Jack Benting and his two old friends Michael Woodward and Andy Mckeown were sitting in a hotel in Singapore. They had been of the police in Asian countries. Jack Benting believed that the best quality of a policeman was the ability to decide and act quickly. Woodward didn’t agree with him and thought that thoroughness and method in the solution of a crime was better than any quick decision. Andy Mckeown said that meeting people, talking to them and listening to what they say is the best quality.
Benting began to tell them his story, which had nothing to do with crime. Once he saw an advertisement wanting a cool head man to watch over two precious earrings from Southampton to New York on a ship for Mr. Van Lutjens, one of the leading merchants. Van Lutjens was always restless and looked, from time to time at the diamonds. Once, the sea was rough and a strong wind blew. Before he could open the lock to look at his diamonds, the ship rolled suddenly and violently. Van Lutjens was thrown out of his chair and the black box, which contained the two precious stones, fell into the sea. Quickly, Benting threw the table and two chairs into the sea after the box. Then he persuaded the captain to stop the ship and go back where the earrings had been lost.
When Mr. Benting came back with the case containing the jewels, he found Mr. Lutjens dead, of heart failure.
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERES
1- What was the topic the three old friends were talking about?
* They were talking about the most important qualities of a policeman.
2- What’s the most important quality of a policeman according to Benting?
*Taking quick decisions and the ability to act quickly.
3- What’s the most important quality of a policeman according to Woodward?
* Thoroughness and method in the solution of a crime was better than any quick decision.
4- What’s the most important quality of a policeman according to Andy Mckeown?
* He believed that meeting people, talking to them and listening to what they say is the best quality.
5- What had Mr. Benting just completed when he was attracted to the advertisement in the times?
* He had just finished police collage in England.
6- What did the advertisement say?
* It said, “Young man wanted for unusual work. Must have cool head.”
7- Why did Van want a man with a cool head to watch over his diamonds?
* Because he wanted someone to watch over him because he was always restless.
8- Mr. Benting thought the job that was being offered sounded rather dull, so why did he accept it?
* Because the money was generous.
9- What was Van Lutjens’ job?
* He was one of the leading diamond merchants in Amsterdam.
10- Why did Van Lutjens employ Jack Benting?
* To watch over his two precious earrings.
11- Where was Van Lutjens going? Why?
* He was going to New York to show his two diamonds to an American group of buyers.
12- Why did Van consider these stones the greatest discovery of his life?
* Because they were cut about two hundred years ago by the greatest diamond cutter of all time.
13- How did Van feel towards the two diamonds?
* He loved their beauty that he called them his children.
14- How did Benting describe the colour of the Rozelles?
* Like the colour of the sky and the sea.
15- Where did Van keep the two diamonds on board the ship?
* In the ship’s safe.
16- What did Van do on the third day?
* He brought the leather case from the safe and opened the little box to look at the diamonds.
17- Why was Jack worried when Van brought the leather case from the safe?
* Because he thought that they may be stolen.
18- How was the sea on the fourth day?
* The sea was rough because a strong wind was blowing.
19- What happened when the sea was rough?
* The ship gave a sudden roll. Van was thrown out of his chair and the black box fell into the sea.
20- What did Benting do when he saw the box disappear into the sea?
* He threw a table and two light chairs after the box.
21- Why did Benting throw the furniture after the box?
* The furniture would mark the place where they had been lost.
22- What happened to Van when the box fell into the sea?
* He had a heart failure and died.
23- What did Woodward suggest to get the little box back?
* He suggested to tell the captain to stop the ship.
24- Why was Woodward’s suggestion not practical?
* Because the ship was travelling fast and no captain would accept to look for a little box in a rough sea.
25- What did Mckeown suggest to get the little box back?
* He suggested swimming into the sea to get it back.
26- Why was Mckeown’s suggestion not practical?
* He would never find the box as the ship was travelling fast and the sea was rough.
27- Why didn’t Benting get any extra pay?
* Because Van died
1-“As a matter of fact, my story has nothing to do with
crime at all.”
a) Who to whom?
b) What kind of story was he going to narrate?
c) Why did he tell his friends that story?
2-“Young man wanted for unusual work. Must have cool head.”
a) By whom was this advertisement placed?
b) What was that unusual work?
c) Why did the employer insist on having a cool head?
3-“Yes, he actually called these lifeless two stones his
a) What were the lifeless two stones?
b) Why did Van Lutjens call them his children?
c) How did Van get them?
4-“I know it’s foolish, but I just can’t help it?”
a) Who to whom?
b) What did the speaker think to be foolish?
c) Why couldn’t he help it?
5-“Now it’s your turn, you know. You have all the facts.
What would you have done?”
a) What was Woodward’s answer to that question?
b) What was Mckeown’s answer to that question?
c) Why were the two answers not practical?
6-“When I saw the box disappear, I seized the table and two of the chairs and threw them over the railing.”
a) How had the box disappeared?
b) Why did Benting throw the table and two chairs into the sea?
c) What happened to the owner of the jewels?
7-“Well done! I hope the old Dutchman paid you extra
a) Who to whom?
b) Why did he praise the listener?
c) Why didn’t the old Dutchman pay him extra?