9th Form. Listening Comprehension
By Alicia M. Boxler
When I first met Molly, she instantly became my best friend. We enjoyed the same things, laughed at the same jokes and even had the same love for sunflowers.
It seemed like we had found each other at the right time. Our friendship grew very strong. Our families became friends, and everyone knew that wherever you found Molly, you found me, and vice versa.
In the fifth grade, we were not in the same class, but at lunch we both sat in nearby assigned seats and turned around to talk to each other. Our big mouths got us into trouble, and we were warned by the teachers that we would never be in the same classes again if we kept this up.
That summer, Molly and her brother were at my house quite often. My mum took care of them while their mom worked. We went swimming, played outside and practiced playing our flutes. We bought best-friend charms and made sure to wear them as often as possible.
Summer went by very quickly, and middle school began. As the teacher had warned us, we were not in the same classes. We still talked on the phone, went over to each other’s houses, sang in choir and practiced our flutes together in band. Nothing could destroy this friendship.
Seventh grade started and, again, we were not in the same classes and could not sit near each other at lunch. It seemed as if we were being put to a test. We both made new friends. Molly started to hang out with a new group of people and was growing very popular.
We spent less time together, and we rarely talked on the phone. At school, I would try to talk to her, but she would just ignore me. It hurt. I’m sure she didn’t know at the time how badly I felt, but how could I talk to her if she wouldn’t listen? I began to hang around with my new friends, but it just wasn’t the same. One day I decided to talk to her.
The phone call was not easy. Talking and saying how I felt was difficult. I was so afraid that I would hurt her feelings and make her angry. It was funny, though – when it was just the two of us talking on the phone, we were friends again. It was the old Molly.
I explained how I was feeling, and she did, too. I realized that she also felt lonely without me. What was she supposed to do, not make new friends? I didn’t think about this before, but she was feeling left out by me and my new friends. There were times when I didn’t even notice I was ignoring her.
Today, I look back on all of this and smile. Molly and I are finally in the same class. Molly is not my best friend anymore, but more like my sister. We still enjoy the same things, laugh at the same jokes and share the same love for sunflowers. I will never forget her. Molly taught me something very important. She taught me that things change, people change, and it doesn’t mean you forget the past or try to cover it up. It simply means that you move on, and treasure all the memories.
9th Grade. Listening Comprehension
A They both liked to grow sunflowers.
B Their families were friends.
C They had the same interests.
D They were in the same class.
A Because the girls always got into trouble.
B Because the girls didn’t talk to each other.
C Because they talked loudly at the lessons.
D Because they talked lowdly while eating.
A They both played the flute.
B They both played the piano.
C Alicia played the flute and Molly played the violin.
D Alicia played the piano and Molly played the violin.
4. What happened when the girls started the seventh grade?
A They both were too busy to spend time together.
B The girls departed and made new friends.
C Molly was ill and felt badly.
D Molly envied her friend because she was growing very popular.
A That her friend ignored her phone call.
B That they would be in the same class the following year.
C That her friend was feeling left out by her.
D That Molly’s parents were against their friendship.
A They became much closer now.
B Molly has found a new best friend.
C They have already forgotten each other.
D The girls still keep memories about their friendships.
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