Answers - The Halloween Issue

Halloween History

1.a   2.c  3.b    4.b   5.c   6.a   7.c   8.c 

Do They Know It's Halloween

1.night  2.boys    4.mistake   5.afraid   7.concern   9.fear
10.tonight   11.worse    12.streets   13.parents    14.returned     16.know  18.hear   20.meaning  21.sick  22.sweets  23.more  24. tree   25.dogs  26. night

The Tale of Stingy Jack

Stingy Jack invited the Devil to have a drink with him, but true to his name, stingy Jack didn’t want to pay. Somehow, he managed to convince the Devil to turn into a coin so that Jack could use it to buy his round. However, as soon the Devil did so, Jack decided to keep the money for himself and put the coin into his pocket next to a silver crucifix. This had the effect of preventing the Devil from changing back into his original form. Jack eventually freed the Devil but he imposed several conditions beforehand, the first was that the Devil would not bother Jack for one whole year after that.
Should Jack die, he would not be able to claim his soul. The Devil agreed and Jack let him go.
The following year the Devil found Jack again and was determined to see him punished after the trick that was played on him. However, Jack tricked the Devil again, fooling him into climbing a tree to pick a piece of fruit. While he was up in the tree Jack carved a sign of the cross into the tree’s bark so that the Devil was unable to make his way back down again. Once again the Devil had to remain there until he promised Jack that he would never bother him for a further ten years. Soon after, Jack died and as the legend goes God refused him entry into Heaven because of his unsavory deeds. However, neither would the Devil allow him into Hell as he had already promised not to claim his soul. The Devil sent Jack back to the living but he was only to appear at night with a piece of burning coal to light his way. The story goes that Jack put the coal into a carved-out turnip and has roamed the Earth with it ever since. The Irish referred to this ghostly figure as Jack of the Lantern but as the centuries passed it eventually shortened to Jack O’Lantern.

How Much Candy Do Americans Eat on Halloween?

1.F (not mentioned) 2.T  3.F (the average American will spend about $7.36)    4.F(Snack-sized versions of the candies that are popular year-round are also the most popular at Halloween)    5.F (Halloween is "the largest confectionery holiday")

Vocabulary: 1.D  2.A  3.E  4.B  5.C

Scary English Idioms
1.a ghost   2.weirds/freaks  3.out   4. stiff       5. skeletons - closet     6. stabbed me in the back    7. stand on end  8. spooked     9. pants  10. shivers down my spine  11. bloodcurdling scream    12. the creeps    13. like a bat  14. the bejesus      15. you’ve seen a ghost  16. scared  17. witching hour a leaf
19. spooky/creepy   20.jinx

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