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From the Ted Talk by David Korins: 3 ways to create a space that moves you, from a Broadway set designer

Unscramble the Blue Letters

You're sitting there, and it's idribencly frtrniustag. It's manddnieg. You've been sitting there for hours, filling in those little tiny clcries with your No. 2 pencil — this is a standardized test. You look up, half-erased chalkboard, you can see that perfectly written cursive alphabet, the pull-down maps, you can hear, tick, tick, tick, ticking on the wall, that industrial clock. But most importantly, you can feel that oppressive fluonecsret light, that death ray over your head. Bzzzzzz. And you can't take it anymore, but you don't have to, because Miss Darling says, "OK, boys and grils, you're done." So you jump up — I mean, there is nothing left of you but a vapor trail. You move so quclkiy, you slam that little molded plastic chair, and you sprint down the hallway; you go past the Lysol selml and the BO smell and the cubbies, and you push the door —

Open Cloze

You're sitting there, and it's __________ ___________. It's _________. You've been sitting there for hours, filling in those little tiny _______ with your No. 2 pencil — this is a standardized test. You look up, half-erased chalkboard, you can see that perfectly written cursive alphabet, the pull-down maps, you can hear, tick, tick, tick, ticking on the wall, that industrial clock. But most importantly, you can feel that oppressive ___________ light, that death ray over your head. Bzzzzzz. And you can't take it anymore, but you don't have to, because Miss Darling says, "OK, boys and _____, you're done." So you jump up — I mean, there is nothing left of you but a vapor trail. You move so _______, you slam that little molded plastic chair, and you sprint down the hallway; you go past the Lysol _____ and the BO smell and the cubbies, and you push the door —

Solution

  1. circles
  2. quickly
  3. incredibly
  4. frustrating
  5. smell
  6. maddening
  7. fluorescent
  8. girls

Original Text

You're sitting there, and it's incredibly frustrating. It's maddening. You've been sitting there for hours, filling in those little tiny circles with your No. 2 pencil — this is a standardized test. You look up, half-erased chalkboard, you can see that perfectly written cursive alphabet, the pull-down maps, you can hear, tick, tick, tick, ticking on the wall, that industrial clock. But most importantly, you can feel that oppressive fluorescent light, that death ray over your head. Bzzzzzz. And you can't take it anymore, but you don't have to, because Miss Darling says, "OK, boys and girls, you're done." So you jump up — I mean, there is nothing left of you but a vapor trail. You move so quickly, you slam that little molded plastic chair, and you sprint down the hallway; you go past the Lysol smell and the BO smell and the cubbies, and you push the door —

Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

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Important Words

  1. alphabet
  2. anymore
  3. bo
  4. boys
  5. bzzzzzz
  6. chair
  7. chalkboard
  8. circles
  9. clock
  10. cubbies
  11. cursive
  12. darling
  13. death
  14. door
  15. feel
  16. filling
  17. fluorescent
  18. frustrating
  19. girls
  20. head
  21. hear
  22. hours
  23. importantly
  24. incredibly
  25. industrial
  26. jump
  27. left
  28. light
  29. lysol
  30. maddening
  31. maps
  32. molded
  33. move
  34. oppressive
  35. pencil
  36. perfectly
  37. plastic
  38. push
  39. quickly
  40. ray
  41. sitting
  42. slam
  43. smell
  44. sprint
  45. standardized
  46. test
  47. tick
  48. ticking
  49. tiny
  50. trail
  51. vapor
  52. wall
  53. written