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The Secrets of Silver Lake

by Michelle Telford

Te a c h e r ’ s Material

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The boys think the people signalling may have been criminals. The following day. Suddenly. The man looks angry. Jon: Eddie’s 11-year-old brother. When he sees the boys’ boat by the water. After waiting a while. P L O T S U M M A RY Eddie and Jon’s parents buy an old wooden cabin on Silver Lake in the Catskill Mountains. As they leave the parking lot. Captain Dearing asks them a lot of questions. they discover that a nice family has bought the Devlin house. and a light from the house next door signalling back. Richie and Leo explore the boathouse near the old house. who tell them the rest of the story about Jack Devlin. As they row home. so Devlin had him and all his family killed and the bodies dropped into the lake. The next day. the man with the rifle. Richie and Leo. a gangster from the 1920s who lived in the house. Scarpelli’s cousins killed Devlin and since then the old house has been empty. Jon and Eddie see a motorboat explode in the middle of the lake and the police come to investigate. and Eddie decides to tell his friends about the signalling he saw from the house. Scarpelli decided to join Devlin’s enemies. but soon realise that the man has thrown their oars into the lake. but finally decide to tell the police the whole story. When the family returns to Silver Lake the next summer. The next week. Eddie: a 14-year-old American boy on vacation at Silver Lake. north of New York and the family goes there to spend the summer vacation. People say that Devlin buried treasure either in the house or on the other side of the lake. also at Silver Lake. The two boys. The next morning. they find a big cement block under the water. However. frightening the boys. In revenge.The Secrets of Silver Lake TO THE TEACHER LIST OF MAIN CHARACTERS Jack Devlin: a criminal. Leo: Richie’s 13-year-old friend. The two brothers go together to visit Richie and Leo. Eddie tells his younger brother Jon what his new friends have told him. they hear footsteps. The following morning. In the supermarket. he rides his motorbike in front of their car very quickly. the grandson of Jack ‘the Devil’ Devlin. People say that there are many cement blocks in the lake. The following morning. the four boys take Eddie’s father’s boat across the lake and find the remains of a campfire. There are signs that someone has been there recently. tell him that the house is haunted by Jack ‘the Devil’ Devlin. 3 . Eddie. they are called in to identify the criminals. A few months later. Devlin used to kill his enemies. Captain Dearing: the head of the police at Silver Lake. The next evening the family goes into town. the boys don’t find anything. so they go back there and are discovered by Jack Devlin. Eddie sees two boys sneaking around the enormous old house next door. Later. and Eddie and Jon are very happy. Devlin worked with a man called Scarpelli selling illegal drinks and rifles. he goes looking for them. Eddie sees a light signalling from across the lake.000 reward. Eddie. One day. This idea is confirmed when they find a metal box containing bullets in the boathouse. Then Richie takes Eddie down a secret path in a wood where it is rumoured that Devlin buried treasure or even bodies. but doesn’t find them and finally goes away. Hal Corley: another criminal. Eddie tells Jon to keep the adventure secret from their parents. the boys run back to their boat. and then put them into cement blocks which he dropped to the bottom of the lake. While everyone is getting organised. The boys are very frightened. Eddie and Leo swim out and recover them. Richie and Leo want to see if it was the boat in the boathouse that exploded. Richie: a 15-year-old boy. Eddie’s father reads a newspaper headline to his family announcing that the police are looking for a drug ring in the area. They hide behind a big tree and see a man with a cowboy hat and a rifle come out of the wood. He threatens the boys with a knife and tells them he will cut out their tongues if they talk to the police or their parents. The boys decide to explore both. while Eddie and Richie are swimming to the old house. at Thanksgiving. and the police arrest Jack Devlin and his accomplice Hal Corley. the boys see the man from the day before. Captain Dearing calls and says the police have found drug money in the boathouse and the boys will each get a $1.

