The One And Only Ivan

Overview : In this free passage, we’re going to read about a Ivan, an easygoing gorilla

Who is it for ? : People who want to improve their reading ability and vocabulary.

Skill level : Intermediate

Source : The book titled 'The One and Only Ivan' written by Katherine Applegate

Read the passage below:

" Hi, I'm Ivan. I am a gorilla. It's not as easy as it looks."

"People call me the Freeway Gorilla. The Ape at Exit 8. The one and only Ivan, Mighty Silverback."

"The name are mine, but they're not me. I am Ivan, just Ivan, only Ivan."

Humans waste words. They toss them like banana peels and leave them to rot. Everyone knows the peels are the best part."

"I live in a human habitat called the Exit 8 Big Top Mall and Video Arcade."

"My domain is made of thick glass and rusty metal and rough cement."

Please answer the questions below to test your reading ability:

1. What is the main character’s name?


2. What is Ivan?


3. What is Ivan’s favourite part of the banana?


4. What type of gorilla is Ivan?


5. Where does Ivan live?


6. What is the meaning of the word ‘domain’ used in the passage?


7. What is Ivan’s domain made up of ?


Question 1 of 7