AN ARAB AND HIS SONS
Far to the East there lived in old days an Arab who had three sons, whom he dearly loved. He had seventeen beautiful horses whom he loved.
One day the old man became very ill. Feeling that the end was near, he called his sons to give one – half of his horses, to the second son – one third, and to the youngest – one-ninth.
The sons met to divide the horses but they didn’t know how to divide them.
“How can I take one half of seventeen horses?” said the eldest son. “1 can’t divide a living horse in two. “And how can I,” asked the second, “take one third of seventeen horses? But this is what my father wanted me to do”.
“I also want to do what my father wanted us to. But what is one ninth of seventeen horses?”
At that time an old man came riding on a horse. “May be he can tell us”, they said hopefully. They told their story to him.
The man began to think. Several minutes passed before he spoke. At last he said, “Take my horse and there will be eighteen”.
They did so. The elder son took one half of the horses. Then the second son called the horses, which he loved best, and the six animals came running to him. And the youngest son took two horses. The sons said lo the man: “You divided the horses wonderfully. Say what you want us to give you for it”.
“I shall take all the horses that are left”, said the old man and he rode away with his own horse.
Task 1. Say if the sentences are true or false (T/F)
1) An Arab had four sons whom he dearly loved. False
2) He had seventeen beautiful horses whom he loved greatly.
3) One day he called his youngest son to give him the horses.
4) The three young Arabs couldn’t divide the horses because they didn’t know
Arithmetic well enough.
5) The old man agreed to help the young Arabs because he wanted to get a few horses from them.
6) The old man came riding on a horse.
Task 2. Choose the right answer.
- Who lived far from to the East?
- a robber; b) an Arab; c) an old man
- What did he have?
- Houses; b) Hamsters; c)horses
- How many horses did he have?
- Sixteen; b) Seventeen; c) seventy
- Why did he call his children?
- he was angry; b) he was ill; c) he was happy
- Why did they meet?
- to divide the horses; b) to divide money; c) to help their father
- How many horses did he give to his elder son?
- one half; b) one third; c) one ninth; d) the horses that are left