Today, I asked Abe to read ten pages of a chess book, since the book is an advanced book, I supposed him to finish the reading no less than half an hour.
He started to read the chess book, at the same time, I started to read an article from another book, minutes later, he said to me,
“I am done.”
“You must have not read it carefully, it is supposed to be a difficult book,” I replied, “I have not finished reading this interesting story yet.”
“Which story? Let me see how soon I can finish it.” Abe must think he is a super-reader, he will surely finish reading an article or whatever much faster than his dad.
“Sure, you can. But after you finish reading the article, I will test you some questions to see if you really read the article.” I guess it is not a bad idea to teach him some lessons.
“I may not remember every detail.”
I showed the story to Abe, it’s named The Mansion: A Subprime Parable written by Michael Lewis.
After Abe finished reading the article, I asked him the following questions:
- What is the story about?
- Do the kids like the house when they first see it? Why?
- What are the names of the three kids?
- Do the author think he has privacy living in the house, why?
- Why do they move out of the house?
- How much is the utility bill for the first month?
- How much is the water bill for the first month? Is it for drinking water?
- What is Quinn’s response when visiting William Randolph Hearst’s house?
See if you can answer them all and let me know if I missed some of important questions.
Abe answered most of my questions correctly or almost correct. So I thought the lesson he could learn was not about his reading, the lesson was about managing money: Spend only if you can afford.
By the way, Abe said he used ten minutes reading it (The Mansion: A Subprime Parable). How about you?