when the early settlers. They invited the American Indians. This American harvest holiday originated in the 1620s. who had taught them about planting corn and other useful agricultural knowledge. to join their celebration. Because there was a lot of competition between the various gangs. • Thanksgiving is celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November. still wanted to drink. Others bought drinks smuggled in from over the border in Canada. It was developed in 1838 by Samuel F. Some made their own wines and alcoholic drinks at home. cranberries and pumpkin pie. B. When signalling is done with a light. Silver Lake is one of the many beautiful lakes in this area. as well as for its independent. held a three-day festival in Massachusetts to give thanks for the harvest. They are often called ‘America’s First Wilderness’ and have a long and colourful history. creative people. there was a great deal of violence and many of the gangsters were killed. Al Capone was probably the best known gangster of this period. alcoholic drinks were forbidden by law in the United States. This period is known as Prohibition. valleys. who also developed the telegraph. often by gangs with a criminal element. waterfalls and wild forests. The area is famous for its rocky ground. streams. north of New York City. • The Catskill Mountains lie in the state of New York. however. Many people decorate their homes with things connected to Thanksgiving. The main feature of the Catskills today is the huge Forest Preserve in Catskill Park. corn. Morse. a short flash represents a dot and a longer one a dash. • In the 1920s. ears of colourful Indian corn and models of the early Pilgrims. an early way of sending messages with radio or electrical signals.The Secrets of Silver Lake HISTORICAL BACKGROUND • Morse code is a system of signals in which combinations of dots and dashes represent letters of the alphabet. called Pilgrims. an American painter and inventor. 4 . Thanksgiving in the USA today is marked by family gatherings and holiday meals of turkey. Many people. such as pumpkins.

to a summer cottage. they don’t want the man to see them) What impression do you get of the man and why? (he’s a bad man. tell my friend. storm bay frightened boathouse kill (dead) body drugs scary treasure wood Ask pairs of students to write a story using as many of the words above as possible. playing on the computer. he’s dangerous. People say that Devlin buried treasure in a bay on the other side of the lake. to the mountains. students ask and answer the following questions. They can use each word only once. they’ll swim in the lake to see if they find anything.The Secrets of Silver Lake BEFORE READING SUGGESTIONS FOR LEAD-IN ACTIVITIES In pairs. In addition to the activities in the general leaflet. Pre-teach the following verbs and adverbs. stay at home) 2. 1. Some people have seen the ghost on the lake at midnight. to the beach. Look at the picture on page 24. spending time with friends) 3. Pre-teach the following key vocabulary. swimming.) 4. they’ll find cement blocks. tell my parents. Alternatively. Then ask pairs of students to write four sentences each using one of the verbs and one of the adverbs. Why do you think the boys are hiding behind a tree? (they’re frightened of the man in the picture. I wouldn’t. Can you guess what the boys will do and what might happen? (they’ll explore the house. (Some suggested answers are provided in italics. I would. attending a summer camp. pages 8-11. Tell them that they only have five minutes to write their story and the students who use the most words correctly are the winners. add quietly angrily explain excitedly reply suggest shout cry row signal seriously sadly incredulously suddenly carefully BEFORE READING ACTIVITIES The Before Reading activities in the Burlington Reader Series general information leaflet. What do we learn about Devlin and the house? (No one has bought the house or lived in it since Devlin was killed because they’re afraid of Devlin’s ghost. 2. they’ll get into trouble) 3. playing tennis. reading. Where do you like to go on your summer holiday? (abroad. Would you enter a house if someone told you it was haunted? Why / Why not? (Yes. can be applied to The Secrets of Silver Lake.) 1. you can ask the questions and elicit the answers from the whole class. No. Read the last 6 lines on page 17. Where do you think the three boys are? (by a lake in the country) What do you think the boy on the right is telling the other two? (something about the big house on the edge of the lake) 2. Read lines 14-19 on page 14 of the reader. the students can do the following activities. I don’t believe in ghosts and I wouldn’t be afraid. How do you usually spend your time on holiday? (travelling with my family. I would be very scared and I would imagine all sorts of frightening things. he’s carrying a rifle) 5 . Tell the class about something unusual or interesting that happened to you or someone you know while on holiday. Look at the picture on the front cover of the reader. What would you do? (not tell anyone.) K E Y V O C A B U L A RY 1. 4. to summer camp. taking part in a summer study programme. Imagine you come across a criminal who threatens to harm you if you tell anyone you’ve seen him. go to the police) 5.

