PART I : ACCESS TO INFORMATION FROM WRITTEN TEXTS ( 70 points ) Read the article and answer questions 1-6 . MAyPOlES On the first day of May , called May Day , there was a custom in England to celebrate the beginning of summer with singing and dancing . On May Day , people cut down a young tree and put it in the center of the village . Then the villagers would dance around the tree , called a maypole , to celebrate the end of winter and the start of the summer . Maypoles were once common all over England , and villages would keep them from one year to the next . The traditional May Day dance was known as maypole dancing . Schools often practiced maypole dancing for weeks before the final show in the village . The children held ribbons and wrapped them around the pole as they danced . The tallest maypole known was put up in London in 1661 ; it was over 43 meters high . It was cut down in 1717 , when the famous scientist Isaac Newton used it to support a new telescope . Today , many Engl...  אל הספר
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