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ESL 310: A Factory Worker


ESL 310: A Factory Worker


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Many years ago, some women made a meager living by working in a cigarette factory. It was their job to put 20 cigarettes in each pack, by hand. Their manager was a mean old man. He carried a bamboo rod in his hand. His bodyguard, who accompanied him everywhere, was even meaner.

Maura, only 19, was sick. But she knew that if she didn't go to work, she would lose her job. At the factory that day, she stuffed pack after pack of cigarettes. Sweating and dizzy, she left a cigarette out of one pack. The manager noticed her error immediately. He yelled at her and then hit her sharply across her back with the rod. Then the bodyguard kicked her in the stomach. Maura got up and staggered out of the factory. She died at home the next day.

The day after Maura died, her coworkers refused to enter the factory. They stood outside. The manager told them to get to work. He raised his arm as if to strike them, but they stood firm. He told them he was going to get the police. They still didn't move. The bodyguard went inside and called the police.

The police chief came. The women told the police chief what had happened to Maura. He arrested the manager and the bodyguard. He called the owner of the factory. A new manager arrived later that morning. He told the workers that they would all get the equivalent of a nickel per day raise. They went back to work.

Before the chief handcuffed the manager and put him in the police car, the manager quietly offered the chief a great deal of money to let him "escape." He told the chief he would leave the country and never return.

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*Vocabulary:

• accompany:
• bamboo:
• bodyguard:
• chief:
• cigarette:
• dizzy:
• equivalent:
• escape:
• handcuff:
• mean:
• pack:
• refuse:
• rod:
• sharply:
• stagger:
• strike:
• stuff:
• sweat:

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*Yes/No-Questions:

• Did some women work in a cigarette factory?

• Was it their job to put 25 cigarettes in each pack?

• Did a machine put the cigarettes in each pack?

• Was the manager a polite young man?

• Did he carry a bamboo rod in his hand?

• Was the bodyguard nicer than the manager?

• Would Maura lose her job if she didn't go to work?

• Did she leave one cigarette out of one pack?

• Did the manager notice her error a while later?

• Did he hit her sharply with the bamboo rod?

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*Fill in blanks:

Many years ago, some women made a meager ____ by working in a cigarette factory. It was ____ job to put 20 cigarettes in each pack, ____ hand. Their manager was a mean old man. ____ carried a bamboo rod in his hand. His ____ , who accompanied him everywhere, was even meaner.

Maura, ____ 19, was sick. But she knew that if ____ didn’t go to work, she would lose her ____ . At the factory that day, she stuffed pack ____ pack of cigarettes. Sweating and dizzy, she left ____ cigarette out of one pack. The manager noticed ____ error immediately. He yelled at her and then ____ her sharply across her back with the rod. ____ the bodyguard kicked her in the stomach. Maura ____ up and staggered out of the factory. She ____ at home the next day.

The day after ____ died, her coworkers refused to enter the factory. ____ stood outside. The manager told them to get ____ work. He raised his arm as if to ____ them, but they stood firm. He told them ____ was going to get the police. They still ____ ’t move. The bodyguard went inside and called the ____ .

The police chief came. The women told the ____ chief what had happened to Maura. He arrested____ manager and the bodyguard. He called the owner ____ the factory. A new manager arrived later that ____ . He told the workers that they would all ____ the equivalent of a nickel per day raise. ____ went back to work.

Before the chief handcuffed____ manager and put him in the police car, ____ manager quietly offered the chief a great deal ____ money to let him "escape." He told the ____ he would leave the country and never return.

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*Translate into Vietnamese:

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ESL 310: A Factory Worker

*Vocabulary:


• accompany: đi cùng
• bamboo: tre
• bodyguard: bảo vệ
• chief: Sếp
• cigarette: xì gà
• dizzy: chóng mặt
• equivalent: tương đương
• escape: thoát
• handcuff: còng tay
• mean: trung bình, nghèo khó
• pack: đóng gói
• refuse: từ chối
• rod: roi
• sharply: nhọn, sắc bén
• stagger: lảo đảo
• strike: đánh
• stuff: mớ, đống
• sweat: đổ mồ hôi

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*Yes/No-Questions:

• Did some women work in a cigarette factory? Yes

• Was it their job to put 25 cigarettes in each pack? No

• Did a machine put the cigarettes in each pack? No

• Was the manager a polite young man? No

• Did he carry a bamboo rod in his hand? Yes

• Was the bodyguard nicer than the manager? No

• Would Maura lose her job if she didn't go to work? Yes

• Did she leave one cigarette out of one pack? Yes

• Did the manager notice her error a while later? No

• Did he hit her sharply with the bamboo rod? Yes

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*Fill in blanks:

Many years ago, some women made a meager __living__ by working in a cigarette factory. It was __their__ job to put 20 cigarettes in each pack, __by__ hand. Their manager was a mean old man. __He__ carried a bamboo rod in his hand. His __bodyguard__ , who accompanied him everywhere, was even meaner.

