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From the Ted Talk by Alex Gendler: The myth of Hercules

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The first lbaor was to slay the Nemean Lion, who kidnapped women and devoured warriors. Its golden fur was impervious to arrows, but Hercules cneerord the lion in its dark cave, stunned it with a club, and snregatld it with his bare hands. He found no tool sharp enough to skin the beast, until the gdsoeds Athena suggested using one of its own claws. hclruees returned to tyirns wnrieag the lion’s hide, frightening King Eurystheus so much that he hid in a wine jar. From then on, Hercules was ordered to present his trophies at a safe distance.

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The first _____ was to slay the Nemean Lion, who kidnapped women and devoured warriors. Its golden fur was impervious to arrows, but Hercules ________ the lion in its dark cave, stunned it with a club, and _________ it with his bare hands. He found no tool sharp enough to skin the beast, until the _______ Athena suggested using one of its own claws. ________ returned to ______ _______ the lion’s hide, frightening King Eurystheus so much that he hid in a wine jar. From then on, Hercules was ordered to present his trophies at a safe distance.

Solution

  1. goddess
  2. strangled
  3. hercules
  4. tiryns
  5. labor
  6. wearing
  7. cornered

Original Text

The first labor was to slay the Nemean Lion, who kidnapped women and devoured warriors. Its golden fur was impervious to arrows, but Hercules cornered the lion in its dark cave, stunned it with a club, and strangled it with his bare hands. He found no tool sharp enough to skin the beast, until the goddess Athena suggested using one of its own claws. Hercules returned to Tiryns wearing the lion’s hide, frightening King Eurystheus so much that he hid in a wine jar. From then on, Hercules was ordered to present his trophies at a safe distance.

Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

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hercules fought 2

Important Words

  1. arrows
  2. athena
  3. bare
  4. beast
  5. cave
  6. claws
  7. club
  8. cornered
  9. dark
  10. devoured
  11. distance
  12. eurystheus
  13. frightening
  14. fur
  15. goddess
  16. golden
  17. hands
  18. hercules
  19. hid
  20. hide
  21. impervious
  22. jar
  23. kidnapped
  24. king
  25. labor
  26. lion
  27. nemean
  28. ordered
  29. present
  30. returned
  31. safe
  32. sharp
  33. skin
  34. slay
  35. strangled
  36. stunned
  37. suggested
  38. tiryns
  39. tool
  40. trophies
  41. warriors
  42. wearing
  43. wine
  44. women