mr. Fowler will like that attitude.”

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13 A Surprising Test

“You´ll never guess what Mr. Fowler has ……    ..   on the notice-board!” said Joe to Simon in the college canteen; “a notice about a history test tomorrow!” Simon looked worried and replied “That’s very short notice. We had better …   ….    ..   some work right away. l’ve had so much biology homework recently that I’ve …    ……    ….   history, and there’s so much to learn.” Joe said that he would go and ….    ..   the bad news to their fellow-students. When he told Martha she said that Mr. Fowler had ……     ..   a possible surprise test the previous week. “It was when he was …….     ….   our essays,” she said, “and telling us how bad our work was.” They went to find some of the others and Alice said, “I suppose that it’s not all that surprising. He’s always …….    ..   ..   us for not doing enough history work. He forgets that we have several other subjects to study.” Val was reasonably calm about the test because she was an industrious student who ……     ….    ..   her various subjects all through the term. Some of the others played more than they worked and had cause for concern. One of these was Sue, and she tried to ….     ….    the test, remarking, “It’s only a class test, not a final exam. We’ll just have to hope that we can
……      …….    it.” Val muttered to herself, “Somehow I don’t think Mr. Fowler will like that attitude.”

 

Conversation Questions

 

Which subjects were you content just to muddle through at school?

What kind of things do people play down?

What are the benefits of quietly working away at your subjects at school? Did you?

How does it affect the student if the parent/teacher constantly gets on at them?

How did you used to feel before your teachers handed back your work at school?

What is the strangest thing you have seen pinned up on a notice board?

Why do students nowadays have more difficulty in getting down to some hard work?

Who used to help you if you go behind with your work at school?

How do surgeons feel when they have to regularly pass on bad news to people?

If a friend hinted at being in financial difficulties, would you help them? Up to how much?

 

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