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Practices 1-6 are based on extracts from the Drama Rumpelstiltskin

Practice 1

Narrator : It is night. In a room high in the tower, Lisa is crying. There is a spinning wheel beside her and a big heap of straw.
Lisa : Oh, dear. I can’t possibly make gold out of straw, and when the King finds out, he will cut of my head.
Narrator : Suddenly, there is a scratching noise and a strange little man with a pointed nose climbs through the window.
Rumpelstiltskin : Why are you crying?
Lisa : Because my father told the king I could spin straw into gold. Now the King will cut off my head.
Rumpelstiltskin : That’s nothing to cry about. I’ll help you if you give me something in exchange.
Lisa : But, I haven’t got anything.
Rumpelstiltskin : What about that pretty necklace you are wearing.?
Lisa : This?
Narrator : The little man nods and Lisa unfastens the necklace and hands it to him.
Rumpelstiltskin : That’s right. Now you go to sleep. By the time you wake up, your troubles will be over.

1. What was Lisa instructed to do in the palace?
A. Make straw and gold
B. Make golden clothes
C. Spin straw into gold*
D. Spin gold into straw

2. What did Lisa give Rumpelstiltskin in return for his favour?
A. gold
B. ring
C. necklace*
D. straw

3. Why is Lisa crying because …
A. she hates her parents
B. she is the victim of her parents lies.*
C. her parents are evil
D. the king is evil and tortures her

Practice 2

Narrator : In a cottage in a village in a small country, Lisa has been baking. Her mother and father are very proud of her. They are always telling people how clever she is and all the wonderful things she can do.
Mother : Oh Lisa. What lovely things you have made. You’re really brilliant. Twenty currant buns, twenty jam tarts, and one apple pie. All fit for a King to eat.
Father : When the King comes to the village today, I’m going to tell him how clever you are.
Narrator : At that moment there is the sound of cheering outside.
Mother : Quick Lisa. See if that’s the King coming. I hope he visits us so I show him all the wonderful things you have made.
Narrator : Lisa goes to the window and looks out.
Lisa : Look the King has stopped at our gate.
Father : I bet he can smell all this lovely food! I am sure the King would want to marry a girl as clever as you.
Narrator : Just then the King puts his head through the window.
King : I can smell apple pie. My favourite.
Mother : Of please, Your majesty. Come and try a slice.

1. Why are Lisa’s parents eager to impress the King?
A. So that the King will invite them to the palace
B. So that the King will want to marry Lisa*
C. To show off how clever Lisa is.
D. They have nothing much to do.

2. The King loves to eat…
A. tarts
B. currant buns
C. apple pie*
D. everything

3. Why was there a sound of cheering outside the gate?
A. Lisa was getting married
B. The King stopped by the house*
C. Lisa’s parents invited the King
D. The people wanted to eat the food.

Practice 3

Narrator : In the morning Lisa wakes up to find a heap of shining gold instead of the heap of straw. The King comes in.
King : So your father told the truth. You can spin straw into gold.
Narrator : Lisa wants to tell the King what has happened but she is so frightened that when she opens her mouth to speak no words come out.
King : There’s no need to be afraid Lisa. You’ve kept your word.
Lisa : Can I go home now?
King : Not yet. I need more gold.
Narrator : The King leads Lisa to another room in the castle. It is even bigger and filled with straw.
King : Tonight you must spin all this starw. But remember…if it isn’t turned into gold by tomorrow morning, I’ll cut off your head.
Narrator : That night Lisa hears the scratching noise at the window. The strange little man climbs in through the window.
Rumpelstiltskin: More straw to spin? My favourite task.
Lisa : But I have nothing to give you.
Rumpelstiltskin : What about that pretty ring you are wearing?
Lisa : This?
Narrator : The little man nods and Lisa takes off her ring and hands it to him.

1. What will happen to Lisa if she cannot spin the straw into gold?
A. The King will marry her
B. The King behead her*
C. The King will let her go home
D. The King will punish her.

2. What is the little man’s favourite task?
A. Making deals
B. Stealing things
C. Making straw into gold*
D. Disturbing Lisa when she cries.

3. Why did the King take Lisa to a bigger room?
A. it is a more comfortable room
B. Lisa wanted to change room
C. He rewarded Lisa with a bigger room
D. There was more straw stored there*

Practice 4

Narrator : Lisa goes to the window and looks out.
Lisa : Look the King has stopped at our gate.
Father : I bet he can smell all this lovely food! I am sure the King would want to marry a girl as clever as you.
Narrator : Just then the King puts his head through the window.
King : I can smell apple pie. My favourite.
Mother : Of please, Your majesty. Come and try a slice.
Narrator : The King comes into the cottage. Mother cuts a slice of pie and gives it to him.
King :Scrumptious! Delicious!
Narrator : The King licks his fingers.
King : That’s the best pie I have ever tasted. Who made it?
Father : My daughter Lisa made it and she’s the cleverest girl there ever was.
Narrator : The King starts to move to the door, but Lisa’s mother takes hold of the King’s arm.
Mother : Now before you rush off…
Father : Yes, do hang on, Your Majesty, and I’ll tell you about Lisa. She can bake the best pies in the world and she can weave the most beautiful cloth and spin the finest thread.
Lisa : Oh Father, be quiet. I’m sure the King is in a hurry.

