3.en.87 Reading examination: The Canterville Ghost

20 Questions about the Canterville Ghost (4 marks)

Chapter I


  1. Is the Oti’s origin relevant to understand the story? Why?
  2. Whose blood was the stain by the fireplace from?
  3. Mrs Umney, the housekeeper, does not want to remove the blood stain, why?
  4. Did Washington manage to remove the stain?

    Chapter II

  5. What wakes Mr Otis at night?
  6. Is Mr Otis afraid of the ghosts? Justify your answer.
  7. What’s the ghost’s reaction?

    Chapter III

  8. What do the twins use to attack the ghost?
  9. Why can’t the ghost wear his suit of armour?
  10. What does Mrs Otis offer the ghost and why?
  11. Who is the other ghost that appears in the corridor?

    Chapter IV

  12. Do you remember any other tricks the twins played on the ghost?
  13. At the end of chapter IV, who is afraid of whom?

    Chapter V

  14. What did the ghost use Virginia’s paints for?
  15. What does Virginia discover about Sir Simon’s death?
  16. What must Virginia do to help the ghost find a place to sleep?

    Chapter VI

  17. What did the ghost give Virginia before he died? Why?
  18. How does the family know that the ghost rests at peace and that his sins have been forgiven?

             Chapter VII

     19. What do the Oti’s do with the ghost’s skeleton?

      20. What does Virginia tell her husband she learnt from the ghost?

Vocabulary: (1 mark)

The following words appear in the story you read. Match the words to their meanings. Then explain which character or part of the story you associate the words with.

  1. ghosts do this and dissapear

  2. they are valuable and cost lots of money

  3. they are green and round

  4. move slowly and quietly

  5. the disembodied spirit of a deceased person

  6. cry

  7. stumble

  8. flowers

  9. not polite,with bad manners

  10. reprehensible or regrettable action

1) pea

2) creep

3) trip

4) rude

5) weep

6) fade

7) soul

8 ) sin

9) jewels

10) blossoms


What do you know about the author of the Canterville Ghost?

What was his name?

Can you mention any other books written by him?

Do you remember any of his famous quotes?

3.en.82 Easter tasks: the Canterville Ghost and some grammar practice

What do you think of this quote? Oscar Wilde was very witty, so he is a never ending source for quote lovers.

During Easter, you must read a short adaptation of a classic book The Canterville Ghost, by Oscar Wilde. The book is a parody of gothic novels but also a humorous picture of the culture clash between a sixteenth-century English ghost and a late nineteenth-century American family.

We’ve been doing lots of work with Onomatopoeia , if you had to produce a sound track for a gothic novel  you’d need to be able to produce...spooky sounds.

wind, especially howling rain, especially blowing
doors grating on rusty hinges sighs, moans, howls, eerie sounds
footsteps approaching clanking chains
lights in abandoned rooms gusts of wind blowing out lights
characters trapped in a room doors suddenly slamming shut
ruins of buildings baying of distant dogs (or wolves?)
thunder and lightning crazed laughter

You can download the text in pdf from hereYou can also read it directly in the site, and do the comprehension question exercises.

The site where this version of the Canterville Ghost is found, English on line grammar 4U,  is also very good to do some revision of verbal tenses and exercises.

I recommend you to do 4 sets of exercises:  simple present, present progressive, simple past and irregular verbs (levels 0,1 and 2). After Easter, we shall start writing short narratives and you cannot make mistakes with these basic tenses.

Post to the blog the time you sit down to do the exercises and feed back on the ones you do. Remember to keep a record of the time it took you to do them.  After Easter there will be a test on the Canterville Ghost. Further information on Oscar Wilde by clicking here.