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A.   Read the following article and put the verbs in brackets in the correct form, Past Simple or Continuous, active or passive .
 
    Croc-wrestling granny wins award  

 

A brave grandmother who (fight)  off a giant crocodile to save her friend's life has been given a special award.

 

Alicia Sorohan, 61, (camp)  in Australia in 2004 when she (wake)  up to find a massive saltwater croc dragging her friend out of his tent.

 

She (jump)  onto the reptile's back before it (turn)  on her, smashing her nose and arm before her son (shoot)  it.

 

Mrs Sorohan (give)  Australia's Star of Courage, awarded to people for acts of outstanding bravery.

 

The crocodile attack (happen)  at the Bathurst Bay campsite in Queensland in October 2004.

 

Mrs Sorohan almost (lose)  her arm in the fight but doctors (manage)  to save it by pinning it together using two metal plates and 12 screws.

 

Her friend also (survive)  with minor injuries. 

 

After hearing about the award Mrs Sorohan, who has two grandchildren, said of the incident: "It was pretty scary. But it's one of those things - if you see someone in trouble, you've got to help them."

 

She (add)  that she still (love)  crocs and (find)  them "fascinating" creatures.

 B.   Are the following statements true or false?                                      
 
True False 
1 Alicia and her friend were camping in Queensland when the incident happened.    
2 Alicia was sleeping when the crocodile attacked her friend.    
3 Her friend was seriously injured by the crocodile.    
4 Alicia wasn’t afraid of the crocodile.    
5 When the crocodile turned on her, Alicia hit it on the back.    
6 Alicia was finally rescued by her son.    
7 She was given an award for her great courage.    
8 Alicia has always detested crocodiles.    
 
                                                                                                                              
 C.   Match the words on the left with the definitions on the right. Put the correct letter into the box next to each word.
 

1

award

 

a)

breaking into pieces

2

massive

 

b)

an animal

3

dragging

 

c)

excellent; clearly very much better than what is usual

4

reptile

 

d)

flat pieces of metal

5

smashing

 

e)

very large and heavy

6

awarded

 

f)

not very serious

7

outstanding

 

g)

a prize

8

plates

 

h)

extremely interesting or attractive

9

minor

 

i)

pulling

10

fascinating

 

j)

given

                                                                                                                                                                                       
 
 
D.   Roleplay
 
Student A:  You are a reporter interviewing Alicia about the incident.                            
Student B:  You are Alicia Sorohan talking to a reporter about the incident.  
                                                                                                                                                                                      
How much do you know about crocodiles? Try the following quiz.
 
 
 
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