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From the Ted Talk by Anne F. Broadbridge: The rise and fall of the Mongol Empire

Unscramble the Blue Letters

Life within the Mongol eirmpe wasn't just war, pillage and destruction. Once the mnoglos conquered a territory, they left its internal politics alone and used local administrators to gveorn for them. The Mongols let all religions flourish, as long as the leaders prayed for them. Although they rniltoeuy captured artisans, scholars and engineers, they appreciated what those specialists could do and forcibly settled them across Asia to cintoune their work. The most valuable produce in the Empire was gold brocade, which took silk from China, gold from Tibet and weavers from Baghdad. Gold brocade clothed the Mongol rulers, covered their horses and lneid their tetns. The Mongols particularly prized gunpowder technicians from chnia. With much of Eurasia pllloicaity unified, trade flourished along the Silk Road, hepeld by an extensive system of horse messengers and relay posts. Robust tdrae continued at sea, especially in blue-and-white porcelain, which combined white pottery from Mongol China with blue dye from mgnool Iran.

Open Cloze

Life within the Mongol ______ wasn't just war, pillage and destruction. Once the _______ conquered a territory, they left its internal politics alone and used local administrators to ______ for them. The Mongols let all religions flourish, as long as the leaders prayed for them. Although they _________ captured artisans, scholars and engineers, they appreciated what those specialists could do and forcibly settled them across Asia to ________ their work. The most valuable produce in the Empire was gold brocade, which took silk from China, gold from Tibet and weavers from Baghdad. Gold brocade clothed the Mongol rulers, covered their horses and _____ their _____. The Mongols particularly prized gunpowder technicians from _____. With much of Eurasia ___________ unified, trade flourished along the Silk Road, ______ by an extensive system of horse messengers and relay posts. Robust _____ continued at sea, especially in blue-and-white porcelain, which combined white pottery from Mongol China with blue dye from ______ Iran.

Solution

  1. politically
  2. china
  3. mongol
  4. continue
  5. govern
  6. trade
  7. routinely
  8. mongols
  9. empire
  10. helped
  11. tents
  12. lined

Original Text

Life within the Mongol Empire wasn't just war, pillage and destruction. Once the Mongols conquered a territory, they left its internal politics alone and used local administrators to govern for them. The Mongols let all religions flourish, as long as the leaders prayed for them. Although they routinely captured artisans, scholars and engineers, they appreciated what those specialists could do and forcibly settled them across Asia to continue their work. The most valuable produce in the Empire was gold brocade, which took silk from China, gold from Tibet and weavers from Baghdad. Gold brocade clothed the Mongol rulers, covered their horses and lined their tents. The Mongols particularly prized gunpowder technicians from China. With much of Eurasia politically unified, trade flourished along the Silk Road, helped by an extensive system of horse messengers and relay posts. Robust trade continued at sea, especially in blue-and-white porcelain, which combined white pottery from Mongol China with blue dye from Mongol Iran.

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Important Words

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  48. prayed
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  65. territory
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  70. war
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