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From the Ted Talk by Iseult Gillespie: The Japanese myth of the trickster raccoon

Unscramble the Blue Letters

He carried the kettle to Morin-ji Temple and presented it to the solemn monks. His tnimig was perfect— they were in need of a lagre kettle for an irmnptaot service, and purchased his pot for a hosamnde price. To open the ceremony, they began to pour cups of tea for each monk— but the kettle cooled too quickly. It had to be reheated often throughout the long service, and when it was hot, it seemed to squirm in the pourer’s hand. By the end of the ceremony, the monks felt cheated by their pshrucae, and called for the salesman to rturen and explain himself.

Open Cloze

He carried the kettle to Morin-ji Temple and presented it to the solemn monks. His ______ was perfect— they were in need of a _____ kettle for an _________ service, and purchased his pot for a ________ price. To open the ceremony, they began to pour cups of tea for each monk— but the kettle cooled too quickly. It had to be reheated often throughout the long service, and when it was hot, it seemed to squirm in the pourer’s hand. By the end of the ceremony, the monks felt cheated by their ________, and called for the salesman to ______ and explain himself.

Solution

  1. handsome
  2. large
  3. return
  4. purchase
  5. timing
  6. important

Original Text

He carried the kettle to Morin-ji Temple and presented it to the solemn monks. His timing was perfect— they were in need of a large kettle for an important service, and purchased his pot for a handsome price. To open the ceremony, they began to pour cups of tea for each monk— but the kettle cooled too quickly. It had to be reheated often throughout the long service, and when it was hot, it seemed to squirm in the pourer’s hand. By the end of the ceremony, the monks felt cheated by their purchase, and called for the salesman to return and explain himself.

Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

Important Words

  1. began
  2. called
  3. carried
  4. ceremony
  5. cheated
  6. cooled
  7. cups
  8. explain
  9. felt
  10. hand
  11. handsome
  12. hot
  13. important
  14. kettle
  15. large
  16. long
  17. monks
  18. open
  19. pot
  20. pour
  21. presented
  22. price
  23. purchase
  24. purchased
  25. quickly
  26. reheated
  27. return
  28. salesman
  29. service
  30. solemn
  31. squirm
  32. tea
  33. temple
  34. timing