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How to tell a story

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Student’s Name:


A. Text title: How to tell a story

B. Categories: Short Story

C. I read this text for about 21 minutes 

D. Did you use a dictionary? 

E. Self-rating of text comprehension. My understanding of the text was …(Check one √ )

1 Very poor

2 Poor

3 Acceptable√

4 Good

5 Excellent

F. In my opinion, the text is…

1 Very easy

2 Easy

3 Not difficult√

4 Very difficult

5 Extremely difficult

G. How do you like reading this text? I like this

H. Would you recommend your teacher to give this text to another student in the future?

Yes, I would

I. I think I learned the following new words from the text I just read (write as many as you want)

The following is the summary of the text

There were several kinds of stories, but only one difficult kind--the humorous. it told mainly about that one. The humorous storywas American, the comic story was English, the witty story was French. The humorous story depends for its effect upon the manner of the telling. The comic story and the witty story upon the matter.

The humorous story may be spun out to great length, and may wander around as much as it pleases, and arrive nowhere in particular; but the comic and witty stories must be brief and end with a point. The humorous story bubbles gently along, the others burst.

The humorous story was strictly a work of art--high and delicate art-- and only an artist can tell it; but no art was necessary in telling the comic and the witty story; anybody can do it. The art of telling a humorous story--understand, it mean by word of mouth, not print-- was created in America, and has remained at home.

It takes only a minute and a half to tell that in its comic-story form. It was not worth the telling, after all. Put into the humorous-story form it takes ten minutes, and was about the funniest thing he have ever listened to.

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