Humans are necessarily social creatures, for whom _____ is a matter of survival; however, as discrete entities, we often keenly experience yearnings for solitude.
(A) sustenance (B) alienation (C) entertainment (D) collectivity
The modern time traveler transported back to the late middle ages might be particularly struck by the medieval lack of privacy. Peasant families were likely to live in one-room thatched cottages, often in close _____16_____ to their animals. According to the _____17_____ investigation of the excavation site, many peasant dwellings of the “longhouse” type were built to human beings at one end and animals at the other end of the same long chamber; the bodies of the _____18_____ often provided a source of warmth in winter.
Even at higher levels of society, however, there was also a lack of privacy; great nobles were not often alone but were constantly surrounded by courtiers and servants. Even the bedchamber would not offer much _____19_____ ; it was often used as a room in which to conduct business. While grand castle or manor walls might be hung with lavish tapestries, which were thick enough to keep out the _____20_____ , other rooms were frequently cold and damp. 【題組】19. (A) courtesy (B) dignity (C) royalty (D) solitude