Captain Cook

Choose the word (a, b, c or d) that best fits the context.

Captain James Cook is (0)________ today for being one of Britain’s most famous explorers of the 18th century.  Cook was (1)________ most other explorers of the same period as he did not come from a wealthy family and had to work hard to (2)________ his position in life.  He was lucky to be (3)________ by his father’s employer, who saw that he was a bright boy and paid for him to attend the village school.  At sixteen, he started (4)________ in a shop in a fishing village (5)________ on the coast and this was a turning (6)________ in his life.  He developed an interest in the sea and eventually joined the Royal Navy (7)________ to see more of the world.

Cook was (8)________by sailing, astronomy and the production of maps, and quickly became an expert (9)________ these subjects.  He was also one of the first people to (10)________ that scurvy, an illness often suffered by sailors, could be prevented by careful (11)________ to diet.  It was during his (12)________ to the Pacific Ocean that Cook made his historic landing in Australia and the (13)________ discovery that New Zealand was two (14)________ islands.  He became a national hero and still (15)________ one today.

  • A thought  B known C found D   famous
  1. A different B contrary C distinct D   unlike
  2. A manage B succeed C achieve D   fulfil
  3. A remarked B viewed C glanced D   noticed
  4. A trade B work C career D   job
  5. A held B placed C positioned D   situated
  6. A moment B instant C   point D   mark
  7. A in view B in order C as D   due
  8. A keen B eager C fascinated D enthusiastic
  9. A from B over C in D   for
  10. A regard B estimate C catch D   realise
  11. A attention B organisation C observation D   treatment
  12. A travel B voyage C excursion D   tour
  13. A serious B superior C major D   leading
  14. A shared B particular C common D   separate
  15. A keeps B stands C maintains D   remains