The ·Statue of Liberty, a universal symbol of freedom and democracy, is on Liberty Island in New York Harbor. It was a gift from the people of France to the people of the United States.

The French sculptor Frederic Auguste Bartholdi designed the Statue. He started to build the Statue in France in the year 1875 and the construction finished in 1886. A French ship called the “Isere” brought it to the USA in 350 pieces the same year. Workers spent 4 months to put them

The Statue is 93 meters tall from the ground to the tip of the torch. Visitors climb 354 steps or take the elevator to reach the crown. There are 25 windows in the crown. Visitors can rest, take photos and enjoy the scenery of New York City there. The seven rays of the Statue’s crown symbolize the seven seas and seven continents of the world.
The Lady with the Lamp holds a tablet in her left hand. It reads ‘July 4, 1776″ (in Roman numerals), the Independence Day of America. There is a museum in the pedestal. More than 5 million people visit it each year and learn about its history there.  The only way to get to the Statue is by ferryboat. Ferryboats take visitors to the Island every 30 minutes.


The entrance to the Statue is free, but the ferry tickets cost $10 for adults and $4 for children aged 4-12. Children under 4 don’t pay any money.


A. What do the following refer to?
1. there (para. 3)
2. it (para. 4)
B. Mark the following statements True (T) or False (F).
T F 1. The “Is ere” was the name of a French ship.
T F 2. The only way to get to the top of the Statue is the steps.
T F 3. The ferry is free for children under 4.

C. Answer the following questions.
1. Who gave the USA the Statue of Liberty?
2. Who is the designer of the Statue of Liberty?
3. How long did the construction of the Statue take?
4. How long did it take to put the pieces of the Statue together?
5. What do the seven rays of the Statue’s crown symbolize?
6. Why is July 4 important for the Americans?

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