Worksheet

Level 4
But Was it Murder?
Before reading
1. Look at the front cover and read the blurb on the back cover. What sort of story is this? 2. Read the contents on page 3. Say what you think will happen in the story. 3. Look at the map of south London on page 4. What do you know about this city? 4. If you have the recording, listen to Chapter 1.

Jania Barrell
middle-aged but his wife was ............... , beautiful and much ............... . They hadn’t seen Forley for a ............... but had been expecting him at ............... that afternoon. Mr Crowther said Forley was like a ............... to them. Chapter 4 1. Match the questions with the answers. a ‘It must have been 1 ‘Then you think after three o’clock.’ it looked like suicide?’ b ‘That’s impossible. 2 ‘Can you tell us Alex would not about Mr Forley’s have killed himself.’ job? You said he had a shop in Greenwich.’ c ‘No. He had a 3 ‘You didn’t hear girlfriend, though anything, did you, – Amanda Grant.’ my dear?’ d ‘Well, I do 4 ‘What time was remember hearing this?’ a bang while you were out.’ e ‘Forley Antiques. 5 ‘Did he ever It’s one of those big marry?’ antique furniture shops on Park Street ...’ Chapter 5 1. Look at the words in italics. Who is she, he? a She was certainly attractive, if you liked tall thin women ... b He had been coming to work with dark circles under his eyes recently. c But he seems quite ordinary. He must be rich, though ... d And what had she wanted to say about the gun? e He didn’t seem to have left a note ...

Check your reading
Chapter 1 1. Match the beginnings and endings. 1 Eliot was planning a a death in the Blackheath area. to b not being able to 2 Bowen phoned to spend the weekend tell him about with his family. 3 Eliot was annoyed c and gave his good wishes to his family. about d have a beer on the 4 Eliot knew the way home. journey e would take ages in 5 Eliot phoned the heavy traffic. Brighton Chapter 2 1. True or false? a Bowen is lucky in love. b Bowen is a good-looking man. c Eliot does not have a good opinion of Bowen. d Eliot recognised the face of the dead man. e The dead man had musician’s hands. f The pathologist was happy in his work. Chapter 3 1. Complete the summary. Forley lived ............... , but cared for his house more than most ............... men and had good ............... and money. Eliot spoke to Forley’s ............... . Mr Crowther was

Cambridge English Readers

© Cambridge University Press 2009

www.cambridge.org/elt/readers

PHOTOCOPIABLE

..... and that you didn’t he took them very believe it was seriously........ Match the beginnings and endings of the sentences. what c there was £2... 1 ‘You said yesterday a ‘. but didn’t..’ suicide. it’s health...... Eliot wanted to ask if Amanda was . Could you possible that he tell me about it?’ killed himself. e Linda Scott said that Forley had taken £2. e Eliot and Bowen went to speak to Amanda Grant...’ 4 ‘Now... He’d had a lot of headaches.. d Amanda Grant agreed to identify the body....... I could see 3 ‘Now.’ 2. the last time they met.000 in 3 There was a cash on the desk...... It Forley in a difficult caused problems situation?’ between them.... a Eliot felt sure the Crowthers were lying about the gun. a One look at Forley’s hands was enough for her to be certain... She didn’t always 2 ‘And was Mr understand him... Amanda also said that Forley had been having ....... of Catherine..... www. Put the events in the right order....... Amanda had strong feelings for Forley b but there had been 2 Bowen was problems between interested to know them.... Match the questions with the answers. years.. Inspector..’ e ‘Did I? I was so 5 ‘What was his shocked yesterday. They had had an .... c Linda Scott told the police that Forley had been worried and unhappy. You have now read half the book. c Only the dead man’s fingerprints had been found on the gun..... worried about his Of course. and had been to hospital for ... and had begun to find Ronald Crowther .. d Mrs Crowther was embarrassed when Eliot asked about her painting.... you he had something mentioned a gun last on his mind that night. Chapter 8 1..Worksheet Level 4 But Was it Murder? Chapter 6 1.’ c ‘Well.. What made you so sure?’ b ‘..... I understand d ‘I didn’t know what I was saying Mr Forley had been yesterday.. Was it murder? Or was it suicide? What do you think? Chapter 10 1.. .. b She didn’t show any emotion until she saw the body... relationship with I’ve forgotten what Miss Grant like?’ I said.. message from a man called Philip – d because the money 4 Bowen was had not been stolen... with Catherine Crowther. surprised that c Amanda and 5 Eliot knew Forley Catherine felt about hadn’t been killed each other. Put the events in the right order. ... for money Cambridge English Readers © Cambridge University Press 2009 Jania Barrell Chapter 9 1.200 out of the shop. Can you tell he wouldn’t talk me more about it?’ about.. a the same first name 1 Eliot thought as Forley’s doctor..cambridge........ Chapter 7 1........ b Bowen thought that Ronald Crowther might be frightened. Amanda Grant had known Forley for almost ... about her .. Complete the summary.org/elt/readers PHOTOCOPIABLE .. Amanda said Forley had shared ...

