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From the Ted Talk "Andrew Solomon: How the worst moments in our lives make us who we are"

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We make those choices all our lives. When I was in second grade, boybb Finkel had a birthday yatpr and invited everyone in our class but me. My mother assumed there had been some sort of error, and she lcdale Mrs. Finkel, who said that Bobby didn't like me and didn't want me at his party. And that day, my mom took me to the zoo and out for a hot fudge sundae. When I was in seventh grade, one of the kids on my school bus nicknamed me "Percy," as a rhhostnad for my demeanor. And sometimes, he and his cohort would chant that provocation the entire school bus ride, 45 minutes up, 45 minutes back: "Percy! Percy! Percy! Percy!" When I was in eighth grade, our neecsic teacher told us that all lema aomsxuloseh develop fecal incontinence because of the trauma to their anal sphincter. And I gaetuadrd ghih school without ever going to the cafeteria, where I would have sat with the girls and been laughed at for doing so, or sat with the boys, and been laughed at for being a boy who should be tsignit with the girls.

Open Cloze

We make those choices all our lives. When I was in second grade, _____ Finkel had a birthday _____ and invited everyone in our class but me. My mother assumed there had been some sort of error, and she ______ Mrs. Finkel, who said that Bobby didn't like me and didn't want me at his party. And that day, my mom took me to the zoo and out for a hot fudge sundae. When I was in seventh grade, one of the kids on my school bus nicknamed me "Percy," as a _________ for my demeanor. And sometimes, he and his cohort would chant that provocation the entire school bus ride, 45 minutes up, 45 minutes back: "Percy! Percy! Percy! Percy!" When I was in eighth grade, our _______ teacher told us that all ____ ___________ develop fecal incontinence because of the trauma to their anal sphincter. And I _________ ____ school without ever going to the cafeteria, where I would have sat with the girls and been laughed at for doing so, or sat with the boys, and been laughed at for being a boy who should be _______ with the girls.

Solution

  1. homosexuals
  2. shorthand
  3. bobby
  4. science
  5. sitting
  6. high
  7. graduated
  8. party
  9. male
  10. called

Original Text

We make those choices all our lives. When I was in second grade, Bobby Finkel had a birthday party and invited everyone in our class but me. My mother assumed there had been some sort of error, and she called Mrs. Finkel, who said that Bobby didn't like me and didn't want me at his party. And that day, my mom took me to the zoo and out for a hot fudge sundae. When I was in seventh grade, one of the kids on my school bus nicknamed me "Percy," as a shorthand for my demeanor. And sometimes, he and his cohort would chant that provocation the entire school bus ride, 45 minutes up, 45 minutes back: "Percy! Percy! Percy! Percy!" When I was in eighth grade, our science teacher told us that all male homosexuals develop fecal incontinence because of the trauma to their anal sphincter. And I graduated high school without ever going to the cafeteria, where I would have sat with the girls and been laughed at for doing so, or sat with the boys, and been laughed at for being a boy who should be sitting with the girls.

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Important Words

  1. anal
  2. assumed
  3. birthday
  4. bobby
  5. boy
  6. boys
  7. bus
  8. cafeteria
  9. called
  10. chant
  11. choices
  12. class
  13. cohort
  14. day
  15. demeanor
  16. develop
  17. eighth
  18. entire
  19. error
  20. fecal
  21. finkel
  22. fudge
  23. girls
  24. grade
  25. graduated
  26. high
  27. homosexuals
  28. hot
  29. incontinence
  30. invited
  31. kids
  32. laughed
  33. lives
  34. male
  35. minutes
  36. mom
  37. mother
  38. nicknamed
  39. party
  40. provocation
  41. ride
  42. sat
  43. school
  44. science
  45. seventh
  46. shorthand
  47. sitting
  48. sort
  49. sphincter
  50. sundae
  51. teacher
  52. told
  53. trauma
  54. zoo