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Audition “Under the High Trees”.

Are the following statements about the text true or false?

Ben Smith worked at school as a head master.

His wife didn’t want to go to the theatre.

The weather was very bad.

The bus was almost empty.

Ben took the next bus.

Ben went past the theatre.

It was shining outside when the play was over.

Ben and his wife took a taxi.

The fare of taxi was cheap.

Their daughter Betty has slept already.

Answer the questions:

Why was Ben Smith so dreadfully tired when he came home?

Why was June smiling?

What was Penny’s idea of spending that evening?

What can you say about the weather?

Why did Ben have to get off the bus?

How did it happen that Ben went past the theatre?

Why didn’t the man at the door let Ben in?

Why did Ben decide to take a taxi on their way back?

What was the reaction of Ben when he talked to his daughter about watching TV?

Fill in prepositions if necessary.

I leave for the Technical school …… eight o’clock.

I am going ……. the theatre today.

It takes me a quarter ….. an hour to have breakfast.

We can go to the cinema …… underground.

When I come ….. home I take …… my coat.

He will return ….. ten minutes.

What do you see …… this picture?

The ground is usually covered ……. snow ….. winter.

When we go ….. foreign countries we learn a lot ….. things.

One …. the students ….. our group is …… Poland.

Benny is still ….. the park ……. his sister.

Thousands ….. students study …… our University.

Compose 4 questions to each sentence.

We must work hard at our pronunciation.

Jack’s father likes to read this newspaper.

In the North of our country winter is very cold.

Put the verbs in brackets in the correct tense form.

They (not to go) ……………………… to the Maly Theatre last week.

When (to return) ……………….. your friend from Poland? She (to return) ……………….. yesterday.

When I (to enter) ……………. the kitchen, I (to see) ………… that my mother (to cook) ……………………. dinner.

If she (to be) ……………. in Moscow now, she will meet you.

We shan’t have dinner before mother (to come) …………….. home.

It often (to snow) …………….. in winter.

Go and see what the children (to do) ……………….. now.

How long you (to know) …………………… him? I (to know) ………………….. him since 2009.

He (to leave) …………….. for the Far East two years ago and I (not to see) ………………………… him since.



We (to walk) …………………. in silence for a long time. Nobody (to want) ……………….. to speak.



She (to eat) ………………… the biscuits which Roger (to bring) ……………….. her.

You ever (to speak)………………….. to him about it?

They (to do) ……………………… their homework by 7 o’clock.

Mary and Edward (to leave) …………………………. just.

Compose and write down your own autobiography.

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Audition “ Under the High Trees”

It was 6 o’clock when Ben Smith, dreadfully tired, arrived home from the school where he was a teacher. He had a lot of work and trouble that day. He dreamed of a quiet evening at home. June, his wife, met him at the door smiling. She asked Ben to be quick with his supper because they would go to the theatre. Their daughter Penny, a sixteen-year old girl, said she would stay indoors and watch television.

It was already past seven when they started for the theatre. The weather was unusually nasty. Ben’s nose and feet were cold. After 20 minutes a number 64 bus stopped. They got on, but the seats were full. Unfortunately the bus conductor told Ben to get off. Ben did so forgetting that his wife had the tickets.

It was pouring now. The road was wet and there was a hole in Ben’s shoe. Luckily he got on the next number 64 bus and found a seat. Ben shut his eyes. When he opened them again, the bus was past the theatre. It was still raining as he walked back to it feeling unhappy. Over the doors were the words “Under the High Trees”.

The man at the door said he could not let him in without a ticket. Ben was about to leave when a girl behind the ticket-office window said:”Are you Mr. Smith? Your wife left your ticket with me.”

As soon as the play was over, they ran out. There were no buses and it was still raining. They waited and waited and their clothes got wetter and wetter. At last Ben lost his patience and shouted: “Taxi!” A passing taxi stopped. “ 20 $”, said the driver when they arrived home. “ What?” “ After ten o’clock in the evening the fare is higher.” Unwillingly Ben paid the driver.

“ Did you watch television, Penny?” Ben asked his daughter.

“ Yes,” she said. “You can’t imagine how brilliant the play was!”

“ What was the name of it?”

“ Under the High Trees” was the answer. Ben Smith went slowly upstairs to bed.