Questions and Answers – Nibelung’s Gold

Each question has notes and possible answers.

1. Are you familiar with the story of “Snow White and the Seven Dwarves”?

This means: Do you know the story of “Snow white and the Seven Dwarves”?

The question is in present simple tense.

The answer is:

Yes, I am. I am familiar with it. (I know it)
No, I am not. I am not familiar with it. (I don’t know it)

2. Are you able to tell the story in English?

This means:

Can you tell the story in English.

The answer is:

Yes, I am. I am able to tell it. (I can tell it)
No, I am not. I can not do it.)

You could also say:

I know the basic story but I am a little sketchy on the details.

3. Did the women have beards as well?

This question is in past simple tense.

The answer is:

Yes, they did.
No, they didn’t.

Do women have beards in your country?

4. Are there any gold mines in the country where you live?

This is an existence question. It asks if something exists. It is a special idiomatic form of the verb “to be” and it is in present simple tense.
The story is in past simple tense but this question is not part of the story. It is outside the story.

It is a direct question to you about about your country so it is not in past simple tense.

The answer is:

Yes, there are. There are gold mines in my country.
No, there are not. There are no gold mines in my country.
There is one gold mine in my country.
There were gold mines a long time ago but not any more.

5. Do you own any gold?

This is another direct question for you. It is not part of the story so it is not in past simple tense. It is in present simple tense.

Yes, I do.
No, I don’t.
I am not telling you!

6. Is there a king in your country?

This question, like the previous one, is not part of the story so it is in present simple tense, rather than past simple tense.

Yes, there is.
No, there is not. (No, there isn’t)
There used to be but there is not any more.
There is but he doesn’t have any real political power.
There is a queen.

7. Do you have a brother?

This is Present Simple Tense with “Do” auxiliary (helping verb).

Yes, I do. I have a brother. I have one.
No, I don’t. I don’t have a brother. I don’t have one.
I have two brothers.

8. Did they hoard it away in a cave?

This question is part of the story so it is in past simple tense.

Yes, they did.
No, they did not. (No, they didn’t)

9. Have you ever stolen anything?

This question is in Present Perfect Tense. It is outside the story. It is a direct question for you about a personal experience.

The answer is:

Yes, I have.
No, I have not.

10. How long did it take to move the gold from one cave to another cave?

This one is in Past Simple Tense. It is part of the story. You have to IMAGINE the answer!

You can say:

It took an hour.
It took several hours.
It took a whole day.
It took several days.
It took a week.
It took almost a month.

11. Was he sad to learn that his brother was a thief?

Past Simple Tense.

Yes, he was.
No, he was not.

Would you be sad to learn that your brother was a thief?

12. Is that fair?

This is a “be” verb question with an adjective. It is in present simple tense. It is not part of the story. It is asking you your opinion about the events of the story.

Yes, it it.
No, it is not.
It is a matter of opinion.

13. Do you have a quarrelsome brother?

This question is in present simple tense. Here are some simple answers:

Yes, I do
No, I don’t
I don’t have a brother.
I have two brothers. One is quarrelsome sometimes but the other is never quarrelsome.

a quarrel – an argument
a quarrelsome person – an argumentative person

14. Do you live with other people at the moment?

Yes, I do.
No, I don’t.

I don’t now but I used to.

Actually I am looking for a flatmate.

15. Are you greedy?

The simple answer is:

Yes, I am.
No, I am not.

But it must be a question of degree, mustn’t it?

We are all greedy or selfish to some extent. What do you think? Say your answer aloud then write it in the comments section at the bottom of the page.

16. Did the brothers have accurate scales to weigh the gold?

Yes, they did.
No, they did not.

Schilbung and Nibelung could not find a way to divvy the gold up fairly.

17. How would you have divided it up?

I would have used a set of scales.

18. Is gold more valuable than silver?

Yes, it is.
No, it is not.

19. Have you heard of it?

This question refers to another sentence in the text. It refers to “the gold”.

The answer is:

Yes, I have.
No, I have not.

The Gold of the Nibelungs or the Hoard of the NIbelungs is a common motif in Germanic literature and culture. Look at these literary references or variations:

The Rhinegold
The Ring of the Nibelungs
The Lord of the Rings.
The Cycle of the Ring
Wagner’s Ring – the music of Wagner


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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