Reading and Writing fill in the blanks practice exercise. Below is text with blanks. Choose the correct word for each blank to complete the text.
A Civil War reenactment is in part a memorial service. It is partly, too, a leisure activity. Furthermore, most reenactors assert an educational import to the performance, and to develop their roles many pursue archival (1…………) with a rare dedication. On the other hand Civil War reenactments are increasingly commercial (2……………….) with as many as fifty thousand North Americans routinely gathering at (or near) historical Civil War battlefields to stage performances that purport to recreate the conflict, while hundreds of thousands more spectate.
I will show how theoretical issues of (3……………) arise as practical problems in the Civil War reenactment community by presenting my own observations from the 2006 Gettysburg reenactment and by (4……………) on a number of texts produced by participant-observers. In particular, I will refer to Robert Lee Hodge, who was made famous by Tony Horwitz’s 1996 book, Confederates in the Attic, and who served as a kind of Virgil to the author on his journey through a Confederate Valhalla. From these sources I will (5……………) that ‘Living History’ performances require an interpretive apparatus that takes genuine history as its authority, while remaining external to both participants and tourists, who may well be unaware of how closely their own involvement approximates genuine historical events.
1. filling, research, searching, documentation
2. illustration, expedition, spectacles, outing
3. authenticity, pretence, imitation, realism
4. leaning, resting, counting, relying
5. write, argue, disprove, interpret