1. English
  2. 8 Grade
  3. By Wanda Steele
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Museum of Bucharest. However, they have disappeared without a trace! People today probably would not know about Dracula, had it not been for the Bram Stoker, an Irish writer. Stoker heard about the legend of this evil Prince Dracula and was fascinated. He went to the library and read everything he could find about the real-life Dracula and his castle in Transylvania. He discovered that Dracula would make a wonderful fictional villain. Dracula was published in 1897, and features the character of Jonathan, an Englishman who journeyed to Transylvania. There, he meets the strange Count Dracula in a dark, stone castle. Jonathan soon learns that the count is a vampire, a monster that does not really exist. The book was very successful and became very popular. Bram Stoker’s Dracula has inspired dozens of books, plays, movies, and TV shows. Writing Dracula turned out to not be very much for Stoker though. He had been gentle, by nature before writing the book, but his personality changed into a mean and critical man. His temper grew violent while writing, which could have been the spirit of nasty Prince Dracula! Fortunately, Stoker returned to himself after finishing the book. MULTIPLE CHOICE: Choose the BEST answer from the choices provided. 1) What is the author’s main purpose of writing this article? A. To inform the reader that Dracula was a real person. B. To persuade the reader that Dracula was an evil person. C. To entertain the reader with a spooky story about Dracula. D. To explain how Bram Stoker became familiar with Dracula. 2) Which of the following is NOT true about the real Dracula? A. His name was Prince Vlad. B. He was a kind man. C. He was an evil ruler. D. He was from Transylvania 3) Which of the following was NOT a nickname of Prince Vlad? A. Vlad the Impaler B. Dracula C. Dracul D. Vlad Tepes How did Prince Vlad typically kill his 4) victims? A. He shot them. B. He hanged them. C. He buried them alive. D. He impaled them.

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5) Which of the following is true about Bram Stoker? He was A. Romanian. B. He wrote Dracula. He was nice while writing his C. novel. D. He made Dracula a werewolf. 6) What is the author’s tone in the article? A. Optimistic B. Amused C. Factual D. Melancholy 7) What genre of literature is this selection? A. Mystery B. Non-fiction C. Autobiography D. Fantasy 8) Why did Bram Stoker decide to write a novel about Dracula? A. He thought he was a misunderstood man. B. He wanted to reveal him to the world. C. He thought he would make an interesting tale. D. He thought the world would like hearing about a nice ruler. 9) What type of fantasy character was Dracula in Bram Stoker’s novel? A. Vampire B. Werewolf C. Dragon D. Zombie 10) What is the main text structure of the selection? A. Cause & Effect B. Problem & Solution C. Description D. Compare & Contrast MATCHING: Match the term with its description. 11. _____ Prince Vlad A. City where Prince Vlad’s head was displayed after his death 12. _____ Dracul B. Irish author who wrote Dracula 13. _____ Ottoman Turks C. Reign of current-day Romania ruled by Prince Vlad 14. _____ Vlad the Impaler D. Group of people who were fighting with the Austrian Hapsburgs 15. _____ Constantinople E. Continent where Prince Vlad lived 16. _____ Bram Stoker F. One of Prince Vlad’s nicknames; named after the way he killed people 17. _____ Dracula G. Ruler of Transylvania from 1448-1476 18. _____ Transylvania H. Current-day country where Prince Vlad ruled 19. _____ Romania I. Dracula’s father; member of the Order of Dragons 20. _____ Europe J. Novel written by Bram Stoker, based off Prince Vlad

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