English Reading Practice
Story Number 13:
Watch the video at the top of the page.
Read the story "Do Not Steal" just below it.
Do the exercises at the bottom of the page.
Do Not Steal
is the Do
Not Steal 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 13 is "Do Not Steal."
read the short story about this important principle.
Do Not Steal
is sitting by himself on a bench in the park. He is not very happy. He
does not have a laptop, and he really needs one. He has an old, slow
computer that does not work very well for all his university projects.
He is frustrated because he does not have enough money to buy himself a
He stands up and starts to walk through the park, feeling unhappy. Soon
he sees an old lady sitting on another bench. She has a beautiful new
laptop next to her purse on the bench. Ken looks at her. "Now, why does
laptop?" he thinks to himself. "She is an old lady. She does not need
it for anything important."
Ken thinks about all his important college work. He really needs that
laptop. He knows he can just grab it and walk away. The old lady will
probably not even notice. Suddenly, a dog starts barking loudly. The
old lady looks to see what is happening. Ken takes this perfect chance
– he grabs the laptop and quickly walks away.
The next day, Ken tries to use the laptop for a project, but he feels
terrible. He cannot even open it because he feels so bad about stealing
it. He uses his old computer, but there is the laptop on the desk next
to him. He cannot even look at it because he feels so guilty.
When his friend comes over that afternoon, Ken tries to hide the
laptop. He does not want anyone to know that he stole it. He feels
guilty and embarrassed. As the days pass, Ken becomes grumpy. He is
always in a bad mood, and he does not work hard on his university
Ken finally decides he cannot take it anymore. He goes back to the park
hoping to find the old lady and return her laptop. He waits and waits,
but of course she does not arrive. On the way home, he donates the
laptop to a community center for children. He even gives them some of
his old books.
Ken realizes that stealing the laptop was not worth it. When you steal
something, it loses its value. Only the rightful owner can use their
things happily. A thief cannot. Ken knows he cannot steal and be
And now, practice:
1. What does "steal" mean?
a) to borrow
b) to ask someone for something
c) to take something that belongs to someone else
d) to use something and then give it back
2. What does "grumpy" mean?
a) in a bad mood
3. What does "thief" mean?
a) a person who knows a lot
b) a person who steals things
c) a person who is rude to other people
d) a person who does not talk to other people
1. Ken tries ________ use the laptop.
2. Ken ________ very happy.
a) is not
b) does not
c) has not
d) were not
3. ________, a dog starts barking loudly.
1. Why does Ken feel upset at the beginning of the story?
2. How does he convince himself that he should steal the laptop?
3. In your opinion, why is it important not to steal?