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David: Hi, Paula. It’s really so sweet of you to drop in on me today. I’m so lonely here at home. Not being able to attend school. Thank you so much for not forgetting me.
Paula: That’s fine. I missed you so much too! Everybody does. You look so much better than you sounded on the phone. I hope you are getting better?
David: You really never know with these nasty colds, but I do feel good. Doctors say I’ll be okay in a few days — ready to come back to studies. I dread thinking about of how much I have to catch up.
Paula: You shouldn’t, really. You’ll have to write an essay, that’s true. But apart from that, it’s pretty much simple reading and you can start doing that right after I leave.
David: So you think I shouldn’t worry?
David: What should I start with? What can you advise me?
Paula: Well, if I were you, I’d start with history. You’ll have to read two chapters of the book: numbers seven and eight. These are about science and religion in the 18th century. Then you’ll have to write an essay, comparing those two in the past and modern times. That seems the most difficult, I guess.
David: Take it from me, it does sound impossible.
Paula: No. Believe me, as you progress with your reading, the structure of the essay will become clearer. Then there are some French exercises. But French has always been your strong point, so it should be a piece of cake for you.
David: Still. I’ll do the exercises. I need extra practice anyway. Anything else I need to do?
Paula: There’s an article to read for biology. Our teacher gave us out the copies.
David: But I don’t have one! Oh, my God! Where I’m going to get mine from?
Paula: Don’t panic, please! Here you go. I took one for you.
David: Paula, you are a star.
Paula: Thanks. After reading it, you must write down three most important ideas in the article and submit your work in written form to the teacher.
David: Okay. It looks like I’ll be able to get back to school with some confidence after all. Thanks once again.
Paula: That’s ok. I think I’ll have to go now. You are probably still weak and I mustn’t disturb you. Take care!
David: You too! You too!
A. David hasn’t been to school for some time. — 1: True
B. Paula knew David felt much better. — 2: False
C. Doctors think David needs a month to recover. — 2: False
D. David has to read 78 pages from the history book. — 3: Not stated
E. David thinks the essay task is very hard. — 1: True
F. Paula will e-mail the article for the biology task to David. — 2: False
E. Paula agreed to visit David the next day. — 3: Not stated