A history teacher was talking to his class about the ancient Romans.
‘They were very strong, brave people, and they were good soldiers,’ he said.
‘They always wanted to have strong bodies, so they played a lot of games.’
‘Did they like swimming?’ one of the girls asked. ‘That makes people’s
bodies strong.’ She was very good at swimming.
‘Oh, yes, some of them swam a lot,’ the teacher answered. Then he told
them a story about one famous Roman.
‘There was a big, wide river in the middle of Rome,’ he said. ‘It was the
Tiber, and this man swam across it three times every day before breakfast.’
The girl laughed when she heard this.
‘Why are you laughing?’ the teacher asked her angrily. ‘Have I said anything
‘Well, sir,’ the girl answered, ‘Why didn’t he swim across the river four times,
to get back to his clothes again?’
A. Answer these questions.
1. Why did the ancient Romans play a lot of games? Because they wanted to get strong.
2. Why was one of the girls interested in swimming? Because the girl was very good at swimming.
3. Who swam across the Tiber before breakfast?
4. Why was the teacher angry?
Because the girl started laughing
5. Why did the girl laugh?
Beacouse she said why didn’t he swim across the river four times, to get back to his clothes again.
B. Which of the answers to these questions are right? Write the correct
1. What did the teacher
in this story teach?
2. When the teacher said,
‘Some of them swam a lot’,
who was he talking about?
a. The Romans.
b. The girls in his class.
c. Strong people.
3. Why did the girl laugh?
a. Because the Roman swam
b. Because the Roman
did not finish swimming
near his clothes.
c. Because the teacher