HOME READING. DAN BROWN "THE LOST SYMBOL" chapters 6-10
The aim of the lesson is to develop your reading skills and study different literary devices.
1. Read the beginning of the novel's plot and render it.
Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is invited to give a lecture at the United States Capitol, with the invitation apparently from his mentor, a 33rd degree Mason named Peter Solomon, who is the head of the Smithsonian Institution. Solomon has also asked him to bring a small, sealed package which he had entrusted to Langdon years earlier. When Langdon arrives at the Capitol, however, he learns that the invitation he received was not from Solomon, but from Solomon's kidnapper, Mal'akh, who has left Solomon's severed right hand in the middle of the Capitol Rotunda in a recreation of the Hand of Mysteries. Mal'akh then contacts Langdon, charging him with finding both the Mason's Pyramid, which Masons believe is hidden somewhere underground in Washington D.C., and the Lost Word, lest Solomon be executed. 
2. Find the description of the US Capitol at the beginning of chapter 6.
What statue is on the top of it?
What piece of irony does the author use to describe it?
3. Match literary devices and pieces of the novel
Simile "...the roar of the giant air purifiers got louder..."
Hyperbole "The skies were threatening to open at any moment"
Allusion "Langdon felt a chill race through his body."
Interjection "The Masons are like a supersecret society!"
Personification "A wave of nausea rushed over him"
Imagery "The mural portrays the Father of Our Country using a tripod and pulley to lay the cornerstone of our Capitol Building on September 18, 1793"
4. Find and read aloud a piece of the text describing the Smithonial Museum.
Express your opinion whether you like to visit it or not.
"The Smithsonian Institution, despite having more than a dozen massive museums on the National Mall, had a collection so huge that only 2 percent of it could be on display at any one time. The other 98 percent of the collection had to be stored somewhere. And that somewhere. . was here.
Not surprisingly, this building was home to an astonishingly diverse array of artifacts — giant Buddhas, handwritten codices, poisoned darts from New Guinea, jewel-encrusted knives, a kayak made of baleen. Equally mind-boggling were the building’s natural treasures — plesiosaur skeletons, a priceless meteorite collection, a giant squid, even a collection of elephant skulls brought back from an African safari by Teddy Roosevelt.
But none of this was why the Smithsonian secretary, Peter Solomon, had introduced his sister to the SMSC three years ago. He had brought her to this place not to behold scientific marvels, but rather to create them. And that was exactly what Katherine had been doing."
5. Add as many synonims to the given words as possible.
vast - spacious -