Unit 3, Reading

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A selection of haunted places

Raynham Hall is a country house in Norfolk, England. In 1936, two photographers took a picture of a ghost coming down the stairs. They called it the Brown Lady. Since then the ghost has not appeared again but the picture became one of the most famous ghost photos of all time.

The Tower of London is a historic monument in central London. Perhaps the most famous of the ghosts there is the spirit of Anne Boleyn, the second wife of King Henry VIII. She was beheaded in the Tower in 1536. Her ghost sometimes appears with her head under her arm.

Edinburgh Castle is famous as one of the most haunted places in Scotland. Visitors to the castle have reported seeing many ghosts. One of them was even the ghost of a dog walking around the pet cemetery. In 2001 a study of the paranormal activity took place at the castle.

The Myrtles Plantation in Louisiana, USA, has been called “one of America’s most haunted homes”. The most famous ghost there is a slave named Chloe. There is a story that says Chloe was listening at keyholes when she was caught. One of her ears was cut off and she wore a green turban to hide it. Some people believe a woman wearing a green turban haunts the plantation.

The White House might be America’s most famous haunted house. Many people have felt the presence of ghosts, heard strange noises and even run into spirits. The most frequently sighted spirit has been that of Abraham Lincoln. First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, who often worked in the Lincoln Bedroom, once said she felt his presence there. A young clerk also said that he had actually seen the ghost of Lincoln sitting on a bed pulling off his boots.

Match the beginnings (1–8) with the endings (a–h).

1        The Brown Lady is a        many ghosts at Edinburgh Castle.
2        Anne Boleyn was b        at a plantation.
3        People have seen c         was walking in the graveyard.
4        The ghost of a dog d        to other people’s conversations.
5        Chloe was a slave e        the most famous photo of a ghost.
6        Chloe listened secretly f          was sitting on a bed.
7        People have run into g        married to a king.
8        The ghost of president Lincoln h        ghosts at the White House.

1_______ 2________ 3________ 4________ 5________ 6________ 7________ 8________

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