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"From the Ted Talk by Anand Giridharadas: A letter to all who have lost in this era"

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I have walked through your towns and, while looking, fiaeld to see. I did notice in selpehtlvine, taexs, that the town square was dominated by one lawyer's oiffce after another, because of all the people rotating in and out of the prison. I did nciote the barren shops in Wagner, South Dakota, and the VFW gathering hall that stood in mockery of a community's darem to endure. I did notice at the Lancaster, Pennsylvania Wal-Mart, that far too many people in their 20s and 30s looked a decade or two from death, with patchy, flared-up skin and thinning, stringy hair and browning, ground-down teeth and a lostness in their eyes.

Open Cloze

I have walked through your towns and, while looking, ______ to see. I did notice in ____________, _____, that the town square was dominated by one lawyer's ______ after another, because of all the people rotating in and out of the prison. I did ______ the barren shops in Wagner, South Dakota, and the VFW gathering hall that stood in mockery of a community's _____ to endure. I did notice at the Lancaster, Pennsylvania Wal-Mart, that far too many people in their 20s and 30s looked a decade or two from death, with patchy, flared-up skin and thinning, stringy hair and browning, ground-down teeth and a lostness in their eyes.

Solution

  1. stephenville
  2. failed
  3. notice
  4. dream
  5. office
  6. texas

Original Text

I have walked through your towns and, while looking, failed to see. I did notice in Stephenville, Texas, that the town square was dominated by one lawyer's office after another, because of all the people rotating in and out of the prison. I did notice the barren shops in Wagner, South Dakota, and the VFW gathering hall that stood in mockery of a community's dream to endure. I did notice at the Lancaster, Pennsylvania Wal-Mart, that far too many people in their 20s and 30s looked a decade or two from death, with patchy, flared-up skin and thinning, stringy hair and browning, ground-down teeth and a lostness in their eyes.

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fellow citizen 5

Important Words

  1. barren
  2. browning
  3. dakota
  4. death
  5. decade
  6. dominated
  7. dream
  8. endure
  9. eyes
  10. failed
  11. gathering
  12. hair
  13. hall
  14. lancaster
  15. looked
  16. lostness
  17. mockery
  18. notice
  19. office
  20. patchy
  21. pennsylvania
  22. people
  23. prison
  24. rotating
  25. shops
  26. skin
  27. south
  28. square
  29. stephenville
  30. stood
  31. stringy
  32. teeth
  33. texas
  34. thinning
  35. town
  36. towns
  37. vfw
  38. wagner
  39. walked