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liberal studies

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 07 April, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 07 April, 2011, 12:00am

Reading comprehension

Answer the following questions

1 Why do some low-income families live in cage homes?

a. because the government does not allow them to apply for public housing

b. because they enjoy living there

c. because they cannot afford to rent a flat

d. because their ancestors left them the cage homes.

2 What is a factor that applicants think will help shorten the waiting time for public housing?

a. They are willing to move to an outlying area.

b. They can pay more money.

c. They are single.

d. They are seriously ill.

3 According to Lau Wah-keung, what is the downside of living in Tin Shui Wai?

a. The district is rife with youth delinquents.

b. The higher cost of commuting to and from work.

c. Insufficient facilities.

d. It is hard to get a job of any kind.

4 According to Pavvo Monkkonen, what is one way to encourage people to relocate to rural areas?

a. offer cash handouts

b. provide free furniture

c. provide better facilities in public housing estates there

d. provide bigger units

Think about

1 Is building more public housing the only solution to the problem of cage homes?

2 Do you find the licences given by the government to cage home owners bizarre? If so, why?

3 Should cage home residents be given public housing faster than any others, given their terrible living conditions?


1 I will never go back to this ............... restaurant. There was a cockroach in my soup.

2 Mainland residents are growing more .................... and are slowly catching up with Hongkongers.

3 This house has a very .............. dining room, besides the large bedrooms and garden.


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

Vocabulary: 1. unhygienic, 2. prosperous, 3. spacious


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