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From the Ted Talk by Margaret Heffernan: Dare to disagree

Unscramble the Blue Letters

Joe was what a lot of peolpe might think of as a whistle-blower, except that like almost all whistle-blowers, he wasn't a crank at all, he was passionately devoted to the organization and the higher purposes that that organization served. But he had been so afraid of cionlfct, until finally he became more afraid of the silence. And when he dared to spaek, he discovered much more inside himself and much more give in the stesym than he had ever imagined. And his colleagues don't think of him as a crank. They think of him as a leader.

Open Cloze

Joe was what a lot of ______ might think of as a whistle-blower, except that like almost all whistle-blowers, he wasn't a crank at all, he was passionately devoted to the organization and the higher purposes that that organization served. But he had been so afraid of ________, until finally he became more afraid of the silence. And when he dared to _____, he discovered much more inside himself and much more give in the ______ than he had ever imagined. And his colleagues don't think of him as a crank. They think of him as a leader.

Solution

  1. system
  2. conflict
  3. people
  4. speak

Original Text

Joe was what a lot of people might think of as a whistle-blower, except that like almost all whistle-blowers, he wasn't a crank at all, he was passionately devoted to the organization and the higher purposes that that organization served. But he had been so afraid of conflict, until finally he became more afraid of the silence. And when he dared to speak, he discovered much more inside himself and much more give in the system than he had ever imagined. And his colleagues don't think of him as a crank. They think of him as a leader.

Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

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alice stewart 3
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conventional wisdom 2
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Important Words

  1. afraid
  2. colleagues
  3. conflict
  4. crank
  5. dared
  6. devoted
  7. discovered
  8. finally
  9. give
  10. higher
  11. imagined
  12. joe
  13. leader
  14. lot
  15. organization
  16. passionately
  17. people
  18. purposes
  19. served
  20. silence
  21. speak
  22. system