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Inside a Snow House


In fact, life in an igloo isn’t nearly as uncomfortable as you might think. Let’s imagine going into a traditional igloo out of a snowstorm in the middle of an arctic winter…


The first thing you notice after crawling down through the entrance tunnel is that the igloo is bigger than it looks from the outside. The floor in the centre of the igloo is quite a bit below ground level, and there’s plenty of room to stand up without banging your head. It’s also quite warm inside. This is partly because the snow blocks that the igloo is made from provide very good insulation, and partly because of a stone lamp burning seal oil – the only form of heating in the igloo. So although it’s -30°C outside, it’s a fairly comfortable +10°C inside – warm enough to take your wet clothes off and hang them up to dry.


Naturally, the heat melts a thin layer of the snow wall, but to prevent drips (and to provide even more insulation) there are animal skins hanging across the ceiling and down the walls. It isn’t smoky inside either – a small hole in the ceiling acts as a chimney, and allows the smoke from the lamp to escape.


Above the entrance tunnel, there is a thin sheet of ice set into the wall, which acts as a kind of window. You can’t see much through it,  but during the few hours of daylight it lets quite a lot of light in. The rest of the time, you can see by the light of the lamp (which is also used for cooking).


Around the walls of the igloo is a wide platform (which is at the same level as the ground outside), where you can sit of lie down. You don’t have to sit directly on the snow – the platform is covered with dry grass and animal bones, then with animal skins, and finally with animal furs, and there are more animal furs to use as blankets. So the platform is a comfortable place to stretch out – and warm, too, as it is near the top of the dome where the warmest air is trapped.


In many ways, an igloo is the ideal place to spend a really cold winter. When the weather gets warmer in spring, of course, you no longer need it – which is quite as well because that’s the time that igloos start to melt.


From: Language in Use, Intermediate



Circle the most appropriate answer.


  1. Igloo is the ideal place to live in winter since

      you don’t have to tidy it

      it is warm enough in any weather

      it’s a protection from a severe weather

    it melts away when you don’t need it any more


  1. Eskimos put animal skins down the walls to

      prevent drops of water falling down

     heat the igloo during cold nights

      dry their wet clothes by the fire

    prevent the wind put out the fire


  1. You enter an igloo

      banging your head

     going below ground level

      walking on all fours

     moving a thin sheet of ice


  1. The lamp in the middle is

     the only source of light

      the only place by which to dry clothes

     the only thing that does not melt

    the only form of providing warmth


  1. The igloo looks

      bigger than it really is

      smaller than it really is

      more comfortable than it really is

    better insulated than it really is


  1. If you are in the igloo, you

      sit directly on the snow platform

      sit on dry grass around the walls

      sit on the animal furs

     sit by the top of the dome


  1. The small hole on the top of the igloo

      lets the smoke out

      lets the surplus heat out

      lets the light out

     lets the walls remain though


  8.   The problem with the igloo is that


            you make a new one every spring

            it is too much below the ground level

            it is not enough if the winter is really cold

            you cannot stand up in it




A.  Choose the correct answer


1. There’s not … butter in the dish.

            much           a lot of        no               some


2. The boy … bicycle was broken called for help.

            who’s          which          whom        whose


3. It’s too dark to read. Could you please … the light?

            switch          put on         turn on       lit


4. I can’t fin him. He has just left … the office.

            to                 for              towards       in


5. He earned… digging in a gold mine.

            a fortune      fortunes       riches        a treasure


6. Every spring she sorts her clothes and … old fashioned items to charities.

            gives up       gives over    gives away  gives off


7. Paul played in the park because it was the safest lace…play.

            to                for               for the          in the


8. Paul’s asked for…spoon because his was not clean.

            another        the other’s   some other   other


9. He did not play fair and now he has…friends than ever.

            less             fewer           as few          not many


10. The town was … in 1351.

            found          founded      founding        finding




B. Complete the text with the correct forms of the words given below.




Paul’s family lived in by the sea. He had not  friends and he was an only child in the family. So he  to stay at home  . He had to be very  to fill his time. He remembers  books from the  of the family library. He was  with many titles and it was not always  books that he read.  he would go for a ride with his uncle in the park. But he  be back home before 8 o’clock.


C.  Complete the sentences using the correct form of the verb.


1.      If it  cold, the children will stay indoors.  (be)

2.      The door must  all night.   (lock)

3.      Let me ask you where  all the time?  (you be)


D.  Inset one missing word where necessary. If no word is needed, put *


  1. We can  win or be mocked at.
  2. You can use my mobile phone if  is out of order.
  3. Do they still live in  Northern England?
  4. Would you like to be  MTV presenter?


E.  Report the dialogue.


            Paul: “Mike, what do you do in your free time?”

            Mike: “I usually try to solve chess problems.”

            Paul: “Don’t forget to show me one.”


            Paul asks Mike  .

            Mike answers  .

            Pauls asks him  .