Samuel Pepys wrote many diaries about the events of the 1660s. Our (1) … knowledge of that decade is in no small part due to him. Pepys was an adult at the time of the Restoration of the English monarchy. It was a time when many (2) … freedoms and rights were returned to the citizens. For instance, the theatre, an important (3) … of entertainment, was given to them. Theatres were reopened in 1660, after having been closed down in 1649.
The 1660s was a period of great change; people could start to relax more. A (4) … of this could be seen in the fashions of the time. Bright, colourful clothes were being introduced. Also, much of what we know about 17th century diet and (5) … habits is due to Pepys, as he described his meals and fondness for food in some detail.
Pepys socialised in a wide (6) … of circles and mixed as easily with the working (7) … as with the aristocrats. Samuel Pepys had a gentle touch and a deep (8) … of humanity.
Pepys witnessed two major events in history, the Great Plague and the Great Fire of London. His compassion for the suffering (9) … by both is clear in his diaries. His sorrow at the devastating (10) … of the plague is visible on page after page of his entries for 1664-1665. On completing his diary in 1669, Pepys still had half his career ahead of him, and he devoted the rest of his life to public service until his death in 1703.
- A) considerate B) copious C) considerably D) considerable
- A) personnel B) personal C) person D) personality
- A) brand B) form C) means D) style
- A) reflection B) reflector C) reflect D) reflex
- A) eat B) eater C) eating D) eatery
- A) area B) choice C) range D) variety
- A) group B) crowd C) class D) world
- A) feel B) sense C) feeling D) sensation
- A) caused B) done C) made D) blamed
- A) affects B) effects C) effectives D) effectiveness