Answer for “The Story of silk” with explanations

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1. tea emperor’s wife P1, line 5 and 14-17 Legend  has  it  that  it  was  Lei  Tzu,  wife  of  the  Yellow Emperor, ruler of China in about 3000 BC, who  discovered  silkworms. It just so happened that while she was  sipping some tea, one of the  cocoons  that  she had collected  landed  in  the hot tea  and  started to unravel into a fine thread.
  • landed=fell
2. reel P1, L 21-24 She also devised a special reel to draw the fibers from the cocoon into a single thread so that they would be strong enough to be woven into fabric.
  • invented=devised
  • pull out=draw…from
3. women only, produce silk P2,L 1-2 Originally, silkworm farming was solely restricted to women, and it was they who were responsible for the growing, harvesting and weaving.
  • only=solely
4. royalty only, wear silk P2, line 4-6 Silk  quickly  grew  into  a  symbol  of  status,  and originally, only royalty were entitled to have clothes made of silk.
  • allowed= entitled
  • wear= have clothes
5. currency farmers, taxes P2,L 11-17 Sometime  during  the  Han  Dynasty (206  BC-220AD), silk was so prized that it was also used as unit of currency. Government officials were paid their salary in silk, and farmers paid their taxes in grain and silk.
6. paper 168 AD,  evidence P2, L 20-23 The earliest indication of silk paper being used was discovered in the tomb of a noble who is estimated to have died around 168 AD.
  • evidence = indication
7. wool Merchants, Silk Road P3, L3-5 “…. now known as the Silk Roadtaking silk westward and bringing gold, silver and wool to the East.
  • precious metals = gold, silver
8. monks 550 AD, hide, eggs, canes P4, L10-14 According  to  another  legend,  monks  working  for  the Byzantine  emperor  Justinian  smuggled  silkworm  eggs  to  Constantinople  in  550  AD,  concealed  inside hollow bamboo walking canes.
9. nylon 20th century, man made fibre, cause decline P 5,L 7-8 Then in the  twentieth century, new  man made fibers, such as nylon, started to be used in what had traditionally been silk products, such as stockings and parachutes.”
  • decline=downfall
10. FALSE gold, most valuable material P3, L 1-8 Demand  for  this  exotic  fabric  eventually  created  the  lucrative trade  route  now  known  as  the  Silk  Road,  taking  silk  westward  and  bringing  gold,  silver  and  wool  to  the East. It was named the Silk Road after its most precious commodity, which was considered to be worth more than gold.


  • valuable=precious·
  • material=commodity
  • It’s= silk
11. TRUE tradesmen, certain sections P3, Last line Few  merchants  traveled  the  entire  route;  goods  were handled  mostly by  a  series  of  middlemen.

“Because of the middleman they didn’t need to travel the whole distance and the goods were transported by one middleman to another”

“Few  merchants  traveled  the  entire  route= most tradesmen only went along certain sections”

12. FALSE Byzantines, spread   P4, L4 The Byzantines were  as secretive as the Chinese, however, and for  ………………  Arabs  conquered  Persia,  ………..through  Africa,  Sicily  and  Spain  as  the  Arabs  swept  through  these  lands

” It was the the Arabs, not the Byzantines, who spread the practice of silk production across the West.”

13. NOT GIVEN silk yarn, the majority, exported, Last Paragraph, L 19 .. .. .in more recent decades, China has gradually recaptured its position as the world’s biggest producer and exporter of silk and silk yarn.

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