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Read through the following text twice before trying to answer the questions.

 

My father had a small estate in Nottinghamshire; I was the third of five sons. He sent me to Emanuel College in Cambridge at fourteen years old, where I resided three years, and applied my self close to my studies: but the charge of maintaining me (although I had a very scanty allowance) being too great for a narrow fortune, I was bound apprentice to Mr. James Bates, an eminent surgeon in London, with whom I continued four years; and my father now and then sending me small sums of money, I laid them out in learning navigation, and other parts of the mathematics, useful to those who intend to travel, as I always believed it would be some time or other my fortune to do. When I left Mr. Bates, I went down to my father; where, by the assistance of him and my uncle John, and some other relations I got forty pounds, and a promise of thirty pounds a year to maintain me at Leyden: there I studied physics two years and seven months, knowing it would be useful in long voyages.

 

 

Now you have read it twice, have a go at answering the following questions independently. Use the format that has been set up for you on Purple Mash. 

 

  1.  R - Which college dis the narrator go to at the age of 14?
  2.  R - What was the name of the surgeon?
  3.  R - Who was sending the narrator small amounts of money?
  4.  I - Why do you think physics (science) would be useful on voyages?
  5.  I - What is the narrator concerned about getting throughout this text?

 

Home learners please could you submit your answers on by using the 2do template on Purple Mash.

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