sir? c She’s good-looking enough.......... Complete the summary.. Chapter 13 1... b Forley had visited 2 Forley was with Catherine Crowther Catherine Crowther on Wednesday....... True or false? a Eliot slept through most of the football match.... but had been drinking... not murder....org/elt/readers PHOTOCOPIABLE .. Eliot needs answers to these questions: a Why were the Crowthers not telling him the truth? b Had Catherine Crowther been having an affair with Forley? c What had made her suddenly change her style of painting? d And did anyone visit Forley after Wilver had left on Friday? e And what had Forley been so worried about? What do you think? Chapter 14 1.. and ... you.. Friday Jania Barrell afternoon. Bowen was making slow progress on Forley’s . and . pub noticed Ronald Crowther Chapter 16 1.............. The pathologist’s report said that Forley had been killed by a shot to the ..... .. b Bowen looked tired and stressed..... e He’s hiding something from us too.. d Wilver’s wife was relaxed and cheerful.. c Forley’s diary was not written in English.. Chapter 12 1........ b And would you say he was a weak man..... for an hour c that Forley had 3 Mrs Brook had been having an once seen affair..... f The tests showed there was something wrong with Forley..... Match the beginnings and endings 1 Mrs Brook told the a going for a walk at the time of Forley’s police that death.. e The Wilvers’ sitting room was in an awful mess. diary 5 The barman in the e Ronald Crowther cleaning a gun.... Eliot’s son..... a Amanda Grant told the police what she had done on Friday. and had died .. ..cambridge. The time of death was between ...... she? a He said he wanted my advice about something... helped him understand something... Eliot now had to check who had an . Cambridge English Readers © Cambridge University Press 2009 www. d and looked very 4 Bowen discovered uncomfortable from the secret when he left. There were no other signs of ... ....... c Micky. as it was written in ....Worksheet Level 4 But Was it Murder? Chapter 11 1......... Who .............. Put the events in the right order...... b Eliot started to think it was suicide... Look at the words in italics. Who is he. d Be careful with the women you choose... a gave the gun to Forley? b were at the dinner party three weeks ago? c was surprised that Eliot wanted to ask more questions? d was having a secret affair with Forley? e was angry with Forley? f thought Catherine was finally telling the truth? Chapter 17 1.... Chapter 15 1. for that time. He had been in good ..... but she obviously rules his life.

org/elt/readers PHOTOCOPIABLE ...... Ronald and Catherine Crowther have all committed crimes.... e Eliot thought that Amanda Grant was the murderer......... e... He develops an exciting relationship with Sandra... Here is the blurb from another book at this level. Wilvers phoned Forley on ... Cambridge English Readers © Cambridge University Press 2009 www............. 8.. a friend at work.. Dr Wilvers.. Write a letter from Philip Wilvers to his son Sam telling him the truth about what he did. Do you want to read A Matter of Chance? d Bowen checked her story and knew she was not guilty.... I understand it now... Complete the summary...... ... But all is not as it seems and Paul finds himself involved in a world of international crime and a car chase across Europe...... .......... 2.....g.... but didn’t want Sam to grow up without a ...... to say he needed ......cambridge...Worksheet Level 4 But Was it Murder? Jania Barrell 3.. At the end. 7..... something. Wilvers knew about the .. Which characters do you like best in the story? 5. which explained the . A Matter of Chance Paul Morris’s happy life in Italy changes when his wife dies suddenly.. Wilvers knew Lisa was having an ... write some True/False questions.... on Forley’s desk. ‘Thanks.. Wilvers . with Forley. After reading Choose some of these activities... about the test results on Friday.....’ What do you think Eliot understood? Chapter 18 1.... Do you think Bowen will be lucky in love? Write an extra chapter..... Eliot thinks: ‘But in life you could never be sure of anything.. and wanted to . 1.......... Micky.............. himself.. saying Forley had a ..... How should they be punished? 4.... 6..... including Bowen’s first date with Linda Scott. and was sure Forley would .’ Do you agree? 2.... . Do you think But Was it Murder? is a good title? Make up a different title.... Also. Make a quiz for the other students to do.... Imagine ten years have passed...

Sign up to vote on this title
UsefulNot useful