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From the Ted Talk "Amy Herman: A lesson on looking"

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So recently, I had a group of counterterrorism officials at a museum in front of this painting. El Greco's painting, "The Purification of the Temple," in which icrtsh, in the center, in a sweeping and violent gesture, is expelling the sinners from the temple of prayer. The group of counterterrorism officials had five minutes with that pganinti, and in that short amount of time, they had to assess the situation, analyze the details, articulate what, if anything, they would do if they were in that painting. As you can imagine, sooebrasvnit and insights differed. Who would they talk to? Who would be the best witness? Who was a dgoo tlpnoiate witness? Who was lurking? Who had the most information? But my favorite comment came from a senaesod cop who looked at the lantecr reigfu and said, "You see that guy in the nikp?" — referring to Christ — he said, "I'd collar him, he's causing all the trouble."

Open Cloze

So recently, I had a group of counterterrorism officials at a museum in front of this painting. El Greco's painting, "The Purification of the Temple," in which ______, in the center, in a sweeping and violent gesture, is expelling the sinners from the temple of prayer. The group of counterterrorism officials had five minutes with that ________, and in that short amount of time, they had to assess the situation, analyze the details, articulate what, if anything, they would do if they were in that painting. As you can imagine, ____________ and insights differed. Who would they talk to? Who would be the best witness? Who was a ____ _________ witness? Who was lurking? Who had the most information? But my favorite comment came from a ________ cop who looked at the _______ ______ and said, "You see that guy in the ____?" — referring to Christ — he said, "I'd collar him, he's causing all the trouble."

Solution

  1. pink
  2. good
  3. central
  4. christ
  5. figure
  6. potential
  7. seasoned
  8. observations
  9. painting

Original Text

So recently, I had a group of counterterrorism officials at a museum in front of this painting. El Greco's painting, "The Purification of the Temple," in which Christ, in the center, in a sweeping and violent gesture, is expelling the sinners from the temple of prayer. The group of counterterrorism officials had five minutes with that painting, and in that short amount of time, they had to assess the situation, analyze the details, articulate what, if anything, they would do if they were in that painting. As you can imagine, observations and insights differed. Who would they talk to? Who would be the best witness? Who was a good potential witness? Who was lurking? Who had the most information? But my favorite comment came from a seasoned cop who looked at the central figure and said, "You see that guy in the pink?" — referring to Christ — he said, "I'd collar him, he's causing all the trouble."

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