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Comprehension Test

American Crime Stories


Retold by John Escott 1 Which crime? Match a number from A with a letter from B. A
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A womans lover dies for her murders... A woman murders her brothers wife ... A woman becomes a mugger ... A man murders a another man but makes the death look like suicide ... A detective catches a gang of robbers ... A woman sets fire to a house ... A husband murders his wife ...

2 3 4 5 6 7 B

a ... in Death Wish. b ... in Death on Christmas Eve. c ... in The Heroine. d ... in Ride the Lightning. e ... in The Lipstick. f ... in Lazy Susan. g ... in The Gutting of Couffignal. 28 marks 2 Who said this? Match a number from A with a letter from B. A 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Its about my pay, madam. Its too much. Didnt I steal a crutch from a cripple? When you robbed the liquor store, he stayed in the car to drive. You havent been out of this house since the inquest. I want you to teach me how to shoot a gun. Its a tough world, but youre not going to river. You dont want it known that somebody was pushed out of your office window find a better one at the bottom of a

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B a The cop in Death Wish. b The lawyer in Death on Christmas Eve. c The governess in The Heroine. d The private detective in Ride the Lightning. e Louise Baring in The Lipstick. f Susan Carpenter in Lazy Susan. g The detective in The Gutting of Couffignal. 28 marks 3 Are these sentences true or false? a b c d e f g In Death Wish, Edward Wright tried to kill himself by taking too many sleeping pills. In Death on Christmas Eve, Charlies wife, Celia, died twenty years ago. In The Heroine, Lucille Smith wanted to kill the children because she hated them. In Ride the Lightning, Nudger saved Curtis Colt from death in the electric chair. In The Lipstick, Fred had been following his wife since Easter. In Lazy Susan, Susan was very angry about being robbed of fifty dollars. In The Gutting of Couffignal, the private detective shot the Russian princess in the leg. 14 marks 4 Who are these women? Match a number from A with a letter from B. A 1 2 3 4 5 B a Lucille Smith in The Heroine. b Holly Ann Adams in Ride the Lightning. c Celia in Death on Christmas Eve. d Susan Carpenter in Lazy Susan. e Elinor Hammond in The Lipstick. Oxford Bookworms Library Stage 6 2 She reminded me of a steel trap ready to shut down on anyone who touched her incautiously. Her eyes looked like her mothers when they opened wide like that. She went to the sales office where she worked every day, and she smiled at the customers, and her bosses liked her. She would play around with a womans husband until she was tired of him. She looked at first to be about twelve years old.

20 marks 5 Put these sentences from The Gutting of Couffignal in the right order. Number them 15. a b c d e He fell on his face on the floor. I knocked Flippo on the head. When her right foot was in the doorway she laughed. I put a bullet in her leg. The girl was half way to the door when I ordered her to stop. 10 marks

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Multiple-choice Test

American Crime Stories


Retold by John Escott

Setting
Choose the best answer. 1 The cop told the man on the bridge _____. a [ ] hed get over his troubles b [ ] life was always difficult d [ ] he should get a coffee c [ ] he should see a psychologist 2 People suspected that Celia _____. a [ ] had pushed Jessica down the stairs b [ ] had tried to murder her brother c [ ] had murdered her mother 3 Charlie wanted Celia to _____. a [ ] go to prison b [ ] move out c [ ] be executed d [ ] get psychiatric help 4 The Christiansens employed Lucille _____. a [ ] after talking to Dwight Howell c [ ] because they liked her big eyes b [ ] after seeing her with their children d [ ] without checking her references b [ ] attend Curtiss execution d [ ] visit the gas station d [ ] was completely mad

5 Holly Ann Adams said she wanted Nudger to _____. a [ ] prove Curtis had killed the old couple c [ ] make the witnesses change their stories a [ ] accidentally fell out of the window c [ ] jumped from the 10th floor a [ ] her mascara a [ ] frightened

6 The inquest concluded that Elinor Hammond _____. b [ ] was thrown from the window d [ ] had always intended to kill herself c [ ] Fred d [ ] her lipstick

7 Louise saw Margaret Hammond looking for _____ at the side of the road. b [ ] Elinors lipstick b [ ] angry 8 Susan had felt extremely _____ when she was robbed. c [ ] foolish d [ ] irritated c [ ] the guests d [ ] the brides father 9 The private detective had been employed to guard _____. a [ ] the wedding presents a [ ] some houses 20 marks b [ ] some clients 10 The robbers on the island first blew up _____. b [ ] the bridge c [ ] some boats d [ ] the bank

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Characters
Choose the best answer. 11 Edward Wright had a long, narrow face and thick _____. a [ ] eyelashes a [ ] tiring b [ ] black hair c [ ] black eyebrows d [ ] arms 12 The psychiatrist found his patients dreams _____. b [ ] annoying c [ ] fascinating d [ ] ridiculous d [ ] didnt care 13 Lucille _____ when Heloise got scratched. a [ ] overreacted b [ ] punished Nicky c [ ] wanted to leave 14 Celia often behaved as if _____ when she went out. a [ ] she was chasing something c [ ] nothing had happened 15 _____, but looked ten years older. a [ ] Charlie was the same age as Celia c [ ] Celia was the same age as Charlie a [ ] curly fair hair and a beard b [ ] Charlie was five years younger than Celia d [ ] Celia was five years younger than Charlie b [ ] Jessica were with her d [ ] something was chasing her

16 The witnesses all said that the car driver was thin with _____. b [ ] wavy black hair and glasses d [ ] curly black hair and a mustache c [ ] straight black hair and a mustache a [ ] he didnt think it mattered 18 Elinor had _____. a [ ] always been faithful to her husband c [ ] had several affairs with married men a [ ] the same height as a [ ] sent Flippo to prison c [ ] protected Flippo 20 marks b [ ] taller than b [ ] hated Freds many affairs d [ ] always been happy with Fred c [ ] shorter than d [ ] fatter than

