Answer the following questions, if necessary consult Lessons 24—30 of your Textbook IV and Lessons 5, 12—14 of your Textbook V.
When did the Romans come to England for the first time?
What was the original name of the British capital? And how many people lived there by the year 400?
When did the Romans leave Britain?
When did William the Conqueror come to England from Normandy? Why did he build the White Tower in the Tower of London?
Where did the Great Fire of London start? How long did it last? How big was the part of the city destroyed by the fire?
What caused the Great Fire of London?
What is the official name of Great Britain now?
What do people mean when they say “Great Britain”?
What parts does Great Britain consist of and what are their capitals?
What do we call the narrowest part of the English Channel?
The people who were born in Britain are English, aren’t they?
What does the Union Jack look like and what does it symbolize?
What is understood by the Commonwealth? What do you know about it?
Who does the power in the country belong to?
Who makes laws in the country?
After doing ex. 1 and ex. 2. decide who in your class knows the country and its people best. Let him/her be a visiting professor from London and ask him/her:
what part of London he likes most of all and why;
what the Tower of London used to be and what it is now;
why Londoners keep black ravens in the Tower of London;
what place in London is believed to be its geographical centre;
where the Queen lives;
why the clock on one of the towers of the Houses of Parliament is called Big Ben;
how often people can hear the sound of Big Ben;
if tourists can get into the Houses of Parliament and watch the sessions of Parliament;
what the difference between the House of Lords and the House of Commons is;
what Poets’ Corner is and in what London church it can be found;
why British people speak so much about the weather;
in what way the British people differ from people on the Continent.