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Choose the best answer for the following questions. (2 points per question)
Lesson 0.2 Objective Words (Level 7B)
tentative ['ten-tuh-tiv] adj - unsure; uncertain; not definite or positive; hesitant. The point guard was tentative during the team’s game in Albuquerque. He needed to be fearless and lead his team through leadership and perspiration.
tiller ['til-er] noun - a bar or lever fitted to the head of a rudder, for turning the rudder in steering. Paul’s grandpa always used to tell him that the larger the boat, the harder it was to steer it with a tiller. He told Paul it was a metaphor for life and never said anything else on the subject.
ajar [uh-'jahr] adv - neither entirely open nor entirely shut; partly open. The door into the doctor’s room was left slightly ajar, so Jennifer peeked her head in to see if he were available. He was not and told her to promptly shut the door behind her when she exited.
formidable ['fawr-mi-duh-buhl] adj - causing fear, apprehension, or dread.Michael thought he met a formidable opponent in Paige, but he was sorely mistaken. She tried to debate him about the merits of architecture but had never even lived in a house!
zoom [zoom] verb - to move quickly or suddenly with a loud humming or buzzing sound. Ricky’s friend challenged him to a drag race at midnight. His friend had the better car and zoomed past him from the starting line. Ricky was upset, but his friend was a gracious winner.
anchor ['ang-ker] noun - any of various devices dropped by a chain, cable, or rope to the bottom of a body of water for preventing or restricting the motion of a vessel or other floating object. During the storm, the ship dropped its anchor so that it would not be thrashed by the waves. The tactic worked, and they barely escaped with their lives.
compass ['kuhm-puhs] noun - an instrument for determining directions, as by means of a freely rotating magnetized needle that indicates magnetic north.Before the introduction of the compass, ships stayed closer to shore where they could see land. Traveling out to sea was dangerous, because one could easily get lost.
hull [huhl] noun - the hollow, lowermost portion of a ship, floating partially submerged and supporting the remainder of the ship.Cargo is frequently stored in the hull. Although this helps with stability, any leaks will drench the goods first. That is the risk that every ship captain takes when he decides to get into the business.
The Day I Rescued Albert Einstein’s Compass
IF YOU ARE lucky, something special will happen to you in your life that you will never forget. Something so special, you know it could have happened only to you. For me, it was the day I rescued Albert Einstein’s compass.
It was Sunday morning. As I came downstairs I heard someone playing the violin. The living room doors were slightly ____ 1 ____. My mother and father were waiting for me.
My father said to me, “Do you remember, Theo, about five years ago, when you were seven years old and you met our dear friend Herr Professor Einstein? I told you then that he was the most famous man alive.”
“Yes, I do, Papa,” I said. “And I asked you why he was the most famous man alive, and you said because he is a great physicist who has made important discoveries.” I looked at my father. “Is he here, Papa?”
My father nodded. “Yes, he is here. He is playing the violin.”
Suddenly the doors to the living room flew open, and a deep voice said with a chuckle, “The last time I was here, your father assured you that I did not bite. And as your father and I have been close friends for many years, he knows that I still do not bite.” And he chuckled even louder.
I looked up. There was the thick, black mustache and the large head with gray-black hair bushing out all around. There were the eyes, dark and merry. He hadn’t changed, although he seemed much less ____ 2 ____ than he had five years ago. Perhaps because I was older now.
Herr Einstein laid his violin at the side of the piano. “Now, young man, let us get immediately to business. Your parents tell me that you have a sailboat. I, too, have loved sailing all my life. Will you take me out in your boat? It is a most beautiful day.”
I looked at my parents. Take the most famous man alive sailing in my sailboat! My neck and cheeks felt hot. My mother looked very pleased. “Our guest is an experienced sailor, and so are you. We think it would be lovely for the two of you to go out on the lake. It will be something you’ll always remember.”
And the most famous man alive put his hand on my shoulder. “Then let us be off.”
We put on the orange life jackets I kept in a giant tin drum by the end of the pier. Then I stepped into the boat. My crew of one untied the rope, coiled it up, and came aboard. He took over the ____ 3 ____, and I held the sheet.
We were off! There was an easy breeze. We followed the shoreline. The clouds were pink cotton puffs, and the sky was as blue as my mother’s eyes.
1. A. torn B. sailboat C. ajar D. pier
2. A. formidable B. intricate C. consoling D. pleasant
3. A. wager B. sheet C. drum D. tiller
I decided that this was a perfect time to ask my question. I’d been thinking about it ever since I walked into the living room. I took a deep breath.
“Yes?” asked Herr Professor Einstein.
Of course, he would know I was going to ask a question. He was the most famous man alive!
I asked my question slowly. “Why did you want to be a physicist?”
He didn’t answer my question. Instead, he put his hand into his pocket. “It has fallen through a hole in the lining!” And he threw back his great head and laughed and laughed. What? The greatest man alive had a hole in his pocket! I was glad it made him laugh, but I didn’t quite understand.
“Excuse me, Herr Professor, but what has fallen through a hole in your pocket?” I asked politely.
“The answer to your question. That is what has fallen through the hole! Himmel!Heavens! I think it is somewhere under the pocket now . . . one minute, one minute, I must tear the lining . . . a little more . . . a little more . . . There! Now I shall fish it out, only it won’t be a fish but . . .” By this time, I was laughing, too. He drew out his hand. Between his fingers was a compass!
“Now I’ll tell you a story,” said my friend softly.
I looked up at the sky. Two red-tailed hawks were riding the warm air currents—the thermals. Fleet Felix was catching the breeze perfectly. My friend’s voice was very low.
“When I was five years old, I was quite ill. I had to stay in bed for many days. My father gave me this ____ 4 ____.” He peered at me. “You know what a compass is for, of course?” I nodded. “Good.” He continued, “It was the first compass I had ever seen. There was the needle, under glass, all alone, pointing north no matter which way I turned the compass. To a five-year-old boy, it seemed like magic. Only it wasn’t magic at all. Of course you know why.”
At that moment a large motorboat ____ 5 ____ past us, stirring up the water into high waves. One of them hit Fleet Felix smack against the side, knocking the compass from the professor’s hand, right into the water!
He stared at his empty palm. “The compass, Theo. It is gone! Overboard?” Suddenly there was so much sadness in his eyes. “I should hate to lose it. And I cannot swim very well . . . and my eyesight is not good . . .” His voice trailed off, and he was looking far into space.
But I could swim! In a split second I dropped ____ 6 ____ into the water to keep the boat in place. I pulled off my life jacket. The waves had quieted down now. The compass would float. If I were lucky.
4. A. hawk B. jacket C. lining D. compass
5. A. smacked B. zoomed C. knocked D. kicked
6. A. anchor B. palm C. pocket D. motorboat
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