Category Archives: The Cook activities

Grammar for The Cook (Chapter 9)

1. There are a number of verbs such as ‘love‘, ‘hate‘, ‘admit‘, ‘stop‘, keep (on)’, ‘begin‘, ‘start‘ and ‘finish‘ that can be followed by a gerund (= verb+ing). For example, at the end of an exam, you might hear this: ‘Stop writing and put your pencils down.‘ In this example, the verb ‘stop‘ is followed by the gerund ‘writing‘.

2. Look at this extract from The Cook (Chapter 9) and find the ‘verb + gerund’ phrases in it.

That night, she found it difficult to sleep. She kept thinking about Billy Pugman. ‘Did it work?’ she kept wondering. ‘Did I use enough of my formula? ’ Finally, the morning came and she got up early and went to the school.

3. Look at these sentences and choose an appropriate gerund from the list to complete them.

going    driving    practising    forgetting    doing    making    

a. “Have you finished ______ your homework?”   “Not yet – I still have three pages to read.”

b. Stop ______ mistakes and concentrate!

c. I love ______ to the cinema, but it’s quite expensive these days.

d. I’m sorry. I keep ______ your name. What is it again?

e. I hate ______ in rush hour traffic  – it’s really stressful.

f. She loves ______ her English – that’s why she learns words quickly.

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Picture activity for The Cook (Chapter 9)

Look at these pictures and find the words in The Cook (Chapter 9) that they refer to.

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Grammar for The Cook (Chapter 8)

1. Look at this extract from The Cook (Chapter 8) and find the example of ‘let’

‘Oh dear,’ she said, ‘these ones here are a bit cold. Let me get you some fresh ones,’ and she swung around and disappeared through the kitchen doors. In a flash, she put two drops of the purple liquid onto Billy’s steak pie and stirred them into the gravy.

In the example above, Candy uses ‘let‘ to mean ‘allow me‘. In other words, she is using it to make an offer.

2. Using ‘Let’s and let(s)’. Here are two basic ways to use them:

(a) ‘Let me go!’ = Allow/Permit me to do it!

‘Please let me go to the party’ = Allow/permit me to do it

‘Let me get you some water’ = Allow me to get you some water = a phrase used for making AN OFFER

EXAMPLE: A pirate never lets sailors go unless they pay a ransom. = A pirate never allows sailors to go…

(b) Let’s go! = How about going? = A phrase used for making A SUGGESTION.

EXAMPLE: Let’s take some water. We’ll be thirsty if we don’t. = A suggestion to take some water.

3. Now look at the underlined phrase in these sentences. Is it similar to (a) or (b) above?

1. I’m tired. Let’s stop and take a rest.

2. Why won’t you let us go to the party?

3. She never lets her children sit in the car without their seatbelts on.

4. Her father didn’t let her drink coffee when she was a child.

5. If you change your mind, let us know.

6. I don’t know the city so let’s buy a map.

7. Are you hungry? Let me get you some food.

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Comprehension for The Cook (Chapter 8)

Look again at The Cook (Chapter 8) and put the following sentences in the correct order

a. Billy said that he didn’t want to have the omelette

b. Candy put some of the purple liquid on Billy’s food

c. Billy entered the dining hall

d. Candy went to get some fresh chips

e. Billy chose the steak pie

f. A boy said that the food was excellent

g. Candy stirred the purple liquid into Billy’s food

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Quizlet for The Cook (Chapter 8)

Practice the vocabulary in The Cook (Chapter 8) in QUIZLET

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Informal words and phrases for The Cook

In chapters 1-8 of The Cook there are a number of informal words and phrases. Usually, informal words and phrases are used with people that we know well such as our friends.

