уровня TOEFL по английскому языку. № 9.
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the text about Captain Robert Barclay. Mark
sentences 1 to 5 T (True) or F (False).
Wednesday July 12, 1809, thousands of eager
spectators gathered in Newmarket, England.
They jostled for position to catch a glimpse
of Captain Robert Barclay who was about
to complete what was at the time regarded
as the greatest feat of human endurance
ever attempted. They'd travelled from around
the country to witness Barclay complete
his 1,000th mile, in his 1,000th consecutive
hour. Barclay had agreed to complete 1,000
miles, unaided and on foot, in 1,000 consecutive
hours (nearly six weeks) for a wager of
1,000 guineas (1,000 guineas was equivalent
to 20 years' income to the average man).
At the end of the challenge, though, it's
estimated that side bets earned Barclay
£100,000 (£40 million in today's
money) from the event.
problems Barclay experienced during the
course of the event were cumulative. The
miles become increasingly difficult as the
impact of weeks of broken sleep took hold.
Barclay never had more than one-and-a-half
hour's continuous sleep. This led to a long
list of problems. On the 12th day it was
reported that he 'felt a little pain in
his legs.' Over the next month this developed
to 'some pain', 'pain increasing', 'worse',
'much worse', 'excessive pain' and eventually
to 'very ill' two days before the end. He
also had to contend with pains in his neck
and shoulders and nausea as early as the
second week, and a toothache that arrived
in week four. The toothache and the pains
in his shoulders and legs made it difficult
for Barclay to sleep at all.
nearly didn't finish the challenge. When
he was called to start the 607th mile his
attendants couldn't wake him. Instead they
dressed him and carried him, still asleep,
to the starting line. There they started
beating him violently across the shoulders
to wake him up. It did the trick, and after
a bout of intense cursing and swearing,
Barclay stepped over the line and started
the next mile.
he finally completed the challenge, crossing
the line for the 1,000th time at 3.57 pm
to wild cheers from the crowd, Barclay was
a different man from the one who'd started
fit and strong. He'd lost an incredible
to the text:
The attempt seriously affected Barclay's
physical condition. T
(2) Barclay suffered from sleep deprivation
during the event. T
(3) Barclay made a lot of money from the
(4) Barclay wanted to give up during the
607th mile. T
(5) To Barclay's contemporaries, this was
the greatest feat of human endurance ever.
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