It's just not fair!
Compiled by John Millen
Have you ever felt that something was really unfair? Listen to Ryan speaking to his friend, Maggie, about something he thinks was very unfair. Then answer these questions.
1 Who is Ryan complaining about?
2 When was the Ryan's birthday?
a. over a week ago
b. last month
c. a few days ago
3 How do we know Maggie knew when Ryan's birthday was?
a. she had sent him a card
b. we don't
c. she had given him some money as a gift
4 What had Ryan's grandma given his brother for his birthday present?
a. two thousand dollars
b. an undisclosed sum of money
c. a brand new bank note
5 What comment does Maggie make after she hear this?
a. she says her grandma gave her money for her birthday
b. she wishes her grandma was generous
c. she wishes her grandma was still alive
6 What does Maggie assume?
a. that Ryan got the same present as his brother
b. that Ryan is very pleased
c. that Ryan doesn't like his grandma
7 For how long has Ryan's grandma been favouring his brother over him?
a. about a month
b. for a long time
c. not very long
8 What does the grandma always do?
a. post the boys' cards
b. give money as presents
c. take the boys out for a meal
9 What gift did grandma give Ryan this year?
c. she paid for a lavish birthday dinner
10 What was Ryan's reaction when he opened his present?
11 Where was he when he opened the present?
a. in a restaurant
b. in his grandma's flat
c. at home
12 How did he react?
a. he hid his real feelings
b. he broke down in tears
c. he lost his temper
13: Why did he do this?
a. to let his grandma know exactly what he was thinking
b. so that no one would know what was really going on in his mind
c. he didn't want to make a fool of himself
14 How did Ryan'sbrother and mum behave when the family got home?
a. they were sympathetic
b. they ignored what had happened
c. they were furious about what Grandma had done
Listening (page 2) 1 c, 2 c, 3 a, 4 c, 5 b, 6 a, 7 c, 8 a, 9 a, 10 b, 11 a, 12 a, 13 b, 14 a.