2 Multiple choice questions
Now read the article again and answer these multiple choice questions. Choose the best answer: a, b, c or d.
1 What is the difference between Zuleika and other five-year-olds?
a She prefers watching education programmes to cartoons on TV.
Incorrect. The text says 'instead of watching cartoons ... her favourite pastimes are solving equations and reading books'.
b She is so clever that she is doing a university course.
Incorrect. She 'spends hours every day in a university library' but she isn't following a university course.
c She can solve very difficult Maths problems.
Correct. The text says Mr Yosuf 'writes complex mathematical problems on the board' and Zuleika 'solves them'.
d She has already passed an 'A' level exam.
Incorrect. The text says 'Next year Zuleika will become Britain's youngest 'A' level student.'
2 How is Zuleika different from her brother and sisters?
a She enjoys taking part in competitions.
b She began studying Maths when she was younger.
c She has always been taught at home.
d She is much more intelligent.
3 Mr Yosuf says that his children are successful because:
4 The writer mentions Einstein as an example of someone who:
a was pushed rather than encouraged as a child.
b achieved great success early on in his life.
c was not a child prodigy.
d did not go to university.
5 What does 'this' refer to in paragraph 5?
a the success children can achieve in later life
b an ability which increases with age
c being pushed by one's parents
d the future for children like Zuleika
6 What do all child prodigies have in common?
a They are extraordinarily talented.
b Their success is much easier to achieve.
c They realise they are different from other people.
d They work harder than most other people.
Find words in the text which mean:
1 reach somebody who is ahead of you - catch up (paragraph 3)
2 something that is not known by other people - a secret(4)
3 giving help to someone (4) - supportive
4 to force someone to do something - to push (5)
5 extremely good, excellent - geniuse (5)
6 wanting to give your time and energy to something - motivation (6)