Nasreddin and the Smell of Soup: Reading Comprehension
Read the story and answer the questions.
Nasreddin and the Smell of Soup
One day, a poor man, who had only one piece of bread to eat, was walking past a restaurant. There was a large pot of soup on the table. The poor man held his bread over the soup, so the steam from the soup went into the bread, and gave it a good smell. Then he ate the bread.
The restaurant owner was very angry at this, and he asked the man for money, in exchange for the steam from the soup. The poor man had no money, so the restaurant owner took him to Nasreddin, who was a judge at that time. Nasreddin thought about the case for a little while.
Then he took some money from his pocket. He held the coins next to the restaurant owner's ear, and shook them, so that they made a jingling noise.
"What was that?" asked the restaurant owner.
"That was payment for you," answered Nasreddin.
"What do you mean? That was just the sound of coins!" protested the restaurant owner.
"The sound of the coins is payment for the smell of the soup," answered Nasreddin. "Now go back to your restaurant."
Story retold by Martin Holmes based on Nasreddin Hodja folktales
Audio version performed by Cam Culham, English Language Centre
- What food did the poor man have?
- What kind of food did he see in the restaurant?
- Why did he hold the bread over the soup?
- So the steam from the soup would go into the bread.
- So he could warm his hand.
- So the restaurant owner would get angry.
- Why did the restaurant owner take the poor man to Nasreddin?
- Because Nasreddin was a judge.
- So that Nasreddin could pay for the soup.
- Because Nasreddin was the man's relative.
- What did Nasreddin do with the coins?
- He gave them to the restaurant owner.
- He made a noise with them.
- He gave them to the poor man.
- What was the payment for the smell of the soup?
- the sound of money
- a few coins
- there was no payment