Look at this list:

a. food   b. give me   c. I don’t think so!   d. you can’t change your mind  e. not very good   f. pounds  

Now match the more formal words and phrases above with the more informal ones below:

1. No going back (Chapter 2)

2. He said Manchester United were rubbish (Chapter 5)

3. Give me fifty quid now (Chapter 7)

4. Brilliant grub! (Chapter 8)

5. Gimmie some chips (Chapter 8)

6. Yeah, right! (Chapter 8)

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Picture activity for The Cook (Chapter 8)

Look at the pictures below and find the words that they refer to in The Cook (Chapter 9)

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Comprehension for The Cook (Chapter 7)

Think about the Cook (Chapter 7) and put these events into the correct order

a. She gave the landlord some money

b. There was a loud noise and smoke rose into the air

c. She went to some nearby shops

d. She found a room that was not far from a train station

e. The liquid in the pot was deep purple

f. She returned from the shops with the ingredients that she needed

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Grammar for The Cook (Chapter 7)

1. The word ‘too’ can be used a number of different ways. One way is to describe a problematic situation. In other words, the situation is not what you expected or wanted. For example, if a classroom has 20 students, but only 19 chairs, then there are too many students (or too few chairs) in the room. Here, ‘too’ is modifying (or changing) a quantifier (such as ‘many’, ‘few’, ‘much’ and ‘little’).

‘Too’ can also be used to modify an adjective. For example, the man usually wears size 43 shoes, but as a gift he was given size 44 so the shoes are too big.

2. Look at this extract from The Cook (Chapter 7) and find an example of ‘too’.

That night, she found a room near Euston train station. It was small and not very clean, but it was cheap and not too far from the school.

3. Complete these sentences using ‘to’ or too’

a. She went ______ the sale at H&M, but she was ______ late ______ get any bargains.

b. The teacher told him ______ do the essay again because he had made ______ many careless mistakes.

c. I have  ______ study for an exam tomorrow, but I don’t want ______. I feel ______ tired.

d. I feel full. In fact, I think I ate ______ much.

e. The dress was ______ small, so she took it back ______ the shop where she bought it four months ago. However, the assistant said she was ______ late and refused ______ exchange it.


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Comprehension for The Cook (Chapter 7)

According to The Cook (Chapter 7), is the information in the following statements true, false or not given?

1. Candy found a place to stay that was near a train station.

2. The place that Candy found was quite close to the school that she worked in.

3. At night, Candy could hear the noise of the trains.

4. The rent for Candy’s room was only fifty pounds a month.

5. To make the liquid that Candy wanted took hours.

6. The liquid that Candy wanted to make was ready before 6am.

7. The liquid that Candy made was a light colour.

8. The deep purple liquid tasted delicious.

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QUIZLET for The Cook (Chapter 7)

Practice the vocabulary for The Cook (Chapter 7) at QUIZLET

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Picture activity for The Cook (Chapter seven)

Look again at The Cook (Chapter 7) and find the words that these pictures represent

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Grammar – The Cook (Chapter 6)

1. Look at this sentence:  ‘Candy said goodbye to the dishwashers and left the kitchen.

In this sentence, the subject in both clauses is ‘Candy‘ (Candy said goodbye and Candy left..). However, because the subject is the same, there is no need to repeat it. Instead, the two clauses are joined with ‘and‘ and the second ‘Candy‘ is removed.

2. Look at this quote from The Cook and find examples of this kind of ellipsis

The headmistress jumped out of her seat. ‘My dear, I had no idea!’ She pulled some tissues out of a box and gave them to her. ‘Wait here,’ she said and left the room. There were voices outside. A moment later, the headmistress returned. ‘Look, she said, ‘take this.’ In her hands, she had two hundred pounds. ‘Is that enough?

3. Decide if we can remove the word that is underlined in these sentences

a. Candy left the kitchen and Candy went into the playground.

b. Mr Tomkin spoke to Billy and Mr Tomkin told him to go to his office.

c. Candy was in the playground and Mr Tomkin came out the staffroom.

d. Candy used the knife to chop vegetables and the knife shone in the sunlight.

e. The dishwashers heard the fight and the dishwashers told Candy not to go out.

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Comprehension for The Cook (Chapter 6)

According to The Cook (Chapter 6) is the information in these statements is True, False or Not Given.

