PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 21 December, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 21 December, 2010, 12:00am

Reading comprehension

Answer the following questions

1 Silvy Pun Yuen-yiu is unhappy about Michelin's awarding three stars to the Sun Tung Lok restaurant because ...

a. it has not included other good restaurants in Hong Kong.

b. it does not take environmental issues into consideration in its ranking policy.

c. it is not aware of how many sharks are still alive in the ocean.

d. Jean LucNaret does not know enough about Hong Kong to make such a recommendation.

2 Why did volunteers dress themselves as sharks at the Expo?

a. They thought it was fun to do.

b. They wanted to warn consumers about how dangerous it is to catch sharks.

c. They wanted consumers to think about why they should buy shark's fin meals.

d. They wanted to let the public know about the unsustainable nature of shark finning.

3 In his talk, Ran Elfassy suggested that students ...

a. reflect on Chinese traditions and adhere only to the good ones.

b. pay more attention in biology classes.

c. speak to the sellers about the cruelty of shark finning.

d. boycott the Hong Kong Brands and Products Expo next year.

4 The trader for Wing Tak Import and Export thinks that:

a. sharks are far from extinction.

b. if people can eat kill cows and eat hamburgers, they can kill and eat sharks.

c. the environmentalists are making trouble.

d. All of the above

Think about

1 Why do locals and tourists like shark's fin dishes?

2 Do you think shark's fin soup is part of Chinese culture and therefore should stay on restaurants' menus?

3 Do you think the government has done enough to help save sharks from extinction? If not, what else can the government do?


1 Eating too much sugar is ____________ to our health.

2 Nowadays, many restaurants offer ______________ for vegetarians.

3 Some green activists believe that ___________ around the world, especially in richer countries, is producing waste that the earth cannot cope with anymore.


Reading comprehension: 1. b, 2. d, 3. a, 4. d

Vocabulary: 1. detrimental, 2. alternative dishes, 3. excessive consumption