English Reading Practice
Story Number 11:
Watch the video at the top of the page.
Read the story "Do Not Harm a Person of Good Will" just below it.
Do the exercises at the bottom of the page.
Do Not Harm a Person of Good Will
is the Do
Not Harm a Person of Good Will 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 11 is "Do Not Harm a Person of Good Will."
read the short story about this important principle.
Do Not Harm a Person of Good Will
is a little town that is far from any big city. It is isolated and
the only school is very small and does not have much support, so the
people who live in the town cannot get good education.
One day, a new
lady moves to the town. Her name is Sophia. She is a lively, radiant
person. She opens a free learning center so that the kids who live in
can get better education.
Lots of young people go to the learning center. Sophia is busy all day
and has to get a staff of volunteers to help her! The kids have a lot
of fun and learn many new things with the kind volunteers. They even
improve their grades at school.
Most of the
parents in town are thrilled with Sophia's learning center, but one
mother, Judy, is not convinced.
"Who would want to open a free learning center and work for free?" Judy
wonders. "Sophia must be a liar or a criminal. She has something to
But her neighbors disagree. "That is not true," they say. "She is just
a good person. She wants
to improve this community for all of us."
"Oh, no," Judy insists. "On the inside, all people are bad. You cannot
trust anyone. This learning center seems too good to be true. I know
she is hiding something. I am going to write to the Town Hall and
report her to the education department!"
But Judy never gets a chance to carry out her threats. All of the local
parents unite and write to the education department the very next day.
They explain the wonderful work Sophia is doing and the amazing changes
she is helping to create in their community. Sophia and her team are
great with the town's children. Their grades at school are
improving, and many of them want to go to university. They never even
considered that possibility before.
The parents even publish a lovely letter in the local newspaper
thanking Sophia for her hard work and dedication to the community.
Everyone is very happy now: the children, the parents, the town
residents and officials, and, of course, Sophia.
The only person who is
not happy is Judy. She is already looking for someone else to say nasty
things about. But her neighbors value the volunteer work that Sophia
does and recognize that she is truly a person of good will.
And now, practice:
1. What does "good will" mean?
a) a kind, helpful, and
b) an attitude of independence
c) a happy, positive attitude
d) a calm attitude
2. What does "volunteer" mean?
a) a person who works for
b) a person who works many extra hours for extra pay
c) a person who works for free doing something they think is important
d) a person who does not have a job
3. What does "value" mean?
a) to think something is
b) to think something is very important and worth doing
c) to think something is not important
d) to think something is beautiful
1. She wants to improve this community for ________ us.
b) all of
2. The parents even publish a lovely letter ________ the local
3. You cannot trust ________.
a) no one
1. What special kind of work does Sophia do?
2. Why does Judy think Sophia has something to hide?
3. In your opinion, why is it important not to harm a person of good
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