1. Work in a small group and design a ‘Wanted’ poster for either Jack Devlin or Hal Corley. Work in a group of four. Then write the reporter’s article for the newspaper. How did Mr and Mrs Marks try to make their children’s vacation as enjoyable as possible? 4. Richie. Prepare a scene from the story that you can act out in front of the class. Students C and D are two witnesses. 6 . Stand in front of the class as at an identification procedure. Draw the criminal’s picture and underneath it write a short description of his appearance and of the crime committed. 6. 7. The fifth student reads the description of the criminal and the crime and the class chooses the criminal. 8. Student B is the prosecution lawyer.” How did Eddie’s attitude towards their adventure change between the beginning of the story and the end? 5. “It was time to stop being detectives and to become ordinary kids again. 10. On pages 39-40 Eddie thinks. 4. a scarf. 2. The class must guess which scene it is and which character each of you is. 5. Why do you think Jack ‘the Devil’ Devlin chose to have a house on Silver Lake? 2. Do you think the boys did the correct thing by trying to solve the mystery of Jack ‘the Devil’ Devlin? DRAMA ACTIVITIES AND PROJECT SUGGESTIONS 1. 3. Work in a group of three or four. One of you is Jack Devlin and the other is Hal Corley and you meet in prison. Imagine the conversation in which Eddie and Jon answer the cousin’s questions about their adventures at Silver Lake. 3. Work with a partner. The reporter asks Richie questions about his part in the events of the past summer. their personalities and their behaviour. one for the defence and one for the prosecution. Work with a partner and write Captain Dearing’s police report about the drug ring. Student A is the defence lawyer. Work in a group of three. Act out the conversation in which you tell each other how you first discovered that the boys were trying to find you. Mention the reward being offered. Write and act out a scene from the trial of Jack Devlin and Hal Corley. prepare a witness’ approximate description of a criminal and invent a crime that was committed. It can be a gangster from your country or another country and you may have learned about him in a book or a film. Compare Eddie and his younger brother Jon: their interests. Work with a partner. One of you is a newspaper reporter and one of you is Eddie’s friend.The Secrets of Silver Lake AFTER READING: EXTRA CHALLENGES MAKE YOUR STUDENTS THINK Here are some points that more advanced students can be asked to consider after reading the book. one is Jon and the third is a cousin from Boston. In a group of five. 6. Write a letter to your sister in California describing your family’s summer at Silver Lake. Write a paragraph and read it to the class. Act out the conversation for the class. 9. One of you should have something in your appearance that exactly fits the imaginary criminal. Imagine that you are Mrs Marks. a pipe. One of you is Eddie. Four of you dress up with different props (a hat. a piece of jewellery). What impression do you get of Captain Dearing? Give reasons for your answer. Use an encyclopedia or search on the Internet to find more information about a famous gangster.

The group spokesperson reports the group’s ideas to the whole class. 6. Eddie. The family liked the summer cabin immediately. 2. 5. Hand out some of the following statements to the groups.The Secrets of Silver Lake AFTER READING: GROUP WORK TO THE TEACHER: 1. Agree (Yes) or disagree (No) with them. Eddie began to feel that this adventure wasn’t a good idea. Support your opinions with observations and details from the story. decide whether the answer is Yes or No and provide examples from the text to support them. Yes () No (x) Examples to support our opinion See the Burlington Reader Series general information leaflet. TO THE STUDENTS: Discuss the following statements. Eddie could make a good detective. Hal Corley was very aggressive. 10. The groups discuss the statements. 3. The boys learned a lesson from their adventure. 7. for more After Reading activities. Things didn’t go well after the boys identified the criminals. 8. 7 . Leo and Richie were brave most of the time. Eddie wasn’t a good brother to Jon. 2. Statement 1. pages 13-15. Eddie and Jon weren’t frightened of life in the country. 4. 9. 3. The boys’ parents were very angry with them in the police station and afterwards.

