Read the text, guess the meaning of the words and expressions below the text and answer the questions:
A man from
New Jersey was to go to Europe on business, but before that he had to go to New
York andonly there board an airplane.
Before the departure he drove to a NY City bank and said he wanted a loan of
five thousand dollars. The loan officer was reluctant, because he felt slightly
leave a collateral”, he said and turned his back to the visitor.
not going to be a problem!”, the man said and handed him the keys from his
The loan officer
was quite satisfied, promptly had the
car driven into the bank underground parking, where it was safely locked, and gave
the man 5 000 dollars.
weeks the man returned and asked his car back, producing 5 000 dollars.
owe $15.40 in interest, — said the loan officer.
wrote out a check and made for the door.
officer asked him to wait.
"Sir,” he said.
"While you were away, I have made some inquirires and found out that you are a
millionaire. We all here are intrigued — why on earth did you need 5 000 dollars?”
"It is all
very simple,” the man said. "Where else could I park my Rolls Royce in
Manhattan for two weeks and pay only $15.40?
1) loan 2)
collateral; 3) promptly; 4) had the car driven; 5) producing; 6) made for the
1) Did the
man really need a loan? 2) Do you think the man devised a clever way to park
his car? 3) Do you think this situationcould be real? 4) If you were the loan
officer, would you be surprised to have a Rolls Royce as a collateral for 5 000