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Narrative Text (Misunderstanding) berserta soal Essay dan Jawaban


In a remote part of Ohio, United States, there is a place called Morrow.

One day, at a London train station, a traveler said to the booking-clerk, “I want a ticket to Morrow, please.” The clerk raised his eyebrows, saying, “If you want a ticket tomorrow, why don’t you come for it tomorrow?.”

“But I want a ticket to Morrow today,” the traveler replied. “I told you,” the clerk said, “You can’t have a ticket tomorrow today, you’ll have to come tomorrow for it.”

By this time the traveler was getting more and more annoyed and finally lost his temper and yelled, “Can’t you understand what I mean? I want a ticket to a place called Morrow and I want it now!”

Finally understanding what the traveler really wanted, the clerk said quite calmly, “Why didn’t you say so in the first place? Here is your ticket.”

Vocabulary List:
remote: terpencil
called: dinamai
traveler: wisatawan
booking-clerk: pegawai loket
raised: menaikkan
have to: harus
getting more and more annoyed: menjadi semakin jengkel
finally: akhirnya
lost his temper: hilang kesabaran
yelled: berteriak
mean: maksudakan
place: tempat
really: sebenarnya
quite: betul-betul
calmly: (dengan) tengang
in the end: akhirnya, alhasil
populated area: daerah padat penduduk
repeat: mengulangi
request: permintaan
several times: beberapa kali
gesture: isyarat, mimik
express: menyatakan, mengungkapkan
anger: kemarahan

Answer the Questions

  1. What did the traveler want?
  2. Where does the story take place?
  3. Why did the traveler become annoyed?
  4. How did he speak when he lost his temper?
  5. How did the clerk speak when he finally understood what the traveler want?
  6. What is the "Morrow" of the story?
  7. a. Have you ever traveled by train?
    b. Where and when?
  8. a. Do you like travelling by train?
    b. Why?
Answer Key (Kunci Jawaban):
  1. He wanted a ticket to Morrow.
  2. The story takes place at London train station (in London).
  3. He became annoyed because the clerk misunderstood him.
  4. He yelled.
  5. He spoke (quite) calmly.
  6. The Morrow (moral) is: if at first you don't succeed , try, try, try again.
  7. Students answer.*
  8. Students answer.*
Sumber: Step by Step (2003) oleh Prof. Dr. Azhar Arsyad, M.A.

Muhammad Ahkam Arifin
Muhammad Ahkam Arifin Muhammad Ahkam Arifin is a Fulbright PhD student at Washington State University, US. He earned a master`s degree in TESOL from the University of Edinburgh & Applied Linguistics from the University of Melbourne.

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