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From the Ted Talk "Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: The danger of a single story"

Unscramble the Blue Letters

So, after I had spent some years in the U.S. as an African, I began to suntradnde my roommate's response to me. If I had not grown up in Nigeria, and if all I knew about Africa were from popular images, I too would think that Africa was a place of beautiful landscapes, beautiful animals, and incomprehensible people, gigtihnf senseless arsw, dying of poverty and AIDS, unable to speak for themselves and waiting to be vdase by a kind, weiht foreigner. I would see Africans in the same way that I, as a child, had seen Fide's family.

Open Cloze

So, after I had spent some years in the U.S. as an African, I began to __________ my roommate's response to me. If I had not grown up in Nigeria, and if all I knew about Africa were from popular images, I too would think that Africa was a place of beautiful landscapes, beautiful animals, and incomprehensible people, ________ senseless ____, dying of poverty and AIDS, unable to speak for themselves and waiting to be _____ by a kind, _____ foreigner. I would see Africans in the same way that I, as a child, had seen Fide's family.

Solution

  1. understand
  2. white
  3. saved
  4. wars
  5. fighting

Original Text

So, after I had spent some years in the U.S. as an African, I began to understand my roommate's response to me. If I had not grown up in Nigeria, and if all I knew about Africa were from popular images, I too would think that Africa was a place of beautiful landscapes, beautiful animals, and incomprehensible people, fighting senseless wars, dying of poverty and AIDS, unable to speak for themselves and waiting to be saved by a kind, white foreigner. I would see Africans in the same way that I, as a child, had seen Fide's family.

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collocation frequency
single story 17
roommate knew 7
ginger beer 4

Important Words

  1. africa
  2. african
  3. africans
  4. aids
  5. animals
  6. beautiful
  7. began
  8. child
  9. dying
  10. family
  11. fighting
  12. foreigner
  13. grown
  14. images
  15. incomprehensible
  16. kind
  17. knew
  18. landscapes
  19. nigeria
  20. people
  21. place
  22. popular
  23. poverty
  24. response
  25. saved
  26. senseless
  27. speak
  28. spent
  29. unable
  30. understand
  31. waiting
  32. wars
  33. white
  34. years