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English Reading Practice
Story, Comic Book, Exercises,
and Answer Key
can also use the following partial online version (the comic
book and answer key are not
included in the online version).
Be Worthy of Trust
the Fashion Magazine
by Lilach Ritzes
Helen sits in the living room of her small apartment. She looks for a
job as a graphic designer in job ads online and in newspapers. She does
this every day for months!
One morning, as she sits in her living room as usual and looks for a
job, her phone rings. It is her mother.
"Did you find a job?" her mother asks.
"No," Helen replies. "I am still looking for one."
"But you finished university six months ago," her mother says. "You
studied for four years to get your design degree…"
Helen interrupts her. "That is true, and I also took all the software
courses I could. But I have no experience as a graphic designer and no
recommendations, so employers do not want me. They do not know if they
can trust me."
Helen looks at the stack of bills she has to pay. If she does not find
a job soon, she will be in trouble! Suddenly, one ad catches her eye.
"A graphic designer is needed for a very well-known fashion magazine
called TOP. No experience required," the ad reads.
Helen quickly says goodbye to her mother and calls the phone number
listed in the ad. Helen is excited! She knows TOP magazine, and it
looks like a very good opportunity.
The phone conversation is very brief. A woman's voice tells Helen,
"Come at five."
Helen quickly gets ready and leaves her apartment. Still excited, she
takes the train to a tall building with a big sign that says "TOP
Magazine." Helen takes the elevator to 10th floor for her interview.
She is interviewed by a nice woman named Jenny. Jenny is the editor.
While Jenny looks at Helen's portfolio, she asks, "Who is Momo Manal?"
"He is a French fashion designer," Helen quickly answers. "He is one of
the world's best designers and a leader in fashion."
Jenny goes over Helen's portfolio. She smiles and tells Helen she is
hired. She introduces Helen to the other workers and shows her where
she will work.
The editor soon announces the next issue of the magazine. It will have
a 60s theme! Helen begins to work very hard around the clock. She knows
the magazine must be ready for approval in just a few days.
Helen stays up late into the night. She really wants to do a good job
and prove that she is trustworthy. She finally finishes the design on
time and calls the magazine editor. Everyone looks at the magazine and
loves Helen's work! She is very happy.
Suddenly the manager comes in very excited. She says that she has been
invited to a Momo Manal fashion show! Everyone is very excited. They
know it is nearly impossible to get an invitation.
The next day, the photographer sneaks into to the manager's office and
steals the invitation. He asks Helen to make a copy of the invitation
for him. She is frightened and tells him it is illegal. He must return
the stolen invitation right away.
The photographer begs her to help him. He says that he really must go
to that fashion show. "No one will find out," he assures her. Helen
finally agrees and makes him a very similar copy. As she works, Helen
does not notice the editor looking into her office.
That night at home, Helen sees on television that unemployment is high.
She is really glad that she has a good job! As she goes to bed, she
feels worried. At work, she is a trusted member of the team. But she
copied that invitation and betrayed their trust. Nobody knows about
that, but still she feels bad about doing it.
When Helen comes to work the next day, she sees a few of her co-workers
at the printer. They are making copies of the invitation she made for
the photographer. Everyone in the office has one! Helen panics. She
betrayed the trust they put in her. And now she could lose her job and
get the entire company in trouble!
She begins to shout at everyone to stop, but no one hears her over the
noise of the printer and everyone shouting excitedly. Helen unplugs the
machine and shouts, "Stop!"
Everyone is silent as Helen shouts that they must destroy the copies.
More softly, she says, "I made a big mistake. I should not have copied
the invitation." She looks at the floor, ashamed. Now she is sure she
will lose her job and that everyone in the office will feel they made a
mistake by trusting her. She cannot believe it. What will her family
Everyone looks at Helen in silence. Then they all simply say, "Okay."
They go back to work as if nothing has happened. Helen is confused. How
could it be so easy?
The editor walks up to her and says, "This was only a little prank. We
will let you keep your job this time, but I hope that you will never do
something like this again. I want to trust you."
Helen cannot believe it! Breathing a sigh of relief, she says, "No! You
can be sure that I will never do anything like that again! I will work
hard to earn your trust."
a) a collection of
pictures and documents that show a person's work
b) a collection of pictures and documents that a person sells
c) a collection of stories
d) a document that describes a person's education and previous jobs
7. What does "prank" mean?
a) a surprise party
b) an action that is meant to deceive someone as a joke
c) an action of making many copies
d) an office meeting
8. What does "forgery" mean?
a) hiding something stolen
b) lying to other people
c) doing something secretly
d) making an illegal copy of a document
1. What does "as usual" mean?
a) the way she likes
b) the same way as always
c) the way another person wants
d) in a new way
2. What does "catches her eye" mean?
a) makes her feel tired
b) makes her feel scared
c) makes her feel interested
d) makes her feel angry
3. What does "around the clock" mean?
a) all day and all night
b) moving in circles
c) in a very short time
d) taking all the time she needs
4. What does "on time" mean?
a) long before the deadline
b) after the deadline
c) any time she wants
d) exactly at the deadline
5. What does "find out" mean?
a) hear about
b) think of an idea
c) talk about something
d) find something you lost
1. Helen looks at the stack of bills she _________ to pay.
2. Helen begins to work very hard _________ the clock.
3. As she works, Helen does not notice the editor _________ into her
b) to look
c) having look
4. We will _________ you keep your job.
5. You can ________ sure that I will never do anything like that again!
Comprehension Questions (Video and Story)
1. After watching the video at the top of the page, describe in your
own words what you understand from the video.
2. The video shows that sometimes you have to make a big effort to be
worthy of someone's trust. What do you think about it?
3. What important question does Helen answer correctly in her job
4. What does the photographer ask Helen to do?
5. In your opinion, why is it important to be worthy of trust?
1. Helen graduated six months ago, but she is still looking for a job.
She says she cannot find one because she does not have experience. What
can she do to overcome this barrier?
2. Think of the best job you have had. What was it? What were your
3. Helen agrees to copy the invitation even though she does not think
it is a good idea. Why do you think she agrees to do it?
4. Helen's boss decides not to fire Helen. She decides to play a prank
to teach Helen a lesson. Why do you think she decides to do this?
5. It is hard for Helen to get to sleep at night after she forges the
invitation. Why do you think this happens to her?
6. In your opinion, how can being trusted by others benefit