viernes, 15 de octubre de 2010

Classic fiction

Learning objective: To learn how to extract information from a classic text.

This is an extract from a book called Treasure Island. Read it twice, carefully.

... I was far less afraid of the captain himself than anybody else wo knew him. There were nights when he took a good deal more rum and water than his head would carry; and then he would sometimes sit and sing his wicked, old, sea-songs, minding nobody. But sometimes he would call for glasses round, and force all the trembling company to listen to his stories or bear a chorus to his singing. Often I have heard the house shaking with "Yo-ho-ho, and a blottle of rum", all the neighbours joining in for dear life, with the fear of death upon them, each singing luder than the other to avoid remark. For in theses fits he was the most over-riding companinon ever known. He would slap his hand on the table for silence all round. He would slap his hand on the table for silence all round. He would fly up in a passion of anger at a question, or sometimes because none was put, and so he judged the company was not following his story. Nor would he allow anyone to leave the inn till he had drunk himself sleepy and reeled off to bed.

Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-94)

Use the text above to answer the following questions.

1.  Was the person telling the story afraid of the captain?
2.  What kind of person was the captain?
3.  What did he do when he drank too much?
4.  Why did everyone sing so louldly? Explain your answer.
5.  What made the captain angry?
6.  Why did he slap his hand on the table?
7.  Do you think the person telling the story knows the captain well?