English Reading Practice
Story Number 14:
Watch the video at the top of the page.
Read the story "Be Worthy of Trust" just below it.
Do the exercises at the bottom of the page.
Be Worthy of Trust
is the Be
Worthy of Trust video.
You can watch it in your own language at The
Way to Happiness Foundation
click the word "language" at the top right corner of that page.)
Way to Happiness is a common sense guide to
better living which has been distributed to more than 100 million
people in over 100 languages. It describes 21
principles to a better quality of life.
number 14 is "Be Worthy of Trust."
read the short story about this important principle.
Be Worthy of Trust
and Darren have two children. Their son, Kyle, is twenty years old. He
helps them take care of his little sister, Rita, who is only six. He
loves her very much, and he is happy that he can help his parents to
take care of her. But sometimes it can feel like a lot of work.
One Friday afternoon, Kyle's parents both have to work late. They ask
him to pick Rita up at school in the afternoon. Of course Kyle says
yes, because he does not have any plans and he knows it is very
important to help his parents when he can.
Around 3:00 in the afternoon, Kyle gets a call on his cell phone from
his best friend, Peter.
"Kyle! Forget about whatever plans you had for today!" his friend
exclaims. "Jessica's mother just offered to let us use her country
house this weekend!"
The only thing their friend Jessica can ever talk about is her mother's
enormous, luxurious country house. It has lots of bedrooms, a huge
swimming pool, and an well-equipped gym room. They can also listen to
very loud music there because there are no neighbors to complain. Kyle
and his friends always talk about going there.
"Come on, we will leave in fifteen minutes! Get ready!"
Kyle looks at his watch and thinks about how much fun he could have
with his friends in the country. He knows the teachers at Rita's school
will call his grandmother if he does not pick her up. He hesitates for
a moment, very tempted to go with his friends.
But of course he knows he cannot let his parents and sister down and
leave Rita alone. He tells his friend thank you for the invitation, but
has made a promise that he really must keep. Realizing he does not have
much time left, Kyle rushes to his sister's school.
He is five minutes
late, and when he gets there, he sees that Rita is very scared and is
about to cry. She is the last student at the school, and the teachers
are waiting with her.
When she sees her big brother rushing to the door of the school, Rita
smiles and laughs with relief. She runs to him and gives him a big hug.
she is very happy to see him. Kyle realizes that he has done the right
thing. He must always keep his word and be worthy of trust because his
decisions influence other people's lives.
And now, practice:
1. What does "worthy" mean?
a) deserving something
d) a person who is kind to others
2. What does "trust" mean?
a) your reputation
b) things you have to do
c) a belief that someone is reliable, good, or honest
d) the ideas you have about other people
3. What does "luxurious" mean?
b) very comfortable and expensive
c) far away
1. Kyle realizes that he ________ the right thing.
a) has do
b) is done
c) are done
d) has done
2. Come on, we will leave ________ fifteen minutes!
3. He loves ________ very much.
1. What will Kyle's friends do this weekend?
2. Why does Kyle say he cannot go with them?
3. In your opinion, why is it important to be worthy of trust?