Solution for: Freya Stark, explorer and writer

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1. London University 4. donkey
2. nurse 5. Gold Medal
3. Arabic 6. 12 years

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Freya Stark, explorer and writer

Freya Stark travelled to many areas of the Middle East, often alone. Frey Stark was an explorer who lived during a time when exploreers were regarded as heroes.She travelled to distant areas of the Middle East, where few Europeans – especially women – had travelled before. She also travelled extensively in Turkey, Greece, Italy, Nepal and Afghanistan.

Stark was born in Paris in 1893. Although she had no formal education as a child, she moved about with her artist parents and learned French, German and Italian.She entered London University in 1912, but at the start of World War I, she joined the nurse corps and was sent to Italy. After the war, she returned to London and attended the School of Oriental Studies.

Her studies there led to extensive travel in the Middle Studies, enabling her to eventually become fluent in Persian, Russian and Turkish. Stark became well known as a traveller and explorer in the Middle East. She travelled to the Lebanon in 1927 at the age of 33 when she had saved enough money, and while there, she studied Arabic.

In 1928, she travelled bu donkey to the Jebel Druze, a mountainous area in Syria. during another trip, she went to a distant region of the Elburnz, a mountain range in Iran, where she made a map. She was searching for information about an ancient Muslim sect known as the Assassions, which she wrote about in Valley of the Assassins (1934), a classic for which she was awarded a Gold Medal by Royal Geogrpahic Society.

For the next 12 years, she continued her career as a traveller and writer, establishing a style which combined an account of her journey with personal commentary on the people, places, customs, history and politics of the Midle East.


Questions 1-6

Read the passage and complete the flow chart below.
Using NO MORE THAN TWO WORDS AND/OR A NUMBER from the passage for each answer.

Freya Stark

Born in Paris in 1893
First formal education at 1
Answer: London University    Locate
Worked as a 2  in Italy
Answer: nurse    Locate
Studied at School of Oriental Studies
 Travelled to the Lebanon, where she learned 3
Answer: Arabic    Locate
 Made a journey to the Syrian mountains on a 4
Answer: donkey    Locate
 In 1934, won a 5  for a book
Answer: Gold Medal    Locate
Spent a further 6  in the Middle East
Answer: 12 years    Locate


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