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"From the Ted Talk by Julia Sweeney: Letting go of God"

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On smbepeter 10, the morning of my seventh birthday, I came dtoirnsaws to the kitchen, where my mhoter was washing the dishes and my fthear was reading the ppaer or something, and I sort of presented myself to them in the doorway, and they said, "Hey, happy birthday!" And I said, "I'm seven." And my father smiled and said, "Well, you know what that means, don't you?" And I said, "Yeah, that I'm going to have a party and a cake and get a lot of presents?" And my dad said, "Well, yes. But more importantly, being seven means that you've reached the age of reason, and you're now capable of committing any and all sins against God and man."

Open Cloze

On _________ 10, the morning of my seventh birthday, I came __________ to the kitchen, where my ______ was washing the dishes and my ______ was reading the _____ or something, and I sort of presented myself to them in the doorway, and they said, "Hey, happy birthday!" And I said, "I'm seven." And my father smiled and said, "Well, you know what that means, don't you?" And I said, "Yeah, that I'm going to have a party and a cake and get a lot of presents?" And my dad said, "Well, yes. But more importantly, being seven means that you've reached the age of reason, and you're now capable of committing any and all sins against God and man."

Solution

  1. september
  2. father
  3. paper
  4. downstairs
  5. mother

Original Text

On September 10, the morning of my seventh birthday, I came downstairs to the kitchen, where my mother was washing the dishes and my father was reading the paper or something, and I sort of presented myself to them in the doorway, and they said, "Hey, happy birthday!" And I said, "I'm seven." And my father smiled and said, "Well, you know what that means, don't you?" And I said, "Yeah, that I'm going to have a party and a cake and get a lot of presents?" And my dad said, "Well, yes. But more importantly, being seven means that you've reached the age of reason, and you're now capable of committing any and all sins against God and man."

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santa claus 8
libra poster 3
guy named 3
gold plates 3

Important Words

  1. age
  2. birthday
  3. cake
  4. capable
  5. committing
  6. dad
  7. dishes
  8. doorway
  9. downstairs
  10. father
  11. god
  12. happy
  13. importantly
  14. kitchen
  15. lot
  16. man
  17. means
  18. morning
  19. mother
  20. paper
  21. party
  22. presented
  23. presents
  24. reached
  25. reading
  26. reason
  27. september
  28. seventh
  29. sins
  30. smiled
  31. sort
  32. washing