Group Work POSSIBLE ANSWERS 1.25-26: Eddie and Leo swam to find the oars.18: The boys decided to go and look inside the big house and then go to the bay on the other side of the lake.29: When they left the parking lot. Each of the boys received $1.10: He let Jon choose his room first.” p. p. They were frightened when an enormous toad jumped onto the road in front of them. p.9-10: Eddie saw immediately that the cabin wasn’t in good condition. p. with big wooden stairs and secret passages. p.15: At first he didn’t want to tell Jon about the haunted house because he didn’t want to give him nightmares. warm houses in the movies. Dad also felt OK about the cabin. p.47: The police arrest Devlin and Corley.24: He realised that it wasn’t a good idea to bring Jon with him to the other side of the lake because he was very frightened of everything. In Eddie’s father’s opinion. too. 10.33: Eddie suggested they get Jon and go for an ice cream. p. 4. p. No. p. 2.42: Captain Dearing said. Mrs Marks saw that it wasn’t very clean and opened a window because the cabin smelled. He also realised there was probably another criminal on his side of the lake. p. p.39-40: Eddie saw the signal at the window again but this time he walked away. Yes. No. p.49: The boys decided that they wouldn’t have any more adventures. p. No. p.000 for helping the investigation.32: Eddie realised that a second criminal probably sent the signal from the boathouse to the person on the other side of the lake. p.41: The boys decided to go to the police station.39-40: When Eddie saw the signal at the window again. what the boys did was dangerous.12: Eddie decides that they’ll have to change the wallpaper in his room. p. 8. Yes. Eddie liked it although it wasn’t like the nice. Yes. Eddie bought a new computer.23: The boys rowed across the lake in spite of the danger of falling into the water. Leo and Richie went and explored the old boathouse. boring life for a short time. No. Eddie had a nightmare about the man from the boathouse. Yes.44: Richie’s parents looked worried. p.44: In Mrs Marks’ opinion.25: He shouted and pointed his rifle at the trees. p. They were both happy to leave the wood.48: The police found drug money in the old boathouse. Leo’s mother was very calm.28: He recognised the scary man when he saw him in the supermarket. 3. 8 p. Eddie did the right thing and he’s very proud of Eddie. something good will happen to you. p. p. but they were brave to go to the police. p.15-16: When the boys walked along a road through the wood. but not angry. he drove quickly in front of them on a big black motorbike. They were good kids. He took Jon with him to meet his new friends.33: Eddie wanted a normal. He tells his friends he’s got a cold so he can stay home for three days. Jon wanted to be brave and went too. p. p. . p. He decided it was time to stop being detectives and to become ordinary kids again. In her opinion.48: The boys got $1.000 each. Eddie’s mother kissed him and agreed with his father. Devlin was hiding it in a secret panel of wood next to the window. He threw the boys’ oars into the lake. 6. but they identified the two criminals. 5. the boys were brave to go to the police.48-49: A family moved into Devlin’s house and Eddie and Jon had new friends. p. so they learned that if you do the correct thing. he walked away because he decided it was time for them to stop being detectives and to become ordinary kids again.30: Eddie. p. No. Jon didn’t look very happy.22: Eddie trembled when he and Richie saw a thick green snake. p. p.24: He kicked the sticks from the campfire angrily. p. 9.28: He looked angry and threw boxes of cookies and bags of candies into his cart.27: Eddie realised that the man with the rifle looked like a criminal and probably sent the signal across the lake the first night in the cabin. they were very nervous because the noises of the animals and insects were different from the noises of the city.45-46: The boys were nervous and Eddie was trembling. p. Yes.41: The boys were frightened but decided to go to the police station. p. 7. p. “You boys have been very brave.

