This Reading Comprehension worksheet is suitable for upper intermediate to proficient ESL learners. The text gives an account of how the concept of matrimony evolved over the century from pre-historic times to the sanctioning of marriage during the 15th century to the laws of proper courtship of the Victorian era and the revolutionizing theories of the 18th and 19th centuries that made the institution far more complex and brought love into the covenant.
After carefully reading a text, students are required to complete some comprehension exercises including: questions, True or False, gap filling exercises, a matching exercise and an in class discussion. The vocabulary used in the text is rather advanced and can also be used for IGSCE, TOEFL or IELTS vocabulary building purposes. The handout can be completed in class or assigned for homework. Ideally, it could be used on or near Valentine's Day!