English 2


Surprising presidential coincidences between Lincoln and Kennedy have been circulating in the press and on social networks for decades. Are the mentioned things true or just coincidence? Decide for yourself…

A.Lincoln and J.F. Kennedy

I Fill in the blanks using the correct form of the word in brackets:


  • Both presidents had 7 letters in their last name.
  • Both were over 6′ _______ (FOOT) tall.
  • Both men studied _______ (LAWFUL).
  • Both served in the military. Lincoln was a scout captain in the Black Hawk War, and Kennedy served as a navy lieutenant in World War II.
  • Both had no _______ (FRIGHTEN) of their mortality and disdained bodyguards.
  • Both Lincoln and Kennedy were _________ (FAME) for their wit and for telling hilarious stories and anecdotes.


  • Both presidents were shot in the head, on a Friday.
  • Both were seated beside their _______ (WIFE) when shot. Neither Mrs. Lincoln nor Mrs. Kennedy was ______ (INJURY).
  • One more ________ (SIMILAR): days before the murder happened Lincoln told his wife and friends about a dream he’d had of being shot by an assassin. Hours before the murder happened Kennedy told his wife and friends it would be _______ (EASILY) for an assassin to shoot him from a crowd.
  • Lincoln was shot in a theatre named Ford. Kennedy was shot in a car made by Ford. Kennedy was shot in a car named Lincoln.
  • Andrew Johnson, who killed Lincoln, was born in 1808. Lyndon Johnson, the Keneddy’s _________ (MURDER) was born in 1908.

Fill in the blanks with the right preposition, where necessary.

Family and Friends

  • Both presidents were named _______ their grandfathers.
  • Both were born ______ second children.
  • Both married while _______ their thirties. Lincoln married ________ 33 and Kennedy married at 36.
  • Both married dark-haired, twenty-four-year-old women.
  • Both wives died around the age ________ 64. Mary Todd Lincoln died _____ 1882 at age 63 years and 215 days, and Jackie Kennedy died in 1994 at age 64 years 295 days.
  • Each couple had four children two ________ whom died before becoming a teen.
  • Each couple lost a son while in the White House. Willie Lincoln died at age 12 in 1862, and Kennedy’s son Patrick died two days _______ his birth in 1963.


  • Lincoln’s secretary was named Kennedy.
    Kennedy’s secretary was named Lincoln.
  • Lincoln gave freedom _______ the black people and legalized equality. Kennedy enforced equality _______ the black.
  • Both presidents were elected _______ the House of Representatives in ’46.
  • Both were elected to the presidency _______ ’60.
  • Both Lincoln and Kennedy were loved _______ the common people and hated ________ the establishment.

III Look at the Lincoln’s and Kennedy’s quotes. Make the opposite of the words in italics to complete the quotes.

Abraham Lincoln
“A friend is one who has the same __________ as you have.”   “As I would not be a slave, so I would not be a ________. This expresses my idea of democracy. “

“I do not think much of a man who is not wiser today than he was _________.”  
“Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or ________ are certain to miss the future.”
“It is an unfortunate fact that we can secure peace only by preparing for _______.”   “The greater our knowledge increases the more our __________ unfolds.”


Jobs – Present Simple Practice (speaking + vocabulary)

What’s the job? Read about different job positions. What do you do? What’s your position like?

Architect Technician

  • Works for a construction company.
  • Designs buildings, produces plans, specifications, and drawings.
  • Negotiates with builders and inspects construction work.

Field Service Engineer

  • Works for an office equipment manufacturer.
  • Visits customers’ sites and repairs and maintains
  • Spends a lot of time driving from place to place.

Software Engineer

  • Works for a bank.
  • Writes, tests, and debugs code.
  • Updates security features and troubleshoots.
  • Is responsible for a project team.

Help Desk Technician

  • Provides technical support.
  • Solves customers’ problems over the phone.
  • Works night shifts.

Warehouse Manager

  • Works for a paper company.
  • Receives shipments and checks quantities.
  • Keep records of
  • Manages a database.
  • Works for a credit card company.

Quality Controller

  • Works for a pharmaceutical company.
  • Collects and examines product
  • Analyses data and writes reports.

2 Look at the underlined words in the job descriptions in the exercise 1. Find the word which means:

  • bargains, reaches agreement by discussion
  • parts of the working day
  • puts in the latest information
  • stocks of goods and materials
  • goods that are transported
  • finds and corrects faults and problems
  • keeps in good working order
  • specimens, small quantities of a product that shows what the rest is like
  • looks at something closely to make sure it’s OK
  • examines something carefully to understand it and explain it.

3 In your opinion, on which of these positions people…:

1 are the most and the least busy?
2 use computers the most?
3 work the longest hours?
4 don’t need to wear special clothing?
5 sometimes work outside?
6 meet lots of different people?
7 need the most qualifications?
8 make the most money?
9 have the best and the worst jobs? why?

4 Speaking practice. Work with a partner. Take turns to describe the jobs of people you know, for example, your boss, your husband/wife, your brother etc.

   A What does your wife do?
   B She’s a laboratory technician. She works at a chemical company. She tests and analyses samples. She…

Vocabulary Practice 1

1. Fill in the blanks using the given words:

debts    interest   loss    loan    profit

  1. If you want to buy a car, you’ll need to take a  bank _________ in advance.
  2. I couldn’t pay off my _________, so I asked my father for some money.
  3. Every company can make a big ___________ if they work well.
  4. Mark put some money on his saving account, so he has a 1% __________ from his savings.
  5. We had such a bad advertising campaign that we made a huge ____________ and lost some of our clients.

2. MAKE or DO? Fill in. Then, use the phrases in the sentences.

_____ money

______a favour

___ a decision

____ extra work

__ a suggestion

____ nothing

  1. If I have to ________________ about something, I consult my colleagues and we always decide together.
  2. Sorry, can I _________________? You should make an analysis of the market and then make a product list.
  3. We made a big loss in Spain last year but we _________________ to fix the damage. We just focused on Italian market more.
  4. Some people ______________, some people spend money. You can’t do both.
  5. If you want to earn more, you must _______________!
  6. Laura, can you ________________? I have to leave earlier today, can you finish my project, please?


3. Complete the paragraph with the words from the box:

Salary        Benefits          Experience      Interviews     Application form         Vacancy            Qualifications    


We have a (1) ……………………… for an administration officer to work in our busy Sheffield office. If you have a minimum of two years (2)…………………………. in this sort of work and enjoy being part of a team, send for an (3) …………………………………… to the address below. (4) ………………… is in the region of & 12,000, depending on (5) ……………………… (Those with university degrees may receive more.) Other (6) ……………………….. include the use of the company gym and subsidised meals in the staff restaurant. (7) …………………………… will be held on November 5th and 6th at our London office.