..... frightened 5.. Nobody lived in the old house because (people were afraid of Devlin’s ghost / it was in bad condition)..... 5..... D.. with their friends... the opposite of safe B............... criminal B ... .... Complete each sentence with a phrase from the box...... angry got dark 1................ .. f. Jon.. Devlin buried the bodies of his enemies (in the wood / in the lake). this person does something illegal .... A 1.................. The boys are worried that the angry man (can / may) return.. the opposite of clean .......... Richie (might / should) tell the story because he tells stories best. Silver Lake was so big that Eddie (could / can’t) only see part of it... Circle the correct modal in each sentence... The boys had to return home before it ... dirty 3...... h.. 4...... C..... People and motorboats came to Silver Lake and . 2.. “(Might / Should) there be bodies inside the platform?” Eddie thought... 8... Devlin killed the Scarpelli family on the day Scarpelli’s daughter . 1. noise got dressed made . . Eddie was afraid that Jon (must / might) have a nightmare.. b... Eddie and Jon ... 5.... Don’t cry.. 7.. 3.......... ...... not sleeping ..... 9 . as much as you need . e............... ... 6... g. indicate with your hand ....... 4.... “You (had to / must) be brave.......... The man drove in front of them (in a big white car / on a big black motorbike). Eddie and Richie found a big block of cement near the (road / beach)...... 7....... d.... Match the words in A to their definition in B. 4... 2.. Last summer..... the opposite of interesting .... Eddie saw signals coming from (the house next door / the bungalows).... 2.. 3. feeling very nervous and timid . 5................... The boys swam to the big house.. Circle the correct word(s) in each sentence.. 6..... Richie learned about Devlin (from a TV programme / in the library)............. boring 7.. a.” Eddie said.. The boys saw the man with the rifle again at the (supermarket / movie theatre)....... got cold made plans got married made ...... dangerous 8... enough 6.. The man with the rifle (caught the boys / threw the boys’ oars into the lake)..... a lot of ...... Eddie had to go for breakfast before the food ...The Secrets of Silver Lake WORKSHEET 1: CHAPTERS 1-5 A... 6... 1.. ......... 3. he killed them. Jack ‘the Devil’ Devlin . If people .. point to 2.............. Then they returned to the beach and . awake 4. c....

h 8. 1. made .. made . b 6. threw the boys’ oars into the lake 7.. d B. made plans 2. f 5. people were afraid of Devlin’s ghost 5. must 10 . may 6. 1. the house next door 2. angry 4. in the library 4. got dark C. 1. got dressed 7. on a big black motorbike D. 1. supermarket 8. e 4. might 4.Worksheet 1: Chapters 1-5 ANSWERS A. in the lake 3. c 3. g 2. could 2. got cold 5. a 7. beach 6. should 3... noise 3. Might 5. got married 6.

............000 for helping the investigation.......... 8..... 5.... There are four false sentences in Exercise B above........... Eddie was surprised that his father (3....................................... The boys went to the police immediately after the incident with the man with the knife.. 1. ......... . 4..... was reading / has read) a newspaper article about a drug ring at Silver Lake.... Eddie was happy to do his homework for the next three days......................... Eddie’s mother phoned the police... 3. ... ever saw / have ever seen) in my life............................ the boys decided to go swimming until Dad (4....... The bullets probably (belonged / missed) to the criminals..... D.. ......... the boys just (moved closer / had fun). .... 8........... In the police station........ his father (1...... .The Secrets of Silver Lake WORKSHEET 2: CHAPTERS 6-10 A... 9.... The boys each received $1.. For the rest of the summer........................... each of the boys looked separately at the five men.. dead or (alive / untidy)..... Eddie looked (after / through) the glass and saw five men.......... has returned / returned) from town........... 6.. 3. Circle the correct word(s) in each sentence.......... 10.................. When Eddie went into the kitchen for breakfast.. 10.. Choose the correct form of the verb in brackets............. There were beer bottles and empty boxes on the (pockets / path)....” 11 .. 6.........” Eddie answered........... has happened / was happening)?” Jon asked.. 9.... B......... .......... “It’s the scariest thing I (8.......... sat / were sitting) on the beach............. 5......... .. ... Write T (True) or F (False) next to each sentence........... Captain Dearing was very pleased with the boys’ information.... 1........ After the boat exploded... Correct them....... ............ ...... The boathouse was hidden under the (branches / signals) of the trees........ Then he (2........... has told / told) the boys about Jack Devlin.. C..................... 4........ 7..... Eddie opened the door of the boathouse very (heavily / carefully).... 2........ the enormous old house was still empty.......... The following summer.......... 7.... The area around the boat in the boathouse was clean and tidy....... they suddenly (6........... “What (7.................................................... The policeman (arrived / disappeared) under the water again.......... knew / has known) so much about Devlin... ... Devlin’s money was in a secret panel of wood next to a window..... After breakfast............. .......... 2............. There weren’t any more Devlins................................ “A motorboat is on fire............. While they (5...... ..... Eddie’s parents were very (proud / friendly) of him... The weekend visitors came to Silver Lake with their (lucky / noisy) boats............... have heard / heard) an explosion............. The boys found Devlin’s treasure in the boathouse...............................

