Friday, May 30, 2014

Environment - Comprehension

I. Answer the following questions.
  1. How are people's basic needs connected with the environment?
  2. Wangari Maathai has described the environment of her childhood in the interview. Is the environment of her childhood different from the environment you live in? If yes, in what ways?
  3. According to Maathai how are women responsible for the protection of the environment?
  4. What is the specific message of Wangari Maathai?
  5. List the transformations that Wangari Maathai was able to bring about over the years. Which one out of them is the biggest in your opinion?
  6. Maathai said, "When we plant a tree we plant hope." What does she mean by this?
  7. Wangari Maathai in her interview with NHK Radio often repeats phrases/sentences probably to emphasize her point.
For example       : referring to women-groups she says:
They're the ones who plant.
They're the ones who cultivate.
They're the ones who produce food.
Can you search from the text (of her interview) for such repetitions and write them down and find out what she is emphasizing on in each context?

II. Pick out the correct choice in each of the following:
1. We have allowed some people, especially those in power, to acquire a lot at the expense of the majority -
The underlined phrase means:
a) with loss or damage to the majority
b) by spending money on the majority

2. What was the implication of the growth of exotic trees, such as the Pines and the Eucalyptus for the environment ?
a) it increases timber business.
b) forests were not able to contain water.

3. When women started working with Maathai, they learnt-----------
a) to become very competent foresters.
b) to grow and transplant seedlings.

4. Maathai's efforts will inspire the people---------
a) to stop wasting their resources.
b) to use their resources miserly.

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