4000 Essential English Words 1 » Unit 22: A Better Reward

Word List
  • actual [ˈaktʃʊəl] adj.
    Actual means that something is real or true.
    This is the actual sword that the King owned, not a fake one.
  • amaze [əˈmeɪz] v.
    To amaze someone is to surprise them very much.
    The news in the paper amazed Jack.
  • charge [tʃɑːdʒ] n.
    A charge is the price to pay for something.
    The charge for the shirts was $15.00.
  • comfort [ˈkʌmfət] v.
    To comfort someone means to make them feel better.
    I wanted to comfort my friend after I heard the bad news.
  • contact [kənˈtakt] v.
    To contact someone is to speak or write to them.
    I contacted Sue about my party.
  • customer [ˈkʌstəmə] n.
    A customer is a person who buys something at a store.
    The customer put a few items in a bag.
  • deliver [dɪˈlɪvə] v.
    To deliver something is to take it from one place to another.
    The man delivered Chinese food to my house.
  • earn [əːn] v.
    To earn means to get money for the work you do.
    He earns his living as a chef in a great restaurant.
  • gate [ɡeɪt] n.
    A gate is a type of door. Gates are usually made of metal or wood.
    We want to put up a wooden gate around our house.
  • include [ɪnˈkluːd] v.
    To include something means to have it as part of a group.
    Does this meal include a soft drink?
  • manage [ˈmanɪdʒ] v.
    To manage something means to control or be in charge of it.
    I had to manage the meeting myself.
  • mystery [ˈmɪst(ə)ri] n.
    A mystery is something that is difficult to understand or explain.
    The path on the map was a complete mystery to me.
  • occur [əˈkəː] v.
    To occur means to happen.
    When did the thunderstorm occur?
  • opposite [ˈɒpəzɪt] n.
    If A is the opposite of B, A is completely different from B.
    The opposite of black is white.
  • plate [pleɪt] n.
    A plate is a flat round thing that you put food on.
    I put my plate down so I could put some food on it.
  • receive [rɪˈsiːv] v.
    To receive something is to get it.
    I received a present on my birthday.
  • reward [rɪˈwɔːd] n.
    A reward is something given in exchange for good behavior or work.
    He was given a reward for his excellent performance.
  • set [sɛt] v.
    To set something is to put it somewhere.
    Please set the dice down on the table.
  • steal [stiːl] v.
    To steal is to take something that is not yours.
    The men tried to steal money from the bank.
  • thief [θiːf] n.
    A thief is someone who quietly takes things that do not belong to them.
    A thief broke into our home and took my mother's jewelry.
Exercise 1

Part A: Choose the right word for the given definition.

  1. to take something that does not belong to you
    • a. steal
    • b. include
    • c. amaze
    • d. plate
  2. to happen
    • a. manage
    • b. set
    • c. deliver
    • d. occur
  3. to make someone feel better
    • a. reward
    • b. earn
    • c. comfort
    • d. contact
  4. to get
    • a. receive
    • b. gate
    • c. charge
    • d. actual
  5. a person who buys something
    • a. opposite
    • b. mystery
    • c. customer
    • d. thief

Part B: Check (V) the sentence with the bolded word that makes better sense.

    • ____ a. If I receive a present, I give someone something.
    • ____ b. If you steal money, you can get in trouble.
    • ____ a. A man who is alone can contact many people.
    • ____ b. If a woman is sad, someone should comfort her.
    • ____ a. He was given a reward for his poor work performance.
    • ____ b. You eat dinner off a plate.
    • ____ a. Everything that is for sale has a charge.
    • ____ b. A customer sells things to people.
    • ____ a. If you earn something, you give it to someone.
    • ____ b. Postmen deliver mail from one house to another.
Exercise 2

Check (V) the better response to each question.

