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A Very Peculiar Girl

In the Soviet Union several cases have been reported recently of people who can read and detect color with their fingers, and even see through solid doors and walls. One case concerns an eleven-year-old school-girl, Vera Petrova, who has normal vision but who can also perceive things with different parts of her skin, and through solid walls. This ability was first noticed by her father. One day she came into his office and happened to put her hands on the door of a locked safe. Suddenly she asked her father why he kept so many newspapers locked away there, and even described the way they were done up in bundles. Vera's curious talent was brought to the notice of a Scientific Research Institute in the town of Ulyanovsk, near where she lives, and in April she was given a series of tests. During these tests she was able to read a newspaper through an opaque screen and, stranger still, by moving her elbow over a child's game of Lotto she was able to describe the figures and colors printed on it. Other experiments showed that her knees and shoulders had a similar sensitivity. During all these tests Vera was blindfold, and, indeed, except when blindfold she lacked the ability to perceive things with her skin. It was also found that although she could perceive things with her fingers this ability ceased the moment her hands were wet.

Alexander, L.G. - Fluency in English

Vocabulário do texto:

Inglês
Português
very
muito 
peculiar 
peculiar, singular, esquisito 
girl
menina, moça
soviet union
união soviética
several 
alguns, vários
cases
casos
reported 
reportados, relatados
recently 
recentemente
read
ler
detect
detectar
color
cor
fingers
dedos
even
até mesmo 
see
enxergar, ver
through
através
solid
sólido
doors
portas
walls
paredes
concerns
 concerne, dizer respeito a
vision  visão 
 perceive  observar, ver, conceber
 things  coisas
 skin  pele
ability   habilidade
office   escritório
 hands  mãos
locked   trancado, fechado à chave
safe  cofre 
suddenly  de repente 
kept  manteve 
 newspapers  jornais
there   
 way  forma
bundles   pacotes
brought    trouxe
 notice  notar
 town  cidade
 near  perto
 lives vive 
 tests  testes
 opaque  opaco
 screen  tela 
stranger  mais estranho  
 moving mexendo 
 elbow cotovelo 
 game   jogo
describe   descreve
 figures figuras 
 printed  impresso
 knees   joelhos
 shoulders  ombros
 blindfold  venda, o que tapa os olhos
indeed  de fato, realmente 
 except  exceto
lacked   faltar, necessitar, carecer de
 found  encontrou
 ceased  parou, cessou
 wet molhado 

 

1. This story concerns a girl who

a) perceived colors, doors and walls.
b) was able to use her hands and eyes.
c) could perceive things with her skin.
d) had only normal vision.
e) could detect colors with her wet fingers.

Resposta correta: c

Resolução: O texto relata um caso curioso: uma menina de 11 anos que consegue perceber as coisas por meio de diferentes partes de sua pele: “who can also perceive things with different parts of her skin”.

2. The girl's ability was first noticed by

a) a reporter in the Soviet Union.
b) an eleven-year-old school-girl.
c) Vera Petrova herself.
d) her father.
e) the Scientific Research Institute.

Resposta correta: d

Resolução: O texto relata explicitamente que a primeira pessoa a notar a habilidade da menina foi seu pai: “This ability was first noticed by her father”.

3. She perceived the newspaper in the locked safe by

a) unlocking it.
b) putting her hands on its door.
c) asking her father questions about them.
d) closing her eyes.
e) a scientific test.

Resposta correta: b

Resolução: O texto informa o seguinte: “One day she came into his office and happened to put her hands on the door of a locked safe”. (Um dia, ela chegou ao seu escritório e ocorreu de ela colocar suas mãos na porta de um cofre trancado”. A resposta correta é a alternativa b: putting her hands on its door (colocando suas mãos em sua porta).

4. What did other experiments prove?

a) That she was very curious.
b) That the newspapers were done up in bundles.
c) That she could move her elbow.
d) That her knees and shoulders were similarly sensitive.
e) That she couldn't be blindfold.

Resposta correta: d

Resolução: O texto relata: “Other experiments showed that her knees and shoulders had a similar sensitivity”. (Outros experimentos demonstraram que seus joelhos e ombros possuíam uma sensibilidade similar).

5. Vera's talent was so peculiar that

a) her father gave her a game of Lotto.
b) she used to describe a game through an opaque screen.
c) her talent ceased the moment she wanted.
d) her hands were always wet.
e) a scientific institute heard about it.

Resposta correta: e

Resolução: O texto relata: “Vera's curious talent was brought to the notice of a Scientific Research Institute”. (O talento curioso de Vera foi levado ao conhecimento do Instituto de Pesquisa Científica”.

6. Vera was able to perceive things with her fingers only when

a) there were figures and colors printed on them.
b) she had the hands wet.
c) her eyes were wet.
d) her hands were dry.
e) she was given a series of tests.

Resposta correta: d

Resolução: A última frase do texto informa o seguinte:

“Although she could perceive things with her fingers this ability ceased the moment her hands were wet”. (Apesar de ela conseguir perceber coisas com seus dedos, essa habilidade cessava no momento em que suas mãos estavam molhadas”.

A resposta é, portanto, a alternativa d: ela consegue perceber coisas com seus dados apenas quando suas mãos estão secas.