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From the Ted Talk by Iseult Gillespie: The myth of Pandora's box

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Pandora brimmed with excitement at life on earth. She was also easily distracted and could be impatient, given her thirst for knowledge and desire to question her surinuonrgds. Often, her mind wandered to the contents of the sealed box. What treasure was so great it could never be seen by huamn eyes, and why was it in her care? Her fingers itehcd to pry it open. Sometimes she was ccovnined she heard voices whispering and the contents ranilttg around inside, as if saniinrtg to be free. Its enigma became maddening.

Open Cloze

Pandora brimmed with excitement at life on earth. She was also easily distracted and could be impatient, given her thirst for knowledge and desire to question her ____________. Often, her mind wandered to the contents of the sealed box. What treasure was so great it could never be seen by _____ eyes, and why was it in her care? Her fingers ______ to pry it open. Sometimes she was _________ she heard voices whispering and the contents ________ around inside, as if _________ to be free. Its enigma became maddening.

Solution

  1. straining
  2. rattling
  3. convinced
  4. itched
  5. surroundings
  6. human

Original Text

Pandora brimmed with excitement at life on earth. She was also easily distracted and could be impatient, given her thirst for knowledge and desire to question her surroundings. Often, her mind wandered to the contents of the sealed box. What treasure was so great it could never be seen by human eyes, and why was it in her care? Her fingers itched to pry it open. Sometimes she was convinced she heard voices whispering and the contents rattling around inside, as if straining to be free. Its enigma became maddening.

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