Good day everyone. It's mid-week at the British Council Rome, and we are overdue for another episode of Six Minute English.
Looking through the episodes on offer at the BBC, I figured that 'British Republicans' might attract interest from our readers, even though the Royal Wedding is long over and the couple are reportedly on their honeymoon in the Seychelles.
So here is this week's quiz. Read through the questions first before you listen:
This week's official question:
1. Why were British royals put to death by beheading rather than hanging?
a) It was quicker, because gallows – a special wooden structure - weren't needed.
b) It was less brutal to the prisoner as they died more quickly.
c) More executioners preferred to use the axe.
Listen out for the answer at the end of the programme!
Complete these sentences using a word, a phrase, a number or a date:
2.King Charles I was executed in ___________________.
3. How many people are in favour of the monarchy? ___________________
4. Republicans believe that a country should be governed by someone who has been ___________________, not by someone who was ___________________.
5. “By ___________________we want to see the monarchy gone or going.” (British republican)
6. Professor. Justin Champion says that the British national identity is built around ___________________ when really it ought to be about being a ___________________.
Now listen to the programme. When you have finished, write your answers on the Tag Board, or, if your answer is long - over 200 characters - in a comment.
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