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Slumdog Millionaire – Reading Journal Table of contents Prologue - - Reaction 2 1,000 The Death of a Hero : Mindmap Salim - What interested me most in this chapter 3/4 2,000 The Burden of a Priest : Letter from Ram to his mother 5/6 5,000 A Brothers Promise - : Whose acting I agree with 7 10,000 A Thought for the Crippled : Shocking quotes 8/9 50,000 How to Speak Australian : Ram’s diary entry Favorite quotes of this chapter 10 100,000 Hold On Your Buttons : What I learned that interest me Whom I disliked 11 200,000 Murder on the Western Express - Wanted!-poster…
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Reading Journal - Slumdog Millionaire


Prologue


Mini-Summary:


In this chapter, Ram Mohammed Thomas is a prisoner because he has won a quiz show. The police think he was cheating in the quiz show. They torture him to get to the truth. But Ram still says that he has not cheated. Finally Smita, a lawyer brings him out of prison. She brings him into her house and she wants that Ram tells her whether he cheated and if not, how he knew the answers. 


Questions:


Will Ram get the price of the quiz show?

Who is Smita?

Why will she help him?

Does Ram cheat?


new vocabulary:

 

hue = Farbton

vigorously = energisch

evidence = Beweise

fellow = Kerl

deaf = taub


1000 – The Death of a Hero


Mini-Summary:


In this chapter Ram explains how he knew the answer to the first question. He was in his childhood with his best friend Salim in a cinema. They wanted to watch a film with Armaan Ali. Salim is a big fan of Armaan Ali. At home he has hung up many posters of Armaan. He even knows what perfume Armaan Ali used. A man who was sitting next to Salim touched him gently on the leg (as if he was gay).

Salim, who hates gays rips him a piece of beard and beats him out. The man's eyes looked like that of Armaan. And the beard smelled like his perfume. They kick him out of the cinema.

At the end Smita and Ram watch a film sequence (of the quiz show) where Ram answered a tricky question about Armaan.


Questions:


Was the man in the cinema Armaan Ali?

Is Armaan Ali gay?

Why Salim hates gays?


new vocabulary:


glimpse = Blick

maligned = geschmähte

envies beneidet

crotch Schritt

frisky munter

  

2000 – The burden of a priest


Mini-Summary:


In this chapter Ram explains how he knew the answer to the second question. His mother gave him when he was a baby to a hospital. From there he was adopted by the Thomas family, but they have given him quickly away. He came to Father Timothy, a priest. Two men of the "All Faith Community” and father Timothy gave him the name Ram Mohammed Thomas.

Father Timothy taught Ram many things, for example, speak and write English. Father Timothy hired a new priest (for the young people), Father John. One night caught Ram, father John as he raped a boy.

He wakes up Father Timothy, who sent him and the boy to bed. Ram found father Timothy and John the next morning dead.

Smita and Ram watch the video sequence, where Ram answered a question about Christian faith.


Questions:


What was the white powder of father John?

Where does Ram go next?


new vocabulary:


glances = Blicke

a black cassock = eine schwarze Soutane

crowded = überfüllt

ransack = plündern

orphan = Waise

occur = auftreten

thick = dick

5000 – A Brother's Promise


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Prakash tells Ram about his wife and his brother and how he died. He tells Ram that his brother gone mad of the voodoo tricks of his wife.

Prakash who want to kill his wife dies after the dialog with Ram like his brother.

At the end Smita and Ram watching a film sequence where Ram answers a question about Papua New Guinea.


Questions:


Prakash would have killed his wife?

Do Prakash and his brother die as a result of the voodoo?


new vocabulary:


chants = Gesänge

frisky = munter

garment = Gewand

mugger = Straßenräuber

headache = Kopfschmerzen

asses = Esel

herbs = Kräuter


200,000 - Murder on The Western Express


Mini-Summary:


In this chapter Ram explains how he knows the answer of the seventh question.

Ram wanted to visit his best friend Salim after he works by the australian family. So he started traveling to Mumbai by train with 50.000 rupees in the underwear. He told a young passenger of the money. In the night a robber appears with a gun. He takes all the money from the guests. The young person betrays that Ram has got money in the underwear.

