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Reading comprehension


  1. Answer the following questions using the text.


1. What kind of Уunspoken ideologyФ shapes history taught at school? Is it possible to be free of ideology in historical studies?

2.When did the English started limiting the power of King? When did power in England passed into the hands of Parliament?

3.What was the period under Elisabeth I famous for?

4.What was the Second World War for the English? Did British Army participate in it?

5.When did the UK become part of the УAmerican sphere of influenceФ? Is it still in it now?

6.What does the author mean speaking about Уthe colossal fracture in Е historyФ of Germany and Russia?


  1. Make up a mind map to help memorize periods of English history. Compare with the mind maps of the others.
  2. Use Notes after the text and speak about English Kings and Queens. Describe the brightest representative in each Royal House. Use extra sources if necessary.



  1. Give English equivalents to the word combinations given above in italics.


  1. Choose from Active Vocabulary the words which can be used in scientific talks and discussions. Give examples.


  1. Use the words and word combination from Active Vocabulary above to make a logical story (individual or in a group). Ask your classmates for interpretation.


  1. Complete the table forming different parts of speech where possible.


Verb Noun Adjective Adverb


adequacy ____________________________________





  1. Match word combinations with their Russian equivalents:


  1. To study history in detail, reports of notable events, adequate basis of knowledge, criticize for being inadequate, to be involved in methodological discussion, invent new scientific processes, hope for a revolution, voice doubts to smb, wander round the museums, to be selective about the facts, power passed into the hands of smb, every able-bodied adult was conscripted.
  2. ќзвучить свои сомнени€ перед кем-либо, достаточные базовые знани€, наде€тьс€ на революцию, быть вовлеченным в методологическую дискуссию, изучать историю в подробност€х, критиковать за несоответствие, описани€ знаменательных событий, изобрести новые научные методы, бродить по музе€м,

быть избирательным в отношении фактов, каждый физически пригодный к службе был призван, власть перешла в руки.


  1. Fill in the prepositions.


  1. Bronze age burial mounds, Roman walls, churches Е the tenth century onwards, castles, palaces and simple country homes are all part Еa landscape we take Е granted.
  2. How much do most Е us know Е our history? УRather less than can be written Е the back Е a postage stamp.
  3. Е this point the triumphant story falters.
  4. Like you we have our national myths Е the Second World War and every Christmas new books are published Е the subject and old films re-shown.
  5. Should these doubts be voiced Е children? Or should history be used as propaganda Ц for example to give children a new pride ЕЕ Britain Ц which would mean being very selective Е the facts.
  6. Although we have not been cut Е the past by a colossal fracture Е our history (as have the Germans and the Soviet people, for example) we nonetheless find it difficult to relate our contemporary experience Е what has gone before.


  1. исторические программы по телевидению, участвуют в раскопках, изучают документы, брод€т по музе€м.


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