Hi there, I'm Hassan, and I'd like to introduce you to a very special lady. Her name is Hajja Rabha, and she is my classmate Ali's grandmother. We have always respected this woman for her passion for learning.
She is over seventy, but she insists on going to school to combat illiteracy. In two years time she has learned as much as Ali and I have learnt in our entire life. Her slogan* is, "Nobody is too old to learn". Now she can read and write, and she usually does. She can also help her grand children with their arithmetic homework.
Last night, Rabha was sitting by Ali's computer when he asked her if she was creating a facebook account. She smiled at him and said, "No, I want to chat with Hajja Malika. Kidding! I'm just trying to understand how this device works." Ali was amazed how energetic his grandma is! She is such a vigorous woman that she looks years younger than us both. Everybody in the village truly admires this extraordinary lady for her vivacity.
slogan* : شعار
BASE ALL YOUR ANSWERS ON THE TEXT
A. Answer these questions
[ 4 pts ]
What does the text talk about?
Who and what is Ali?
Why do Hassan and Ali respect Rabha?
Why is Rabha using a computer?
B. Are these sentences True or False? Justify
[ 4 pts ]
Hassan's grandmother is a special lady.
Rabha is an illiterate old woman.
Rabha reads and writes regularly.
Rabha is an active woman.
C. What do the underlined words in the text refer to ?
[ 2 pts ]
" this woman " (§ 1, line 2)
" their " (§ 2, L 3))
" this device " (§ 3, L 3)
" us " (§ 3, L 4)
D. Find in the text words or phrases which mean almost the same as.
[ 2 pts ]
" enthusiasm " (§. 1)
" fight " (§. 2)
" joking " (§. 3)
" really " (§. 3)
E. Pick out from the text sentences which say that:
[ 3 pts ]
Hajja Rabha learns quickly.
Rabha believes that age has nothing to do with learning.
Hajja Rabha is a respectful old woman in her community.
Imagine Hajja Rabha and try to describe her in less than 200 words. [ 5 pts ]
Hajja Rabha is my neighbour, and she is such a lovely dynamic old woman. She is short and slim, and she moves very slowly. As she has difficulty walking straight due to old age, she always uses a cane to assist her frail skinny body. This sweet little lady has got tiny brown eyes dug into an oval wrinkled pale face. She has also got very short wavy hair that has turned reddish, but this natural hairstyle suits her perfectly well.
What is amazing about Hajja Rabha is that she always cares about her appearance. She usually wears clean baggy dark clothes. She is a tidy woman especially in special occasions such as marriage ceremonies. Everybody treats her with great esteem.
Despite her old age, Hajja Rabha is such a spirited person that is full of vitality. She is an exceptionally vivacious extroverted and sociable woman whom everybody envies for her outgoing and optimistic character. She is my ideal person. I always consider her as the wisest and the most admirable personality in our community.