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Name: ......................................................................................

1 The words below appear in the text in Exercise 2. Find the words and guess their meanings.
Use a dictionary to check your guesses.
1. uninhabited 4. isolated
2. challenge 5. broadcast
3. life-threatening

2 Read the text and write questions with the words below. Use the Present Perfect Simple.

Alone Against Nature

Some people enjoy taking risks. Ed Stafford is one of them. He has always loved
excitement and has done many daring things in his life. He has even broken a record
he was the first man to walk the length of the Amazon River. It took him more than
two years and he received the European Explorer of the Year award in 2011. On his
travels, Ed has also done some very unusual things, like eating spider monkeys and
wearing a grass skirt!
In 2012, Ed went to an uninhabited island in the Pacific Ocean for 60 days. He had no
food, no water and no clothes! It was the ultimate survival challenge. All he had were
some basic medical supplies, an emergency satellite phone and a camera. He used the
camera to document the experience. The phone was only for a life-threatening
situation. Ed survived the 60 days without using the phone, but it wasnt easy. The
most difficult thing for him was being totally isolated and having no one to talk to. At
times, he couldnt stop hearing the same songs in his head and he was scared that he
was going crazy. When he arrived home, it took him a few months to get back to
normal.
After that, Ed faced the same challenge in other countries, such as Venezuela,
Botswana, Rwanda and Borneo, but he spent only ten days in each place. Although Ed
is fearless, he doesnt take unnecessary risks. In Venezuela, he realised that he was in
danger because he couldnt find a warm place to sleep, so he used his emergency
survival blanket. Ed has always filmed his adventures and his survival challenge has
become a successful TV series. It was first broadcast in 2014, and it has been popular
in many countries around the world since then.
What will Eds next challenge be? So far, he hasnt given us any clues. He says, I
think new experiences make you grow, so he is probably planning his next new
experience even now.

1. Why / Ed / take / many risks / in his life


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2. What kinds of unusual things / Ed / do
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3. In which countries / Ed / face / the ultimate survival challenge
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4. How long / Eds TV series / be / popular
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5. What / Ed / say / about / his future plans
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3 Answer the questions in Exercise 2.
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4 Tick ( ) the sentences T (true) or F (false). Then correct the false sentences.
T F
1. Ed spent more than two years sailing down the Amazon River. ...... ......
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2. Ed experienced a life-threatening situation on the Pacific island. ...... ......
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3. Eds biggest problems on the islands were psychological ones. ...... ......
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4. Eds challenges in Venezuela, Botswana, Rwanda and Borneo lasted for 60 days. ...... ......
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5. Ed always takes risks, no matter how dangerous they are. ...... ......
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5 Imagine you are alone doing an ultimate survival challenge. Write a blog about your experience.