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True or False Upper Intermediate Reading

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Jessica Ennis is a famous British athlete who came third in this year’s ‘BBC Personality of the Year Award’. This article focuses on her attitude to money. Read the article and then see if you can answer the true or false questions below. Are any of you involved in athletics?
Lesson by Caroline Devane

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HOW DID YOUR CHILDHOOD EXPERIENCES INFLUENCE YOUR ATTITUDE TO MONEY?
When I was growing up as a kid we never went without, but it was a bit of a struggle for my parents sometimes as they never had loads of money. So I suppose it's made me spend money more wisely and be responsible with it now that I'm an adult.

HAS THERE EVER BEEN A TIME IN YOUR LIFE WHEN YOU'VE BEEN PARTICULARLY HARD UP?
Yes, there was one year it was really bad. I was at university and obviously training as well. I did have a part-time job but because of training and competing I had to stop my job for a while so I could concentrate on training and my studies. So I had no money at all.
I remember I had to borrow money from my parents to get everyone Christmas presents, but then I owed loads of money – which is not good. People didn't get very good presents that Christmas!

WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR BIGGEST EXTRAVAGANCE?
My house, definitely.

WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR BEST BUY?
I would have to say Mila, my chocolate Labrador. We got her when she was a puppy. She was definitely a good buy. I wasn't sure whether to get her or not and I suppose she is rather expensive to keep, but she is gorgeous, and I love having her.

GIVEN THE SHORT CAREER AN ATHLETE HAS ARE YOU THINKING ABOUT WHAT YOU'LL DO WHEN YOU HANG UP YOUR SPIKES?
It is quite difficult as I'm not 100 per cent sure what I'll do when I retire. But obviously I would like to stay involved within the sport at some level. I did my degree in psychology so I would perhaps like to use that one day.

ARE YOU A GENEROUS TIPPER?
I am if the service has been good. If I have had a great time and the food has been good then yes, I will tip. But, on the flip side, if it's been poor and I've not enjoyed it then I don't just tip for the sake of it.

WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR FAVOURITE HOLIDAY?
Definitely Mauritius. A year or two ago I went for two weeks and it was the best holiday ever. Gorgeous hotel, the weather was amazing, beautiful beaches, great food, everything was just amazing – I'll definitely go back there.

IS ATHLETICS WELL PAID? OBVIOUSLY YOU ARE VERY GOOD AT IT BUT DID YOU THINK OF OTHER CAREER OPTIONS?
I think that it's often a struggle as you're coming up the system in athletics. When you're at school and trying to train it's hard to do a job as well so it can be quite difficult financially. But when you reach a certain level you can earn a decent amount of money in sponsorship endorsements, in prize money and that kind of thing.

It's very different from other professional sports where you get paid a wage as well. But there is the opportunity to earn well in athletics. I was so young when I discovered athletics so realistically I did not have the time to think about an alternative sport.

Read the full article at http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/8216786/Jessica-Ennis-I-had-to-borrow-money-to-buy-presents.html

Are the following sentences true or false?

  • 1. Jessica's childhood experiences taught her to be sensible with money.



  • 2. Jessica was a bit hard up for cash at university.



  • 3. The most expensive thing Jessica has ever bought is her dog.



  • 4. Jessica finished studying when she was 18 to focus on athletics.



  • 5. Jessica doesn’t give waiters extra money unless the service has been good.



  • 6. Jessica probably won’t return to Mauritius.



  • 7. It is impossible to earn money from athletics.