+0
Hi teachers,
Could you correct the indirect questions that I made out of the following text?

Hiroshi raised his glass. Happy birthday, Ikuko, he said. How does it feel to be twenty-three?
She smiled. I can’t believe it. I still feel sixteen.
As they came to the end of their meal, they fell silent and looked at one another. There was a candle burning on the table and Ikuko could see its light in Hiroshi’s eyes. After a moment Hiroshi put his hand in the pocket of his jacket, and brought out a little box.
Ikuko, he said, and then stopped. Ikuko, you know how I feel about you. I’ve never met anyone else like you. I’d like you to have this. I’d like us to stay together always.
He handed the box across the table to Ikuko. She opened it, her hands shaking. Inside there was a ring. It was a simple ring, perfectly chosen for her by someone who loved her. But part of her was thinking, This isn’t happening to me. It was as if she was watching someone in a movie.

1. Write down what Hiroshi said when he raised his glass.
2. Write down what she said after she smiled.
3. Write down what happened as they came to the end of their meal.
4. Write down what there was burning on the table and what could Ikuko see.
5. Write doen what Hiroshi did after a moment.
6. Write doen what Hiroshi said after he said ‘Ikuko’ for the first time.
7. Write down what Hiroshi did with the box.
8. She opened it, her hands shaking.
(with this one I just don't know what to ask. Maybe out of it won't come out a natural one.)
9. Write down what was inside the box.
10. Write down what kind of ring it was.
(In the understanding that the answer to this one is 'It was a simple ring, perfectly chosen for her by someone who loved her.)
11. Write down what she was thinking.
(I'm not sure about this one)

Thanks in advance
1 2
Comments  (Page 2) 
Hi,

I would just say, at the start of the exercise, Answer these questions.

But note that these are not questions. They are instructions.
I'd reword them all as eg What did Hiroshi say when he raised his glass?

1. Write down what Hiroshi said when he raised his glass.
2. Write down what she said after she smiled.
3. Write down what happened as they came to the end of their meal.
4. Write down what there was burning on the table and what could Ikuko see.
5. Write doen what Hiroshi did after a moment.
6. Write doen what Hiroshi said after he said ‘Ikuko’ for the first time.
7. Write down what Hiroshi did with the box.

Clive
Hi Clive,
Thank you for your reply, but I prefer them as instructions. Let me tell you why. When they bring the answers to class I give them the piece of text they had answer without the verbs, then they have to fill in the blanks and ask questions about that part of the text.

TS
Site Hint: Check out our list of pronunciation videos.
Hi,

I don't understand why that means you can't in this exercise say What did Hiroshi say when he raised his glass?

Clive
Hi Clive,
Because later on they have to ask direct questions, and if I give them possible ones there's no point in doing it.

TS
Hi,

If you use direct questions in the exercise we are talkng about, you won't have to do it later. Why wait?

I feel that I am interfering too much in what really are your decisions, as it is your class and not mine. You know what is best for them.

I began commenting just because, frankly, it seemed ludicrous to me to give a class 12 questions that each start with 'Write down . . . . '

Let's end this discussion now, shall we? Emotion: smile

Clive
Teachers: We supply a list of EFL job vacancies
Clive began commenting just because, frankly, it seemed ludicrous to me to give a class 12 questions that each start with 'Write down . . . .
I agree on that very much.
'Let's end this discussion now, shall we?
Sure, no problem. Thanks a lot for all your replies.
Best,
TS