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The thistle is not a very popular plant. As a matter of fact, it is (1) _________ a pest by many farmers. The thistle plant is not very pretty and it is covered with small "needles" that can (2) __________ and irritate the skin. Thistles (3) __________ in thick patches and spread rapidly. How could such a (4) __________ become the national flower of a country? An oj,d story tells of how the thistle played an (5) __________ role in saving the castle of the king of Scotland.
Thousands of years ago, the Vikings were warriors who (6) __________ towns and castles in different countries. They (7) ___________ the riches and burned everything that was left. Most castles were surrounded (8) __________ a moat, a large ditch filled with water. The Vikings would simply take off their shoes and wade or swim (9) __________ the moat.
One night the Vikings surrounded the Scottish king's castle. Everyone inside was (10) ____________ and did not know they were about to be attacked. When the Vikings came to the (11) __________ they removed their shoes. They stepped into the moat and (12) __________ to howl in pain. The Scottish had not filled their moat with water. (13) ___________ the moat was full of prickly thistles!
The (14) __________ of the Vikings woke the Scotts and they were able to chase the Vikings (15) ___________ The Scottish were thankful for the wonderful thistles that saved their king.
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