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Guy Fawkes and The Gunpowder Plot - Cloze

Nicholas Pain
Activity and text by Nicholas Pain.
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First, do this activity: vocabulary. Then, listen to the recording if necessary: MP3 (slow) or MP3 (normal). Fill in all the gaps with the missing words, then press "Check" to check your answers. Use the "Hint" button to get a free letter if an answer is giving you trouble. You can also click on the "[?]" button to get a clue. Click this button again for another letter. You can also click on "[?]" for a different hint. Note that you will lose points if you ask for hints or clues! Finally, do the quiz.

Primero, haz la actividad de vocabulario. Luego, escucha la grabación si es necesario. Rellena los espacios en blanco con las palabras que faltan. Haz click en "Check" para comprobar tus aciertos. Si te resulta difícil la respuesta utiliza el botón "Hint" y te revelará una letra de la casilla en la que te encuentres, puedes clickear varias veces en "Hint" y te dará cada vez una letra más de la palabra. Para obtener ayuda también puedes clickear en el botón "[?]" y te dará una pista. Perderás puntos con las pistas.


Listen:
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   appealed      assassinate      attended      away      bangers      bonfire      cellars      dastardly      discouraged      effigy      estate      fate      fellow      flames      flickering      fuse      gunpowder      handed      headmaster      jumper      lords      may      passers-by      persuasion      plot      quartered      refused      roasted      small      smelt      smithereens      smuggle      stepfather      stuffed      support      treason      tube station      undoing      whizz      widowed      wits   
Remember remember the fifth of November,
, treason and ,
I see no reason why gunpowder treason,
Should ever be forgot.

When I was a boy growing up in 1960´s London it was quite common to see a group of children standing outside the local at the beginning of November calling out to `A penny for the guy!´ The guy was an of a man made from an old and pair of trousers with newspaper or straw whose was to be burnt on Night, the fifth of November. The money collected was to buy fireworks; sparklers, , and best of all, rockets to light up the sky with a and a bang while families stood in their back gardens, their faces in the firelight. Potatoes were in the fire and sausages grilled on sticks as the consumed the effigy of Guy Fawkes and a good time was had by all (except possibly the guy). But who was Guy Fawkes and why the celebration?

Guy Fawkes, also known as Guido Fawkes was born in York in 1570, the second of four children. His parents Edward and Edith Church of England religious services however his mother´s family were Catholics. Guy´s father died in 1579 when Guy was eight and his mother later married a Catholic called Dennis Bainbridge. Guy´s Catholicism may have come from his or possibly have been a result of his education at St. Peter´s School, whose was a Catholic.

Be that as it we do know that in 1591 Guy sold the he had inherited from his father and travelled to the continent in order to fight for Spain against the Dutch in the Eighty Years War. In 1603 he to the King of Spain, Philip III for in raising a Catholic rebellion against the English Protestant King James I, which request was .

Not to be Guy then became involved in a plot to King James and bring Princess Elizabeth, third in line, to the throne. In 1604 he met with other conspirators in a London pub (the Duck and Drake) in order to plan the deed.They intended to gain access to the immediately under the Parliament with the intention of blowing up the House of on the day of its opening in November 1605 with enough gunpowder to blow all present to . They did in fact manage to and hide thirty-six barrels of explosive, sufficient to make the religious of the Lords an academic question. Some of them were however soft-hearted terrorists and warned a Catholic, Lord Montague to stay from the opening ceremony. He a rat and informed King James which was to be the plotters´ .

In the hours of November 5th, 1605 a search of the cellars beneath the Parliament building was ordered and Guy Fawkes was caught red- with barrels of gunpowder, a slow and a watch. He and his fellow conspirators were arrested, tortured to extract confessions and tried for high on 27th, January 1606, being sentenced to death. They were hanged, drawn and as was the custom in those days. Fires were lit by people glad to celebrate the fact that the King´s life had been saved, a tradition which continues to this day.

However some have been known to say that Guy Fawkes was the only man in English history to have entered Parliament with honourable intentions!