1. Read the text and mark the following statements «True» or «False».
1 The millionaire in this story was blind. FALSE
2 He didn’t do what doctors told him to. FALSE
3 At last he invited a monk as a medical expert. TRUE
4 The monk’s advice was to look at green objects. TRUE
5 The millionaire invited painters to paint the house in different colours. FALSE
6 The monk came to the millionaire wearing green. FALSE
7 The monk poured green paint on the servants. FALSE
8 The monk said he didn’t actually mean to paint everything green. TRUE
9 The millionaire bought a pair of green spectacles in order to see the world green. FALSE
10 According to the moral of the story, the world starts changing after our attitude to a situation is changed. TRUE
2. Complete the text with the correct words from the box.
New York is an invisible city, a chameleon hiding in plain sight, a place that two people will never experience in quite the (1) same way. (2) Despite this, it is — like all great cities — constantly being explored, examined, and explained.
But New York moves (3) too fast to be easily understood. Just when you think you understand (4) it, the city dances away, changed. New immigrants (5) arrive transforming entire neighbourhoods of the city. Rents go up, buildings come down, and stable businesses disappear only to be replaced by new industries that were unimaginable just a few months (6) earlier.
But even more powerful than the changes caused (7) by time are the changes caused by place, by ethnicity, by character. New York is a vision embraced by many people personally, each, unlike any other.
Which New York you see depends on who you are and (8) where you live: my New York is not, and never will be, (9) yours.
But while we may not be able to live in all of these intersecting cities, (10) visiting them is a definite possibility.