1. What did the King have?
A. A slice of fruit cake.
B. A slice of apple pie*
C. All kinds of food
D. Dinner

2. What does it mean when someone says ‘hang on”?
A. to talk
B. to find out
C. to discuss
D. to wait*

3. Why did Lisa ask her father to keep quiet?
A. She was angry
B. She was tired
C. She was worried
D. She was embarrassed*

Practice 5

Lisa : Perhaps I can pay you after I get home.
Narrator : The little man puts his head on one side and looks at Lisa.
Rumpelstiltskin : Perhaps, Perhaps
Lisa : Please help me this one last time. The King said he’ll make me the queen if I turn this straw into gold but if I don’t he will cut off my head.
Narrator : Lisa nods
Rumpelstiltskin : Then let’s shake hands on it.
Lisa : But what do you want?
Rumpelstiltskin : When you are the queen you must give me your first born child.
Narrator : Lisa remembers her fathers words.’promise him whatever he wants’
Rumpelstiltskin : Is it a bargain?
Lisa : Yes, I promise.
Narrator : In the morning the tower is full of gold. The King comes in and claps his hands with delight.
King : Well done Lisa. I’m going to marry you and you will be my queen. You and your mother and father will live in this palace for the rest of your lives.
Narrator : Lisa is so delighted that she forgets all about her promise to the little man.

1. What did Lisa promise to the little man?
A. She will marry him
B. She will give him a lot of money
C. She will give him her first born child*
D. She will be his queen.

2. The phrase “ …let’s shake hands on it’ shows that they must promise to…
A. be friends forever
B. confirm that the promise is true*
C. never see each other again
D. make bargains later in their lives.

3. Lisa was willing to do as what the little man says because she …
A. was afraid of the little man
B. wanted to marry him
C. wanted to become the Queen*
D. needed help to spin straw.

Practice 6

Father : This is the King’s son. You can’t take him away.
Rumpelstiltskin : Can’t I. Just wait and see.
Lisa : You can have as much gold as you want but leave me my baby.
Narrator : Lisa picks up the baby and holds him tightly. The little man comes very close.
Rumpelstiltskin : I’ve plenty of gold. But I will do you a deal. I have a riddle and if you can answer it within three days, you shall get to keep your son. If not,the baby’s mine.
Lisa : What’s the riddle?
Rumpelstiltskin : Just tell me my name. Each day you can have three guesses.

Narrator : Lisa thinks hard.
Lisa : Is it John? Or is it Samuel? Could it be Mark?
Narrator : Each time the little man shakes his head. Then he laughs and sweeps his feet on the ground and whirls out of the room.
Lisa : Oh Mother. How can we possibly find out his name? There are thousands to choose from.

1. The little man is willing to do a deal. What was the deal?
A. Lisa must give her baby on the third day he comes
B. Lisa must guess his name within three days*
C. Lisa must give three names to the little man
D. Lisa must marry him on the third day he comes.

2. What was the little man’s reaction when Lisa could not guess his name?
A. felt very happy*
B. became angry
C. felt disappointed
D. felt bored

3. What will happen if Lisa fails to guess his name?
A. he will take her baby*
B. she must marry him
C. she must leave the palace
D. he will make her a palace servant.

Practice 7

Narrator : In the morning the tower is full of gold. The King comes in and claps his hands with delight.
King : Well done Lisa. I’m going to marry you and you will be my queen. You and your mother and father will live in this palace for the rest of your lives.
Narrator : Lisa is so delighted that she forgets all about her promise to the little man.
Narrator : A year passes and the King and Lisa have a baby son. In the nursery Lisa and her mother and father are playing with the baby. They are bending over the cot when the door springs open. It is the strange little man with pointed nose.
Rumpelstiltskin : It’s time to keep your promise little Queen.
Lisa : What promise?
Rumpelstiltskin: Your first born child. You promised me.
Lisa : But that was a long time ago.
Father : This is the King’s son. You can’t take him away.
Rumpelstiltskin : Can’t I. Just wait and see.
Lisa : You can have as much gold as you want but leave me my baby.
Narrator : Lisa picks up the baby and holds him tightly. The little man comes very close.

1. The King is happy because…
A. the castle was full of gold
B. the tower is full of gold*
C. Lisa agreed to marry him
D. The little man has gone away.

2. What did Lisa offer to the little man in exchange for her baby?
A. A tower full of gold
B. Her father
C. As much gold as he wanted*
D. As much straw as he wanted

3. Who is the “little Queen”?
A. the baby
B. Lisa*
C. Mother
D. The Queen mother.

Practice 8

Rumpelstiltskin : I’ve plenty of gold. But I will do you a deal. I have a riddle and if you can answer it within three days, you shall get to keep your son. If not,the baby’s mine.
Lisa : What’s the riddle?
Rumpelstiltskin : Just tell me my name. Each day you can have three guesses.

Narrator : Lisa thinks hard.
Lisa : Is it John? Or is it Samuel? Could it be Mark?
Narrator : Each time the little man shakes his head. Then he laughs and sweeps his feet on the ground and whirls out of the room.
Lisa : Oh Mother. How can we possibly find out his name? There are thousands to choose from.
Mother : It’s our fault. I am sorry.
Narrator ; The following day Lisa is in the nursery holding the baby. The door opens and the little man dances into the room.
Rumpelstiltskin : Well now. Have you guessed? Three days and three guesses on each day.
Narrator : The little man laughs but his laughter is cruel.

1. What’s the riddle?
A. three guesses in three days*
B. three guesses in three visits
C. three names for the new born baby
D. three guesses on the third day.

2. Why is the little man’s laughter cruel?
A. He thinks he will lose the bargain.
B. He thinks he will win in the bargain*
C. He hates the Lisa and the baby
D. He is a very cruel person.

3. What type of feeling is reflected by Lisa’s mother?
A. Regret*
B. happy
C. joyful
D. nervous