Alice: I telephoned you yesterday afternoon but you didn't answer? Where were you?
Jack: I was photocopying in another room when you called. I couldn't get to the phone in time.
Alice: What were you working on?
Jack: I was photocopying a report that I needed to send to a client. What were you doing when you telephoned?
Alice: I was looking for Tom and couldn't find him. Do you know where he was?
Jack: I think Tom was coming back from a meeting.
Alice: Oh, I see. What did you do yesterday?
Jack: I met the representatives from Smiths in the morning. In the afternoon, I worked on the report and was just finishing when you telephoned. What did you do?
Alice: Well, at 9 I had a meeting with Mr. Brown. After that, I worked on the bookkeeping.
Jack: Sounds like a boring day!
Alice: Yes, I don't really like doing the bookkeeping. But it needs to be done.
Jack: I agree with you on that, no bookkeeping - no business!
Alice: Tell me about the report. What do you think of it?
Jack: I think the report is a good. Tom believes it's good, too.
Alice: I know that every report you write is excellent.
Jack: Thank you Alice, you are always a good friend!
Multiple-choice Comprehension Questions
- What was Jack doing when Alice telephoned?
a. He was photocopying a report.
b. He was having a coffee-break.
c. He was at a meeting.
- What was doing Alice when she telephoned Jack?
a. She was writing a report.
b. She was looking for Tom.
c. She was planning a meeting.
- What did Jack do yesterday morning?
a. He worked on the report.
b. He drove to a meeting.
c. He met representatives from Smtihs.
- When did Alice have a meeting with Mr. Brown.
a. this afternoon
b. yesterday afternoon
c. yesterday morning
- Alice thinks Jack does excellent work.
c. doesn't say
By Kenneth Beare, About.com Guide