Why the Industrial Revolution Happened

Materials

Washington Post interview with historian Joel Mokyr

Pre-Reading Question

Keywords

heyday (noun, often uncountable)
meritocracy (noun)
regurgitate the classics (set expression)
chutzpah (uncountable noun)
low hanging fruit (noun phrase)

Main Activity

This text is written in something approaching academic English. Don’t try to understand every word or translate the text. Instead, read the article once to get the main idea. Look at the questions and use the text to try to answer them.