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Harry Potter and Philosopher’s Stones

Judged by this first volume, the Harry Potter books are a fine addition to English children’s
fantasy literature. Harry Potter, orphaned when his parents are killed by the evil wizard
Voldemort, is taken in by his aunt and uncle, who are Muggles – ordinary, non-magical people.
Harry is rather out of place there, but things improve greatly for him when goes to the Hogwarts
School of Witchcraft and Wizardry – except that one of the staff is in league with Voldemort.

Part of the attention of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone comes from the familiar but at
the same time exotic setting of an English public school, complete with houses and schoolboy
adventures, in which Harry and his friends Ron and Hermione struggle to save the world and
win the house cup.

So Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone will be a great Christmas present for kids who
haven’t read it yet – and it is a book that adults (at least those without stunted imaginations) can
read as well.
A book review by Danny Yee @ 2000

1. The story of Harry Potter began when ....

A. he became an orphan
B. his uncle and aunt adopted him
C. Voldemort was killed
D. his parents killed Voldemort
E. his uncle and aunt killed Voldemort

2. When Harry Potter lived with his uncle and aunt, ....
A. he felt uncomfortable
B. he befriended Voldemort
C. things improved in his life
D. he had fantasy about magic
E. he became ordinary people

3. We can conclude from the first paragraph that ....

A. Harry Potter’s parents were muggle
B. Harry Potter lived in a magical place
C. Harry Potter is a relative of Voldemort
D. Harry Potter’s parents adopted him as an orphan
E. Harry Potter enjoyed his life with his uncle and aunt

This series is based on a true story of a girl named Aya Kito who was stricken by a
cruel disease called Spinocerebellar Degeneration. This disease affects Aya’s
nervous system and as the name’s suggest, it poses a degeneration of her
movement, and will eventually affect her mobility, speech and even her ability to
eat. The theme of this series is very depressing but the overall tone is very
heartwarming. Aya Kite’s diary was made into a best-selling book and the series
follows her sufferings as she struggles to find hope, strength and courage to face
such a devastating disease.

4. What is the most suitable title for the text?

a. The Spinocerebellar Degeneration d. The tear jerking scene
b. The legend of Aya Kito e. Aya Kito’s true story
c. Aya Kito’s suffering
5. Which of the following statement is NOT TRUE according to the text?
a. The story was based on Aya’s letters d. The diary was bestseller
b. The story was based on a true story e. Aya was a strong girl
c. The disease is devastating