The Prisoner of Zenda

Pre-Intermediate IELTS score:3.5/TOEFL IBT Score: 43-51) (CEF) A2/B1 EPER Level E

Rudolf Rassendyll of England is in Ruritania for a coronation. And young Rupert is the ‘double’ of the new king ...

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The Prisoner of Zenda is an adventure story. Which of these words do you not expect to read?

sword * castle * helicopter * moat * queen * rescue

Audio: Reading of Chapter One * Listening Activity

Prisoner of Zenda Teaching Pack (intermediate)


The two best film versions of the story are the 1952 version (from where the images for this version come) and a black and white version with Ronald Coleman in 1937. The scripts are very similar and are based on the stage play rather than the novel. Here is the trailer for the 1952 version

The Prisoner of Zenda
Anthony Hope wrote several stories based in the imaginary central European country called Ruritania. ‘The Prisoner of Zenda (1894) and a sequel ‘Rupert of Hentzau’ (1898) were the most popular. ‘The Prisoner of Zenda’ was adapted for the stage in 1895 and there have been several films.
Try the original story?
In the original story is much longer, with more characters and a more complex story. The language, grammar and syntax are difficult but confident readers can try the original novel, complete with audio recording from the excellent LibriVox project

Prisoner of Zenda Teaching Pack (£1.75)

About Prisoner of Zenda * Coronation (video) * Learning activities