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    Dear teachers,

    John Russell, 83, got on a Chicago bus and saw a sign saying that senior citizens could ride for half fare. When he dropped his three quarters in the box, the driver demanded identification. John took out an ID card. "You need a special CTA card," said the driver. John did not have the Chicago Transit Authority card because he lives in New York and was in Chicago visiting his two sons.

    "Put in another three quarters," said the driver, "or get off the bus."

    One privilege of old age is being stubborn. John said, "Give me back my quarters, and I'll get off."

    "I can't it's in the box. If you don't get off, I'll call the police." Which he did. Two police cars pulled up.

    "I'm the criminal," said John Russell. Then he and the driver told their stories.

    "That's what you called me for?" one cop asked the driver. Another policeman then said to John, "I'll give you three quarters."

    John shook his head, "why should you give me the quarters? He has to give me my quarters."

    "Where are you going?" asked the policemen.

    "Downtown to have lunch with friends," John said.

    "C'mon," the policemen said. "We'll get you your card." So they took him downtown to the CTA office. But the people there wouldn't give him a CTA cardhe needed a picture.

    "What about his quarters?" one cop asked. The bureaucrats discussed, and the decision was made to refund John's quarters.

    When John got downstairs, the policemen asked where he was going.

    "To see my friend," John said.

    "How are you going to get there?"

    "On the bus. And all I'm going to pay is 75 cents."

    "Good luck," the policemen said.

    John got on a bus, dropped three quarters in the box, and said, "I'm a senior citizen.." The driver looked at John and nodded. He didn't know how lucky he was to be a sensible man.

    15. The suitable title for the above passage is ________. ( A )

    (a) Giving No Quarters

    (b) A Sensible Driver

    (c) A Senior Citizen

    (d) Two Policemen

    The given answer is 'a'. But to me there is no answer at all!
    Could you please kindly explain that?

    Looking forward to hearing from you.
    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang

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    Quote Originally Posted by jiang View Post
    Dear teachers,



    15. The suitable title for the above passage is ________. ( A )

    (a) Giving No Quarters

    (b) A Sensible Driver

    (c) A Senior Citizen

    (d) Two Policemen

    The given answer is 'a'. But to me there is no answer at all!
    Could you please kindly explain that?

    Looking forward to hearing from you.
    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang
    I can see why they have chosen A, because it's a play on words (a pun). There is a phrase "to give no quarter" which means "to show no mercy" or "to not give an opportunity to quit". The old man in the story refuses to give up. He stands his ground and sticks to his insistence that he should be allowed to ride the bus for 75 cents. He effectively, "shows no mercy" to the bus company. It's a pun because the story is about the man (and the bus company) "giving quarters" to each other in payment.

    I don't think that asking you what a "suitable" answer is was fair, though. Apart from B (the driver was not sensible), the other two could have been used as a title for the story as they all appear.

    I would perhaps have asked for the most "amusing" title for the piece, or the "cleverest" but "a suitable title" is an unfair question.

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    Hi emsr2d2,
    Thank you so much for your explanation. This exercise is too difficult for me.

    Have a nice weekend.

    Jiang

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    Quote Originally Posted by jiang View Post
    Dear teachers,

    John Russell, 83, got on a Chicago bus and saw a sign saying that senior citizens could ride for half fare. When he dropped his three quarters in the box, the driver demanded identification. John took out an ID card. "You need a special CTA card," said the driver. John did not have the Chicago Transit Authority card because he lives in New York and was in Chicago visiting his two sons.

    "Put in another three quarters," said the driver, "or get off the bus."

    One privilege of old age is being stubborn. John said, "Give me back my quarters, and I'll get off."

    "I can't it's in the box. If you don't get off, I'll call the police." Which he did. Two police cars pulled up.

    "I'm the criminal," said John Russell. Then he and the driver told their stories.

    "That's what you called me for?" one cop asked the driver. Another policeman then said to John, "I'll give you three quarters."

    John shook his head, "why should you give me the quarters? He has to give me my quarters."

    "Where are you going?" asked the policemen.

    "Downtown to have lunch with friends," John said.

    "C'mon," the policemen said. "We'll get you your card." So they took him downtown to the CTA office. But the people there wouldn't give him a CTA cardhe needed a picture.

    "What about his quarters?" one cop asked. The bureaucrats discussed, and the decision was made to refund John's quarters.

    When John got downstairs, the policemen asked where he was going.

    "To see my friend," John said.

    "How are you going to get there?"

    "On the bus. And all I'm going to pay is 75 cents."

    "Good luck," the policemen said.

    John got on a bus, dropped three quarters in the box, and said, "I'm a senior citizen.." The driver looked at John and nodded. He didn't know how lucky he was to be a sensible man.

    15. The suitable title for the above passage is ________. ( A )

    (a) Giving No Quarters

    (b) A Sensible Driver

    (c) A Senior Citizen

    (d) Two Policemen

    The given answer is 'a'. But to me there is no answer at all!
    Could you please kindly explain that?

    Looking forward to hearing from you.
    Thank you in advance.

    Jiang
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