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

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Next came three more beastly foes, each requiring a clever strategy to defeat. The caoruivonrs Stymphalian bdris netsed in an impenetrable swamp, but Hercules used Athena’s special rattle to frgeihtn them into the air, at which point he shot them down. No mortal could stand before the Cretan bull’s mad ramapge, but a chokehold from behind did the trick. And the mad King Diomedes, who had trained his horses to devour his guests, got a taste of his own medicine when Hercules wsteelrd him into his own stables. The ensniug feast calmed the beasts enough for Hercules to bind their mouths.

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Next came three more beastly foes, each requiring a clever strategy to defeat. The ___________ Stymphalian _____ ______ in an impenetrable swamp, but Hercules used Athena’s special rattle to ________ them into the air, at which point he shot them down. No mortal could stand before the Cretan bull’s mad _______, but a chokehold from behind did the trick. And the mad King Diomedes, who had trained his horses to devour his guests, got a taste of his own medicine when Hercules ________ him into his own stables. The _______ feast calmed the beasts enough for Hercules to bind their mouths.

Solution

  1. birds
  2. frighten
  3. carnivorous
  4. ensuing
  5. wrestled
  6. rampage
  7. nested

Original Text

Next came three more beastly foes, each requiring a clever strategy to defeat. The carnivorous Stymphalian birds nested in an impenetrable swamp, but Hercules used Athena’s special rattle to frighten them into the air, at which point he shot them down. No mortal could stand before the Cretan bull’s mad rampage, but a chokehold from behind did the trick. And the mad King Diomedes, who had trained his horses to devour his guests, got a taste of his own medicine when Hercules wrestled him into his own stables. The ensuing feast calmed the beasts enough for Hercules to bind their mouths.

Important Words

  1. air
  2. beastly
  3. beasts
  4. bind
  5. birds
  6. calmed
  7. carnivorous
  8. chokehold
  9. clever
  10. cretan
  11. defeat
  12. devour
  13. diomedes
  14. ensuing
  15. feast
  16. foes
  17. frighten
  18. guests
  19. hercules
  20. horses
  21. impenetrable
  22. king
  23. mad
  24. medicine
  25. mortal
  26. mouths
  27. nested
  28. point
  29. rampage
  30. rattle
  31. requiring
  32. shot
  33. special
  34. stables
  35. stand
  36. strategy
  37. stymphalian
  38. swamp
  39. taste
  40. trained
  41. trick
  42. wrestled