  1. Who should manage the classroom?
    • ____ a. The teacher should be in charge.
    • ____ b. The students should go to the classroom.
  2. When did the theft occur?
    • ____ a. It happened this afternoon.
    • ____ b. It stopped early.
  3. What is the actual number of people there?
    • ____ a. There are 31,872 people there.
    • ____ b. There are a lot of people there.
  4. Did that movie amaze you?
    • ____ a. Yes, I had seen it many times before.
    • ____ b. Yes, the ending surprised me very much.
  5. Where should I set this book?
    • ____ a. Put it on the bookshelf.
    • ____ b. It came from the library
  6. Does the wall have a gate?
    • ____ a. Yes, and it is often locked.
    • ____ b. Yes, the wall is very high
  7. Does the book include a CD?
    • ____ a. No, it is inside the book.
    • ____ b. No, we must buy the extra CD.
  8. Has he received my present?
    • ____ a. He got it yesterday.
    • ____ b. He sent it to you yesterday
  9. What happened to the plate?
    • ____ a. It broke when I dropped it.
    • ____ b. It helped me with my homework.
  10. Did you hearthe news about the thief?
    • ____ a. He stole some expensive diamonds from the jewelry store.
    • ____ b. There was a person buying something.
Answer Key
Exercise 1
Part A
  1. a
  2. d
  3. c
  4. a
  5. c
Part B
  1. b
  2. b
  3. b
  4. a
  5. b
Exercise 2
  1. a
  2. a
  3. a
  4. b
  5. a
  6. a
  7. b
  8. a
  9. a
  10. a
Answer Key
A Better Reward

Jenny delivered food for a restaurant. She read the newspaper and said, “Uh oh.” There was a story about a thief. He stole food, and no one had seen him. Even the police couldn’t catch him. Jenny was a little scared. She worked close to that area.

The newspaper included a message from the police: “If anything strange occurs, call us. If you help us catch the thief, you’ll earn a reward.”

Jenny talked to Jim. He managed the restaurant. “Do you know about the thief?”

“Yes,” he said. “But he steals more than one person can eat. And why haven’t the police stopped him yet? It’s a mystery. If you see him, contact the police. Don’t run after him.”

Jenny drove to a customer’s house. She left her car and opened the gate to the house. But then she heard a noise by her car. She yelled, “Thief!” She wasn’t scared. She wanted the reward! She did the opposite of what Jim told herto do.

“Hey,” she yelled. “Get back here!” She set the food on the ground and ran to her car.

But the thief had already left with the food. Jenny followed a noise around the corner. She was amazed. She saw a dog and some puppies. They were eating her food! They looked thin and scared. “The actual thief is just a dog. She’s feeding her puppies,” she said. “That’s why she steals so much food.”

Jenny felt bad. She tried to comfort the dogs with another plate of food. Then she took them back to the store. Everyone there took a puppy home. Jenny called the police. She told them there was no real thief.

Jenny didn’t do it to receive the reward anymore. She said, “It was just a dog. But there’s no charge for catching this ‘thief,’” she said. “My new dog is a better reward.”

Reading Comprehension

Answer the questions.

  1. What is this story about?
    • a. A dog that steals a plate
    • b. A man who tells a mystery
    • c. A man who writes for a newspaper
    • d. A girl who delivers food
  2. Why did Jenny decide to run after the thief?
    • a. She wanted to earn the reward.
    • b. She knew that there was no actual thief.
    • c. She always did the opposite of what Jim said.
    • d. She wanted to charge a customer for that food.
  3. What was true of Jim?
    • a. He tried to comfort Jenny with food.
    • b. He told Jenny that she should contact the police.
    • c. He wrote a story that included a message from the police.
    • d. He received a reward because he managed the store.
  4. How did Jenny act when she heard the noise?
    • a. She was amazed by the noise.
    • b. She followed it around the corner.
    • c. She ran through the gate to get away from it.
    • d. She set the food on a table and ran to her car.
  5. What did the police say to do if something strange occured?
    _____________
Answer Key
Answer Key
Reading Comprehension
  1. d
  2. a
  3. b
  4. b
  5. “If anything strange occurs, call us. If you help us catch the thief, you’ll earn a reward.”
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