Exercice - Poison and health problems
Draw the following family tree and fill it in with as many details as possible. Use the symbol † when a person is dead and indicate the cause of death when possible.
Choose the correct answer and justify with two quotations. The family lives in :
a) an industrial area
b) a big city
c) in the country
The family lives in : a) an industrial area
"Sam Olshaker who currently worked the night shift at Parish Plastics, one of the largest factories in the country. They’d moved to Colvin Heights six years before. Nina’s and Sam’s families were from the region."
What health problems do some members of the family suffered or suffer from ? Quote from the text.
Sophia died of leukemia, Nina’s father died of emphysema. And besides, Alice doesn’t have much appetite and has low white cells count, while Billy gets headaches, coughs and has score eyes.
What is the origin of Sofia’s problems? Justify your answers by quoting from the text.
a) according to the authorities?
b) according to Nina?
a) The County Health Departement said that Sophia died of leukemia, nothing more.
b) But to Nina, the place is poisoned. In the air, in the drinking water.
Say whether the following statements are true or false. Justify your answers by quoting from the text.
a) Nina cannot prove that she is right about the cause of her family’s problems
b) The workers do not know what was caused Nina’s father death
c) They did not complain because they were resigned and well paid
d) Nina wants money from the company
e) Nina thinks the environment they live in is very polluted
f) The authorities agree that this is true
g) She wants to hire Dick Burnaby to take Parish Plastics to Court
h) She needs Dick Burnaby because she got no help from the City government.
a) True - “This place poisoned her, Mr. Burnaby. I can’t prove it, the doctors won’t say so, but I know.”
b) False - He knew what was causing it, all the men at the steel mill know, they’re resigned.
c) True - they’re resigned. The pay is good, that’s the catch. And maybe, though they know what’s happening to them, they don’t exactly believe it.
d) False - I want justice, Mr. Burnaby. I don’t want money, I want justice for Sophia.
e) True - I know there is something wrong here. You can smell it, sometimes it burns your eyes and nostrils. In the back yard, in lots of back yards here, there’s this strange disgusting black fudge that oozes up like oil, but thicker than oil. I’ll show you, it’s in our basement. In wet weather it oozes through the walls.
f) False - Because to give in to one parent, they’d have to admit there was something to give in to, and they won’t do that.
g) True - I want justice for Sophia.
h) True - You call the city government, you get a secretary or somebody who tells you to wait, and you wait and the line goes dead. You go down there to City Hall and you wait. You can wait for weeks, months. I’d guess you can wait for years if you lived that long.
How does Nina explain the authorities’ reaction ?
The authorities are all involved and protect themselves.
Why cannot she move to another place ?
They can’t afford it.