​Ukrainian Embroidery: Multiple Choice Vocabulary Test

All Ukrainian embroidery is covered with sacred signs of Water and the Sun. The Sun is often depicted by a rosette or a flower with eight (1) _________ , whilst the sign of Water brings to (2) _________ a coiled grass snake.

These are two elements which created earthly life and that is why they are to be (3) _________ as humid (or moist) material and fiery paternal energy. Symbols for the Earth and the Sun (4) _________ with Water (5) _________the life-giving trinity, were incorporated in the Ukrainian embroidery since ancient time. They are signs of those (6) _________ without which life itself is impossible.

The rhombus signs on the shoulders are symbols of the (7) _________ Mother-Earth, which are generously (8) _________ , warmed by the Sun (9) _________ our life to grow in abundance. But the Earth itself is a part of the Universe with its multitudinous star system and our young Sun which for our (10) _________ was the embodiment of sacred, cosmic fire.

A B C D
1 petals stems seeds roots
2 memory head mind thought
3 invented created designed interpreted
4 united attached joined linked
5 contain conduct comprise consist
6 powers forces affairs capacities
7 rich fruitful fertile capable
8 sown sewn mown sawn
9 admitting granting allowing letting
10 offspring progeny descendants ancestors



1.A; 2.C; 3.B; 4.A; 5.C; 6.B; 7.C; 8.A; 9.C; 10.D

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