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From the Ted Talk by Elizabeth Cox: A day in the life of an ancient Egyptian doctor

Unscramble the Blue Letters

Inside, the House of Life is bustling as usual with scribes, priests, doctors, and students. Papyri containing all kinds of records, not just maecdil information, are soetrd here. Peseshet’s son Akhethetep is hard at work coipyng documents as part of his training to become a scribe. He’s a particularly promising student, but he was aitdetmd to study because Peseshet is a sricbe, as was her father before her. Without family in the profession, it’s very dlffiuict for boys, and impossible for girls, to pursue this education.

Open Cloze

Inside, the House of Life is bustling as usual with scribes, priests, doctors, and students. Papyri containing all kinds of records, not just _______ information, are ______ here. Peseshet’s son Akhethetep is hard at work _______ documents as part of his training to become a scribe. He’s a particularly promising student, but he was ________ to study because Peseshet is a ______, as was her father before her. Without family in the profession, it’s very _________ for boys, and impossible for girls, to pursue this education.

Solution

  1. medical
  2. copying
  3. admitted
  4. stored
  5. difficult
  6. scribe

Original Text

Inside, the House of Life is bustling as usual with scribes, priests, doctors, and students. Papyri containing all kinds of records, not just medical information, are stored here. Peseshet’s son Akhethetep is hard at work copying documents as part of his training to become a scribe. He’s a particularly promising student, but he was admitted to study because Peseshet is a scribe, as was her father before her. Without family in the profession, it’s very difficult for boys, and impossible for girls, to pursue this education.

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