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often referred to as Aplain
people@, maintain a very distinct lifestyle. They use
few modern conveniences and keep a horse and buggy as their means of
conveyance. Buggies are a common sight in Lancaster as they clip-clop down
country roads as well as more travelled routes.
easily are identified by their manner of dress, which, they feel, is a symbol
of their separation from the world and a constant reminder of their commitment
to God and their religion.
and boys wear dark suits, coats without lapels, pastel-coloured shirts, a
straw or black broad-brimmed hat and black shoes. Women wear skirts with long
sleeves and high necks topped off with caps and white or black aprons. They
also wear select pastel colours. Wire hook-and-eye fasteners, straight pins
and velcro are used as fasteners. Women and men do not wear jewellery or
embellishments such as buttons (although, some buttons are worn on winter
coats) on their clothes in order to maintain humility and disavow anything
that might gain them recognition, such as distinctive dress. Likewise, Amish
do not style thir hair, wear makeup, manufactured clothing or anything to
alter God=s creation.
is the dominating colour for Amish life but, ironically, Amish are buried in
white. Married men wear a beard. Mustaches are taboo since they were once
associated with military officers and Amish are pacifists. Men keep their hair
trimmed in a single layer, unparted cut that dips to the earlobe on the sides
and above the collar in the back of the head.
Match the following words to the definitions (2 points).
Strong belief in an idea or system, especially when it is shown by your
actions and behaviour.
When you say that you are not connected with it or responsible for it.
Device such as a button or a zip or safety pin that fastens something,
Asnwer the following questions (1.5 points).
Why are Amish referred to as plain people?
When do Amish people wear clothes in white?
c. Why do they not wear luxurious things?
Put the following sentences into the passive (1.5 points)
We have a table for dinner at the Hilton
The white-fly is destroying melon crops in USA
c. Everybody in the city knows him well
Rewrite the following sentences without changing the meaning of the original (2
Despite the age of the house, we managed to sell it.
Her children have long conversations on the phone. Consequently, the phone bills
are expensive (Result).
Helen is very busy at work. Andrea is on holiday (whereas).
The temperature was freezing. The children were sent home (reason)
Although the tickets were expensive, we went to the concert (In spite of)
5. Composition. Write 80 words about fashion and models (3 points).