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From the Ted Talk by Elizabeth Cox: Can you outsmart the fallacy that started a witch hunt?

Unscramble the Blue Letters

Ah, a witch hunt. Humans are tireless in their pursuit of raeson.
"It’s 1950. Following threats from the communist governments of the sioevt Union and China, anti-communist sentiment in the United States is at an all-time high. Senator jspeoh mcratchy claims he has a list of 205 communists in the US who are influencing government policy.".
Didn’t I just change the channel? Ah, I see. It’s a different witch hunt.
"The senate forms a committee to investigate McCarthy’s claims. McCarthy names his first case: against prominent lawyer, judge, and activist Dorothy Kenyon. He aucescs her of mbhmeesirp to 28 organizations that are communist fronts. Newspapers around the country rush to her defense, pointing out her volalcy anti-communist record. The snetae cimttmoee schedules a hearing anyway, and she has just five days to prepare.".

Open Cloze

Ah, a witch hunt. Humans are tireless in their pursuit of ______.
"It’s 1950. Following threats from the communist governments of the ______ Union and China, anti-communist sentiment in the United States is at an all-time high. Senator ______ ________ claims he has a list of 205 communists in the US who are influencing government policy.".
Didn’t I just change the channel? Ah, I see. It’s a different witch hunt.
"The senate forms a committee to investigate McCarthy’s claims. McCarthy names his first case: against prominent lawyer, judge, and activist Dorothy Kenyon. He _______ her of __________ to 28 organizations that are communist fronts. Newspapers around the country rush to her defense, pointing out her _______ anti-communist record. The ______ _________ schedules a hearing anyway, and she has just five days to prepare.".

Solution

  1. membership
  2. vocally
  3. committee
  4. mccarthy
  5. accuses
  6. senate
  7. reason
  8. soviet
  9. joseph

Original Text

Ah, a witch hunt. Humans are tireless in their pursuit of reason.
"It’s 1950. Following threats from the communist governments of the Soviet Union and China, anti-communist sentiment in the United States is at an all-time high. Senator Joseph McCarthy claims he has a list of 205 communists in the US who are influencing government policy.".
Didn’t I just change the channel? Ah, I see. It’s a different witch hunt.
"The senate forms a committee to investigate McCarthy’s claims. McCarthy names his first case: against prominent lawyer, judge, and activist Dorothy Kenyon. He accuses her of membership to 28 organizations that are communist fronts. Newspapers around the country rush to her defense, pointing out her vocally anti-communist record. The senate committee schedules a hearing anyway, and she has just five days to prepare.".

Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

ngrams of length 2

collocation frequency
proven false 3
witch hunt 2

Important Words

  1. accuses
  2. activist
  3. ah
  4. change
  5. channel
  6. china
  7. claims
  8. committee
  9. communist
  10. communists
  11. country
  12. days
  13. defense
  14. dorothy
  15. forms
  16. fronts
  17. government
  18. governments
  19. hearing
  20. high
  21. humans
  22. hunt
  23. influencing
  24. investigate
  25. joseph
  26. judge
  27. kenyon
  28. lawyer
  29. list
  30. mccarthy
  31. membership
  32. names
  33. newspapers
  34. organizations
  35. pointing
  36. policy
  37. prepare
  38. prominent
  39. pursuit
  40. reason
  41. record
  42. rush
  43. schedules
  44. senate
  45. senator
  46. sentiment
  47. soviet
  48. states
  49. threats
  50. tireless
  51. union
  52. united
  53. vocally
  54. witch