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Level 1 | Level 2 | Level 3

Level 1

Match the Synonym!

 1. Popular  A. Use for a short time.
 2. Borrowed  B. Keep safe.
 3. Stolen  C. People who steal.
 4. Security  D. Liked by many.
 5. Thieves  E.  Taken


  1. Popular = D. Liked by many.
  2. Borrowed =  A. Use for a short time.
  3. Stolen = E. Taken
  4. Security = B. Keep safe.
  5. Thieves =  C. People who steal.

True or False?

1. Not many people know Vincent Van Gogh. False

2. Van Gogh paintings are very expensive. True

3. Famous paintings usually stay in one place. False

4. The museum was closed because of bad weather. False

5. Van Gogh paintings have been stolen before. True

Unscramble the sentence!

1. His paintings are very popular.

2. They sell for lots of money.

3. This is so many people can see them.

4. It has been closed because of the coronavirus.

5. The thieves were very fast.

Listening and Vocabulary

Stolen Closed Travel
Famous Paintings Found
  1. Popular
  2. Travel
  3. Closed
  4. Stolen
  5. Paintings
  6. Found


Level 2

Match the Synonym!

 1. Exhibition  A. Benefit
 2. Crisis  B. Gone
 3. Advantage  C. Display
 4. Disappeared  D. Things to look for.
 5. Watchlist  E. Problem


  1. Exhibition = C. Display
  2. Crisis = E. Problem
  3. Advantage = A. Benefit
  4. Disappeared = B. Gone
  5. Watchlist = D. Things to look for.

True or False?

1. Not man people know Vincent Van Gogh’s paintings. False

2. The painting was stolen from a person’s home. False

3. Museums often lend famous paintings to each other. True

4. The thieves took days to steal the painting. False

5. Van Gogh paintings have been stolen before. True

Unscramble the sentence!

1. Vincent Van Gogh is one of the most famous artists.

2. It is common for paintings to travel to different museums.

3. Museums work together to lend paintings.

4. The thieves were able to break into the museum.

5. The thieves must have been very skilled.

Listening and Vocabulary

Famous Skilled Important
Uncertain Stolen Paintings
  1. Famous
  2. Important
  3. Uncertain
  4. Skilled
  5. Stolen
  6. Paintings


Level 3

Match the Synonym!

1. Exhibition A. Famous
2. Sole B. Location
3. Renowned C. Owned objects.
4. Targeted D. Only
5. Whereabouts E. Aim
6. Crucial F. Get back.
7. Belongings G. Serious
8. Antique H. Show
9. Reacquired I. Collector’s item.


  1. Exhibition = H. Show
  2. Sole = D. Only
  3. Renowned = A. Famous
  4. Targeted = E. Aim
  5. Whereabouts = B. Location
  6. Crucial = G. Serious
  7. Belongings = C. Owned objects.
  8. Antique = I. Collector’s item.
  9. Reacquired = F. Get back.

True or False?

1. A painting has been stolen from a Van Gogh museum in France. False

2. The painting was being temporarily loaned to another museum. True

3. The painting was one of 70 other Van Gogh paintings in an exhibition. False

4. The painting was worth less than 2 million euros. False

5. The art piece was stolen during the museum’s open hours. False

6. The Mona Lisa was stolen by an Italian man and taken from the Louvre. True

7.  A valuable painting was kept in a couple’s house for many decades. True

8.   The couple kept the painting in their living room so everyone could admire it. False

9. It is prefered to find stolen paintings after a long period of time. False

10. The couple stole the painting in 1972. True

Unscramble the sentence!

1. It was the sole VanGogh painting in the exhibition.

2. The museum had been closed as part of lockdown restrictions.

3. They broke the glass front door to the museum.

4. Renowned paintings have long been targeted by thieves.

5. Peruggia stole the painting by hiding in a broom closet.

Listening and Vocabulary

Restrictions Stolen Thefts
Specific Estimated Birthplace
Emptying Positioned Employee
  1. Stolen
  2. Estimated
  3. Restrictions
  4. Specific
  5. Employee
  6. Birthplace
  7. Thefts
  8. Emptying
  9. Positioned