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Yesterday's Business

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!

Questions

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.

a.   true
b. false
c. doesn't say

Answers

  • 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.

Answer: A

  • 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.

Answer: B

  • What did Jack do yesterday morning?

a. He worked on the report.
b. He drove to a meeting.
c. He met representatives from Smtihs.

Answer: C

  • When did Alice have a meeting with Mr. Brown.

a. this afternoon
b. yesterday afternoon
c. yesterday morning

Answer: C

  • Alice thinks Jack does excellent work.

a. true
b. false
c. doesn't say

Answer: A

By Kenneth Beare, About.com Guide