|Pied Piper Webquest
The Pied Piper is a legend. Legends are based on an element of truth. Read the following story to discover the facts behind this legend.
Read “The Children of Hamelin” on this website http://www.pitt.edu/~dash/hameln.html and answer these questions:
1. In what year did a “mysterious man appear in Hamelin”?
2. Why was he called the “pied piper”?
3. What was the deal that he made with the city?
4. To what river did he lead the rats?
5. What happened when the people of Hamelin did not fulfill their promise to pay him?
6. For centuries after this event, what was the street on which the piper led the children called? What was prohibited on this street?
7. According to the town register, on what date did this event occur and how many children were lost?
8. What was inscribed on the town hall?
9. What was inscribed on the gate?
10. In what year was the story recorded in the church’s stained glass windows?
Now read the poemThe Pied Piper of Hamelin: A Child’s Story by Robert Browning using this website: http://www.indiana.edu/~librcsd/etext/piper/text.html
Answer the following questions.
1. (Stanza 1) According to the poem, where is Hamelin?
2. (Stanza 2) List some of the things that the rats did to plague the citizens.
3. (Stanzas 3 through 6) What did the Mayor of Hamelin agree to pay the piper?
4. (Stanza 7) How many rats survived?
5. (Stanzas 8-11) The Mayor balked at paying the promised amount. How much did the Mayor suggest that the piper take instead. What does the Mayor tell the piper to do after he refuses to accept this new amount?
6. (Stanzas 12-14) What did the piper do to revenge this breach of the promised amount?
Where did he take the children?
7. (Stanza 15) Write the number of the lines from the poem that supports the fact that the children survived.
8. (Stanza 16) In reference to this story, what do you think the idiom (a phrase whose meaning cannot be determined by the literal definition of the phrase itself, but refers instead to a figurative meaning that is known only through common use) “pay the piper” mean?