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From the Ted Talk by Eva-Maria Geigl: The history of the world according to cats

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On May 27th, 1941, the German bsetlathip Bismarck sank in a fierce fgieifhrt, lenaivg only 118 of her 2,200 crew members alive. But when a btiirsh destroyer came to collect the prisoners, they found an upnxteeced survivor - a black and white cat clinging to a floating plank. For the next several months this cat hunted rats and raised British morale - until a sudden tedorpo sirtke shattered the hull and sank the ship. But, miraculously, not the cat. Nicknamed ubsnnkiale Sam, he rode to Gibraltar with the rescued crew and served as a ship cat on three more vessels – one of which also sank - before retiring to the Belfast Home for Sailors.

Open Cloze

On May 27th, 1941, the German __________ Bismarck sank in a fierce _________, _______ only 118 of her 2,200 crew members alive. But when a _______ destroyer came to collect the prisoners, they found an __________ survivor - a black and white cat clinging to a floating plank. For the next several months this cat hunted rats and raised British morale - until a sudden _______ ______ shattered the hull and sank the ship. But, miraculously, not the cat. Nicknamed __________ Sam, he rode to Gibraltar with the rescued crew and served as a ship cat on three more vessels – one of which also sank - before retiring to the Belfast Home for Sailors.

Solution

  1. british
  2. leaving
  3. torpedo
  4. firefight
  5. unsinkable
  6. unexpected
  7. strike
  8. battleship

Original Text

On May 27th, 1941, the German battleship Bismarck sank in a fierce firefight, leaving only 118 of her 2,200 crew members alive. But when a British destroyer came to collect the prisoners, they found an unexpected survivor - a black and white cat clinging to a floating plank. For the next several months this cat hunted rats and raised British morale - until a sudden torpedo strike shattered the hull and sank the ship. But, miraculously, not the cat. Nicknamed Unsinkable Sam, he rode to Gibraltar with the rescued crew and served as a ship cat on three more vessels – one of which also sank - before retiring to the Belfast Home for Sailors.

Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

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neolithic farmers 2
domestic cats 2
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Important Words

  1. alive
  2. battleship
  3. belfast
  4. bismarck
  5. black
  6. british
  7. cat
  8. clinging
  9. collect
  10. crew
  11. destroyer
  12. fierce
  13. firefight
  14. floating
  15. german
  16. gibraltar
  17. home
  18. hull
  19. hunted
  20. leaving
  21. members
  22. miraculously
  23. months
  24. morale
  25. nicknamed
  26. plank
  27. prisoners
  28. raised
  29. rats
  30. rescued
  31. retiring
  32. rode
  33. sailors
  34. sam
  35. sank
  36. served
  37. shattered
  38. ship
  39. strike
  40. sudden
  41. survivor
  42. torpedo
  43. unexpected
  44. unsinkable
  45. vessels
  46. white