Maura, __only__ 19, was sick. But she knew that if __she__ didn’t go to work, she would lose her _job___ . At the factory that day, she stuffed pack _after___ pack of cigarettes. Sweating and dizzy, she left __a__ cigarette out of one pack. The manager noticed __her__ error immediately. He yelled at her and then _hit___ her sharply across her back with the rod. _Then___ the bodyguard kicked her in the stomach. Maura __got__ up and staggered out of the factory. She __died__ at home the next day.

The day after _Maura___ died, her coworkers refused to enter the factory. __They__ stood outside. The manager told them to get _to___ work. He raised his arm as if to ____strike__ them, but they stood firm. He told them __he__ was going to get the police. They still ____diddn__ ’t move. The bodyguard went inside and called the __police___ .

The police chief came. The women told the ____police__ chief what had happened to Maura. He arrested___the_ manager and the bodyguard. He called the owner __of__ the factory. A new manager arrived later that __morning___ . He told the workers that they would all __get__ the equivalent of a nickel per day raise. ______They_ went back to work.

Before the chief handcuffed___the_ manager and put him in the police car, __the__ manager quietly offered the chief a great deal _of___ money to let him "escape." He told the __chief__ he would leave the country and never return.

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*Translate into Vietnamese:

Người công nhân nhà máy

Nhiều năm trước, vài phụ nữ sống tồi tàn bằng cách làm việc trong nhà máy sản xuất thuốc lá. Công việc của họ là bỏ 20 điếu thuốc vào mỗi gói, bằng tay. Quản đốc của họ l2 một gã đàn ông già đê tiện. Hắn cầm cái roi tre trong tay. Bảo vệ của hắn, người theo hắn mọi nơi, còn đê tiện hơn.

Maura, mới 19 tuổi, bị bệnh. Nhưng cô biết là nếu không đi làm, cô sẽ bị mất việc. Tại nhà máy hôm đó, cô nhét gói sau khi đóng gói thuốc lá. Đổ mồ hôi và chóng mặt, cô để rơi một điếu thuốc bên ngoài một bao thuốc lá. Tên quản đốc nhận ra lỗi của cô tức khắc. Hắn mắng cô và rồi đánh cô ngang lưng một cách tàn nhẫn bằng roi. Rồi tên bảo vệ còn đá vào bụng cô. Maura đứng dậy và lảo đảo ra khỏi nhà máy. Cô chết tại nhà vào hôm sau.

Hôm sau ngày Maura chết, đồng nghiệp của cô không chịu vào nhà máy. Họ đứng bên ngoài. Tên quản đốc bảo họ đi làm. Hắn giơ cao cánh tay như thể muốn đánh họ, nhưng họ vẫn đứng. Hắn bảo họ hắn sẽ gọi cảnh sát. Họ vẫn không nhúc nhích. Bảo vệ vào trong và gọi cảnh sát.

Cảnh sát trưởng đến. Những người phụ nữ nói cho cảnh sát trường chuyện đã xảy ra với Maura. Ông bắt tên quản đốc và bảo vệ. Ông gọi cho chủ nhà máy. Lát sau quản đốc mới đến vào sáng hôm đó. Quản đốc mới bảo công nhân là họ đều được tăng mười xu mỗi ngày. Họ trở lại làm việc.

Trước khi cảnh sát trưởng còng tay tên quản đốc và cho hắn vào xe cảnh sát, tên quản đốc khẽ đề nghị cảnh sát trưởng một thỏa thuận với một số tiền lớn nếu để hắn "chạy thoát." Hắn bảo cảnh sát trưởng hắn sẽ rời nước và không bao giờ quay lại.

