Inside Out The Great Wall of China

WORKSHEET A

1. Read the statements about the Great Wall of China. 2. If you think a statement is true, write T. If you think a statement is false, write F.

1. The Great Wall of China was started 1,500 years ago.

2. Construction took 100 years.

3. A total of three million people helped to build it.

4. They were all volunteers.

5. The name of the wall in Chinese means ‘Wall of the Gods’.

6. The Great Wall we can see today was built around 500-600 years ago.

7. On average, the wall is 20 metres high.

8. Only 50% of the Great Wall is still standing today.

9. It is the longest man-made structure in the world.

10. It is possible to see The Great Wall of China from space.

3. Now read about the Great Wall of China on Worksheet B and check your answers.

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