Part 2: Reading comprehension

Part 2: Reading comprehension

Read the following review of the Woollongabba Airfield Café, Western Australia then answer the questions which follow.

A pilot friend offered to take me on a trip in a light aircraft up the coast of Western Australia to try and spot whale sharks. After an unsuccessful couple of hours, we decided to land at Woollongabba Airfield to have some lunch. The airfield café opens at 11:00 for coffee, drinks etc., and then starts serving lunches at 1:00 pm. It then closes at 3:00 pm and I believe opens again at 7:00 pm for evening meals, though we had already left by then. The lunchtime options are quite limited – just sandwiches, burgers and salads – but in the evening there are regular barbecues with local fish a speciality. It was a scorching hot day when we visited, so I was delighted that ice-cold beer was on offer, even if my friend had to make do with a Coke. The advantage of being the passenger! I had a Cesar salad which was fine, though nothing special. On the other hand, my friend was impressed with his burger and chips. The staff were very friendly, though not especially efficient but then there were only two people serving, including the guy who was really supposed to be behind the bar. When we were there the café was more or less full and it seemed to me that there were too many customers for them to cope with. The waitress also admitted to me that they weren’t on top form as they had been catering for a birthday party which had gone on till 3:30 am and, by the time they had finished clearing up, hadn’t left until nearly 5:00! Overall, worth a visit – in any case your options are limited as the only other places to eat are in town, 5km away, with no public transport, so you either need to get a taxi or to hope someone will give you a lift. Walking or cycling 5km in 40-degree heat isn’t really an option!

  1. Make a list of the author’s positive and negative comments about the café.
    1. Positive
    2. Negative
  2. What problem will you have if you arrive at 16:00?
  3. Why did the author’s friend have to drink Coke?
  4. Find words / expressions in the text which mean the same as:
    1. See / look for / look out for
    2. Very hot
    3. Chilled
    4. Quite good / adequate
    5. Manage / deal with
    6. To take someone somewhere, in a car, for example.