There were beer bottles and empty boxes from McDonald’s around the boat. alive B. disappeared 7. has happened 8. was reading 2. were sitting 6. The boys went to the police station on the fourth day after the incident. The boys found a metal box with bullets in it in the boathouse. T 7. noisy 2.Worksheet 2: Chapters 6-10 ANSWERS A. T 4. F 2. The following summer. 2. F 3. D. told 3. had fun 10. T 6. belonged 6. F 5. returned 5. 1. 10. there were new neighbours in the enormous old house. have ever seen 12 . branches 3. heard 7. knew 4. T 9. 4. proud 8. / The boys went home immediately after the incident. through 9. 1. F C. 1. carefully 4. path 5. T 8. T 10. 1.

Explain how the boys helped the police catch the members of the drug ring. to go to Boston for a few days. 6. owned / belonged) to criminals. Hal Corley. c. they found a box of drugs in the boat. haunted / proud) house next door. 1. the boys told the police their story and the police (15. the ghost of Jack Devlin’s grandson lived in the house. 1. the man with the rifle caught them. Choose the correct answer. a man with a knife shouted at them and frightened them. there was an old boathouse at the front of the enormous house. Eddie and Jon saw the man with the rifle again a. when they were in the supermarket with their parents. c. it was getting (2. There are many scary scenes in this story. Describe at least two of them. Later the boys went to the boathouse and found a box with (11. excited / dark). The boys were safe. angrily / heavily). b. which was a. Richie and Leo. c. in the wood near their house.The Secrets of Silver Lake FINAL TEST A. Describe how the boys’ feelings about their adventure changed during the story. The first was that a. he was living in a haunted house. b. When the boys were in the boathouse the second time. flashing / pointing) light at the other side of the lake. Eddie discovered several strange things about Silver Lake. 30 points (5 points each) B. dangerous / lucky) man again the next day at the supermarket. Captain Dearing made a suggestion to the boys. Choose the correct answer. 3. When Eddie got to his room. b. two people were signalling to each other on both sides of the lake. 2. c. have arrested / arrested) Devlin and his accomplice. they saw the man with the rifle again. That’s what Devlin told them. 3. b. c. c. But finally. not to tell their parents about the two men. If they went to the police. 2. The boys were very (8. a. The boys were worried. 25 points 13 . Choose one topic and write a paragraph. The Marks family arrived at their wooden cabin on Silver Lake one (1. the man with the rifle threw their oars into the water. dirty / stormy) evening. Someone next door (4. Jack ‘the Devil’ Devlin was killed because a. he went over to Scarpelli’s enemies. the boys returned to the boathouse and there they met a (13. The following day. much / many) bullets in it. 45 points (3 points each) C. Eddie and Jon saw this (10. While the boys (6. body / noise) and the man didn’t see them. to stay near home and be careful. was signalling / has signalled) back. b. Devlin (14. They decided that the bullets probably (12. and learned the story of the (5. he killed Scarpelli and his family. 4. they found a cement block under the water. frightened / dry). swam / were swimming) near the house. in the old boathouse. b. scary / loud) man. He looked out of the window and saw a (3. The next day Eddie and Jon met two boys. The next evening. they took a boat across the lake and saw a man kicking some sticks (7. They hid behind a big tree and didn’t make any (9. will / would) cut their tongues out. Your paragraph should be at least 40 words long. The boys couldn’t leave the bay immediately because a. they were very tired and so couldn’t row the boat. Devlin’s grandson. 5.

