CEPA Mock Exam April 2008 - Text 2

     Robert Schwartz has two brothers. His oldest brother, Ronald, is ten minutes older. His other brother, Sheldon, is four minutes older. Robert, Ronald, and Sheldon are triplets - three children born at the same time. Triplets are more common now because of new treatments for people who are finding it difficult to have children. As a result, parents now often end up with multiple births - twins, triplets, or even quadruplets.

     But about 60 years ago, when Robert, Ronald, and Sheldon were born in 1944, triplets were rare. Only 1 out of every 8000 births resulted in triplets. To make things even more interesting, the three brothers were born on April 1 - All Fool’s Day, a day of fun, jokes, and tricks in many countries. When Joe Schwartz, their father, told his friends on the first of April that his wife was having triplets, no one believed him.

     However, there were some advantages to being interesting and unusual. A company gave the children free diapers, and another company made a special three-seater baby stroller. The three children even appeared in television advertisements. Now the three brothers are adults, married, and own a law firm, called Schwartz, Schwartz, and Schwartz. Although
they all have families, they still spend a lot of time with each other. They enjoy being triplets. “We are individuals but we share something special,” says Robert, the youngest.

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