17 Curtis probably didnt say who had done the murders, because _____. b [ ] Holly Ann had threatened him d [ ] he loved Holly Ann c [ ] he didnt mind being in prison

19 Princess Zhukovski was _____ the private detective. 20 The detective had _____ four years previously. b [ ] found Flippo a job d [ ] become friends with Flippo

Dialogue
Who said or wrote this? 21 I wonder whether I do these people any good at all. a [ ] Doctor Barclay b [ ] Lucille c [ ] Al Sharp 5 d [ ] Edwards psychiatrist

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22 Theres no reason why you should not be as normal as your father was. a [ ] Lucilles psychiatrist a [ ] Edward Wright a [ ] Al Sharp a [ ] Holly Ann a [ ] Louise a [ ] Lucille b [ ] Holly Ann c [ ] Charlie d [ ] Doctor Barclay d [ ] Charlie d [ ] Holly Ann 23 I had recommended that she go away for a rest. b [ ] Fred Hammond c [ ] Doctor Barclay c [ ] Curtis Colt 24 This is one day Id like to take out of the year permanently. b [ ] Celia and Charlies lawyer b [ ] Charlie c [ ] Mark 25 I was worried my false hair might slip, but it didnt. d [ ] Flippo d [ ] Mrs Thompson 26 Youre always talking about doing something important for us. b [ ] Lucille b [ ] Charlie c [ ] Mrs Christiansen c [ ] Curtis d [ ] Fred d [ ] Len 27 All my life Ive never done anything because of her. 28 Why didnt this fiance come to the trial and speak for Colt? a [ ] Hammersmith a [ ] Holly Ann a [ ] the lawyer 20 marks b [ ] Nudger c [ ] Louise 29 I dont want to hurt you. I just want your money. b [ ] Susan b [ ] Nudger c [ ] Celia d [ ] Louise d [ ] the private detective 30 Im a hunter and youre something thats been running in front of me. c [ ] Louise

Vocabulary
Choose the best answer. 31 a police officer a [ ] coroner 32 a street robbery a [ ] ruffle a [ ] pump b [ ] mugging b [ ] pour c [ ] inquest d [ ] gutting 33 to force liquid, air, etc. into or out of something c [ ] pile d [ ] press d [ ] reference 34 a letter to an employer describing an applicants suitability for a job a [ ] character a [ ] gutted a [ ] nick b [ ] alibi c [ ] fingerprint c [ ] scared 35 put to death as a punishment b [ ] executed b [ ] tear d [ ] suppressed 36 a scratch or slight injury to the skin c [ ] graze d [ ] wound 37 a woman employed by a family to educate their children Oxford Bookworms Library Stage 6 6 b [ ] clerk c [ ] cop d [ ] bandit

a [ ] nanny a [ ] trailer a [ ] nursery

b [ ] maid b [ ] pill

c [ ] teacher c [ ] tank

d [ ] governess

38 a small, round, hard piece of medicine which is swallowed d [ ] wig d [ ] lawn d [ ] package 39 a room for babies or young children b [ ] range b [ ] stern c [ ] trailer 40 showing great sadness and wearing dark clothes because of a death a [ ] depression 20 marks c [ ] mourning

Plot
Choose the best answer. 41 Edward killed his wife because she _____. a [ ] wanted a divorce b [ ] never did the right thing d [ ] used to hit him c [ ] wouldnt divorce him

42 Mark didnt think he would be caught because _____. a [ ] he had cleaned his fingerprints off the gun b [ ] Edwards death would look like an accident c [ ] Edwards suicide wouldnt be a surprise d [ ] he also intended to kill himself 43 For _____, Celia and Charlie had been acting as if Jessica had recently died. a [ ] three days b [ ] twenty years c [ ] two weeks d [ ] two years 44 Lucilles main concern was to _____. a [ ] find good books for the children c [ ] work for no payment 45 Lucille blew up the house _____. a [ ] after leaving the gas on in the kitchen c [ ] after making some bombs b [ ] with half a tank of gasoline d [ ] with a full tank of gasoline b [ ] Nudger talking to the police d [ ] Len talking to the police c [ ] Mrs Thompson d [ ] Fred b [ ] prove herself in a crisis d [ ] get on with the children

46 Holly Ann had been most worried about _____. a [ ] Curtis going to the electric chair c [ ] Curtis telling the truth in prison a [ ] Doctor Barclay b [ ] Louise

47 _____, disguised as a postman, was responsible for Elinors murder. 48 After three weeks of self-defense training, Louise _____. a [ ] felt more confident b [ ] decided to teach self-defense d [ ] started to mug people 7 c [ ] decided to join the police

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49 The princess and her friends had carefully planned to rob _____. a [ ] businesses outside Russia b [ ] wealthy houses d [ ] banks around the world c [ ] a group of isolated, wealthy people a [ ] hidden under the garage c [ ] sold for more money 20 marks

50 The wedding presents were stolen and _____. b [ ] taken off the island by Flippo d [ ] sent back to Russia

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American Crime Stories


1 1 d 2 b 3 f 4 a 2 1 c 2 g 3 d 4 b 3 a F b T c F d F 4 1 c 2 a 3 d 4 e 5 b 5 a 2 b 1 c 4 d 5 e 3 e T f T g T 5 f 6 a 7 e 5 g 6 c 7 e

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American Crime Stories


Setting 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 a a c d c c b b a d

Characters 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 c b a d b d d c b a

Dialogue 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 d a c b c c b a b d 10

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Vocabulary 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 Plot 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 a c b b d c d d c a c b a d b c d b a c

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