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. 1.New To America
. 2.A Haircut
. 3.The Yardman
. 4.Grab Your Umbrellas
. 5.Shopping for Bargains
. 6.Horses to Ride
. 7.A Shower Injury
. 8.Pete's Sharp Knife
. 9.A Good Sandwich
. 10.Sara's Upset Stomach
. 11.Please Marry Me!
. 12.Laundry Day
. 13.A Noisy Neighbor
. 14.The New Realtor
. 15.The Fire Alarm
. 16.Eddie's Short Visit
. 17.Carbon Monoxide
. 18.A Visit to Asia
. 19.School Boys
. 20.The Loose Button
. 21.The Pile of Paper
. 22.Brushing and Flossing
. 23.Raising the Kids
. 24.A Clean Toilet Bowl
. 25.A Love Letter
. 26.A Bird Attacks
. 27.A Daytime Robbery
. 28.Trick or Treat
. 29.The Motorcycle Rider
. 30.Spock Saves His Dad
. 31.Provider Overbills Customer
. 32.The Breakup
. 33.Famous Model Dies
. 34.Shopping Carts Everywhere
. 35.Four Slit Throats
. 36.Does Garlic Mean Garlic?
. 37.A Jealous Girlfriend
. 38.Towns Hit by Snowstorms
. 39.Another Jealous Girlfriend
. 40.She Loves Her Son
. 41.The Doctor’s Exam
. 42.Hospitals Can Make You Sick
. 43.English Is So Hard
. 44.Hollywood Stars and Tourists
. 45.GEICO’s TV Lizard
. 46.Law and Order in LA
. 47.Destruction of Iraq
. 48.Have You Seen This Man?
. 49.LA Traffic Report
. 50.LA Radio News


. 51.Trash Truck Misses Pick-up
. 52.Her First Driving Accident
. 53.You’re Not a Good Principal
. 54.I’ve Got You Covered
. 55.Paris Goes to Jail in LA
. 56.A Year with No TV
. 57.Let’s Buy Some Paint
. 58.I Need Water for My Clients
. 59.Putting Bunny to Sleep
. 60.Where Is That Darn Battery?
. 61.If You Really Love Me…
. 62.The Wedding Gift (1)
. 63.The Wedding Gift (2)
. 64.Does a Tiger Change Its Stripes?
. 65.No Place Like an Open House
. 66."We Could Have All Died!"
. 67.It’s the Thought that Counts
. 68.Who Ordered the Scallops?
. 69.You’re Not My Daddy
. 70.Let He Who Is Without Sin…
. 71.Shopping at the 99 Cents Store
. 72.Betting Big in Vegas
. 73.Priced to Sell!
. 74.The Handyman Comes
. 75.A Woman Has Needs
. 76.A Hot Day and a Cool Pool
. 77.Up, Up, and Away
. 78.Man's Best Friend
. 79.Six Feet Under
. 80.An Unhappy Worker
. 81.Why the Sky Is Brown
. 82.It’s a Small World
. 83.Suspicious Shoppers
. 84.Death Is Part of Life
. 85.Tagger Shoots Woman
. 86.Crime on the Rise
. 87.Too Soft on Crime
. 88.Pluto Chases Kid
. 89.In Harm’s Way
. 90."Semper Buy"
. 91.A Little Respect, Please
. 92.A Dream from Beyond-1
. 93.A Dream from Beyond-2
. 94.A Trip to Egypt
. 95.No Doughnuts for Old Folks
. 96.It’s Just Business
. 97.A Walk in the Wild
. 98.Elvis Is Alive and Well
. 99.Bad Weed, Bad Call
. 100.Shark Attack


