Woman: I don't know what the world is coming to.
Man: What do you mean?
Woman: All these storms, earthquakes, floods … it's like there's no end to it.
Man: I don't know what your problem is. There've always been some far-flung places that had their share of weather. It's only now, with instant communication and 24-hour news networks we actually hear about it; it's all hype!
Woman: How can you be so cold? Those poor people!
Man: Don't get like that! Of course I feel bad for them, but with nearly seven billion people on the planet I can't really feel that sorry for everybody.
Woman: What if it happened right here tomorrow?
Man: That's precisely what I'm talking about. We need our wits and resources for what really concerns us. How often do you hear that something is the worst event in living history? Tragic as these events might be, it only shows they are not particularly unique.
Woman: So what about New Orleans?
Man: A total and utter disgrace!
Woman: And what did you do about it?
Man: I did donate half the money from my summer job.
1. What word best describes the woman?
a. practical b. empathetic
c. coordinated d. sophisticated
2. What does the man mean when he talks about "far-flung places"?
a. Nobody can reach theses places.
b. People at these places don't count.
c. There are too many places like this.
d. These places are too far away to help.
3. What does the man blame the increase in bad news on?
a. God's wrath b. female intuition
c. nature's retaliation d. modern technology
4. Why doesn't the man want to get involved globally?
a. He is a racist.
b. There are too many people.
c. Bad events are increasing rapidly.
d. He only cares about his own people.
5. How does the man see himself?
a. callous b. rational
c. indifferent d. strapping
Answers 1. b, 2. d, 3. d, 4. b, 5. b
By Mr Test