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The Prisoner of Zenda Prep One

Chapter One (The Rassendylls) Summary


Rose asked Rassendyll to go to Ruritania with Sir Jacob Borrodaile to work as his assistant. Rassendyll told Rose that he was going to the Alps to write a book.He decided to visit Ruritania to watch the coronation of King Rudolf the Fifth in the capital city, Strelsau. Rassendyll made his way to Zenda, a small town in favour of Duke Michael, the Kings brother.

Questions & Answers


1-Rassendylls had most of the adventurers qualities as well as a good status. Discuss. He had plenty of money, loved to travel and spoke many languages well. He was a good swordsman and could ride any kind of horse. He came from an old and respectable family. That was why he didnt have to work. He had a good position because he was brother to Lord Burlesdon. 2-What was the job offered to Rassendylls? What was his promise to Rose? He was offered to work as an assistant for the ambassador, Sir Jacob in six months. Rassendylls promised Rose that he would accept that job if nothing happened in six months time. 3-Ruritania was Rassendylls next adventure. Explain. He wanted to attend the coronation of Rudolf the fifth at Strelsau in Ruritania. He had never been to that highly interesting and important kingdom which was under the power of a young and strong ruler. 4-Describe the woman that Rassendyll met at the station on his way through France. He met a graceful and well-dressed woman who was about thirty. She was called Antoinette de Mauban. She was a rich widow who was hoping to improve her situation. It was said that the Duke of Strelsau, King Rudolfs brother, had paid her attentions. 5-What did Rassendylls read in the papers as soon as he reached the Ruritanian border? What was the result of that news? He found out that the date of the coronation had been suddenly brought forward and was to take place in two days time. As a result, Rooms were all booked and hotels were crowded. It would be hard to get a room without paying a very high price. 6- How did the people at the inn feel towards both Duke Michael and Rudolf the Fifth? Duke Michael, who was the master of Zenda, was the great hope of the poor people. He had always lived among them. Everyone in Ruritania knew him. Few people really knew Rudolf the Fifth because he travelled abroad so much. 7-They love one another as men who want the same place and the same wife! Comment. These words were said by the younger girl in the inn to Rudolf Rassendyll when Rudolf asked her if the Duke and the king were good friends. The girl said that they couldn't love each other because they wanted the same crown and the same lady. By the same woman, she meant princess Flavia as she was going to be the kings wife.

The Prisoner of Zenda Prep One


Chapter Two (A Merry Evening with a New Relation) Summary
Rassendyll met the Kings men, Colonel Sapt and Fritz von Tarlenheim in the forest of Zenda. He meet the King as well and discovers that they look extremely alike. They get on well and have a meal together on the night before the coronation. Unfortunately the King is drugged by his evil brother, Duke Michael, who wants the throne for himself.

Questions & Answers


1-Describe Duke Michaels castle at Zenda as Rassendyll saw it in his way to Strelsau. The old part of the castle was still in a good state of preservation. There was a moat, deep and board round it and on the other side a fine modern building put by the last king. The old and the new parts were joined by a drawbridge which was the only way to the old castle. 2-How was the castle at Zenda convenient for Duke Michael? If he wanted to see no one, he could cross the bridge and have it pulled in after him. Nothing less than a company of soldiers with heavy weapons could get him out. 3-There was a surprise waiting for Rassendyll in the forest of Zenda. Discuss. He met Colonel Spat and Fritz von Tarlenheim who were both in the service of the King of Ruritania. These two men were surprised to see how Rassendyll looked like their king. If he shaved off his beard he would be just like the King Rudolf the Fifth who was surprised, too. 4-Black Michaels invitation was only a plot against his brothers coronation. Explain. On the night before the coronation, Black Michael sent the king a drugged bottle of wine with Josef; the kings servant and asked the King to drink it for the love that he had for him. The king laid full length on the floor. His face was as red as his hair and he breathes heavily. Black Michael drugged the King to take his place in the kingdom of Ruritania. 5-What was Colonel Spats clever plan to save the throne of King Rudolf the Fifth? What would happen if his plan failed? Sapt asked Rudolf to go to Strelsau in the Kings place. If his plan failed, Black Michael would sit on the throne and the King would lie in prison or in his grave. Rassendyll, Spat and Fritz would die, too. 6- If hes not crowned today, he never will be. Comment. These words were said by Colonel Spat to Rassendyll when Black Michael succeeded in dragging King Rudolf the Fifth to prevent him from attending the coronation in Strelsau. If King Rudolf the Fifth wasnt crowned that day, Black Michael would be the king and would kill King Rudolf the Fifth.

The Prisoner of Zenda Prep One


Chapter Three (The King Keeps His Appointment) Summary
Colonel Sapt suggested that Rassendyll took the place of the King so that the coronation could take place. Spat also took some precautions to keep his plan secret. Rassendyll shaved and put on uniform. King Rudolf the Fifth was left in cellar and Josef was ordered to guard him. Sapt instructed Rassendyll on how to behave. They took train to Strelsauand were welcomed grandly by army, bands and bells. Rassendyll met Antoinette de Mauban and the Kings fiance, Princess Flavia in the coronation.