angrily 8. so that the boys have to swim for them. Possible points for inclusion: 1. 1. would 15. a 5. They wanted to do exciting things and solve the mystery of the house and Jack ‘the Devil’ Devlin. They went to the police station and told the police their story and later identified the two criminals. frightened 9. Jack Devlin finds them and says he will cut out their tongues if they talk to the police or their parents. was signalling 5. They hear strange noises and are frightened when an enormous toad jumps onto the road in front of them. the man with the rifle. When they decided to go to the police and their parents also learned their story. they saw one of the criminals on the other side of the lake. Then they began to get frightened. Then the boys saw a block of cement in the water near the Marks’ area of the beach. Accept all logical and grammatically correct answers. Another scene is when a thick green snake comes out of the bushes and goes past them. Eddie wanted to solve the mysteries of Silver Lake so that they could feel safe there. In the most frightening scene. These two men were operating the drug ring. were swimming 7. c 3. they met the second criminal. flashing 4. Jack Devlin. It’s also frightening when Hal Corley drives his motorbike in front of them when they’re leaving the supermarket. Finally. First. scary 14. they met Devlin’s grandson and they were very frightened. At the end of the story the boys decided that there would be no more adventures and Eddie was happy that they were safe at last. b 6. b 2. Eddie and Leo had nightmares and the boys couldn’t sleep. Jack Devlin and Hal Corley. dark 3. Later. dangerous 11. and watch him kick sticks from the campfire angrily. 14 . a 6. The boys found several clues and realised that something strange was happening. c B. Hal Corley tries to find them and throws their oars into the lake. One was on the other side of the lake and one was in the enormous old house next door. They also found bullets in the boathouse and finally. Eddie saw two people signalling to each other. arrested C. haunted 4. In a third scene they see Hal Corley. many 12.Final Test ANSWERS A. At the beginning the boys were very excited and wanted an adventure. 1. 2. noise 10. stormy 2. they began to feel better. belonged 13. 3. The first scene is the boys’ scary walk in the wood.

