Lesson 1

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Vocabulary
Study these vocabulary words before you read the story.

   arena    
influence
impartial
reward
innocence
beneath
accused
exactly

method
obvious
trial          
king
court        
incorruptible
punishment
subject

   give      
immediately
surround 
signal
devour    
alike
guilty     
different

  obvious   
punish
criminal  
duty
administer 
privilege
assemble
tiger

 

READING #1

When all the people had assembled, the king, surrounded by his court, 1 a signal. Then a door beneath him opened, and the accused man stepped out into the arena. Directly opposite him were two doors, exactly 2 and side by side. It was the duty and the privilege of the person on trial to walk directly to these 3 and open one of them. He 4 open either door he pleased; he was subject to no guidance or influence but that of impartial and incorruptible chance. If he opened the one, there came out of it a hungry tiger, the fiercest and most cruel that could be found, which 5 sprang upon him and tore him to pieces as a punishment for his guilt. But, if the accused person opened the other door, out of it came a 6 lady, and to this lady he was immediately married, as a reward of his innocence. This was the 7 method of administering justice. Its perfect fairness is obvious. The criminal could 8 know out of which door would come the lady; he opened either he pleased, without having the slightest 9 whether, in the next instant, he was going to be devoured or married. So the accused person was instantly 10 if guilty, and, if innocent, he was rewarded on the spot.
Adapted from The Lady or the Tiger by Frank Stockton

Adapted from The Lady or the Tiger by Frank Stockton

 

 

 

Multiple-Choice Questions


1.

   a)

Give

   b)

gives

   c)

Gave

   d)

given


2.

   a)

Alike

   b)

different

   c)

Big

   d)

closed


3

   a)

Door

   b)

doors

   c)

people

   d)

signals


4.

   a)

should

   b)

would

   c)

must

   d)

could


5.

   a)

immediately

   b)

usually

   c)

sometimes

   d)

frequently


6.

   a)

suddenly

   b)

angry

   c)

beautiful

   d)

Old


7.

   a)

criminal's

   b)

king's

   c)

lady's

   d)

Tiger's


8.

   a)

even

   b)

also

   c)

especially

   d)

Not


9.

   a)

interest

   b)

belief

   c)

idea

   d)

reason


10.

   a)

punish

   b)

punishing

   c)

punishes

   d)

punished