Matura 2007 z języka angielskiego r 8

Matura 2007

Zadanie 8. (4 pkt)
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I come home from work and my husband David almost skips out of his office to greet me.
“Look, Brenda,” he says, and then proceeds to bow at me vigorously, as if I were the Queen.
“My back. I don’t feel anything. Not a twinge.”
“Did you go to see Dan Silverman?” Dan Silverman is an osteopath that we recommend at the surgery, and I’ve been telling David to see him for months. Years, probably.
“So what happened?”
“I saw someone else.”
“This guy in Finsbury Park.”
“In Finsbury Park?” Dan Silverman has a practice in Harley Street. There is no Harley Street equivalent in Finsbury Park, as far as I know. “How did you find him?”
“Newsagent’s window.”
“A newsagent’s window? What qualifications has he got?”
“None whatsoever.” Information delivered with a great deal of pride and aggression, inevitably. Medical qualifications belong on my side of the great marital divide, and are therefore to be despised.
“So you let someone completely unqualified mess around with your back. Smart decision, David. He’s probably crippled you for 1ife.”
David starts to bow again. “Do I look like someone who’s been crippled?”
“Not today, no. But nobody can cure a bad back in one session.”
“Yeah, well. GoodNews has.”
“What good news?”
“That’s his name. GoodNews. Capital G, capital N, all one word. DJ GoodNews, actually. To give him his full title.”
“DJ Not Dr.”
“It’s, you know, a clubby thing. I think he used to work in a disco or something.”
“Always useful when you’re treating back complaints. Anyway, out of interest, what did his advert say?”
“Something like, I don’t know. ‘Bad Back? I can cure you in one session.’ And then his telephone number.”
“And that impressed you?”
“Yeah. Of course. Why mess around?”
“I’m presuming this GoodNews person isn’t some sort of alternative therapist.”
“I don’t know what you’d call him.”
“Did he give you drugs?”
“I thought that was your definition of alternative. Someone who doesn’t give you drugs.”
“The point is, he’s fixed me.”
“So what did this guy do?”
“Just rubbed my back a bit with some Deep Heat and sent me on my way. Ten minutes.”
“How much?”
“Two hundred quid.”
I look at him. “You’re kidding.”

Abridged from: “How to Be Good” by Nick Hornby

8.1. David seems to be
A. a very energetic person.
B. proud of his physical strength.
C. delighted about his recovery.
D. a sceptical, suspicious man.

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8.2. Someone called DJ GoodNews
A. runs a hospital in Finsbury Park.
B. laughs at medical qualifications.
C. probably harmed David.
D. uses a catchy advertisement.

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8.3. David admires GoodNews because he
A. is an alternative therapist.
B. treats his patients efficiently.
C. does not use any drugs.
D. didn’t charge him a lot.

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8.4. During the conversation Brenda
A. shows her enthusiasm for the new therapy.
B. turns aggressive towards David.
C. expresses her doubts about David’s recovery.
D. becomes unsympathetic towards her husband.

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