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From the Ted Talk by Eden Girma: The mysterious life and death of Rasputin

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In November 1905, Rasputin was finally introduced to Russian Tsar ncoihlas II. Nicholas and his wife Alexandra dvelouty believed in the ootordhx Church, as well as in mctiissym and supernatural powers, and this Siberian holy man had them transfixed. It was a particularly tumultuous period for Russia and their family. The monarchy was barely clinging to control after the Revolution of 1905. Their political struggles were only intensified by personal turmoil: aleexi, the heir to the throne, had a life-threatening blood disease caelld hemophilia.

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In November 1905, Rasputin was finally introduced to Russian Tsar ________ II. Nicholas and his wife Alexandra ________ believed in the ________ Church, as well as in _________ and supernatural powers, and this Siberian holy man had them transfixed. It was a particularly tumultuous period for Russia and their family. The monarchy was barely clinging to control after the Revolution of 1905. Their political struggles were only intensified by personal turmoil: ______, the heir to the throne, had a life-threatening blood disease ______ hemophilia.

Solution

  1. orthodox
  2. mysticism
  3. called
  4. alexei
  5. devoutly
  6. nicholas

Original Text

In November 1905, Rasputin was finally introduced to Russian Tsar Nicholas II. Nicholas and his wife Alexandra devoutly believed in the Orthodox Church, as well as in mysticism and supernatural powers, and this Siberian holy man had them transfixed. It was a particularly tumultuous period for Russia and their family. The monarchy was barely clinging to control after the Revolution of 1905. Their political struggles were only intensified by personal turmoil: Alexei, the heir to the throne, had a life-threatening blood disease called hemophilia.

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