Practise understanding newspaper headlines in English
Read the headline below. What do you think the article will be about? What questions can you ask yourself to prepare to read the article?
‘Into the Wild’ bus airlifted
(examples: What is ‘Into the Wild?’ Could it be a TV show, a movie or a book perhaps? Has the bus been moved? Where from? Where to? By whom? Why?)
Now read the article and answer the questions that follow.
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An abandoned bus, made famous by the 1996 book and 2007 film both called ‘Into the Wild’, has been airlifted from the place it was left in after years of hiker rescues and deaths.
The bus was abandoned near the boundary of Denali National Park and Preserve in Alaska, USA and has attracted travellers for years due to its fame established in the book and film. ‘Into the Wild’ tells the story of Christopher McCandless, a man who hiked across North America into the Alaskan wilderness in the early 1990s.
The bus had sat at its location since 1992, left there after the death of 24-year-old Virginian Christopher McCandless the subject of the book and film.
Hikers attracted to the site, situated about 25 miles (40km) west of the Parks Highway on the Stampede Trail, have visited over the years with varying levels of preparedness for enduring wilderness conditions and crossing the fast-running Teklanika River. This has resulted in several rescues and deaths over the years and some local officials have long called for its removal.
“It’s a little bittersweet, honestly,” said Denali Borough Mayor Clay Walker. “We know it’s the right thing to do for public safety, yet at the same time I watched it go down the Stampede Road, it does feel like a piece of your history moving on.”
The bus will, for now, remain in storage, and the state is considering options for its permanent placement elsewhere.
Are the following statements true, false or not mentioned?
1. The book and film have the same name.CorrectIncorrect
2. Before being moved, the bus had been at its location since 1996.CorrectIncorrect
3. Many hikers who have made the journey to see the bus were not properly equipped for the conditions.CorrectIncorrect
4. The Mayor interviewed had mixed feelings about the removal of the bus.CorrectIncorrect
5. The bus will be moved to a new location by next year.CorrectIncorrect