1 Jack’s problem is solved by a carpenter. He told Jack to cut the legs off the bed. And then Jack
was certain that nobody was sleeping under it when he got into bed.
2 The answer is open-ended. For example, you might have the fear of darkness, the fear of heights, the fear of snakes or spiders, the fear of flying, etc. Some suggestions on how to overcome fears are listed below for reference. First, you analyzed your fear and had a clear picture of what your fear was. Then you took control of your fear. You decided to expose yourself to that fear in small doses until you gained a better understanding of it. As a result, your fear began to disappear. Finally, you successfully changed the way you thought about your fear. You started seeing fear as a source of energy and embraced its role in your life.
Jack went to a doctor. “Doctor,” he said, “I’ve got trouble. Every time I lie in bed, I think there’s somebody under it. I get under the bed; then I think there’s somebody on top of it. Top, under, top, under. You’ve got to help me! It almost drives me mad!”
“Just put yourself in my hands for two years,” said the doctor. “Come to me three times a week, and I’ll cure your fears.”
“How m uch do you charge?”
“A hundred dollars a visit.”
“I’ll think about it,” said Jack.
Six months later the doctor met Jack by chance.
“Why didn’t you ever come to see me again?” asked the doctor.
“For a hundred bucks a visit? A carpenter cured me for 10 doll ars.”
“Is that so? How?”
“He told me to cut the legs off the bed!”
Understanding the text
1 Because when he once hopped from the highest diving board at the pool, he hit the water with
an incredible impact and blacked out.
2 No, they couldn’t. Because with the water’s tow, they’d never get to the drowning boy.
3 Because nobody except Jason saw that going out onto the jetty, which was close to the boy, was