Historical Catastrophes: Pompeii's Destruction

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What natural disaster destroyed Pompeii in the text?

Volcanic eruption

Describe the immediate physical effects experienced by Livia during the disaster.

Breathing difficulties, choking

How did people in Pompeii try to protect themselves from the ash and smoke during the eruption?

Covering their mouths with rags or using pillows over their heads

What was the immediate aftermath of the eruption on Pompeii?

Darkness, destruction, lava flow covering the town

What was the fate of everything and everyone in Pompeii as described in the text?

Destroyed

How did Tranio and Livia react as they witnessed the destruction of Pompeii?

They held each other desperately

Why was Tranio running to Livia's house?

To find Livia

What was happening at Livia's house when Tranio arrived?

Everyone was shouting, arguing, and carrying belongings outside to safety.

Why did Livia mention that the seagulls were flying towards the woods?

Because they were going the wrong way, indicating something unusual was happening.

What made Livia cough and suggest going back?

The air began to fill with ash, causing Livia to cough.

Where did Tranio and Livia hide when they reached the harbor?

They hid beneath a pile of coloured rugs on a small Greek cargo ship.

What did the anxious captain sense that made him untie his boat?

The captain sensed that the winds had changed direction and that the air was uncomfortably hot.

Read an excerpt describing the tragic events of Pompeii's destruction, with characters like Tranio and Livia experiencing the horror of the volcanic eruption. Witness the chaos, panic, and devastation as the city is engulfed in ash and pumice.

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