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Mr. Thoreau in Concord
Concord, Massachusetts, is one of the New England towns that everybody likes to visit. When tourists (1) ______ Boston they usually make a point of going to Concord by electric train because they have read about the famous battle ground of the great Revolutionary War there. They also want to see the homes of American writers Hawthorne, Emerson, and Thoreau. (2) ______, Concord is the place that everybody likes to visit.
The philosopher Henry Thoreau, who was born in Concord, was (3) ______ on hiking. He loved the town so much that he spent most of his life walking through its fields and forests. You might (4) ______ it was his life’s work, for he never had any real profession, and he walked between four to eight hours a day.
When Mr. Thoreau started out on a long walk in the woods, he wore a wide-brimmed straw hat, stout shoes, and strong grey trousers to (5) ______ sure that they would not show spots too easily, and would survive tree-climbing. Under his arm he usually carried an old music book in which to press plants, and in his pocket he kept a pencil and his diary. His friend, William Ellery Channing, often (6) ______ the writer on his walks in the forest. They agreed that a week’s camping was more fun than all the books in the world. Once they tried camping in Canada. They wore overalls most of the time, and (7) ______ of suitcases, they tied a few changes of clothing into bundles, and each man took an umbrella. They called themselves “Knights of the Umbrella and Bundle”.
- A) achieve B) reach C) enter D) arrive
- A) Therefore B) Although C) Moreover D) However
- A) fond B) crazy C) eager D) keen
- A) say B) speak C) talk D) tell
- A) take B) keep C) make D) gain
- A) attached B) accompanied C) connected D) attended
- A) against B) outside C) besides D) instead