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ESL Advanced Reading: Answer the Questions

The Man from Thailand

blue car 

1. The man in the blue car is driving to work.

2. He lived in Thailand for 30 years. Now he lives in Washington.

3. He was a teacher in Thailand for 5 years. He taught reading and writing.

4. He liked that job, but he wanted to come to the United States.

5. He never had enough money in Thailand. He could not find a second job.

6. Now he works at a hospital as a translator.

7. He likes this job too, but it is easy for him.

8. He does not want to stay at the hospital all his life.

9. He goes to college in the evenings.

10. He wants to be a manager at a software company.

11. He believes that work will be challenging.

12. He will graduate in four years.

Answer the questions about this story. Answers are at the bottom of the page. 

1. What is the main idea of this story?
A. The man keeps changing his job.
B. The man has tried different jobs, but now he is studying to achieve his goal.
C. The man cannot keep a steady job.
D. The man wants to work at a software company.

2. The author would most likely agree with which of the following statements:
A. The man has difficulty holding a single job, and he could benefit from getting a new degree.
B. The man could work as a translator at a company if he chose to combine his talents.
C. The man is gradually getting to where he wants to be. He will benefit from work that is challenging to him.
D. The man is very interested in gossip and the secrets that people keep.

3. How does being a translator relate to being a manager in the story?
A. To the man, being a manager is challenging and being a translator is not.
B. Beng a manager is something he would not like, but he likes being a translator.
C. Being a manager is something he would like, and he doesn't like being a translator.
D. None of the above.

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