PTE听力练习题8-老托93-Tour of Monticello

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Before starting our tour of Monticello, I’d like to give you some historical facts that might help you appreciate what you see today even more. Monticello was the very much loved home of Thomas Jefferson for over fifty years. Jefferson, who was, of course, President, was also a great reader and language enthusiast. He read widely on different subjects, including architecture. He wasn’t formally trained in architecture, but as a result of his study and observation of other buildings, he was able to help design and build the house. He chose the site himself, naming the estate “Monticello,” which means “little mountain” in Italian. In fact, many of the ideas behind the design also came from the Italian architect Andrea Palladio, who lived in the sixteenth century and who had a great influence on the architecture of England. Jefferson, however, ignored one of Palladio’s principles, that is, not to build in a high place. Monticello’s elevation made the transportation of what was needed at the house—for example, food—especially difficult. But the view from the estate would not be as spectacular if Jefferson had followed Palladio’s advice; there really is no boundary between the house and the nature around it, and so Jefferson was able to look out on his beloved state of Virginia from his wonderful vantage point. Now we’ll go on to Jefferson’s library.

【生词摘录】
1. Monticello: 蒙提切娄
2. appreciate: v. to understand how good or useful someone or something is 欣赏,赏识,鉴赏
3. enthusiast: n. [C]someone who is very interested in a particular activity or subject 热衷于„的人
4. estate: n. [C]a large area of land in the country, usually with one large house on it and one owner (在乡村附有宅地的)一大片私有土地,庄园
5. elevation: n. [singular]a height above the level of the sea 海拔
6. spectacular: adj. very impressive and exciting 壮观的,精彩的,引人注目的
7. vantage point: a good position from which you can see something (能观察某物的)有利位置

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