A. Comprehension questions
1. Which constituency was Henry Orpington adopted for?
2. What sort of majority did he get?
3. Who is Andrew Higgins?
4. Does Andrew want Henry to continue with his
engagements after the bomb threat?
5. Why did Henry's audience at the housing estate consist
mainly of women and children?
6. Why did the baby scream its head off when Henry tried to
7. What had Henry's wife and daughters been doing all morning?
8. What was the most important election issue for the farmers?
9. Why couldn't the farmers sell their tomatoes at a profit?
10. How did Paul Harris know about the bombardment of tomatoes?
B. Change the following sentences into the passive:
The constituency adopted Henry as the candidate.
Henry was adopted as the candidate for the constituency.
1. The Prime Minister announced the date of the general
2. He thought a bomb was going to blow him up.
3. They've cut us off.
4. They kept the news from the press.
5. I'm not going to let some stupid crank scare me.
6. Henry's beard must have frightened the baby.
7. Two of the tomatoes hit him in the face.
8. If they hadn't cut us off.
C. Use the following words to complete the sentences below:
crank cut off
1. I have two small sons and three _____ daughters.
2. The operator has________ us_________.
3. I'm going to _________all my engagements.
4. He has very strange ideas. I think he's a__________.
5. When the baby saw Henry's beard, it began to________.
6. If Henry bought someone a drink it would be
7. Henry thought that the telephone call about the bomb was
8. I haven't eaten all day. I'm________.
D. The following sentences come from the conversation
between Andrew and Henry. Change them into
indirect (reported) speech.
Start like this:
1. Andrew suggested that Henry cancel all his arrangements for
Now you do it.
1. Andrew I suggest you cancel all your engagements for today.
2. Henry I'm not going to let myself be scared by some
3. Andrew What did the man sound like? Did you recognize
4. Henry No, I was half asleep. He didn't seem to be
5. Andrew That makes the whole business even more sinister.
6. Andrew Henry, one day won't make all that much
difference. I'll tell
people you've lost your voice.
7. Henry I'm going to carry on as usual.
8. Andrew I'd like to make it clear that I'm dead against it.
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