Wise Men of Gotham and Other Stories (ESL/EFL Version)
This book is Volume II-12 of the series of readers of Million-Word Reading Project (MWRP). It is suitable for readers with a basic vocabulary of 1,500 words. This book tells stories about foolish people of the village of Gotham in England, the Schildburger, from the German town of Schilda, the Chelmites, from a small Jewish village in Poland named Chelm and stories of other foolish people. More
This book is Volume II-12 of the series of readers of Million-Word Reading Project (MWRP). It is suitable for readers with a basic vocabulary of 1,500 words.
Million-Word Reading Project (MWRP) is a project in which ESL/EFL learners at elementary level (with a basic vocabulary of 1,500 words) are expected to read one million words within two or three years, and reach upper-intermediate level (with a vocabulary of about 3,500 words). This project contains about 40 simplified readers, enough for an ESL/EFL learner to read for two years, and this list is growing.
Readability || 83.1
Total word count || 15882
Words beyond 1500 || 893
Headwords beyond 1500 || 420
Unknown word percentage (%) || 5.62
Unknown headword percentage (%) || 2.64
Unknown headword occurrence || 2.13
Unknown words that occur 5 times or more || 28
Unknown words that occur 2 times or more || 186
Wise Men of Gotham is the early name given to the people of the village of Gotham, Nottinghamshire, who are known for being foolish.
Stories of foolish people are told in almost every country. In Germany there are the Schildburger, from the town of Schilda, and in the backcountry south of Warsaw, Poland, there are Chelmites, who come from a small Jewish village, named Chelm. In Ireland, stories are told about a foolish man named Sir Gaulard, and there are pedants in almost every country. In the old days, these stories brought joy to the dull and hard life of the people.
Even today, these stories still make us laugh. After laughing at these people, we might ask ourselves, are we modern people, who consider ourselves wise, sometime just as foolish or even more foolish than those ancient people?
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