Insight Intermediate Unit 2 Reading

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  • 1. 

    The teenage explorerIn December 2011, when sixteen-year-old Amelia Hempleman-Adams arrived at Heathrow Airport in London, journalists from all the major newspapers were waiting for her. She had just spent the last seventeen nights in the Antarctic, enduring snowstorms and temperatures as low as −50°C, and she had become the youngest person in the world to ski to the South Pole.Amelia’s remarkable long-distance trek to the pole had been planned by her father, David, an experienced explorer who was famous in Britain in the 1980s and 1990s for his record-breaking expeditions. In his career, he had walked to the North Pole by himself, with no support from any other people, and he had climbed to the top of the highest mountain on every continent in the world. However, skiing across the Antarctic to the South Pole with his teenage daughter and a small team of other skiers was the most challenging journey of his life, mostly because, as a parent, he was very worried about Amelia.Amelia’s preparation for the expedition was very thorough. She spent a lot of time trekking across the English countryside to get fit, and she camped in a large supermarket freezer warehouse to get used to the low temperatures. She also asked for advice from her two older sisters, both of whom had already been to the North Pole with their dad. In fact, famously, her sister Alicia had flown to the North Pole at the age of eight to be with her father at the end of one of his expeditions. As a result, she was the youngest person ever to visit the most northerly place on Earth.During the expedition, Amelia carried two very special gifts in her bag. Before starting her adventure, she had met Alexandra Shackleton, the granddaughter of the polar explorer, Ernest Shackleton. Alexandra’s grandfather had tried and failed to lead a team of brave adventurers to the South Pole in 1909, and she gave Amelia two gifts to remind the young girl of the amazing history of polar exploration. The first was a coin which had belonged to Ernest Shackleton. The second was a photograph of the famous explorer. Like so many early polar explorers, Ernest Shackleton, who never reached the South Pole in his career, had lost his life in the Antarctic. He had a heart attack during a scientific expedition in the 1920s.When she returned from the expedition, Amelia said that she had enjoyed taking time out from school, and getting to know her father, but she had missed her friends and had found it difficult to deal with the freezing cold and the boring food. She also complained about her father’s snoring. It hadn’t been easy to sleep in a tent every night with her noisy dad.

  • 2. 

    Read the text. Are the sentences true (T) or false (F)?There was a lot of media interest in Amelia’s journey across Antarctica.

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      True

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      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The text states that there was a lot of media interest in Amelia's journey across Antarctica. This indicates that the statement is true.

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  • 3. 

    Amelia became the youngest person in history to ski to the South Pole. 

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      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Amelia's achievement of becoming the youngest person in history to ski to the South Pole is a fact that can be verified. This means that it is true that she holds this record, making the answer "True" correct.

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  • 4. 

    Amelia’s dad had already been on expeditions to the South Pole. 

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      True

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      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    Amelia's dad had not been on expeditions to the South Pole.

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  • 5. 

    David and Amelia crossed the Antarctic alone. 

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      True

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      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    The statement says that David and Amelia crossed the Antarctic alone, but the correct answer is False. This means that David and Amelia did not cross the Antarctic alone.

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  • 6. 

    Amelia spent some time preparing for the trip by training in the Arctic region.

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      True

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      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    The statement says that Amelia spent some time preparing for the trip by training in the Arctic region. However, the answer is false because the statement does not provide any information about whether Amelia actually trained in the Arctic region or not. The statement only mentions that she spent some time preparing for the trip, but it does not specify where or how she trained. Therefore, we cannot conclude that she trained in the Arctic region based on the given statement.

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  • 7. 

    Amelia’s sisters had been to the South Pole before Amelia made her journey. 

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      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    The statement suggests that Amelia's sisters had been to the South Pole before she made her journey. However, the correct answer is false, indicating that Amelia's sisters had not been to the South Pole before her.

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  • 8. 

    Ernest Shackleton was the first person to ski to the South Pole. 

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      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    The statement is false because Ernest Shackleton was not the first person to ski to the South Pole. The first person to ski to the South Pole was Roald Amundsen in 1911. Shackleton attempted to reach the South Pole in 1909, but he was unsuccessful.

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  • 9. 

    Amelia carried a photograph of Ernest Shackleton with her to the South Pole. 

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      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Amelia carried a photograph of Ernest Shackleton with her to the South Pole. This suggests that Amelia had a personal connection or admiration for Shackleton and wanted to have his photograph with her as a source of inspiration or as a reminder of his achievements during her journey to the South Pole.

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  • 10. 

    Amelia was able to keep in touch with some friends during her trip. 

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      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    Amelia was not able to keep in touch with some friends during her trip.

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  • 11. 

    On the expedition, Amelia found it difficult to sleep at night because of the cold. 

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      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    Amelia did not find it difficult to sleep at night because of the cold.

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