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From the Ted Talk by Gary Devore: Run, sail or hide? How to survive the destruction of Pompeii

Unscramble the Blue Letters

They’re off to relax at the public baths. mcraus spent the mnonirg helping a master craftsman lay a grand mosaic floor while Lucius worked in the brickyard. It’s been 17 years since an earthquake hit Pompeii and its neighbor Herculaneum, and there’s still crototnisucn and riepar work to do. fiaba and her brothers discuss the recent tremors everyone’s been fenielg. Lucius jokes that there’ll always be work for men who rebuild wllas in Pompeii. He tells them how eager he is to bind hands with his sponsa, or bride-to-be. The siblings begin discussing tomorrow’s wedding— but a deafening boom interrupts them.

Open Cloze

They’re off to relax at the public baths. ______ spent the _______ helping a master craftsman lay a grand mosaic floor while Lucius worked in the brickyard. It’s been 17 years since an earthquake hit Pompeii and its neighbor Herculaneum, and there’s still ____________ and ______ work to do. _____ and her brothers discuss the recent tremors everyone’s been _______. Lucius jokes that there’ll always be work for men who rebuild _____ in Pompeii. He tells them how eager he is to bind hands with his sponsa, or bride-to-be. The siblings begin discussing tomorrow’s wedding— but a deafening boom interrupts them.

Solution

  1. feeling
  2. construction
  3. repair
  4. marcus
  5. walls
  6. fabia
  7. morning

Original Text

They’re off to relax at the public baths. Marcus spent the morning helping a master craftsman lay a grand mosaic floor while Lucius worked in the brickyard. It’s been 17 years since an earthquake hit Pompeii and its neighbor Herculaneum, and there’s still construction and repair work to do. Fabia and her brothers discuss the recent tremors everyone’s been feeling. Lucius jokes that there’ll always be work for men who rebuild walls in Pompeii. He tells them how eager he is to bind hands with his sponsa, or bride-to-be. The siblings begin discussing tomorrow’s wedding— but a deafening boom interrupts them.

Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

ngrams of length 2

collocation frequency
pompeii fabia 2
hot ash 2
pyroclastic surge 2

Important Words

  1. baths
  2. bind
  3. boom
  4. brickyard
  5. brothers
  6. construction
  7. craftsman
  8. deafening
  9. discuss
  10. discussing
  11. eager
  12. earthquake
  13. fabia
  14. feeling
  15. floor
  16. grand
  17. hands
  18. helping
  19. herculaneum
  20. hit
  21. interrupts
  22. jokes
  23. lay
  24. lucius
  25. marcus
  26. master
  27. men
  28. morning
  29. mosaic
  30. neighbor
  31. pompeii
  32. public
  33. rebuild
  34. relax
  35. repair
  36. siblings
  37. spent
  38. sponsa
  39. tells
  40. tremors
  41. walls
  42. work
  43. worked
  44. years