The dacoit takes it. The robber sexually harassed a woman. Ram removes the gun from him and shoot him death. On the next station he runs away with the gun of the death man.

At the end Smita and Ram watching a video sequence where Ram answers a question about revolvers.


Questions:


Are the passengers angry or frightened that Ram shoot the dacoit or are they happy?

Where will Ram go next?

Will the police get and arrest him?


new vocabulary:


bustling = geschäftigen

stomach = Magen

berth = Liegeplatz

collar = Kragen

peddling = hausieren


500,000 - A Soldier's Tale


Mini-Summary:


In this chapter Ram explains how he knows the answer of the eighth question.

Ram and Salim lives in a bunker until the war between India and Pakistan. A man told Ram a lot of stories from the time when he was a soldier in war. He said that he was the hero in the war but he could not get any medal. When three ex-officers visit the bunker they discover that the old man is a liar and he does not want to fight in the war.  On the next morning the man commits suicide himself as a result of shame.

At the end Ram and Smita watching a video sequence where Ram answers a question about military awards.


Questions:


Why did the old man lie?

 


new vocabulary:


sternly = streng

lentil = Linse

rumor = Gerücht

battalion = Bataillon

strafed = beschossen

cramped = eng


1,000,000  -  Licence to Kill


Mini-Summary:


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At the end Smita and Ram watching a film sequence where Ram answers a question about the actress Neelima Kumari.



Questions:


Will the police search Ram because they think that he killed Neelima?


new vocabulary:


latter = Letzteres

vain = vergeblich

shrug = Achselzucken

anxieties = Ängste

insecurities = Unsicherheiten

desiccated = vertrocknet

ceased = mehr


100,000,000 – I love a prostitute


Mini-Summary:


In this chapter Ram explains how he knows the answer of the eleventh question.

Ram is now in Agra where the Taj Mahal is also. He visits it and hears what a guide tells about the Taj Mahal. After the guide and the tourists go away. An asian tourist ask Ram for telling him something about the Taj Mahal. Ram tells him what he know about the Taj Mahal and earns fifty rupee for working 5 minutes.

Now he decides that he will stay in the city and work as a tourist guide in the Taj Mahal. A boy named Shankar who looks very kind brings him to a hotel where he will live for the next time. The boy can not talk normal and he is an orphan like Ram. On one day a group of rich students from Delhi invite Ram for join them for the night. Ram accepts the invitation. First they go eating in a big restaurant after that they go to a brothel where Ram goes to the prostitute Nita.

Ram asks her lots of personal question but Nita don't really answer them. Then they have sex and Ram decides that he will go in the next time again to her. Nita and Ram fell in love with each other but her brother does not allow her .....

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Prem Kumar asked the last question about the Taj Mahal and than he make a commercial break. He said to Ram that he don't can answer the question. But Ram tells him that he can answer it. When the show begins Prem Kumar tells the audience that this was just a joke question and he posts a new question about Beethoven's Sonata No. 29 and than he makes another commercial break.

In the break Prem Kumar and Ram went to the toilet and Ram wants to kill Prem Kumar with the gun, because he was the man who hurts Neelima and Nita. Prem Kumar tells Ram the answer of the question and Ram doesn't kill him.

Ram uses the 50:50 Lifeboat and than he flipps his lucky coin to make suspense. Prem Kumar tells the truth and he wins the billion rupees.

Smita stops the DvD and tells him that she is Gudiya the Girl who was rescued by Ram. And she promises him to fight for him.


Questions:


Did Salim watched the quiz show?

How does the story end?

Will Ram get his money?

Will he marry Nita?

Will he meet Salim another time?

Will Salim be a big Bollywood star?


new vocabulary:


All the vocabularies are known.


Epilogue


Mini-Summary:


In this chapter the story of Ram ends.

Smita helps Ram to get free from the police. She established that he doesn't cheats. So he gets a little less than a billion rupees.

The W3B Company went bankrupt, in result of the massive payout.

With the money he produces a film with Salim as the hero.

And he buys his love Nita free and marries her.

In the end Ram tell Smita that the “lucky coin” has heads on both sides. Ram throws his coin in the ocean, because he needs no luck anymore.


Questions:


I have got no questions.


new vocabulary:


All the vocabularies are known.


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