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The drawbridge Exercise

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Nice activity to promote debate in class. The students must decide on which peson is the most guilty in this story and justify their answer. Very useful to promote critical thinking and communicative ...

Nice activity to promote debate in class. The students must decide on which peson is the most guilty in this story and justify their answer. Very useful to promote critical thinking and communicative skills.

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  • THE DRAWBRIDGE
  • The characters
    • The Baroness
    • The Baron
    • The Lover
    • The boatman
    • The friend
    • The madman
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  • The story
    • As he left for a visit to some of the distant areas of his small kingdom, a jealous Baron warned his pretty wife: ’Do not leave the castle while I am gone, or I will punish you severely when I return!’ But as the hours passed, the young Baroness grew lonely; despite her husbands warning she decided to visit her Lover , who lived in the country side nearby.
    • The castle was situated on an island in a wide, fast flowing river. A drawbridge linked the island to the mainland at the narrowest point of the river. ‘Surely my husband will not return before dawn’ she thought, and ordered her servants to lower the bridge and leave it down until her return.
    • After spending several pleasant hours with her lover, the baroness returned to the drawbridge, only to find it blocked by a Madman wildly waving a long, cruel knife.
    • ‘ Do not attempt to cross this bridge Baroness, or I will kill you’ the Madman cried.
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  • The story
    • Fearing for her life the Baroness returned to her Lover and asked for help. ‘Our relationship is only a romantic one,’ the lover said. ‘I will not help.’
    • The Baroness then went to a Boatman on the river, explaining her problem to him, and asked him to take her across the river in his boat.
    • ‘ I will do it, but only if you can pay my fees of five marks,’ he responded. ‘But I have no money with me,’ the Baroness protested. ‘That’s too bad. No money, no ride,’ the Boatman said flatly.
    • Her fear growing, the Baroness ran crying to a Friend ’s home and after explaining her desperate situation, she begged for enough money to pay the boatman his fee. ‘If you had not disobeyed your husband, this would not have happened.’ the friend said. ‘I will give you no money.’
    • With dawn approaching and her last resource exhausted, the Baroness returned to the drawbridge in desperation, attempted to cross to the castle, and was killed by the Madman.
  • At your Table…
    • In order of Priority, who is most responsible for the death of the baroness? Why so?
    • Individually:
    • Rank the characters in the order of the responsibility for the death of the Baroness. From 6 for the most responsible to 1 for the least responsible.
  • Ranking
    • Baron …………
    • Baroness …………
    • Madman …………
    • Lover …………
    • Boatman …………
    • Friend …………
  • As a Group
    • Agree upon the ranking in the order of the responsibility for the death of the Baroness.
    • Baron …………
    • Baroness …………
    • Madnan …………
    • Lover …………
    • Boatman …………
    • Friend …………