1. Read the text and mark the following statements «True» or «False».
1 The author describes the days of his childhood. TRUE
2 The story happened at the weekend. FALSE
3 It was the father who cooked dinner in their family. FALSE
4 For dinner they liked to eat burnt biscuits. TRUE
5 The boy and the father didn’t complain, about the food. TRUE
6 The mother was sorry the dinner was not perfect. TRUE
7 The father didn’t want to upset the mother by criticizing her cooking. TRUE
8 The boy had a long talk with his father at dinner. FALSE
9 The boy’s father thought that nobody had to be perfect. TRUE
10 From the text we can say that the author had a happy family. TRUE
2. Complete the text with the correct words from the box.
Have you ever observed the (1) behaviour of birds in the face of trouble?
For days and days they make their nest, sometimes gathering materials brought from (2) far away.
And when they have completed the nest and are ready to lay (3) eggs, the weather or the work of humans, or some animal, destroys it, and it falls to the ground, all that they have done with so much effort. Do they stop and leave their work? No way! They start building the nest again and again (4) until they have eggs in the nest again.
Sometimes, and very often before the chicks are (5) hatched an animal, a child, or a storm (6) destroys the nest once again, but this time with its valuable contents. It hurts to go (7) back and begin again. .. Even so, the birds do not stop, they continue to sing and build, and (8) keep singing and building.
Do you sometimes get the feeling that your life is not what you had dreamed about? Do you sometimes want to say: «Enough, the effort is not worthwhile, it is all too much for me»?
Are you tired of it all? Do you feel that the (9) daily struggle is a waste of time, your trust has been betrayed, your goals not reached just as you were about to get them?
No matter what happens... Never give (10) up as long as you are alive.