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A2-B1 Guy Fawkes, the Gunplot and the conspirators

Let us talk about the Gunpowder Plot? 

Guy (Guido) Fawkes was part of the Gunpowder plot in 1605.

He wanted to blow up the House of Parliament and King James I .

 England was a Protestant country and the plotters were Catholic. They wanted England to be Catholic again. They wanted to kill  King James I and his ministers because they were Protestants. 

So, Fawkes and his group put 36 barrels of gunpowder in cellars underneath the Houses of Parliament in London.

One  member of Fawkes’ group sent a letter to his friend who worked in Parliament, warning him to stay away on 5 November. 

The King’s supporters got hold of the letter and the plot failed. 

Guards broke into the cellars .

And  they arrested  and executed the  plotters . 

Each year, there are celebrations all over the United-Kingdom. 




 Fichiers de niveau A2


-  Candice : Guy Fawkes’ celebrations in England and in France
Candice talks about the way the British celebrate Guy Fawkes in and out of England.

-  Liz : Guy Fawkes’ Night in England
Liz tells us how kids celebrate Guy Fawkes’Night in England (how they create the Guy, « penny for the Guy » and fireworks).

- Sally : I love Bonfire Night !
Sally explains what Bonfire Night is and how people usually celebrate Guy Fawkes.

- Jane : I was born on Guy Fawkes’ day
Jane had a great birthday every year when she was a little girl, on Guy Fawkes’ day, with barbecues and fireworks.

-  Jenny : Guy Fawkes’ celebrations (2)
Jenny now explains how she used to celebrate Guy Fawkes on November 5th and it included a bonfire.


 Fichiers de niveau B1


- Jenny : Guy Fawkes’ celebrations (1)
Jenny explains how she used to celebrate Guy Fawkes with her brother when she was a little girl. A few days before November 5th they would make a guy.

- Jason : How I celebrated Guy Fawkes Night when I was a kid
Jason tells us how he celebrated Guy Fawkes Night when he was a kid and what he used to eat.


Guy Fawkes, the Gunplot and the conspirators

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Compréhension écrite / Written comprehension :

On the night of November 4th 1605, a man, Guido Fawkes, was discovered in a cellar beneath the Houses of Parliament. James I’s chief minister, Robert Cecil was a Protestant who hated Catholics. He was standing guard over 20 barrels of gunpowder. The intention was to blow up the Houses of Parliament on November 5th.Guido Fawkes was an explosives expert who had served in the Spanish army.Fawkes was one of a Catholic group who wanted to see the Protestant King James 1st replaced with a Catholic monarch.The members of the group were – Robert Catesby, Guido (Guy) Fawkes, Thomas Winter, John Wright and Thomas Percy.T he group recruited others who were sympathetic to their cause. One of the recruits was Francis Tresham whose brother in law Thomas Monteagle was a Member of Parliament.Tresham was worried about his brother-in-law’s safety and Tresham alerted the authorities.Fawkes was arrested and after being tortured he revealed the names of the other conspirators.Guido Fawkes made a signed confession. All of the conspirators were executed except one – Francis Tresham. The signature on Guy Fawkes’ confession did not match his normal signature.Catesby and Percy were killed resisting arrest. The others were tried (=examined in a tribunal)for treason, found guilty and executed.

Are the comments  true or false?

En m’appuyant sur le texte, je suis capable de dire si ces phrases sont conformes avec le texte ci-dessus ou non.
1. A group of Catholics plotted to blow up the king because they did not want  a Protestant king.
2. The group rented a cellar underneath the Tower of London.
3. Francis Tresham sent Lord Monteagle a letter not to go to parliament.
4. Guy Fawkes’ real name was Guido Fawkes.
5. Guy Fawkes was discovered with the gunpowder.
6. The King was James the First and he was a Protestant.
7. Robert Cecil was a Catholic.
8. Francis Tresham was executed.
9. The signature on Guy Fawkes’ confession may have been forged.
10. The event is still commemorated today.

Bonus : vocabulary on the theme+underline the verbs in the preterite


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