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Most of his professors were lenient and helped him along. None gave him more hints in answering questions, or asked him simpler ones than the economics professor, a thin, timid man named Bassum. One day when we were on the subject of transportation and distribution it came to Bolenciecwcz’s turn to answer a question, “Name one means of transportation,” the professor said to him. No light came into the big tackle’s eyes. “Just any means of transportation,” said the professor. Bolenciecwcz sat staring at him. “That is,” pursued the professor, “any medium, agency, or method of going from one place to another.” Bolenciecwcz had the look of a man who is being led into a trap. “You may choose among steam, horsedrawn, or electrically propelled vehicles,” said the instructor. “I might suggest the one which we commonly take in making long journeys across land.” There was a profound silence in which everybody stirred uneasily, including Bolenciecwcz and Mr Bassum.

Mr Bassum abruptly broke this silence in an amazing manner: “Choo-choo-choo,” he said, in a low voice, and turned instantly scarlet. He glanced appealing around the room. All of us, of course, shared Mr Bassum’s desire that Bolenciecwcz should stay abreast of the class in economics, for the Illinois game, one of the hardest and most important of the season, was only a week off. “Toot, toot, too-tooooooot!” some student with a deep voice moaned, and we all looked encouragingly at Bolenciecwcz. Somebody else gave a fine imitation of a locomotive letting off steam. Mr Bassum himself rounded off the little show. “Ding, dong, ding, dong,” he said hopefully. Bolenciecwcz was staring at the floor now, trying to think, his great brow furrowed, his huge hands rubbing together, his face red.

“How did you come to college this year, Mr Bolenciecwcz?” asked the professor. “Chuff a chuff a, chuff a chuffa.” “My father sent me,” said the football player. “What on?” asked Bassum.

“I git an’lowance,” said the tackle, in a low, husky voice, obviously embarrassed.

“No, no,” said Bassum. “Name a means of transportation. What did you ride here on?”

“Train,” said Bolenciecwcz. “Quite right,” said the professor. “Now Mr Nugent, will you tell us…”

From My Life and Hard Times, by James Thurber

ВОПРОС 1. The author writes about an event that once took place:
1) in a class for Economics;
2) in a class for Botany;
3) in a class for Physics;
4) in a class for Maths.

ВОПРОС 2. The passage tells us that the University valued Bolenciecwcz for his:
1) hard work in the classroom;
2) intelligence and kindness;
3) excellent sports achievements;
4) loyalty to the University.

ВОПРОС 3. In order to be able to play football for the University Bolenciecwcz should:
1) not fail in studying chosen subjects;
2) not fail to play well in the football team;
3) be on good terms with teachers;
4) be on good terms with his classmates.

ВОПРОС 4. We learn from this passage that teachers at this University always:
1) tried to give Bolenciecwcz the highest possible mark in all subjects;
2) asked Bolenciecwcz the most difficult questions in the classroom;
3) gave Bolencieсwcz some clues about how to answer their questions correctly;
4) said themselves the correct answers to their own course questions.

ВОПРОС 5. The fact that the economics professor “glanced appealing around the room” after he had made the sound “choochoo-choo-choo” in the classroom tells us that:
1) he tried to make fun of Bolenciecwcz as the stupidest student in the class of Economics;
2) he had lost any hope to find a way of prompting Bolenciecwcz the correct answer;
3) Bolenciecwcz was the last hope for the next hardest and most important game of the season;
4) he hoped that his students would somehow help Bolenciecwcz to give the correct answer to his simple question.

ВОПРОС 6. In order to help Bolenciecwcz answer the professor’s question, students:
1) whispered one by one the correct answer to the question;
2) tried to imitate the sounds associated with the word ‘train’;
3) used their gestures and showed pictures of different trains;
4) said “Ding, dong, ding, dong, ding, dong” all the time.

ВОПРОС 7. The passage is intended to be:
1) educational,
2) instructive,
3) humorous,
4) satirical.

ВОПРОС 1: – 1
ВОПРОС 2: – 3
ВОПРОС 3: – 1
ВОПРОС 4: – 3
ВОПРОС 5: – 4
ВОПРОС 6: – 2
ВОПРОС 7: – 3