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                   Listening Comprehension              

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                         A Shoemaker's Shop

 One afternoon many years ago, George Cox robbed Barcley's Bank. He stole over 50,000 pounds. But unfortunate­ly, when he came out of the bank, the police were waiting for him. George was arrested and sentenced to twenty-five years in prison.

Years passed and finally the day arrived when George was a free man again. At the door of the prison he was given back his old clothes, a small suitcase and his wallet. He walked to the railway station and caught a train back to the small town where he was born and brought up.

After George had got off the train, he came out of the station and looked around him. How everything had changed! There was so much traffic now. What used to be a quiet little street was now an enormous supermarket. And next to the supermarket, where there used to be a park, there was now an ugly car park. George couldn't believe his eyes. All these changes made him feel a bit depressed so he decided to have a cup of tea.

He looked for the old corner cafe where he used to meet his friends when he was a teenager. But of course it had gone. In its place now stood McDonald's, which George had never seen before in his life. He sat down on the hard plastic seat and waited for the waitress to come and take his order. Nobody came. Ten minutes later he realized that he had to go and ask for what he wanted. «A cup of tea, please», he said. «We don't make tea, only coffee», answered the black girl behind the counter. Everything had changed, it seemed. There was nothing here for him any more.

But as he opened his wallet to pay for the cup of coffee he didn't really want, he discovered an old yellow ticket. Helooked at it closely. It was a ticket for a pair of shoes which he had taken to the shoe repairer on the day before the robbery - twenty-five years ago. And of course he hadn't been able to go back for them.

George left the McDonald's and walked up High Street, past what used to be the cinema but which was now a Leisure Center (whatever that meant). Then he turned right down a narrow street, and there on the corner was a small shoemak­er's shop. The same little dirty shop was still there, after all these years. George looked in the window and couldn't believe his eyes, it was the same shoemaker  much older now, of course, with a long white beard. George went into the shop. He suddenly felt very embarrassed when he showed the shoemaker the old yellow ticket.

«Excuse me», he said. «You won't remember me. I've been away from this town for twenty-five years, buton the day before I left, I gave you a pair of shoes to repair and you gave me this ticket. I know it's ridiculous, after all these years, but I wonder if...»

The shoemaker took the old yellow ticket, looked at it closely and then disappeared to the back of the shop. A few minutes later he came back.

«Was it a pair of black shoes? » he asked.

«Yes», said George excitedly.

«A-pair of black shoes, size eight and a half? »«Yes», said George.

«Needed any heels? » asked the shoemaker.

«Yes, that's right! You mean you've still got them? »

«Oh, yes. I've still got them», said the shoemaker. «They'll be ready on Friday».

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                              Task 1

 

Mark the statements are T (true) or F (false).

 

  1.     The police were waiting for George Cox when he entered the bank.
  2.     But for the police George could have stolen over50,000pounds.
  3.     There used to be so much traffic in the town where George was brought up.
  4.     George was shocked and upset by the sight of his street.
  5.     A lot of changes took place in his native town during his absence.
  6.     George sat down on a hard plastic seat in the old corner café and waitress came and took his order.
  7.     On the day of his arrival at his native town George took his shoes to the shoe repairer.
  8.     After all those years the little shoemaker's shop was still there.
  9.     A ticket for a pair of shoes was preserved inGeorge's wallet in prison.
  10. The shoemaker told George his shoes would be ready on Friday.

 

 

 

 

                                  Task 2.

 

Circle the correct letter А, В, С, or D.

 

  1. When did the police arrest George Cox?

 

A. When he entered the bank.

B. When he was stealing money.

C. When he left the bank.

D.When he tried to break into the bank.

 

  1. How much did George steel?

 

A. He stole nothing.

B. He stole 50,000 pounds.

C. He stole over 50,000pounds.

D.He stole more than50,000pounds.

 

  1. What did George decide to do when he was freed fromprison?

 

A. To visit his parents.

B. To have a look at the house where he used to live.

C. To stay in the small town where he was born and brought up.

D. To meet his friends.

 

  1. What did George do when he arrived at his street?

 

A. He went to the old corner cafe to have a cup of tea.

B. He went to McDonald's to have a cup of tea.

C. He went to the supermarket to buy a pair of shoes.

D. He went to the restaurant.

 

  1. Changes in his street impressed George, didn`t they?

 

A. Yes, he was.

B. Yes, they did.

C. No, they didn`t.

D. No, he was not.

 

  1. What was George`s reaction to the changes in his native town?

 

A. He was impressed.

B. He was depressed.

C. He was surprised.

D. He was happy.

 

  1. What did George find in his wallet?

 

A. A pair of shoes.

B. Some money to pay for the tea.

C. A yellow ticket.

D. A huge sum of money.

 

  1. Where was the little dirty shoemaker's shop?

 

A. Near a Leisure Centre.

B. Near the McDonald's.

C. In a narrow street.

D. On the corner of High Street.

 

  1. The shoemaker was the same man but much older now, wasn't he?

 

A. Yes, it was.

B. No, he wasn't.

C. Yes, he was.

D. Yes, he wasn't.

 

20.The shoemaker had a poor memory, didn't he?

 

A. Yes, he did.

B. Yes, he had.

C. No, he didn't

D. No, he did.


                                 KEYS:

Task 1.

1

F

2

T

3

T

4

T

5

T

6

F

7

F

8

T

9

T

10

T

Task 2.

11

C

12

B

13

C

14

B

15

C

16

B

17

C

18

C

19

C

20

C

 

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