LESSON 149 - Boy Runs Away From Homework       

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What would you do if homework became too difficult for you to handle?

Have you ever considered running away from home?

Where did the boy live?

This is a true story about a boy who ran away to escape the stress of too much homework.

Run Away (from)


Stow away



End up

Cope, Cope with


To make matters worse



Be exhausted


Hop onto


Manage to


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A 10-year-old boy stowed away on a train and ran away from home in China - because he had too much homework.

Xu Zhiqiang, 10, from Cili town, Hunan province, ended up thousands of miles away from home, reports Information Times.

He said he could not cope with the amount of homework he was expected to complete during the one month winter holiday.

Xu said: "Each of us has to finish two thick books of homework. Take the mathematics homework as an example, it has 100 pages with all kinds of questions."

To make matters worse, Xu's mom found a mistake on one question and punished him by getting him to correct the mistake and copy the right answer 100 times.


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Boy Runs Away From Homework

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Necessity and Obligation

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