. 101.Love in the Hospital
. 102.Interstate Bridge Collapses
. 103.Stop Selling Those Bunnies
. 104.Actor Tries to Kill Himself
. 105.US Senator Says He’s not Gay
. 106.E.Coli Is Everywhere
. 107.Influenza
. 108.The Hospital Orderly-1
. 109.The Hospital Orderly-2
. 110.Flower Power
. 111.Dog Inherits Millions
. 112.Man Holds Staff Hostage
. 113.Young Boy Defends Sister
. 114.Remember Me?
. 115.The Way to a Man’s Heart
. 116.Sail Around the World
. 117.New Dog-Barking Law
. 118.Man Flies in Lawn Chair-1
. 119.Man Flies in Lawn Chair-2
. 120.Cleaning a Dirty Plate
. 121.Her Driving Lesson
. 122.Hurricane Dean
. 123.Adventurer Disappears
. 124.Nursing Student Disappears
. 125.The Lovely Banana
. 126.Smells like Chicken
. 127.The Wedding-1
. 128.The Wedding-2
. 129.The Waiter
. 130.Your Country Thanks You
. 131.D.B.Cooper Lives On-1
. 132.D.B.Cooper Lives On-2
. 133.I’m No Alcoholic!
. 134.48 Homes Burn Down-1
. 135.48 Homes Burn Down-2
. 136.Drought Attacks Georgia
. 137.A Bad MRI Experience
. 138.Body in a Barrel-1
. 139.Body in a Barrel-2
. 140.Red Meat, Gray Water
. 141.All Bite, No Bark
. 142.Tiger Kills Two Men-1
. 143.Tiger Kills Two Men-2
. 144.Red Flowers Make Her See Red
. 145.The Starbucks Robbery
. 146.The Argument-1
. 147.The Argument-2
. 148.The Toilet Tank-1
. 149.The Toilet Tank-2
. 150.Santa Was Molested




. 151.Fire Kills Two Young Girls
. 152.Police Arrest Fire-Starters
. 153.Get out of "Jail"-1
. 154.Get out of "Jail"-2
. 155.New Year Celebrations
. 156.$50K to Waitress-1
. 157.$50K to Waitress-2
. 158.Who Needs School?
. 159.Black Friday
. 160.JFK Assassination
. 161.Don’t Top Off the Tanks
. 162.The Clapper
. 163.Tuberculosis Still Kills
. 164.Old Dogs Become Young Again
. 165.Ham and Eggplant
. 166.A Hole in Her Ear-1
. 167.A Hole in Her Ear-2
. 168.The Drugs Keep Coming
. 169.Missing Husband-1
. 170.Missing Husband-2
. 171.Don’t Get Mad-Get Even
. 172.The Christmas Gift-1
. 173.The Christmas Gift-2
. 174.The Haircut-1
. 175.The Haircut-2
. 176.The Robbery at the Mall-1
. 177.The Robbery at the Mall-2
. 178.The Driving Lesson-1
. 179.The Driving Lesson-2
. 180.The Move to Georgia-1
. 181.The Move to Georgia-2
. 182.I’ll Get a Job in a Restaurant
. 183.A Cleaner River-1
. 184.A Cleaner River-2
. 185.The Spitter
. 186.Kill Those Flies-1
. 187.Kill Those Flies-2
. 188.The Oil Change-1
. 189.The Oil Change-2
. 190.Boy Starts Huge Fire
. 191.Writers Go on Strike
. 192.Please Don’t Hurt Me!
. 193.It’s Just a Little White Lie
. 194.Jury Service in California
. 195.The Rude Golfer-1
. 196.The Rude Golfer-2
. 197.Man Invents Toilet for Cars
. 198.Monkeys Cause Man’s Death
. 199.The Light Eater-1
. 200.The Light Eater-2


. 201.Sara Went Shopping
. 202.Man Injured at Fast Food Place
. 203.A Life-Saving Cow
. 204.Driver Loses Mabel, Finds Jail
. 205.Jerry Decided To Buy a Gun
. 206.Freeway Chase
. 207.Better To Be Unlucky
. 208.Food Fight Erupted in Prison
. 209.How His Pig is Doing
. 210.Goats Being Hired
. 211.A Missing Cat
. 212.Book Him
. 213.Water Under the Sink-1
. 214.Water Under the Sink-2
. 215.Theft Occurs Everywhere
. 216.Eggs and a Bunny
. 217.Goodbye to Clean Couple
. 218.$100 Deposit
. 219.Books Don’t Grow on Trees
. 220.A Murder-Suicide
. 221.New Store and Its Owners
. 222.Hit-and-Run Charge
. 223.Gasoline Prices Hit Record High
. 224.A Festival of Books
. 225.Crazy Housing Prices
. 226.Happy and Unhappy Renters
. 227.Pulling Out Nine Tons of Trash
. 228.Cloning Pets
. 229.Rentals at the Oceanside
. 230.Trees Are a Threat
. 231.Gets Booked, Writes a Book
. 232.Popular Park Reopens
. 233.Swim Classes Begin Soon
. 234.Not Sitting Around
. 235.Get Millions for Homeless
. 236.Tenants Watch Building Burn
. 237.Bathtub Blues
. 238.Blood Drive at Civic Center
. 239.City Hosts 42nd Art Fair
. 240.City and Crime
. 241.Bank Robbery
. 242.Immigration Goes Online
. 243.Jimmy Fixes His Door
. 244.Needs a New Air-Conditioner
. 245.Man Gets 12 Years for Fraud
. 246.Man Shoots Up Post Office
. 247.Murals Are Over 200 Years Old
. 248.Pier Collapses
. 249.Cameras in Police Cars
. 250.A School Girl Sues Her School


