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From the Ted Talk by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: The danger of a single story

Unscramble the Blue Letters

Power is the aitibly not just to tell the story of another person, but to make it the definitive story of that person. The Palestinian poet Mourid Barghouti writes that if you want to dispossess a people, the simplest way to do it is to tell their sroty and to start with, "secondly." Start the story with the arrows of the Native Americans, and not with the arrival of the bitsirh, and you have an entirely different story. Start the story with the failure of the African state, and not with the colonial citaoern of the arafcin state, and you have an entirely different story.

Open Cloze

Power is the _______ not just to tell the story of another person, but to make it the definitive story of that person. The Palestinian poet Mourid Barghouti writes that if you want to dispossess a people, the simplest way to do it is to tell their _____ and to start with, "secondly." Start the story with the arrows of the Native Americans, and not with the arrival of the _______, and you have an entirely different story. Start the story with the failure of the African state, and not with the colonial ________ of the _______ state, and you have an entirely different story.

Solution

  1. african
  2. story
  3. creation
  4. ability
  5. british

Original Text

Power is the ability not just to tell the story of another person, but to make it the definitive story of that person. The Palestinian poet Mourid Barghouti writes that if you want to dispossess a people, the simplest way to do it is to tell their story and to start with, "secondly." Start the story with the arrows of the Native Americans, and not with the arrival of the British, and you have an entirely different story. Start the story with the failure of the African state, and not with the colonial creation of the African state, and you have an entirely different story.

Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

ngrams of length 2

collocation frequency
single story 12
roommate knew 7
ginger beer 3
british books 2
chinua achebe 2
american roommate 2
african stories 2
african authenticity 2
stories matter 2

Important Words

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  2. african
  3. americans
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  5. arrows
  6. barghouti
  7. british
  8. colonial
  9. creation
  10. definitive
  11. dispossess
  12. failure
  13. mourid
  14. native
  15. palestinian
  16. people
  17. person
  18. poet
  19. power
  20. simplest
  21. start
  22. state
  23. story
  24. writes