Answer the question: Which school subjects do you like? Then compare your
answer with a classmate’s.
LET'S START 1.
Can you think of benefits that education brings? In your notebook, draw a diagram
as the example below with words you consider related to it.
A word cloud is a
of word frequency. It
gives greater importance
to some of the words,
those that appear more
frequently in a certain
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a) Foreign languages
c) Math (Mathematics)
o) IT (Information
j) PE (Physical
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UNIT 3 50 MORE FOOD FOR THOUGHT
You’ve just read an excerpt from The Old Man and the Sea. The old man had gone a
long time with no fish, but he didn’t give up. Do you think he caught any fish after
that? Read the text about the novel, check your predictions and discuss the
following questions with a classmate.
Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea
The Old Man and the Sea was the last major work Ernest Hemingway published in his lifetime. The
simple story is about an old man who catches a giant fish in the waters off Cuba, only to have it devoured by
sharks. Defeated, he returns home with the fish’s skeleton attached to the boat. Many consider this novel to
be Hemingway’s best work.
When The Old Man and the Sea was published in 1952, Hemingway hadn’t written a significant literary
work for over a decade. His last successful book, For Whom the Bell Tolls, came out in 1940. To make matters
worse, his 1950 novel Across the River and into the Trees was panned by critics. People were saying that
Hemingway was through as a writer. He began The Old Man and the Sea to prove that not only was he still in
the writing game, he had yet to produce his best work.
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Accessed on: September 16, 2015. (Fragment).
a) What happened to the big fish the old man had caught?
b) Does the novel have a happy ending? Do you think it’s a realistic story?
c) What do people think about that novel?
d) Were Hemingway’s works always praised by the critics?
e) Do you think Hemingway can be considered persevering, just as the old man,
his character in that novel?