1. Lunch finished at 2pm

2. The headmistress arrived in her office just minutes before Candy arrived there

3. Candy was uncomfortable in the park last night

4. The headmistress gave Candy exactly 200 pounds

5. The headmistress has purple hair

6. Billy Pugman gets into six or seven fights every week

7. The police come to the school every time there is a fight

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1. Look at this sentence: ‘She is sad about leaving.’ The word ‘about‘ is a preposition here, and the object of this preposition is ‘leaving‘. ‘Leaving‘ here is a kind of noun called a gerund.

Look at this sentence: ‘Don’t talk about my friends!‘ The object of the preposition is the noun phrase, ‘my friends‘.

Often, the object of a preposition is a gerund or a noun phrase.

2. Look at this extract from The Cook (Chapter 6). Find sentences with prepositions (and objects of prepositions):

It was now 2.30pm. Lunch finished an hour ago and she still felt happy about watching all the children eat her food. She took off her apron: now it was time to talk to the headmistress. She said goodbye to the dishwashers and left the kitchen. Soon, she was in the headmistress’s office outside her door. She knocked and went in.

3. Choose a suitable preposition to complete these sentences. What are the objects of the prepositions?

a. Candy slept  ______ a park last night.

b. The boys were arguing  ______ football.

c. The headmistress gave some money ______ Candy.

d. Candy sat ______ an all-night cafe.

e. Everyone stared _____ the knife ______ Candy’s hand.

f. Candy was unhappy ______ where she slept.

Grammar for The Cook (Chapter 6)

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Picture activity for The Cook (Chapter 6)

Look again at The Cook (Chapter 6) and find the words that match these pictures

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QUIZLET for The Cook (Chapter 6)

Practise the vocabulary for The Cook (Chapter 6) at QUIZLET

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1. Referents such as ‘he, it, they, one, the other, them, her‘ are important in reading (and writing). These are words that refer to something or someone mentioned previously.

2. Look at this extract from The Cook (Chapter 5) and find the referents. Decide what the referents refer to.

She looked at her own hand. In it was the heavy knife for cutting vegetables. It shone in the sunlight. She looked at the two boys. One had short, blonde hair and a grin on his face. The other was tall with ginger hair and glasses. She watched a trickle of blood run down the tall boy’s nose and drip onto the ground. No one moved or said a word. Then a door slammed and someone came out the staffroom.

3. Choose suitable referents for these sentences where the word is underlined

i. Candy slept on a bench in a park. Candy wasn’t very comfortable, but Candy slept for a little while.

ii. Candy tried to open the kitchen door, but the kitchen door was closed.

iii. Candy asked the cleaning staff to let her in, and the cleaning staff unlocked the door.

iv. Candy went to see the headmistress in her office, but the headmistress wasn’t in her office.

v. Candy gave Collins a handkerchief. Collins used a handkerchief to wipe Collins’s face.

Grammar for The Cook (Chapter 5)

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Comprehension for The Cook (Chapter 5)

Look again at The Cook (Chapter 5) and put the following sentences into the correct order

a. Candy went to an all-night cafe

b. Candy looked at her hand and saw a knife in it

c. Mr Tomkin came rushing out of the staff room

d. The owner of the cafe told Candy to buy something or leave

e. Candy slept on a bench

f. Candy gave her handkerchief to Collins

g. A fight began in the playground

h. The headmistress was not in her office

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Comprehension for The Cook (Chapter 5)

Look again at The Cook (Chapter 5). According to the text, is the information in the following sentences True, False or Not Given?

1. Candy arrived at the school before the sun rose.

2. Candy spent the whole night in a cafe.

3. When Candy arrived at the headmistress’s office, she spoke to the secretary there.

4. When Candy heard shouting, she was standing at the kitchen window.

5. The dishwashers wanted Candy to stop the fight.

6. There was a crowd of 30 students around the two boys who were fighting.

7. By accident, Candy took a knife into the playground with her.

8. The two boys continued to fight after Candy shouted ‘Stop!’

9. Mr Tomkin was reading a newspaper before he came out of the staffroom.

10. Billy Pugman had ginger hair.

11. The boy with ginger hair went to see the nurse.

12. Billy Pugman used Candy’s handkerchief to clean his face.

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