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Gift of the Magi

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Published: 12.27.2017
Level 2   |   Time: 2:55
Accent: Canadian
Source: Listen in English

A Christmas story about a poor, young married couple who have just enough money to buy each other one gift.


    

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  1. WATCH/READ the video.
  2. ANSWER the questions.
  3. CHECK your answers. (Show Answers)
  4. REVIEW the vocabulary.

triangle Questions


  1. How much money does Della have at the beginning of the story?
    less than two dollars
    two dollars
    more than two dollars

  2. How is the apartment described?
    not clean
    not cheap
    not warm
    not big

  3. What two valuable things do the couple possess?
    their love
    some nice combs
    Della's hair
    Jim's watch

  4. How does Della earn 20 dollars?
    She works at a hair shop.
    She sells her hair.
    She sells her combs.

  5. What does Della buy?
    a cake
    a watch
    a chain

  6. What does Della do when she comes home?
    She tries to make her hair look nice.
    She cooks Christmas dinner.
    She cries.

  7. At what time does Jim come home?
    six o'clock
    seven o'clock
    eleven o'clock

  8. What gift does Jim give to Della?
    a watch
    a kiss
    some combs

  9. What does Della do after she receives the gift from Jim?
    She combs her hair.
    She kisses him.
    She cries.

  10. How did Jim get money to pay for the gift?
    He sold his hair.
    He sold a gold chain.
    He sold his watch.


triangle Vocabulary


Directions: Choose the word that is closest in meaning to the underlined word.

  1. She goes to a mirror and examines her hair.
    (looks at)
  2. Della's hair is one of the two things that the couple possess.
    (own)
  3. It is an elegant watch chain for his gold watch.
    (beautiful)
  4. She is worried about what Jim will think of her appearance.
    (look)
  5. He stares at her astonished.
    (surprised)
  6. He explains that she will understand his reaction when she opens the gift.
    (way of acting)
  7. Then she starts to cry in sorrow.
    (sadness)
  8. They are the magi.
    (wise people)


triangle Script



The story begins with Della Dillingham Young worrying about money.
She has $1.87 to buy a present for her husband Jim.
And the next day is Christmas.
Because of this situation, Della starts crying.
For she and her husband are poor, and they live in a small, dirty apartment.
But they love each other very much.
When Della stops crying, she goes to a mirror and examines her hair.
Della's long, beautiful, brown hair is one of the two things of value that the couple possess.
The other is Jim's gold watch.
After looking at her hair, Della puts it back up and goes outside.
She walks to a hair goods shop.
She sells her hair for $20.00.
Now she has $21.87.
With her new money, Della is able to find the perfect gift for Jim.
It is an elegant watch chain for his gold watch.
She pays $21 for it.
She then returns home and tries to make her new short hair look more beautiful.
She is worried about what Jim will think of her appearance.
Jim comes home at 7pm and finds Della waiting by the door.
He stares at her astonished.
He is not able to understand what has happened.
Della is worried.
After a little while, Jim starts to talk.
He gives Della her present.
He explains that she will understand his reaction when she opens the gift.
Della opens it and cries in joy.
Then she starts to cry in sorrow.
Jim has given her a set of expensive combs for her long beautiful hair.
Jim tries to make Della stop crying.
When she stops, she gives Jim his present.
It is the chain for his gold watch.
Jim smiles and falls back on the couch.
He tells her that he sold his watch to buy Della's combs.
He recommends that they put away their presents and have dinner.
It is clear that Della and Jim are the wisest of gift givers.
They are the magi.



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