Listen to a conversation between two students.
(woman) Is there a problem with the electricity?
(man) Yeah, this storm knocked out power all over the city. And they’re saying it might be several hours before we have electricity again.
(woman) Oh, no! I have a history paper due tomorrow and I’ve been writing it on my lap top computer and the battery’s running low. I am going to need electricity soon.
(man) Well, you know, Jefferson City still has electricity. And there’s a library there where you can plug in lap top. You could go over there to work on your paper. It’s only about a twenty-minute drive.
(woman) That’s a good idea. Of course I’d have to pack up all my stuff and it is raining outside.
(man) Yeah, that’s true. Well, why don’t you just ask the professor for an extension? You know, tomorrow when you go to class just ask him if he would give you an extra day to get the paper done. I’m pretty sure he’d agree. You know, with the storm and all.
(woman) Yeah, that should be a lot easier. But then he did tell us when he gave us the assignment that he wouldn’t grant any extension.
(man) You don’t think he’d grant an exception in this case?
(woman) I’m not sure. It’s a little risky. He might just say that we shouldn’t have waited until the last minute.
(man) Yeah, but, maybe if other students have the same problem you might be able to convince him.
(woman) Yeah, I mean, it’s not our fault that the electricity went out. Hmmm…
Briefly summarize the woman’s problem then state which solution you would recommend. Explain the reasons for your recommendation.
The woman has a history paper due tomorrow and she has been writing it on her laptop, but the electricity went out and the battery is running low. What’s worse, the electricity won’t be back before several hours. The man suggests her to go to Jefferson City. It’s got electricity and there is library where she can plug in her laptop and it’s only about 20 minutes drive. But then she has to pack up all her stuff and it’s raining outside. Then the man gives another suggestion that she can just go to ask the professor for an extension. But the woman says the professor said he didn’t grant any extensions when he assigned the paper. Well, I would recommend the girl to drive to Jefferson City. Though she has to pack her stuff and it’s raining outside, finding a place to finish her paper is the most important thing to do. As a student, she has the responsibility to finish the homework. Accident caused by weather is not an excuse for not finishing homework on time.