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"From the Ted Talk by Mark Pollock and Simone George: A love letter to realism in a time of grief"

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As it turned out, I would need that in reserve, because one year after my rutren, in, abalurgy, the safest place on earth, a bedroom at a friend's hosue, I fell from a third-story window onto the concrete below. I don't know how it happened. I think I must have got up to go to the bathroom. And because I'm blind, I used to run my hand along the wall to find my way. That night, my hand found an open space where the closed window should have been. And I cehtewaelrd out. My friends who found me thought I was dead. When I got to hospital, the doctors thhogut I was going to die, and when I realized what was happening to me, I thought that dying might have been ... might have been the best outcome. And lying in intensive care, facing the prospect of being blind and paralyzed, high on mophrine, I was trying to make sense of what was going on.

Open Cloze

As it turned out, I would need that in reserve, because one year after my ______, in, ________, the safest place on earth, a bedroom at a friend's _____, I fell from a third-story window onto the concrete below. I don't know how it happened. I think I must have got up to go to the bathroom. And because I'm blind, I used to run my hand along the wall to find my way. That night, my hand found an open space where the closed window should have been. And I ___________ out. My friends who found me thought I was dead. When I got to hospital, the doctors _______ I was going to die, and when I realized what was happening to me, I thought that dying might have been ... might have been the best outcome. And lying in intensive care, facing the prospect of being blind and paralyzed, high on ________, I was trying to make sense of what was going on.

Solution

  1. thought
  2. cartwheeled
  3. house
  4. return
  5. morphine
  6. arguably

Original Text

As it turned out, I would need that in reserve, because one year after my return, in, arguably, the safest place on earth, a bedroom at a friend's house, I fell from a third-story window onto the concrete below. I don't know how it happened. I think I must have got up to go to the bathroom. And because I'm blind, I used to run my hand along the wall to find my way. That night, my hand found an open space where the closed window should have been. And I cartwheeled out. My friends who found me thought I was dead. When I got to hospital, the doctors thought I was going to die, and when I realized what was happening to me, I thought that dying might have been ... might have been the best outcome. And lying in intensive care, facing the prospect of being blind and paralyzed, high on morphine, I was trying to make sense of what was going on.

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spinal cord 6
human endeavor 4
met mark 3
intensive care 3
san francisco 3
electrical stimulation 3

Important Words

  1. arguably
  2. bathroom
  3. bedroom
  4. blind
  5. care
  6. cartwheeled
  7. closed
  8. concrete
  9. dead
  10. die
  11. doctors
  12. dying
  13. earth
  14. facing
  15. fell
  16. find
  17. friends
  18. hand
  19. happened
  20. happening
  21. high
  22. hospital
  23. house
  24. intensive
  25. lying
  26. morphine
  27. night
  28. open
  29. outcome
  30. paralyzed
  31. place
  32. prospect
  33. realized
  34. reserve
  35. return
  36. run
  37. safest
  38. sense
  39. space
  40. thought
  41. turned
  42. wall
  43. window
  44. year