PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 15 March, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 15 March, 2011, 12:00am

Reading comprehension

Answer the following questions

1 Which of the following is not true about Norman Foster's design?

a. It features a large 'forest' at the arts hub's western tip.

b. The project can be divided into small phases to reduce costs.

c. It has won the applause of everyone in the arts community.

d. It has a high degree of flexibility.

2 Which of the following is a comment from Bernard Lim Wan-fung about Foster's design?

a. It is the safest choice.

b. It is too visionary.

c. It is too challenging for the authority with the absence of its CEO.

d. It requires a lot of rule changes.

3 Ronald Arculli said the cost of the arts hub could be kept under control if ...

a. the construction work was broken into stages over the years so that the authority could have time to generate returns from investments.

b. the pay of construction workers was cut.

c. private companies subsidised the project.

d. inflation was curbed in the next few years.

4 Which of the following is not what Gregory Wong Chak-yan said about the costs of the arts hub?

a. The authority would be able to make money from the venues after five years.

b. The costs would go down by the time the tender process began in one or two years.

c. Construction and labour costs have gone up 20 per cent since 2008.

d. The costs are rising.

Think about

1 Do you think it is worth to spend so much money on building this arts hub?

2 Do you think Norman Foster's design is the best among the three? Will it help promote Hong Kong's culture and arts scene?

3 Should the huge canopy in Foster's design be kept?


1 There is an ................ of fish in this river. The villagers will have enough to eat.

2 The debaters' ............. arguments have won them the trophy.

3 The government's ........... on this matter has disappointed many Hongkongers.


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

Vocabulary: 1. abundance, 2. compelling, 3. conservatism