Posted by: a2cristina | January 20, 2019

The Bridge on the River Kwai – Cloze Test

CLOZE TEST

Read the text and complete the chart below with a word from the list that comes after the text. Every word can only be used ONCE. There are five words that you do not need to use. Question 0 has been answered as an example.

 

THE BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI

The Bridge on the River Kwai has been 0) __________ as a fascinating portrayal of the ethical dilemmas facing the allied soldiers held captive by the Japanese during WWII.

The movie centers around the character of British 1) __________ Col. Nicholson, a role for which Sir Alec Guinness was awarded the Best Actor Oscar.

In early 1943, British 2) __________ arrive by train at a Japanese prison camp in Burma. The commandant, Colonel Saito, informs them that all prisoners, regardless of 3) __________, are to work on the construction of a railway bridge over the River Kwai that will connect Bangkok and Rangoon. The senior British officer, Lieutenant Colonel Nicholson, informs Saito that the Geneva Conventions 4) __________ officers from manual labour. Nicholson also forbids any escape attempts because they had been ordered by headquarters to 5) __________, and escapes could be seen as defiance of orders. At the morning assembly, Nicholson orders his officers to remain behind when the enlisted men march off to work. Saito threatens to have them 6) __________, but Nicholson refuses to back down. When Major Clipton, the British medical officer, warns Saito there are too many witnesses for him to get 7) __________ with murder, Saito leaves the officers standing all day in the intense heat. That evening, the officers are placed in a punishment hut, while Nicholson is locked in an iron box.

Meanwhile, three prisoners attempt to escape. Two are shot dead, but United States Navy Commander Shears gets away, although badly 8) __________. Meanwhile, the prisoners work as little as possible and sabotage whatever they can. If Saito fails to meet his 9) __________, he would be obliged to commit ritual suicide. Desperate, he uses the anniversary of Japan’s victory in the Russo-Japanese War as an excuse to save face and announces a general amnesty, 10) __________ Nicholson and his officers and excusing them from manual labour.

Nicholson is shocked by the poor job being done by his men. Over the protests of some of his officers, he orders Captain Reeves and Major Hughes to design and build a

proper bridge to maintain his men’s morale. As the Japanese engineers had chosen a poor site, the original construction is abandoned and a new bridge begun downstream.

Taken from: various sources.

 

AWAY                  EXECUTED           POWs                   SHOT

COMMANDER     HAILED                 RANK                   STATUS

DEADLINE            INJURED               RELEASING          SURRENDER

EXEMPT               OFF                      SALUTED              WOUNDED

 

            0 HAILED
1 6
2 7
3 8
4 9
5 10

 

 

KEY

 

0. HAILED

  1. COMMANDER
  2. POWs
  3. RANK
  4. EXEMPT
  5. SURRENDER
  6. EXECUTED / SHOT
  7. AWAY
  8. WOUNDED
  9. DEADLINE
  10. RELEASING
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