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Better understanding

Atualizado: 27 de nov. de 2022

Comprehension is the action or capability of understanding something, such as the text below. To be able to accurately understand written material, people need to be able to (1) decode what they read; (2) make connections between what they read and what they already know; and (3) think deeply about what they have read.

Read the following text, and then answer the questions below:

How’s this for the good life? You’re rich, and you made the dough yourself. You’re well into your 80s, and have spent hardly a day in the hospital. Your wife had a cancer scare, but she’s recovered and by your side, just as she’s been for more than 60 years. Asked to rate the marriage on a scale of 1 to 9, where 1 is perfectly miserable and 9 is perfectly happy, you circle the highest number. You’ve got two good kids, grandkids too. A survey asks you: “If you had your life to live over again, what problem, if any, would you have sought help for and to whom would you have gone?” “Probably I am fooling myself,” you write, “but I don’t think I would want to change anything.” If only we could take what you’ve done, reduce it to a set of rules, and apply it systematically.

Choose the correct multi-choice answer:

1. What does dough mean in the above text?

A) Dough is used to make bread.

B) It means he owns a bakery where he bakes bread.

C) It means everything you own is due to your hard work.

2. What is meant by, “I don’t think I would want to change anything.”

A) He is happy to be healthy and have kids/grandchildren.

B) He is perfectly happy with his life.

C) He married the right women.

3. How long have they been together?

A) They have been married for over sixty years.

B) They have not been married for more than 60 years.

C) They have been together for more than 60 years.

Correct answers will be given in the next blog.

Answers to yesterday's blog 'Overcoming Negativism' are:

1. viewpoint, 2. point of view

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