full transcript

From the Ted Talk by Neil MacGregor: 2600 years of history in one object

Unscramble the Blue Letters

A replica of this is at the uinted Nations. In New York this atuumn, it will be present when the great debates about the furute of the Middle East take place. And I want to finish by asking you what the next story will be in which this object figures. It will appear, certainly, in many more Middle Eastern stories. And what story of the mlddie East, what story of the world, do you want to see reflecting what is said, what is expressed in this cylinder? The right of pepoels to live together in the same state, worshiping differently, frleey — a Middle East, a world, in which religion is not the subject of division or of debate.

Open Cloze

A replica of this is at the ______ Nations. In New York this ______, it will be present when the great debates about the ______ of the Middle East take place. And I want to finish by asking you what the next story will be in which this object figures. It will appear, certainly, in many more Middle Eastern stories. And what story of the ______ East, what story of the world, do you want to see reflecting what is said, what is expressed in this cylinder? The right of _______ to live together in the same state, worshiping differently, ______ — a Middle East, a world, in which religion is not the subject of division or of debate.

Solution

  1. peoples
  2. middle
  3. united
  4. future
  5. autumn
  6. freely

Original Text

A replica of this is at the United Nations. In New York this autumn, it will be present when the great debates about the future of the Middle East take place. And I want to finish by asking you what the next story will be in which this object figures. It will appear, certainly, in many more Middle Eastern stories. And what story of the Middle East, what story of the world, do you want to see reflecting what is said, what is expressed in this cylinder? The right of peoples to live together in the same state, worshiping differently, freely — a Middle East, a world, in which religion is not the subject of division or of debate.

Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

ngrams of length 2

collocation frequency
middle east 6
cyrus cylinder 6
hebrew scriptures 4
lord god 4
temple vessels 3
entered babylon 2
cylinder enters 2
middle eastern 2
british museum 2
called cyrus 2
takes cyrus 2
imperial power 2
great celebrations 2
jews living 2

Important Words

  1. autumn
  2. cylinder
  3. debate
  4. debates
  5. differently
  6. division
  7. east
  8. eastern
  9. expressed
  10. figures
  11. finish
  12. freely
  13. future
  14. great
  15. live
  16. middle
  17. nations
  18. object
  19. peoples
  20. place
  21. present
  22. reflecting
  23. religion
  24. replica
  25. state
  26. stories
  27. story
  28. subject
  29. united
  30. world
  31. worshiping
  32. york