Questions & Answers


1-What were the precautions taken by Spat in order to keep his plan secret? First, King Rudolf the Fifth was carried into the wine cellar. Next, Spat tied Johanns mother up and locked her in another of the cellars rooms. Then, Rassendyll, Spat and Fritz would go without Black Michaels guards and would take train at Hafbau instead of Zenda. At the end, Josef was left with strict orders to guard the cellar. 2-Colonel Spat was Rassendylls teacher and advisor. Discuss. Colonel Spat explained as much as he could of the Kings past life, his family, his likes and dislikes, his friends and servants. He told Rassendyll the rules of Ruritanian Court. He also promised to be at Rassendylls side at every moment of the day. 3-Who were waiting for Rassendyll at the station of Strelsau? Was Duke Michael among them?and why? A group of officers and people of high rank stood waiting for him. At their head was the chief of the Ruritanian Army; Marshal Strakencz and the Chancellor; the chief minister. Duke Michael wasnt among them as he pretended to be ill. That was why he couldnt come to the station to welcome the King. 4- Describe the city of Strelsau in which the coronation of the King took place. Strelsau was partly old and partly new. The upper class lived in the new part of the city and the poor people lived in the dirty, narrow streets of the old town. Wide, tree-line streets surround the narrow lanes of the old part of the city. 5-What were the reactions of Duke Michael and Princess Flavia when they saw Rassendyll in the coronation?Did they doubt that He was the king? Duke Michael looked at Rassendyll as if he was a ghost and he was shaking uncontrollably. Princess Flavia thought that Rudolf looked different that day because he looked more serious and thinner. But, none of them doubt that Rassendyll was the king. 6- He wants something Ive got. And he also wants something which I havent got yet.. Comment. These words were said by Rassendyll to Princess Flavia on the day of the coronation. Duke Michael wanted to sit on the throne instead of his brother and to marry Princess Flavia, so he plotted against him. But Rassendyll went to the coronation and got the throne. Duke Michaels last hope was to marry Princess flavia.

Chapter Four

The Prisoner of Zenda Prep One


(The Secret of a Cellar) Summary
With the coronation successfully accomplished in Strelsau, Rassendyll and Sapt return to where they had left the real King, only to find out that Duke Michael has him imprisoned in the castle of Zenda. It becomes Rassendylls task to continue acting as king.

Questions & Answers


1-Are you ready to start? Comment These words were said by Sapt to Rassandyll in the dressing room after the coronation. Sapt asked Rassandyll if he was ready to leave Strelsau and went back to the lodge in the forest of Zenda to bring back King Rudolf the Fifth who was drugged. 2-Why was Duke Michael angry after he had got news from Zenda? He was angry because he couldnt understand what was going on. The news said that his men had got the king from the lodge in Zenda while the king had just been crowned in Strelsau. 3- How could Sapt and Rassandyll get out of the Palace in Strelsau without being seen by anyone? They wrapped themselves up and Rassandyll dressed as Sapts servant. They went through a secret door, along a dark passage. Then, they came out into a quiet road bordering on the palace garden. 4-Who were the two riders who stopped at the fork of the road?Where were they going to?and Why? Duke Michael and his guard, Max Holf were the two riders who were going to the castle of Zenda because they feared a trap in the lodge. 5-What did Sapt and Rassendyll find out when they went back to the lodge after the coronation? They saw several pieces of torn and cut cloth which were used to tie Johannes mother. They found the dead body of Josef in one of the cellars rooms, and the king was kidnapped by Michaels men. 6-How could Duke Michaels guards reveal Sapts secret plan? Johannes mother attracted their attention somehow when they came to the lodge to take the king prisoner, thinking that he was drugged. 7-Both of Sapt and Duke Michael couldnt reveal the real identity of the king. Explain Sapt couldnt reveal his secret plan because he had made fools of the lords and the people. He also couldnt tell them that the king had been so drunk to be crowded and had sent his servant to take his place. On the other hand, Duke Michael couldnt say that he had drugged his brother to prevent him from going to the coronation and he had imprisoned him. 8-Well, little Josef will have company, Comment. These words were said by Sapt to Rassendyll after they fought against the eight horsemen who were sent by Duke Michael to bury the dead body of Josef. Sapt and Rassandyll killed some of them to revenge for Josef who would be buried with them.

Chapter Five

The Prisoner of Zenda Prep One


(A Fair Cousin & a Dark Brother) Summary
Sapt and Fritz thinks that the real King is still alive as only three of Michaels famous Six a Frenchman (de Gautet), a Belgian (Bersonin) and an Englishman (Detchard) are in Strelsau. They think the other three the Ruritanians (Lauengram, Krafstein and Rupert Hentzau) are guarding the King at Zenda. Rassendyll meets Michael and three of the famous Six while he is paying Flavia a visit.

Questions & Answers


1-Rassendylls wounded finger was very useful for him. Explain 2-Why did Sapt refuse to catch Duke Michael? 3-Why did Sapt think that King Rudolf the Fifth was still alive? 4-Duke Michael left the Ruritanians to guard the king. Discuss. 5-What was Rassandylls Plan to make the king popular in Ruritania? 6-What was the mistake done by Rassandyll during his visit to Princess Flavia? 7-I was playing with a dog, and it tried to bite me Comment.