Questions and Answers – Siegfried the Dragon Slayer

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1. Have you ever been to Belgium or the Netherlands?

This question is in Present Perfect Tense. The simple answer is:

Yes, I have.
No, I haven’t. – No, I have not.

You could also say:

I have been to the Netherlands but I have not been to Belgium.

or

I have been to Belgium but I have not been to the Netherlands.

Note: The Netherlands and Belgium are called “the low countries” because they are close to sea level.

2. Is the truth always beautiful?

This question is outside the text. It is an abstract philosophical question.

It is a simple present tense question but it is not a simple question.

Yes, it is.
No, it is not. – No, it isn’t.

What do you think? Look at these words:

always
often
sometimes
occasionally

What do you think?

Is the truth always beautiful?

3. Is courage important?

This is another present simple tense question. The grammar is simple. is the answer simple? Can you simply say:

Yes, it is
No, it isn’t

The answer is easy. Courage IS important, isn’t it?

4. Arrogance is distasteful, isn’t it?

This one is also easy, don’t you think?

The answer could be:

Yes, it is.
No, it isn’t.

But really it should be:

Yes, it is.

Arrogance IS distasteful. Everybody agrees with that, don’t you think?

Do you like arrogant people?

5. Are you loud and boastful in your personal manner?

This is a personal question. It is not part of the story. It is a personal question for you. It is in present simple tense. The answer is:

Yes, I am.
No, I am not.
I hope I am not.
I try not to be but sometimes I guess I am.


6. Is your boss a braggart?

Do you have a job? Do you have a boss? Does he have big ego? Does she have a big ego? Does he or she brag and boast?

You could answer like this:

I don’t have a boss. I work for myself.
I don’t have a boss. I am a student. I don’t have a job.
God is my boss.

or

Yes, he is
No, he is not.

or

Yes, she is
No, she is not

7. Is being good-looking important?

Is it important? This question is in present simple tense. It uses a noun phrase with a gerund (or present participle):

being good-looking.

Actually it uses two of them. Can you see the two “ing” forms?

being
looking

Do you know what it means?

It means:

to be handsome
to be beautiful

How important is it?

Look at this scale:

It is very unimportant.
It is a little bit important.
It is completely unimportant.

Looks mean nothing. It is what is inside that counts.

It is not easy. The grammar is easy. You can say:

Yes, it is
No, it isn’t

but what do you really think?

It has to be a question of degree, don’t you think?

It has to be important to some extent … or … ?

Is being good-looking important?

Say your answer aloud and write it in the comments section at the bottom of this page.

8. Which do you value more, honesty or kindness?

Which do you value more, A or B?

This one is also in present simple tense but it uses the “do/does” auxiliary instead of the “be” verb.

I value honesty more.
I value kindness more.

What do you think?

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9. Do you know any funny jokes?

People used to tell jokes. Now they send jokes on the internet. In some cultures joke-telling is highly developed. In other cultures it is not highly developed and jokes are just racial taunts or insults.

Do you tell jokes?
Do you know any good jokes?

If you know one, write it in the comments section at the bottom of the page.


10. Do you suffer from loneliness?

Yes, I do.
No, I don’t.

Does everybody get lonely sometimes?

11. Are you an adventurous person?

Yes, I am.
No, I am not.

I am quite adventurous.
I am a little bit adventurous.

Were you more adventurous when you were younger?

12. What did you do last night?

Tell us what you did. Write the answer below:

I wrote some emails then I went to bed early.

13. Are you very competitive by nature?

Yes, I am.
No, I am not.

Do you think everybody is a little bit competitive?

Yes, they are.
No, they are not.

It is a question of degree isn’t it?

Yes, it is
No, It isn’t.

Are you competitive?

Yes, I am
No, I am not

a little bit competitive
about average
very competitive

Which one describes you?

14. Do you know the story of St George and the Dragon?

It is an old English story.

You can say:

Yes, I do
No, I don’t

15. Is your sister good natured?

Yes, she is
No, she isn’t

I don’t have a sister.

I have two sisters and they are both very competitive.

I have two sisters but neither of them is competitive.

I have two sisters and one of them is quite competitive bu the other one is not.

Which one applies to you?

16. Have you learned more from “the university of life” than from school?

Do you know what this means?

The university of life means “learning from direct experience“. it is a kind of metaphor or figure of speech.

The simple answer is:

Yes, I have
No, I have not

17. Have you ever slept in a cave?

Yes, I have
No, I have not

18. Did they stop arguing?

Yes, they did.
No, they didn’t.

19. Did he fight them both at the same time or first one and then the other?

He fought Schilbung first and Nibelung second.
He fought Nibelung first and Schilbung second.
He fought them both at the same time.

20. Does wealth come only from gold and silver?

Yes, it does.
No, it doesn’t.

21. Are you wearing any gold jewelery at the moment?

Yes, I am. I am wearing a gold necklace.

No, I am not. I am not wearing any jewelry.

22. Are you lonesome tonight?

Yes, I am. I feel lonesome. I feel lonely. A little bit lonely. A little bit lonesome.
.

No, I am not. I am with my family.

I am alone but I do not feel lonely.

23. Do you feel alright?

Yes, I do. I feel alright.
No, I don’t. I don’t feel very well.
.

I feel ok.
I am fine.

I feel terrible.


The Questions – with Tenses

Present Perfect Tense

Have you ever been to Belgium or the Netherlands?

Present Simple Tense

Is the truth always beautiful?

Present Simple Tense

Is courage important?

Present Simple Tense – Tag Question

Arrogance is distasteful, isn’t it?

Present Simple Tense

Are you loud and boastful in your personal manner?

Present Simple Tense – third person singular

Is your boss a braggart?

Present Simple Tense – with gerund

Is being good-looking important?

Present Simple Tense

Which do you value more, honesty or kindness?

Present Simple Tense

Do you know any funny jokes?

Present Simple Tense

Do you suffer from loneliness?

Present Simple Tense

Are you an adventurous person?

What did you do last night?

Present Simple Tense

Are you very competitive by nature?

Present Simple Tense

Do you know the story of St George and the Dragon?

Present Simple Tense

Is your sister good-natured?

Present Perfect Tense

Have you learned more from “the university of life” than from school?

Present Perfect Tense

Have you ever slept in a cave?


Past Simple Tense

Did they stop arguing?

Did he fight them both at the same time or first one and then the other?

Present Simple Tense

Does wealth come only from gold and silver?


Present Continuous Tense

Are you wearing any gold jewelery at the moment?

Present Simple Tense

Are you lonesome tonight?

Present Simple Tense

Do you feel alright?

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The Story of Siegfried the Dragon Slayer and of his Beautiful Wife, Kriemhild and of his Tragic Murder and of her Terrible Revenge

Title Page
1. Nibelung’s Gold
2. Siegfried the Dragon Slayer
3. Kriemhild’s Dream
4. Siegfried’s Trip to Worms
5. The Plan to win the Hand of Bruenhild
6. Bruenhild’s Suspicion
7. Hagen’s Plan
8. Kriemhild’s Revenge
9. Epilogue : The Gold at the Bottom of the River and the Ring of Power

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