Thursday, November 04, 2010

Six Minute English: The Answers.

Good day everyone. Here are the answers to last week's Six Minute English Quiz:

1. (Official question) In 2005, the BBC announced the UK's best loved - or favourite book. What was it?

a) Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by JK Rowling
b) The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien √ - Correct!
c) Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.

2. The Spanish classic, "Don Quixote", by Miguel de Cervantes, is Spain's "best-known but least-read" book.

3. What makes a classic novel or book? "Excellent writing that people want to read into the future." (One word in each space.)

 4. "Don Quixote" was completed in the year 1615.

 5. How did the Spanish Academy present "Don Quixote" to a wider public?
- The novel was divided into 2149 short passages.
- Spanish readers pick a passage, record themselves reading it and then upload it to the Internet.

6. "Bite-sized chunks" are useful because people don't like to concentrate for a long time.

 7. People in Don Quixote's time used to read books out loud just as they are doing now.

 8. Yvonne describes "Ulysses" by James Joyce as not exactly "relaxing reading".

Thanks are due to: Domenico, Margherita and Laura for giving their answers.

Coming Soon: Web Sites for our current English studies: expressing the past and conditionals. Watch this space.

Kind regards,
Mike



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