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Practice #1 Grandmother, the Feminist
(Answers for question #2 will vary.)
1. The action took place in past.
2. was, kept, served, baked, many years ago
3. (Students should check their answers for #2 with classmates.)
4. The verbs are in the past tense.
My grandmother was a feminist of her own design. She kept the living room clean, organized, and
beautifully decorated. The appearance of the living room was important to her because she often
served afternoon tea to local politicians. The rest of the house, however, was never clean. She
baked wonderful cookies and pies to serve to guests. On the other hand, she never cooked dinner
for her family. Many years ago, she said to me that she was interested in local and foreign politics.
She said, “I had to be a good hostess in order to be involved in interesting political discussions.
But I was never a good housekeeper. Your grandfather understood me. He didn’t like coming
home to no dinner. However, our marriage survived because he let me be me.”
Practice #2 Manipulating Verb Tense
My grandmother is a feminist of her own design. She keeps the living room clean, organized, and
beautifully decorated. The appearance of the living room is important to her because she often
serves afternoon tea to local politicians. The rest of the house, however, is never clean. She bakes
wonderful cookies and pies to serve to guests. On the other hand, she never cooks dinner for her
family. She says to me that she is interested in local and foreign politics. She says, “I have to be a
good hostess in order to be involved in interesting political discussions. But I will never be a good
housekeeper. Your grandfather understands me. He doesn’t like coming home to no dinner.
However, our marriage survives because he lets me be me.”
(The verbs are now in present tense.)
Practice #3 The Woman of My Dreams
Tomorrow I will meet the woman of my dreams. She will want to split all the responsibilities right
down the middle. She will pay for half of everything. She will ask me out sometimes. On other
occasions, I will plan the dates. She will spend time alone with her friends. She will encourage me
to go out with my friends. She will be a confident, secure woman. I will appreciate those qualities.
Practice #4 The House Husband
Many men are choosing the role of “house husband” today. [Dusting,] [vacuuming,] and [cooking]
are just some of the daily chores the house husband is responsible for. On weekdays, he rises at
6:00 A.M. to cook breakfast and drive the children to school. Then he spends his afternoons
[running] errands and [driving] the children to after-school activities. He devotes his evenings to
[helping] the children with their homework and then to [tucking] them into bed. Around midnight,
after [stapling] all the PTA newsletters, he finds himself ready to fall into bed. Although he
considers it [exhausting,] he finds his chosen profession [rewarding] at the same time.
Practice #5 A Business Leader Speaks
Tomorrow, a group of business leaders will speak at a special lunch for business majors
[attending] UC Berkeley. I will be one of those people [giving] a speech. I will not focus my
speech on which business classes [to take.] And I will not focus on which magazines or
newspapers [to read.] Instead, I will emphasize the importance of [learning] [to write] well. My
intention will be [to get] business majors [to realize] the importance of good communication and
Practice #6 Identifying Verbs and Nonverbs
It is time [for us] [to change]. [For too long,] society has judged people [by the way] they look.
People [living] [by this standard] ask too much [of themselves and others.] They think [being]
beautiful is the primary goal [of life.] Because [of this,] they spend countless hours and lots [of
money] [on the physical] and not enough time [on the intellectual or spiritual.] Many young
women take the idea [of beauty] too far. [For example,] some begin [to starve] themselves [in
order] [to look] [like supermodels.] Others are convinced that breast implants or a nose job will
make them more acceptable [by society’s standards.] [Looking] good is not a bad goal. But it
should not be the only goal. And it should not be the standard [by which] we measure a person’s
Practice #7 Verbs and Nonverbs in Bandur’s Paragraph
A favorite assignment [of media courses] is [to have] students analyze advertisements. [Without
fail,] some boy will bring [in a picture] [from the Victoria’s Secret catalog] [as an example] [of the
objectification] [of women.] Does it objectify women? [Considering] how many sex-starved, male
dorm residents steal the mailroom’s copies [to check out] the scantily clad women [wearing]
submissive, come-hither looks, I would have [to say] “yes.” The male-dominated society’s lack [of
respect] [for women] is alive and well!