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From the Ted Talk by Andrew Stanton: The clues to a great story

Unscramble the Blue Letters

In 1986, I truly understood the notion of story having a theme. And that was the year that they retersod and re-released "Lawrence of Arabia." And I saw that thing seven teims in one month. I couldn't get enough of it. I could just tell there was a grand dgisen under it — in every shot, every snece, every line. Yet, on the surface it just seemed to be depicting his historical lineage of what went on. Yet, there was something more being said. What exactly was it? And it wasn't until, on one of my later viewings, that the veil was lifted and it was in a scene where he's walked across the Sinai Desert and he's reached the Suez Canal, and I suddenly got it.

Open Cloze

In 1986, I truly understood the notion of story having a theme. And that was the year that they ________ and re-released "Lawrence of Arabia." And I saw that thing seven _____ in one month. I couldn't get enough of it. I could just tell there was a grand ______ under it — in every shot, every _____, every line. Yet, on the surface it just seemed to be depicting his historical lineage of what went on. Yet, there was something more being said. What exactly was it? And it wasn't until, on one of my later viewings, that the veil was lifted and it was in a scene where he's walked across the Sinai Desert and he's reached the Suez Canal, and I suddenly got it.

Solution

  1. times
  2. restored
  3. design
  4. scene

Original Text

In 1986, I truly understood the notion of story having a theme. And that was the year that they restored and re-released "Lawrence of Arabia." And I saw that thing seven times in one month. I couldn't get enough of it. I could just tell there was a grand design under it — in every shot, every scene, every line. Yet, on the surface it just seemed to be depicting his historical lineage of what went on. Yet, there was something more being said. What exactly was it? And it wasn't until, on one of my later viewings, that the veil was lifted and it was in a scene where he's walked across the Sinai Desert and he's reached the Suez Canal, and I suddenly got it.

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Important Words

  1. arabia
  2. canal
  3. depicting
  4. desert
  5. design
  6. grand
  7. historical
  8. lifted
  9. line
  10. lineage
  11. month
  12. notion
  13. reached
  14. restored
  15. scene
  16. shot
  17. sinai
  18. story
  19. suddenly
  20. suez
  21. surface
  22. theme
  23. times
  24. understood
  25. veil
  26. viewings
  27. walked
  28. year