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Fixing the House


1. Fixing things in a house can be difficult. You see water in the sink draining slowly. Then you have to fix the drain. Something thick and rigid is inside the pipes. Pipes can be delicate. You have to fix leaks carefully.

2. Heavy rain can make leaks in the roof.
Sometimes trees drip water onto the roof. Leaks are not good for the ceiling or floor.If water leaks through electrical things, it is dangerous. You can get electric shock with water and electricity.  It is vital to stay away from places where there is water and electricity.

3. Even trees can need repair. Wide, old branches can fall and make a lot of damage. You have to cut those branches.  The curious squirrels and birds will watch from other trees.


Answer the questions.

1. What does "rigid" mean?

A. real
B. biggest
C. not moving
D. ridge

2. What does "delicate" mean?

A. it can break
B. it is nice
C. it is new
D. it is pretty

3. What does "vital" mean?

A.  about vitamins
B.  about life
C. about water
D. about villains

4. What does "wide" mean?

A. big from side to side
B. small from top to bottom
C. something in the sky
D. something delicate

5. What does "curious" mean?

A. hiding
B. tail-swishing
C. running away
D. being interested

6. What is the main idea of this story?

A. Leaks are difficult.
B. Drain problems are difficult.
C. Fixing a house is difficult.
D. Squirrels are always watching.

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Answers: 1. C, 2. A, 3. B, 4. A, 5. D, 6. C

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