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From the Ted Talk by Anand Giridharadas: A tale of two Americas. And the mini-mart where they collided

Unscramble the Blue Letters

He found telemarketing work, then he became an Olive Garden waiter, because where better to get over his fear of white pepole than the Olive Garden? (Laughter) Now, as a devout Muslim, he refused aooclhl, didn't touch the suftf. Then he learned that not silnelg it would slash his pay. So he reasoned, like a budding American pasmgratit, "Well, God wouldn't want me to starve, would he?" And before long, in some months, Raisuddin was that Olive Garden's hghseit grossing alcohol phuesr. He found a man who taught him database administration. He got part-time I.T. gigs. Eventually, he landed a six-figure job at a blue chip tech company in Dallas.

Open Cloze

He found telemarketing work, then he became an Olive Garden waiter, because where better to get over his fear of white ______ than the Olive Garden? (Laughter) Now, as a devout Muslim, he refused _______, didn't touch the _____. Then he learned that not _______ it would slash his pay. So he reasoned, like a budding American __________, "Well, God wouldn't want me to starve, would he?" And before long, in some months, Raisuddin was that Olive Garden's _______ grossing alcohol ______. He found a man who taught him database administration. He got part-time I.T. gigs. Eventually, he landed a six-figure job at a blue chip tech company in Dallas.

Solution

  1. pragmatist
  2. alcohol
  3. pusher
  4. stuff
  5. selling
  6. people
  7. highest

Original Text

He found telemarketing work, then he became an Olive Garden waiter, because where better to get over his fear of white people than the Olive Garden? (Laughter) Now, as a devout Muslim, he refused alcohol, didn't touch the stuff. Then he learned that not selling it would slash his pay. So he reasoned, like a budding American pragmatist, "Well, God wouldn't want me to starve, would he?" And before long, in some months, Raisuddin was that Olive Garden's highest grossing alcohol pusher. He found a man who taught him database administration. He got part-time I.T. gigs. Eventually, he landed a six-figure job at a blue chip tech company in Dallas.

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