Match the vocabulary with the correct definition and write a – h next to the number 1 – 8.
to offer to do something
an adjective to describe something that makes people feel sad or angry
an adjective to describe something that does well, makes money or is very popular.
to fight against oppressors
when the army of one country enters another country
to kill or ruin
part of a town or country
to say you are not happy with something
The Hunger Games is a book by the American author Suzanne Collins. It was published in 2008 and has sold millions of copies. It is the first book for young readers to sell a million electronic books and you can buy it in 26 different languages. The Hunger Games is now a very successful film. It made 152.5 million dollars in its first weekend in North America!
A Fight to the Death
The story is set in the future, after the destruction of North America. The country is called Panem. There are twelve poor districts governed by the rich Capitol. There was a thirteenth district in the past but the Capitol destroyed them because they rebelled.
The Capitol organises the Hunger Games every year to punish the districts. One boy and one girl aged 12 to 18 fight in a battle. Only one person will live. The chosen teenagers are called “tributes”. The whole country must watch the games on television.
The story is about Katniss Everdeen, a sixteen-year-old girl. Her father died and now she has to kill animals for her family to eat. Her younger sister, Prim, is chosen to be a “tribute”, but Katniss volunteers to go instead. The other “tribute” from District 12 is a boy named Peeta.
Where did the idea for The Hunger Games come from?
One night in 2003, Suzanne Collins was watching TV. It was at the time of the US invasion of Iraq. The only programmes she could find on TV were ‘reality’ programmes of young people competing to win a million dollars and news programmes about the war. Suzanne says that the two things started to mix together in her head and she had the idea for The Hunger Games.
She has always found news programmes of wars upsetting. When she was a child, her father was a pilot in the US airforce and he fought in Vietnam. It was a very frightening experience for her.
Too much violence?
Some parents in the US have complained about the violence in the book. But Suzanne says she was very worried about how much violence we see on TV nowadays. Suzanne is also worried about the amount of reality TV we watch. “We put too much of our lives on TV,” she says. “And we care less for people because of this.” She said that writing about death and violence in the story was the hardest thing for her to do and she hopes it will make people think about what they watch in future.
Circle the best answer for these questions.
You can buy The Hunger Games in _______________ different languages.
a.20 b. 26
In the story, The Hunger Games are organised by _______________
a.the people. b.the Capitol.
Katniss has a younger sister named _______________
a.Suzanne. b. Prim.
The other “tribute” from District 12 is called _______________
The idea for The Hunger Games came when Suzanne was _______________
a.watching TV. b.reading
Suzanne’s father was a _______________
3. Circle True or False for these sentences.
There are 10 districts in Panem.
The “tributes” must be over 18 years old.
The author’s father was in the Iraq war.
Some parents complained about the violence in the book.
The Hunger Games was the first story for young readers to sell a million electronic books.
The author thinks that reality TV is good for people.
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