liberal studies

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 07 September, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 07 September, 2010, 12:00am

Reading comprehension

Answer the following questions:

1 According to the article, which of the follow measures has the government not taken to curb soaring property prices?

a. Banned quick resales of flats

b. Resumed building HOS flats

c. Converted industrial land for residential use

d. Instructed banks to cut loans from 70 per cent to 60 per cent of a property's value

2 Which of the following has been suggested to the government by the petitioners as a solution?

a. Offering more small-and-middle sized flats

b. Stopping land auctions to cool the market

c. Offering a zero down payment

d. Limiting the buying activities of mainlanders

3 Who is eligible for HOS flats?

a. Any person who has an HKID card

b. Those who can apply for public housing

c. Mainland investors

d. Those who are too rich to apply for public housing but cannot afford to buy their own flats

4. The major difference between Leung Kai-cheung's and Shih Wing-ching's point of view is about:

a. Hong Kong's soaring housing prices

b. The locations of available flats for sale

c. The government's responsibility to help people buy flats

d. The government's decision in resuming HOS flats

Think about

1 Do you think it is the government's responsibility to make sure everyone in Hong Kong can buy a flat?

2 Critics say property is a commodity in a free market. What do they mean by that?

3 Do you agree that one important criterion for a happy life is to own a flat? Why?


Fill in the blank with correct answer

1 As soon as the store opened, the eager customers rushed in and ________________________________ all the sales items.

2 After a one-month holiday, Alan finds it hard to __________________________________ with work in the office.

3 In a free market, the price of a ________________________________________ is subject to supply and demand.


Reading comprehension: 1. b, 2. c, 3. d, 4. c; Vocabulary: 1. snapped up, 2. catch up, 3. commodity