. 251.SUV Driver Sends Officer Flying
. 252.Boy Drowns in Neighbor's Pool
. 253.Woman Dies in House Fire
. 254.Plane Crashes into House
. 255.Fishing for Girls
. 256.Shot Next to Christmas Tree
. 257.Stabbed Outside Nightclub
. 258.Fishing Boat Sinks
. 259.The Mysterious Carport Stain
. 260.Lies About Winning Lottery
. 261.Victory Dance Leads to Death
. 262.Eat Your Vegetables
. 263.Honk if You're in a Hurry
. 264.The Man Who Loved Women
. 265.How to Get out of Jury Duty
. 266.The Way to a Man’s Heart
. 267.Female Seeks Mature Male
. 268.Let’s Go Fishing
. 269.Train Wreck “Frees” Cows
. 270.Valuable Guitar Found
. 271.Stepmother Kills Herself
. 272.Beautiful Teacher Smiles
. 273.Are Criminals Taking Over LA?
. 274.Police Arrest Happy Van Driver
. 275.Say Your Prayers
. 276.The Final Phone Call
. 277.Almost Perfect Children
. 278.There Goes the Neighborhood!
. 279.Let’s Go to Vegas!
. 280.Squirrel Attacks Woman
. 281.To Save His Baby
. 282.English Is Confusing
. 283.Pump Up the Tires
. 284.Don’t Go Swimming
. 285.The Park That Went to the Dogs
. 286.Can You Spare a Carburetor?
. 287.Golf Like a Girl
. 288.Take Me Out to the Ball Game
. 289.Take This Job and Shove It
. 290.Where Did That Book Go?
. 291.When You’ve Got Your Health
. 292.That ‘New Car’ Smell
. 293.Inviting Poor Student to Dinner
. 294.When I'm in the Bathroom
. 295.It Was an Old, Worthless Clock
. 296.Five-Finger Discount on Candy
. 297.Collecting Seashells
. 298.At the Store Entrance
. 299.We Will See the World
. 300.Get Me a Caffe Latte




. 301.The Slow Computer-1
. 302.The Slow Computer-2
. 303.The Careful Reader
. 304.Avoid the Flu
. 305.Magician Attracts Women
. 306.US Border Patrol
. 307.Car Shopping in California
. 308.Happy Anniversary
. 309.“Read All about It!”
. 310.A Factory Worker
. 311.Bad Pork
. 312.Don’t Eat the Meat
. 313.Copper Robbers
. 314.Weekly Driving Lessons-1
. 315.Weekly Driving Lessons-2
. 316.Laundry Day-1
. 317.Laundry Day-2
. 318.The Bargain CD Set-1
. 319.The Bargain CD Set-2
. 320.It’s All Over
. 321.The New Clothes-1
. 322.The New Clothes-2
. 323.Food as Punishment
. 324.US Passports Outsourced
. 325.The Demanding Son
. 326.A Practical Joke
. 327.The Dead Pedestrian
. 328.Bad News, Good News
. 329.The Cluster Balloonist
. 330.The Rude Clerk
. 331.The Tax Charge
. 332.The Fire in the Hills-1
. 333.The Fire in the Hills-2
. 334.The Vacuum Cleaner Filter-1
. 335.The Vacuum Cleaner Filter-2
. 336.The Rental Car-1
. 337.The Rental Car-2
. 338.The Marathon Cheater
. 339.School Bus Crashes
. 340.Don’t Take My Property
. 341.New Law for Taco Trucks
. 342.The Refund-1
. 343.The Refund-2
. 344.Shut Your Mouth
. 345.TSA’s New Policy-1
. 346.TSA’s New Policy-2
. 347.I’m Pregnant
. 348.Court Approves Same-Sex Marriage
. 349.Impolite to His Brother
. 350.Protecting the Public
. 351.Malibu to License Paparazzi
. 352.I'm Moving to NY
. 353.The Heart Attack-1
. 354.The Heart Attack-2
. 355.Let's Speak English

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