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David Copperfield

S TAGE 5

Before Reading

CHAPTERS 4 AND 5 WHILE READING

BEFORE READING ACTIVITIES (PAGE 92)
ACTIVITY 1 BEFORE READING

1 Yes 2 Yes 3 No 4 No 5 No 6 No 7 Yes 8 No
ACTIVITY 2 BEFORE READING

Encourage students to speculate and to make
guesses, but do not tell them the answers. They will
find out as they read that the ‘yes’ answers are 2, 4,
5, 6 (with Dora, andwith Agnes) and 8 (his mother
and his first wife).

While Reading

CHAPTERS 6 AND 7 WHILE READING

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2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9

CHAPTERS 1 AND 2 WHILE READING

1 Because she wanted to bring up a girl and prevent
her from making the mistakes she had made in life.
2 David’s mother married Mr Murdstone.
3 Miss Murdstone, Mr Murdstone’s sister.
4 Because he had bitten Mr Murdstone’s handwhen
Mr Murdstone had beaten him.
5 Because she wanted to give David a purse with eight
shillings in it, and a paper bag full of her special
cakes.
6 The message was ‘Barkis is willing’.
7 Tommy Traddles and James Steerforth.
8 James Steerforth said he would take care of it for
David, and then spent it all on food and drink,
which all the boys shared.
8 David’s mother had a new baby,and was not looking
well.

Uriah Heep.
Miss Murdstone.
Tommy Traddles.
Mr Micawber.
Peggotty and her brother Daniel.
James Steerforth.
Miss Julia Mills.
Betsey Trotwood.
Uriah Heep and his mother.

BEFORE READING CHAPTER 8

Open answers. Encourage speculation and
discussion, but do not confirm or deny students’
guesses. They will find out as they read that the
‘yes’ answer isnumber 1.
CHAPTERS 8 AND 9 WHILE READING

CHAPTER 3 WHILE READING

BEFORE READING CHAPTER 10

Encourage students to speculate and to make
guesses, but do not tell them the answers. They
will find out as they read that the ‘yes’ answers are
numbers 1 and 4.

BEFORE READING CHAPTER 4

Encourage students to speculate and to make
guesses, but do not tell them the answers. They
will find outas they read that the ‘yes’ answer is
number 2.

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DAVID COPPERFIELD
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© Oxford University Press

1T
2 F Dora could not accept the fact that David was
now poor.
3 F Miss Murdstone found David’s letters to Dora,
and told Mr Spenlow about them.
4T
5T
6T
7 F Dora knew she was not the perfect wife for David.
8 F David was unable to share his problems and
worries withDora.
9 F Daniel Peggotty finally managed to find Emily in
London.

1 David went home because his mother had died.
2 Peggotty took David to Yarmouth to stay with her
brother Daniel, and Ham and Emily.
3 The Murdstones arranged a job for David in a bottle
warehouse.
4 David was deeply ashamed of his new job, and
hated it.
5 David became very fond of the Micawber family.
6 Mr Micawber wassent to prison because he could
not pay his debts.

OXFORD
OXFORD BOOKWORMS LIBRARY STAGE 2
5

ACTIVITIES ANSWERS

1 Betsey Trotwood to Mr Dick, about young David.
2 Mr Murdstone to Betsey Trotwood, about David.
3 Betsey Trotwood to Mr Murdstone, about his report
on David’s character.
4 Uriah Heep to David, about becoming Mr
Wickfield’s partner.
5 James Steerforth to David, aboutstudying at Oxford
University.
6 Daniel Peggotty to David, about Emily’s engagement
to Ham.
7 David to his aunt, about becoming a lawyer.
8 Agnes to David, about Steerforth.

7 Uriah Heep said this to David, pretending to be
grateful for polite words and any act of kindness.
He also pretended to be humble and without
ambition, but in fact was ambitious, greedy, and
dishonest. Because hedid not want people to suspect
his evil plans, he always thanked people in the most
oily way.
8 Mr Murdstone said this to his new wife, Clara,
because she was too kind and sympathetic towards
young David, her son. He thought that showing
love for the boy was a sign of weakness, and that
all children needed rules and punishment. These
remarks show him to be a cruel, insensitive man....
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