Academic reading practice test 33 Raising the Mary Rose ,Neuroaesthetics ,destroyed the civilisation of Easter Island?

Academic reading practice test 32 Raising the Mary Rose ,Neuroaesthetics ,destroyed the civilisation of Easter Island?

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Raising the Mary Rose

How a sixteenth-century warship was recovered from the seabed

On 19 July 1545, English and French fleets were engaged in a sea battle off the coast of southern England in the area of water called the Solent, between Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight. Among the English vessels was a warship by the name of Mary Rose. Built in Portsmouth some 35 years earlier, she had had a long and successful fighting career, and was a favourite of King Henry VIII. Accounts of what happened to the ship vary: while witnesses agree that she was not hit by the French, some maintain that she was outdated, overladen and sailing too low in the water, others that she was mishandled by undisciplined crew. What is undisputed, however, is that the Mary Rose sank into the Solent that day, taking at least 500 men with her. After the battle, attempts were made to recover the ship, but these failed.

What destroyed the civilisation of Easter Island?

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Easter Island, or Rapu Nui as it is known locally, is home to several hundred ancient human statues – the moai. After this remote Pacific island was settled by the Polynesians, it remained isolated for centuries. All the energy and resources that went into the moai – some of which are ten metres tall and weigh over 7,000 kilos – came from the island itself. Yet when Dutch explorers landed in 1722, they met a Stone Age culture. The moai were carved with stone tools, then transported for many kilometres, without the use of animals or wheels, to massive

Neuroaesthetics

An emerging discipline called neuroaesthetics is seeking to bring scientific objectivity to the study of art, and has already given us a better understanding of many masterpieces. The blurred imagery of Impressionist paintings seems to stimulate the brain’s amygdala, for instance. Since the amygdala plays a crucial role in our feelings, that finding might explain why many people find these pieces so moving.Academic reading practice test 32 Raising the Mary Rose ,Neuroaesthetics ,destroyed the civilisation of Easter Island?

Academic reading practice test 32 Raising the Mary Rose ,Neuroaesthetics ,destroyed the civilisation of Easter Island?

Academic reading practice test 32 Raising the Mary Rose ,Neuroaesthetics ,destroyed the civilisation of Easter Island?

Academic reading practice test 32 Raising the Mary Rose ,Neuroaesthetics ,destroyed the civilisation of Easter Island?

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