Devlin’s treasure may be buried in a bay on the other side of the lake. The man with the rifle looked like a criminal and he probably sent the signal across the lake on the first night at the cabin. Devlin killed Scarpelli because one day Scarpelli left Devlin and went to be with his enemies. 2. Jack Devlin was a gangster in the 1920s. three floors high. Scarpelli’s cousins came from Italy and killed him. Devlin sold illegal drinks and rifles. 5. 2. He wanted to use his dad’s boat to go to the bay on the other side of the lake. Eddie learned that the house next door was haunted. 5. Some people have seen the ghost on the lake at midnight. Then they swam back to the boat. They were sneaking around the house next door and they were about his age.The Secrets of Silver Lake ANSWERS TO QUESTIONS IN THE READER These answers relate to the questions on pages 51-53 of the reader itself. The lock was broken and there were beer bottles on the path and empty boxes from McDonald’s. Jon was a very timid boy and Eddie didn’t want to give him nightmares. He was on a big black motorbike and was driving quickly in front of their car and onto the road. In the distance. Scarpelli was Devlin’s student in crime. Chapter 4 1. climbed in with Richie’s help and rowed home quickly. Chapter 3 1. A policeman jumped into the water and after a few seconds he reappeared and shook his head. had wooden platforms. put them in a block of cement and dropped the block in the middle of the lake. Their parents bought an old wooden cabin on Silver Lake in the Catskill Mountains. they saw that a motorboat was on fire. They each took one of them. the police started to put something into a big black bag. Jon and Eddie heard an explosion. 2. 4. Jon and Eddie saw the scary man from the day before. A few minutes later. No one has bought Devlin’s house because they are afraid of Devlin’s ghost. 4. 2. The boys were happy to see the weekend visitors at the lake because Silver Lake felt safe and normal in the vacation atmosphere. Devlin put the bodies in cement blocks and dropped the blocks in the lake. If somebody made him angry. The house was separated from the cabin by some bushes and a wide path. Eddie suddenly saw a flashing light at the other side of the lake. 3. 3. 2. Next to the cabin there was an enormous old house. The man with the rifle threw the oars of the boat into the lake. 4. Richie and Leo took Eddie to an old boathouse at the back of the house next door. In the supermarket. he killed them. so who sent the signal? (b) Most of the homes around the lake. The boys went to the bay at the other side of the lake. He read in the local paper that the police were looking for a drug ring in the Silver Lake area. 6. 3. Chapter 1 1. 8. old and new. Chapter 5 1. While they were sitting on the beach. north of New York. She said this because the cabin wasn’t in good condition and it smelled. Eddie and Leo swam for a few minutes and finally got to the oars. Jon and Eddie saw the man again while they were driving out of the parking lot. 3. The boys found an old metal box with bullets in it under the cover of the boat. (a) The house seemed to be completely closed. Chapter 2 1. on the lake. Chapter 6 1. Then he disappeared under the water again. Devlin’s platform was the only cement one. At his home. Eddie saw two boys. 7. near the lake. 2. 3. 15 . 5. 4. Devlin and his men put their bodies into the back of their limousines. Richie and Eddie saw a big block of cement under the water right next to Eddie’s area of the beach. 4. There were also cigarette ends everywhere. Eddie liked the big window best because it had a view of Silver Lake. The boys were frightened of the man in the wood because he was holding a rifle and he kicked the sticks from the campfire angrily. 3. 2. 3. Chapter 7 1. The block was big enough to hold a child or small person. A light from the house next door was signalling back.

Finally. but not angry. (any three of these) 2. then Richie went in and came out very quickly. Finally. Eddie had a terrible nightmare. 4. Eddie went into the room. He will come and cut out the boys’ tongues if they talk to anyone. They didn’t talk much and there was a bad feeling in the air. Jack Devlin. Leo went into the room first to identify the men. far from Eddie’s cabin. They were then going to give a written testimony. He had dark hair and a dirty beard. 4. but no one was injured. 3. Eddie’s parents asked a lot of questions. They had to stand behind a special window where they could see the criminals but the criminals couldn’t see them. The boys decided to go to the police station. 3. At the boathouse. 3. It had curtains at the windows and there was a new. The house was much nicer. 2. The police finally discovered that the Devlin grandson was hiding drug money in the old boathouse. . Devlin’s house was sold and a family moved in. He was wearing a black jacket and a lot of silver jewellery. Richie’s parents looked worried. 4. They were going to identify the two criminals. Chapter 10 1. Corley shot at the police with a rifle. then immediately saw the man from the boathouse. 6. Leo was also having nightmares and Leo and Richie couldn’t sleep. Eddie saw five men. and Leo’s mother was very calm. 5. but without their parents. Eddie didn’t want to be in front of the cabin because the man in the boathouse might see him there. They decided not to tell their parents anything because they might get hysterical. They were very proud of Eddie. the boys saw a thin man. clean boathouse. 2. swam and played badminton. The two men were arrested for the murder of three men and for running a drug ring. Captain Dearing talked to each boy separately. at the bungalows. They also went fishing. he saw the man from the bay.000 for helping the investigation. Eddie bought a new computer and spent many hours working and playing on it. Chapter 9 1. One night. Chapter 8 1. They decided to keep quiet and to meet in the evenings.The Secrets of Silver Lake 4. Each of the boys was going to get $1. His friends were frightened too. It was in a secret panel of wood next to the window. Eddie and Jon had water-skiing lessons.

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