Posted by: crisdiaz24 | February 23, 2011

WORD FORMATION

TUDOR HOUSE

This restaurant was opened just two weeks ago after an _______________ (extend) and detailed programme of _______________ (restore) and _______________ (renew) of one of the oldest buildings in town. The exact age of the building was _______________ (know) until foundations were discovered which date back to the fifteenth century. At one point the building work was halted so that _______________ (archaeology) could carry out excavations. Some of the interesting _______________ (discover) they made are now on display in the restaurant.

There has been a beautiful and _______________ (effect) integration of the traditional building and the modern restaurant. It has a charming and _______________ (romance) atmosphere where customers can relax and enjoy their meals. An _______________ (add) attraction is the large garden which has room for fifty customers to enjoy al fresco eating in the summer months.

MYCENAE

Mycenae is one of the oldest and most ___________ (impress) archaeological sites in Europe. Excavations on it began ___________ (relative) recently, round about 1841, when the Lion Gate was discovered. The famous Lion Gate is ___________ (rectangle) in shape and has huge gateposts about 10 feet high. Across these there is a ___________ (mass) lintel (dintel) – that’s the ___________ (horizon) part that goes over the door.

Above that there is a ___________ (triangle) slab (losa, bloque, placa) which is 12 feet wide at its base and 10 feet high. On the triangle, there are two lions ___________ (face) each other. ___________ (fortune), the lions have lost their heads. The lions must have looked magnificent ___________ (origin), but their heads have simply ___________ (appear) over the ages. These lions probably had a religious ___________ (signify) in their day.

HERON OF ALEXANDRIA

Heron of Alexandria was one of the greatest ________(invent) of all time. He lived around AD 60 in Alexandria, Egypt, then the centre of __________ (science) discovery in the Greek and Roman world. Heron was __________ (extreme) skilled at designing __________ (marvel) machines, some of which had practical purposes and others which were created just to astonish. His inventions included ­__________ (machine) birds which sang, an __________ (amaze) solar-powered fountain and a coin-operated slot machine which gave out holy water at temples. His most famous __________ (create) was the first steam engine. The engine could achieve the __________ (believe) speed of 1,500 revolutions per minute, but __________ (fortune) it was not very efficient. To generate power equal to the __________ (strong) of one man required an enormous amount of fuel. If he had not __________ (weak) his health by doing dangerous experiments, Heron might have gone on to develop a better steam engine.

ROBIN HOOD: FACT OR FICTION?

The ____________________ (DISCOVER) of a secret tunnel beneath a Nottingham museum could prove that one of history’s most famous legends was a flesh-and-blood reality. The tunnel may have been used by Robin Hood to escape from the Sheriff of Nottingham to the ____________________ (SAFE) of Sherwood Forest. For centuries ____________________ (HISTORY) have questioned the ____________________ (EXIST) of Robin, dismissing him as a romanticised figure who ____________________ (SYMBOL) the hopes of the poor in their struggle against the rich. The ____________________ (ACCIDENT) unearthing of the passageway by archaeologists excavating some man-made caves may cause them to rethink their views. The tunnel is blocked so its exact length is ____________________ (KNOW), though it could stretch for three miles, from St Mary’s Church to the city’s outskirts. According to medieval documents, Robin and his men ____________________ (MYSTERY) disappeared from the church after being surrounded there by the Sheriff’s soldiers.

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