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Open Cloze - (C1) Advanced Certificate of English

For questions 1-8, read the text below and think of the word which best fits each gap. Use only one word in each gap. There is an example at the beginning (0).

A popular hero

Robin Hood was (0) A popular hero (1) ............ 'stole from the rich to give to the poor', according (2) ............ English folklore and tradition. Whether or (3) ............ there really was a person named Robin Hood who lived the outlaw life in the forest with a 'merry band of men' is unknown. Some historians believe that 'Robin Hood' was (4) ............ fact an alias used by thieves of the time and that the legend arose because there were so many accounts of activities attributed to the name. Certainly there are stories from many different English regions associated (5) ............ Robin. He may also have been a figurehead for opposition to the Norman rulers of England. The stories of Robin Hood often involve other memorable characters, (6) ............ as forest-dwelling giant Little John, the greedy monk Friar Tuck, the musical Alan a Dale, Will Scarlett and Robin's love interest, Maid Marian. The villain of the story is the Sheriff of Nottingham, who is often portrayed as a money-grabbing tyrant with a hatred of Robin Hood. Poems, songs and plays (7) ............ Robin Hood can be traced (8) ............ to the 12th century, and the story has been adapted for TV and Hollywood many times.

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