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European History: 1600s-1800s
The Great Exhibition

European History: 1600s-1800s
European History: 1600s-1800s


The Great Exhibition
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Reading Level
     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 5 to 8
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   9.02

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    fair-type, fairgoers, jacquard, labor-saving, locksmith, reaper, controversy, leech, demonstration, fairs, loom, photojournalism, photographer, greenhouse, machinery, barometer
     content words:    Great Exhibition, Prince Albert, Queen Victoria, Crystal Palace, New Zealand, Alfred Charles Hobbs, Industrial Revolution, Cyrus McCormick, Matthew Brady, Civil War


The Great Exhibition
By Sharon Fabian
  

1     In 1851, a huge world's fair known as the Great Exhibition was held in London, England. It was planned by Prince Albert, husband of Queen Victoria. The fair was to be a demonstration of British accomplishments.
 
2     To house the exhibit, a huge building called the Crystal Palace was designed. It was built of glass with an iron frame and looked like an enormous greenhouse.
 
3     Thirteen thousand exhibits were set up in the Crystal Palace. They showcased not only what England had to offer, but also accomplishments from India and recently colonized lands including Australia and New Zealand.
 
4     There were exhibits of industrial machinery, farm machinery, art objects, rare jewels, new inventions, and even state fair-type exhibits of dogs, cats, and flowers. There were concerts and circus acts for visitors to enjoy.
 
5     One exhibit, a display by American locksmith Alfred Charles Hobbs, drew a lot of attention. It stirred up a controversy about who really made the best locks in the world.

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