Enter the correct verb tense into each box in the following passage. The base form of the verb is supplied in brackets. Then check your answers by clicking on the button next to each box.
Over the last twenty years, the average size of households 1) has fallen dramatically. The number of one-person households 2) has grown due largely to the ageing of the population, as has the number of one-parent families. Couples having smaller families 3) have contributed to the fall in household size.
In 1976, 60% of families 4) were couples with children. By 1996, this 5) had fallen to 51%. Part of this change can be attributed to the increase in one-parent families with dependent children, but most of the change is due to the increase in the proportion of couple-only families. People 6) are having children later in life, and are living longer. Therefore, they 7) are spending more time living in couple-only families, both before they have families and after their children 8) have left home. However, children are leaving home later. In 1981, 34% of children aged 20-24 9) lived with their parents. By 1991, this 10) had increased to 40%. This increase has, to some extent, countered the fall in the couples with non-dependent children only.
Quiz of Pilar´s blog:
1- In the short story ‘Eleven,’ why is Rachel most likely upset when Mrs. Price insists the sweater is hers and forces her to wear it?
Option: All of the answers are reasonable explanations.
2- According to the short story ‘Eleven’, why does Rachel wish she were older?
Option: She thinks she would be better able to defend herself AND would have more power to get away from this and other bad situations.
3- Which of the following is not a theme in the short story ‘Eleven?’
Write a paragraph comparing the two main children of the stories “Eleven” and “The Message from the Pigman”. Describe them using as many adjectives as you can. What do they have in common or not?
Eric and Rachel have both differences and things in similarities that are shown throughout both stories.
On the one hand, they share adjectives and words which can describe their attitudes. For example, they both are innocent and childish. Rachel feels powerless and at the moment of confronting her fear as Eric, who thinks that the pigman is a real pig and does not understand why his dad can not live with them. Also, they were both shy, timid and insecure, Rachel can not explain that the sweater is not hers, while Eric can not talk at first to the pigman. This also shows that neither of them can act upon their mind or thoughts. In addition, they both had a fear or a challenge they wanted to confront. Rachel, wanted to be one hundred and two, to be able to get away from that difficult situation and Eric wanted to talk and know the pigman, so that he could overcome his fear.
On the other hand, they had differences, which made Eric and Rachel´s personalities different and unequal. Rachel, was bullied and an eleven year old girl. On the contrary, Eric was not bullied and was younger, he a six year old boy. Also, Rachel had mature thoughts, as she associated her life with a tree trunk, and her theory of being a hundred and two, to learn how to face obstacles in life. However, Eric, was more imaginative, without mature thoughts. He thought that the pigman was a real pig and did not understand why his dad could not be in the house. Finally, both endings state and establish two main things of their personality. Eric, manages two confront his dare or challenge by speaking to this strange and unknown man. Rachel, was not able to speak upon his mind, and explain what she felt and thought. This shows that Eric overcame his fear and matured while Rachel didn´t because she had to suffer the pain of wearing this ugly and gruesome sweater.
Write a dialogue that could have taken place between Eric and the pigman. Include a variety of tenses and underline them. Include at least three of the following terms.
sensible- puzzling- tingle-clatter-seize-drag-nod-gurgle-
- Eric: Hello Pigman, how are you? I come here to give you this bucket, as my mother told me to. -As he seized the bucket, it clattered with his other bucket, making a loud and annoying noise-.
- Pigman: Hi little boy! I´m fine and you? Thank you, how’s your name?
- E: I´m Eric. Where do you live Mr. Pigman?
- P: I keep moving through the town, but for some months, I have mostly been staying around this area, I sleep usually not far away from here, two or three blocks tops.
- E: I understand. You know, I first was afraid of meeting you, as I did not know you. However, I’ve realized how good it is to have this conversation.
- P: That’s good! Don’t worry, this usually happens. And, how far is your home from here?
- E: Here, around the corner. Didn’t you see it just some minutes ago?
- P: Yes, I´m sorry I forgot. – He nodded- It’s just that I visit lots of houses everyday. How long have you been living there
- E: I have been living in here since I was born, six years ago.
- P: That´s a lot of time! Are you staying there or are you planning to move?
- E: I´m not sure, my father left home and before this we had once tried to move to a house nearer my school. However, it does not seem as we are going to leave home. I really miss my dad.
- P: I see how puzzling and difficult to understand this is for you, but then you’ll realize that it is also for your good. Do you promise me that you won’t feel so upset about it?
- E: Yes, I do. Thank you, Mr. pigman. I really appreciate your help, I have never been able to explain to anybody what do I feel about this matter.
- P: I´m glad you could open to me, Eric.
- E: Why do you wear those raggedy clothes?
- P: Because I don´t have so many possibilities as you have Eric. That is why you have to take advantage of this, and behave as a responsible and mature boy.
- E: You are right. And, I also wanted to know what do you do for a living?
- P: I go and travel throughout the town, looking for something to eat and drink. I know this might be a little bit puzzling for you.
- E: I´m sorry Mr. Pigman, I know this may be awkward and unusual.
- P: It doesn’t matter!
- E: I have to leave, my mother is waiting for me and she must be worried because I am taking to long. See you later!
- P: See you, Eric!