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From the Ted Talk by Manal al-Sharif: A Saudi woman who dared to drive

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I've never been aairfd to tell Aboody anything. I've been always a proud woman of my achievements. But those questioning eyes of my son were my moment of tturh, when it all came together. You see, I'm a Saudi woman who had been put in jail for driving a car in a country where women are not supposed to drive cars. Just for gnivig me his car keys, my own brother was detained twice, and he was harassed to the point he had to quit his job as a geologist, lavee the cturnoy with his wife and two-year-old son. My father had to sit in a Friday sermon listening to the imam cndoneming women drivers and calling them prostitutes amongst tons of woehprrsips, some of them our fednirs and family of my own father. I was faced with an organized defamation campaign in the local media combined with false rumors sheard in family gergnitahs, in the steters and in slhcoos. It all hit me. It came into focus that those kids did not mean to be rude to my son. They were just influenced by the adults around them. And it wasn't about me, and it wasn't a punishment for taking the wheel and driving a few miles. It was a punishment for daring to challenge the society's rules.

Open Cloze

I've never been ______ to tell Aboody anything. I've been always a proud woman of my achievements. But those questioning eyes of my son were my moment of _____, when it all came together. You see, I'm a Saudi woman who had been put in jail for driving a car in a country where women are not supposed to drive cars. Just for ______ me his car keys, my own brother was detained twice, and he was harassed to the point he had to quit his job as a geologist, _____ the _______ with his wife and two-year-old son. My father had to sit in a Friday sermon listening to the imam __________ women drivers and calling them prostitutes amongst tons of ___________, some of them our _______ and family of my own father. I was faced with an organized defamation campaign in the local media combined with false rumors ______ in family __________, in the _______ and in _______. It all hit me. It came into focus that those kids did not mean to be rude to my son. They were just influenced by the adults around them. And it wasn't about me, and it wasn't a punishment for taking the wheel and driving a few miles. It was a punishment for daring to challenge the society's rules.

Solution

  1. schools
  2. gatherings
  3. worshippers
  4. giving
  5. country
  6. afraid
  7. friends
  8. condemning
  9. shared
  10. truth
  11. streets
  12. leave

Original Text

I've never been afraid to tell Aboody anything. I've been always a proud woman of my achievements. But those questioning eyes of my son were my moment of truth, when it all came together. You see, I'm a Saudi woman who had been put in jail for driving a car in a country where women are not supposed to drive cars. Just for giving me his car keys, my own brother was detained twice, and he was harassed to the point he had to quit his job as a geologist, leave the country with his wife and two-year-old son. My father had to sit in a Friday sermon listening to the imam condemning women drivers and calling them prostitutes amongst tons of worshippers, some of them our friends and family of my own father. I was faced with an organized defamation campaign in the local media combined with false rumors shared in family gatherings, in the streets and in schools. It all hit me. It came into focus that those kids did not mean to be rude to my son. They were just influenced by the adults around them. And it wasn't about me, and it wasn't a punishment for taking the wheel and driving a few miles. It was a punishment for daring to challenge the society's rules.

Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

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Important Words

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  29. geologist
  30. giving
  31. harassed
  32. hit
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  34. influenced
  35. jail
  36. job
  37. keys
  38. kids
  39. leave
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  41. local
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  43. miles
  44. moment
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  47. prostitutes
  48. proud
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  51. questioning
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  66. wheel
  67. wife
  68. woman
  69. women
  70. worshippers