I. The Enchanted Prince.
There was a king whose dreams came true. And his queen had a baby son. And the king dreamed that if the child’s feet touched the ground before he was twelve years old, something awful would happen to him. So the little prince was never allowed to walk, and all went well with the little prince; he was clever and good, everybody loved him. When the time of the prince’s twelfth birthday came near, the King prepared a great party, because the next day his son would be able to walk and run and play like other children.
On the day before his birthday when the prince was about to ride a pony the sky suddenly grew dark, there came a clap of thunder. The palace and the earth trembled, and the little prince fell down, his feet touched the ground. Immediately everything was quiet. But the prince had disappeared.
Six years passed in grief. One night a servant was passing the prince’s empty bedroom and suddenly he heard sights. He opened the room but saw nobody there. The servant was frightened and ran to inform the king. The next night the king had a dream. In his dream a voice said: “If a girl watches in the room all night, it may break the spell. But only it must be the right girl”. The King offered three hundred pieces of gold to any girl who could watch in the room all night.
Not far from the palace there lived a widow with three daughters. They were very poor and the girls had to wear poor shabby clothes. To earn some money the two elder daughters wanted to have a try. Many girls had wanted to get money but at night when they heard a noise they were so frightened that they ran away. Of course, neither of the sisters managed to break the spell. They were brave enough to stay there but when they saw the prince they didn’t say the right word.
So the youngest sister went to the palace and told the king she would like to watch. When she saw the prince she offered him the supper she had cooked for herself and let him sleep in the bed she had made for herself. The Prince was happy. “Follow me”, he said.
Under the floor was a dark staircase going down and down. The girl stepped after the prince and felt she was falling down and down. She was frightened but didn’t shout. She found herself in a new world. It was a silver-gold forest with beautiful flowers and birds. On the way the girl broke off a gold branch and a silver branch and hid them under her apron.
In the morning the king saw the prince asleep in the bed, and the girl was asleep by the fire. The Prince looked at the girl and said: “you have broken the spell. Now you shall never leave me. You will be my wife.” Then he picked up the gold branch and the silver branch and threw them out the window and they turned into gold and silver palaces for them to live in.
The king had a dream that if his son’s feet touched the ground _______________.
a) the queen would turn into a tree
b) the prince would have trouble
c) the prince would never walk or run
d) something awful would happen to the king
2. On the eve of his twelfth birthday ____________________
a) the king disappeared
b) there was a terrible thunderstorm
c)the palace fell down
d) the prince fell from the pony
3. In his new dream the king was told that ________________
a) the prince was under the spell
b) he had to marry the right girl
c) they had to spend six more years in grief
d) he should give three hundred pieces to the servant
4. The widow’s elder of daughters failed to break the spell because they ______________.
a) ran away scared
b) were brave enough to leave the palace
c) didn’t speak properly to the prince
d) didn’t want to wear poor clothes in the palace
5. The youngest sister was clever and good enough _______________________
a)to watch the king’s palace
b) to offer the prince supper and a bed
c) to cook supper for herself
d) to refuse to follow the prince
6. When the girl found herself in the silver-gold forest _____________________
a) the prince forgot about her
b) she didn’t want to leave all that gold
c) she lost her apron
d) she managed to get some gold and silver from the trees
7. In the morning the prince ___________________________-
a) decided to marry the girl
b) threw away gold and silver branches
c) was asleep and never woke up
d) turned into a silver and gold stone.
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