Hellen Keller Reading Comprehension - Modal Verbs Of Possibility, Certainty, And Obligation.

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Hellen Keller Reading Comprehension - Modal Verbs Of Possibility, Certainty, And Obligation.

Modal verbs


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  • 1. 
    must say there was nothing wrong with Helen Keller when she was born. Her father and mother were very proud of their pretty baby, who tried to say “pa-pa” and “ma-ma”. For nineteen months Helen grew bigger and stronger. She was able to walk when she was a year old; she could say a few words.But one day the child fell ill. She must have been very ill. For days she was laid up with a high fever and soon the parents learned that their darling would never be able to see and hear.The little child was now doomed to a life of silence and darkness. She could not hear what was said to her and did not know how to talk, she was unable to play with other children.When Helen was 6 years old her parents took her to Baltimore and then to Washington to famous doctors to find out if they could do something to make her hear and see again, but the doctors could do nothing. The child was hopelessly deaf. Dr. Bell said the Kellers should addressthe Perkins Institution for the blind in Boston and ask if they could send someone to help the child.List the different modal verbs you see in that segment of the reading. What is the meaning of each modal verb? (there are 10 different sentences). Some of the meanings can be similar or the same.
  • 2. 
    I’d like you to know the story of Helen Keller, who could neither see nor hear from the time she was a baby. Yet the brilliant girl was able to overcome all those handicaps, to graduate from a college with honors and become a useful citizen.The second modal verb underlined can be replaced by:
    • A. 

      MUST

    • B. 

      MIGHT

    • C. 

      SHOULD

    • D. 

      COULD

  • 3. 
    I’d like you to know the story of Helen Keller, who could neither see nor hear from the time she was a baby. Yet the brilliant girl was able to overcome all those handicaps, to graduate from a college with honors and become a useful citizen.What does the first Modal Verb used in the first underline sentence mean?There was a possibility.There was a certainty.She didn't have the ability.There was an obligation.
  • 4. 
    I’d like you to know the story of Helen Keller, who could neither see nor hear from the time she was a baby. Yet the brilliant girl was able to overcome all those handicaps, to graduate from a college with honors and become a useful citizen.What is the other modal verb we haven't underlined? Which other expression can replace that sentence with modal verb?
  • 5. 
    When Hellen was born she couldn't see or hear. Her parents were so sad!
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 6. 
    The doctors say they couldn't help her, so they should call an institute in Boston to see if they could send someone to help.There are two sentences using could. Do they have the same meaning?
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

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