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A manager is talking with a worker.  The manager's name is Steve and the worker is Jane.

Jane: Thanks for meeting with me today.  I need to complain about my coworker, Lee.

Steve:  O.K.  But first, are you sure you cannot contain this problem by yourself?

Jane: Yes and no.  Lee is coming in late everyday.  I don't think you realize that.  Also, sometimes he sleeps while on the job.  He's even snoring!

Steve: (laughing) I see.  That's pretty bad.  Does he turn off the light in his cubicle to go to sleep?

Jane: Not yet, but that might come next.  I feel the time has come to wake him up.

Steve Yes, I think so too. Wait ... how long has this been going on?

Answer the questions (answers are at the bottom of the page)

1. What is the most likely reaction of Jane after Steve's last comment?
A. "Not long at all, no problem."
B. "For a considerable time. I didn't want to say anything at first."
C. "Since yesterday."
D. "Since the day before yesterday."
E. None of the above.

2. What is the most likely meaning of "contain this problem?"
A. To wake up Lee whenever he falls asleep.
B. To ignore Lee, especially when he snores.
C. To talk to Lee about his problem and avoid talking to the manager.
D. To send Lee to a sleep center to correct his snoring issue.
E. To get Lee to start exercising regularly which would help him stop sleeping during the day.

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Answers: 1. b, 2. c