Check your understanding: multiple choice
Circle the best answer to these questions/
1. When is Bonfire Night?
November b. 25
December c. 31
2. How do people celebrate Bonfire Night?
a. They make bonfires b. They set off fireworks c. Both a and b
3. How many people attended the Bonfire Night Event in the video?
a. Over 2,000 b. Over 20,000 c. Over 200,000
4. What time did the procession start?
a. 4 pm b.6 pm c. 7.45 pm
5. Bonfire Night commemorates a man called Guy Fawkes. What did he try to do
400 years ago?
a. Blow up the Houses of Parliament b. Rob the Houses of Parliament c.
Become a politician
6. What do people put on the bonfire?
a. Rubbish b. Rag dolls called “Guys” c. Potatoes
7. What does Leon do?
a. He researches the history of Bonfire Night b. He organises Bonfire
processions c. He organises firework displays
8. What did the members of the public who were interviewed think of Bonfire
a. They didn’t like it. b Some of them liked it. c. All of them loved it.
All around the world, festive days like New Year’s Eve are celebrated with fireworks. But here
in Britain, there is one night that is very special.
It’s November the fifth, Bonfire Night, and I’m wrapped up warm for some autumn fun.
Tonight’s the night for lighting bonfires and setting off fireworks. Here in Winchester,
preparations for the celebrations are under way and tonight it’s all going to get very noisy!
Bonfire Night parties take place in towns and cities across Britain. The Winchester event is free
and attracts over twenty thousand people. Steve Lewis of the charity ‘Round Table’ is the
volunteer in charge.
Joe: Steve, what’s the plan for tonight’s celebrations?
Steve: OK, tonight actually kicks off at 6pm in the city centre by our Guild Hall. There’s a torch-
lit procession where thousands and thousands of people follow a band through the city and we all
process down to the fields here. And then we’ll follow that by the lighting of the bonfire about
7.15. At 7.45 the fireworks will go off and the crowds will cheer.
Joe: It sounds like a hectic night. How many people does it take to organise this?
Steve: On the night itself, we have a hundred and eighty volunteers and many, many other
people to help us out. So it’s hundreds of people involved in an event of this size.
Joe: And be honest, is this about history or is it just an excuse to have fun?