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From the Ted Talk by Iseult Gillespie: The myth of Zeus' test

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Open Cloze

The strangers watched intently as Baucis nestled twigs under a battered pot filled with vegetables. The couple could rarely afford meat, but in honor of their guests, Philemon cut ______ from an _____ shank for the stew. They made cheerful ____________ and offered their visitors hot baths. Baucis used a chip of ______ clay to _______ the wobbly table’s legs and rubbed its _______ with mint until it smelled sweet and fresh. Weaving around each other with care, the couple transformed what they had into a _____. Soon, the ________ overflowed with food and the last of their sweet wine.

Solution

  1. broken
  2. conversation
  3. feast
  4. strips
  5. aging
  6. tabletop
  7. balance
  8. surface

Original Text

The strangers watched intently as Baucis nestled twigs under a battered pot filled with vegetables. The couple could rarely afford meat, but in honor of their guests, Philemon cut strips from an aging shank for the stew. They made cheerful conversation and offered their visitors hot baths. Baucis used a chip of broken clay to balance the wobbly table’s legs and rubbed its surface with mint until it smelled sweet and fresh. Weaving around each other with care, the couple transformed what they had into a feast. Soon, the tabletop overflowed with food and the last of their sweet wine.

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