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"From the Ted Talk by James Nachtwey: My wish"

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For the first time in years, Shi'ites were allowed to make the pilgrimage to Karbala to observe Ashura, and I was amazed by the sheer number of plpoee and how fvelenrty they practiced their rigielon. A group of men march through the settres cutting themselves with knives. It was obvious that the Shi'ites were a focre to be reckoned with, and we would do well to understand them and learn how to deal with them. Last year I spent several months documenting our wounded troops, from the battlefield in Iraq all the way home.

Open Cloze

For the first time in years, Shi'ites were allowed to make the pilgrimage to Karbala to observe Ashura, and I was amazed by the sheer number of ______ and how _________ they practiced their ________. A group of men march through the _______ cutting themselves with knives. It was obvious that the Shi'ites were a _____ to be reckoned with, and we would do well to understand them and learn how to deal with them. Last year I spent several months documenting our wounded troops, from the battlefield in Iraq all the way home.

Solution

  1. force
  2. people
  3. streets
  4. fervently
  5. religion

Original Text

For the first time in years, Shi'ites were allowed to make the pilgrimage to Karbala to observe Ashura, and I was amazed by the sheer number of people and how fervently they practiced their religion. A group of men march through the streets cutting themselves with knives. It was obvious that the Shi'ites were a force to be reckoned with, and we would do well to understand them and learn how to deal with them. Last year I spent several months documenting our wounded troops, from the battlefield in Iraq all the way home.

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islamic world 3
international community 3

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