1. Read the passage then answer the question.
Construction on Florence's grand cathedral began in 1296. Over a hundred years later,however,the structure remained unfinished ,with enormous hole in the roof.The designers had intended to top the cathedral with the world's largest dome,but this plan was stymied by architectural limitations.The main factor stalling progress was the fact that non one knew how to create such a massive cupola without large,cumbersome support systems.
What is the meaning of cupola as used in the passage?
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While the political feast of her husband,president chiang kai-shek my be more widely recognized soong Mei-ling's accomplishment are just as notable.As first lady,soong Mel-ling introduced her husband to western culture and ideas .Likewise,she served as her husband emissary,or spokesperson to the west.During a visit to the united states in 1943,soong Mei-ling became the second woman to address a joint session of the U.S.congress.The trip earned her the esteem of the American public,who praised her passion and determination,and she raised billions of dollars in aid for her country.
what is the meaning of emissary, as used in the passage?
1.A person sent to a foreign country to do religious work
2.A person sent on a mission to represent another person or country
3.A secret agent
4.A soldier paid by a foreign country
3.Underline,circle or highlight the text from the paragraph that best helps you understand that scrutinized means examined closely.