DRAMA (4 practices)

PRACTICE 1

Read the extract from the drama Gulp and Gasp below and answer the

 questions that follow.

LORD SEPTIC: It’s just like that night many years ago. I  stood  right  here  as  my  father tied Lady Gatsby to the same track. She was the richest widow in town. He tricked her to meet him on this station one dark night.

CROUCH: Killer trains must run in your family, sir!

LORD SEPTIC: Lady Gatsby came here with her baby in one arm and the Gatsby Gold in the other. But somehow she hid it before we got our hands on it.

CROUCH:       You wanted to get the baby?

LORD SEPTIC: No, the gold, you fool. It’s worth a fortune. We tied her to this track to make her tell us where she’d hidden it.

a.         Why was Lady Gatsby at the station?

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b.         What did Lady Gatsby do before her death?

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  1. Why was the Gatsby Gold not found?

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d.         Explain in your own words what is meant by crouch when he said ‘killer trains’.

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Practice 2

Read the extract from the drama Gulp and Gasp below and answer the

 questions that follow.

 

RO S E:  Not since the fire at the match factory.

PERCY: Lord Septic’s match factory?

ROSE:  Yes. I used to pack the match boxes. Big match boxes. Full of big matches.

PERCY: Wasn’t there a big strike at the match factory?

ROSE: Yes. Lord Septic didn’t pay us. He didn’t keep the matches safe because it would cost him money. There was a fire and many workers were killed. I was lucky. But the flames hurt my eyes. I can’t see any more.

PERCY: What a rotter that man is! They’ve just gone on strike at another one of his factories. They all want a shorter working wick.

ROSE: [Laughing] I think you mean WEEK. They want a shorter working WEEK.

PERCY: No – it’s a candle factory. I say, you look so pretty when you smile. What’s your name?

a.         Why was Rose at the match factory?

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b.         In what way was Lord Septic responsible for the fire?

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c.         Why is there a strike at one of Lord Septic’s factories?

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d.         What would be an important value portrayed in the drama? Provide a reason for your answer.

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Practice 3

Read the extract from the drama Gulp and Gasp below and answer the

 questions that follow.

 

CROUCH: And you always want what you get, sir.

LORD SEPTIC: No, Crouch. I always get what I want. At last, I own this station. Soon I will own all the stations from here to King’s Cross. And when I do … do you know what I’ll be?

CROUCH: Even more greedy, sir?

LORD SEPTIC: I’ll be the richest man in the land. And do you know why?

CROUCH: Because you’ll own the biggest train set ever.

LORD SEPTIC: Because I will find the Gatsby Gold. It’s hidden somewhere along this line. I’ll dig up the track. I’ll look under every sleeper. I’ll search every station. One day, it will be mine. All mine. At last . . . And nothing will get in my way. [He trips over Crouch] Get out of my way, you fool.

CROUCH:       Most sorry, sir. Very sorry, sir. Really sorry,

sir.

LORD SEPTIC: I’ll now go up to my office to plot more plans. I will get more ideas on being rich. Filthy rich. Thick, black and oily. That’s how rich! I’m going upstairs.

a.         What is a sleeper?

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b.         What does Lord Septic hope to find under the sleepers?

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c.         What are Lord Septic’s plans?

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d.         What is your impression of Crouch? Explain.

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Practice 4

Read the extract from the drama Gulp and Gasp below and answer the

 questions that follow.

 

LORD SEPTIC           : Yes, Clora – my wife. Clora Septic. She nags for a living. I only

married her for her arms.

CROUCH                    : Are they nice to hug?

LORD SEPTIC           : Not those arms. She owns a gun factory. We make weapons. We make bombs. One day we will arm the world. We want  a good  war. She’s just made a tank that can kill from a mile in one burst. Just like her! It’s called the Septic Tank.

CROUCH                    : I bet that’ll cause a bit of a stink, sir!

LORD SEPTIC           : Crouch, I don’t know why I keep you as my porter. You are dim, daft, dopey, dozey and dippy. What’s more you annoy me. I’m not nice when I’m cross.

CROUCH                    : No, sir.

a.         What is the meaning of the word ‘arms’?

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b.         Why did Lord Septic marry Clora?

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c.         What is the name of the tank that Clora has made?

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d.         Explain why Lord Septic called Crouch ‘dim, daft, dopey, dozey and dippy’

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ANSWERS

Gulp and Gasp

Practice 1

  1. She came to meet Lord Septic as he tricked her to meet him.
  2. She had hidden the gold.
  3. No one knew where she had hidden it.
  4. The two trains have something in common- use to kill; Lady Gatsby and now, Percy and Rose

Practice 2

  1. she was working there packing matches.
  2. he did not keep the matches in a safe place and there was a fire
  3. the workers wanted to work for a shorter number of days in a week.
  4. Good always triumphs over evil. The two villains, Lord Septic and Crouch, are duly punished in the end.

Practice 3

  1. closely spaced transverse beams, usually of wood, for holding the rails forming a track at the proper distance from each other.
  2. Gold
  3. Get ideas to become rich
  4. He is rather foolish, he often makes silly remarks and does not respect his own identity.

Practice 4

  1. weapons/firearms
  2. for her wealth/ factory
  3. Septic Tank
  4. He made a silly remark- he thought the Septic tank will have smell when it is a weapon