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## Unscramble the Blue Letters

Dutch artist Piet Mondrian’s abstract, rectangular paintings inrisepd mathematicians to create a two-fold challenge. First, we must completely cover a squrae canvas with non-overlapping rectangles. All must be unique, so if we use a 1x4, we can’t use a 4x1 in another spot, but a 2x2 rectangle would be fine.
Let’s try that. Say we have a canvas measuring 4x4. We can’t chop it directly in half, since that would give us identical rectangles of 2x4. But the next csolset oipotn - 3x4 and 1x4 - works.

## Open Cloze

Dutch artist Piet Mondrian’s abstract, rectangular paintings ________ mathematicians to create a two-fold challenge. First, we must completely cover a ______ canvas with non-overlapping rectangles. All must be unique, so if we use a 1x4, we can’t use a 4x1 in another spot, but a 2x2 rectangle would be fine.
Let’s try that. Say we have a canvas measuring 4x4. We can’t chop it directly in half, since that would give us identical rectangles of 2x4. But the next _______ ______ - 3x4 and 1x4 - works.

1. closest
2. inspired
3. square
4. option

## Original Text

Dutch artist Piet Mondrian’s abstract, rectangular paintings inspired mathematicians to create a two-fold challenge. First, we must completely cover a square canvas with non-overlapping rectangles. All must be unique, so if we use a 1x4, we can’t use a 4x1 in another spot, but a 2x2 rectangle would be fine.
Let’s try that. Say we have a canvas measuring 4x4. We can’t chop it directly in half, since that would give us identical rectangles of 2x4. But the next closest option - 3x4 and 1x4 - works.

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