LISTENING AND WRITING - KING MIDAS

Level: Intermediate - Upper level

 

'KING MIDAS' - Traditional proverbial story about greed

By THE MUPPETS (popular children's glove puppet show)

EXERCISE 1

CLICK ON THE IMAGE BELOW - 'The Midas Touch' video

Click here for video

VOCABULARY box after these questions

Grammar study:

When answering these questions using the dialogues in the video,

use the correct sentence structure/format:-

Example 1: DIALOGUE QUOTATION:

King/Queen Midas said, ???????...” Write exactly what he/she said.

Example 2: REPORTED SPEECH:

King Midas said that.....................

King Midas wished that..................

King Midas advised that................

Queen Midas said that.....................

Queen Midas shouted/screamed that....

Queen Midas demanded/insisted that....

When we describe what someone said, we use the 'that' clause.

You can use your own words to describe what was said.

We use this in newspapers and news reports.

(When I correct your errors you will understand better)

Q. 1

What problem does the country have?

Q.2

What is another word meaning 'walking' in the garden which is used in the video?

Q.3

The Satyr is half-man/half-goat.  What did he do which annoyed King Midas?

Q.4

What is the deal the Satyr makes with King Midas to avoid his punishment?

Q.7

How does Queen Midas ruin the chance King Midas has for changing his country?

Give examples from the dialogue.

Q.8

What does King Midas do for the people with the 'Midas touch' magic gift?

Q.9

How does King Midas disagree with his wife?

Give examples from the song?

Q.10

What happens for the worse?

(Phrase 'for the worse': - deterioration of a situation - a phrase used for a bad outcome)

Q.11

What every-day problems does Queen Midas have because of the Midas touch?

Q.12

What solutions are offered by 3 of the King's Royal advisers:

a) Who are the advisers?

b) Which solutions do they each offer?

c) what is the joke?

Q.13

How does Queen Midas get final help?

What is the deal she makes with the Satyr?

Q.14

Does King Midas ever get his original wish?

Vocabulary box

attitudes

(of mind)  feelings or beliefs about something

punishment

something done to a person who commits a crime

to ruin (verb)

destroy, spoil

a deal (noun)

An agreement, or arrangement, usually with money, to suit both sides/people/parties in a transaction.

Knock it off” (command)

Shut up! “ (stop talking)

no grovelling”

don't beg”, don't act lowly

paperweight (noun)

a thing to hold papers onto a desk

(to get/to be) "rid of" (verb)

to be rid of, it has gone from me (to get rid of – to discard)

'good sport'

A person is a 'good sport' if they act well in a situation

Would you like more lessons with other stories from Muppets Classic Theatre?

Information about the Muppets:

Characters Kermit the FROG, is sensible, wise and caring.

Miss Piggy the PIG is bossy, and wants to be a superstar.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Muppet_Show