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From the Ted Talk by Maryn McKenna: What do we do when antibiotics don't work any more?

Unscramble the Blue Letters

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Open Cloze

This is my great uncle, my father's father's younger _______. His name was Joe McKenna. He was a young _______ and a semi-pro basketball ______ and a fireman in New York City. Family history says he _____ being a fireman, and so in 1938, on one of his days off, he elected to hang out at the firehouse. To make himself useful that day, he _______ polishing all the brass, the railings on the fire truck, the fittings on the walls, and one of the fire hose nozzles, a giant, heavy piece of metal, toppled off a shelf and hit him. A few days later, his shoulder started to hurt. Two days after that, he ______ a fever. The fever _______ and climbed. His wife was taking care of him, but nothing she did made a __________, and when they got the local doctor in, nothing he did mattered either.

Solution

  1. brother
  2. player
  3. loved
  4. difference
  5. spiked
  6. climbed
  7. husband
  8. started

Original Text

This is my great uncle, my father's father's younger brother. His name was Joe McKenna. He was a young husband and a semi-pro basketball player and a fireman in New York City. Family history says he loved being a fireman, and so in 1938, on one of his days off, he elected to hang out at the firehouse. To make himself useful that day, he started polishing all the brass, the railings on the fire truck, the fittings on the walls, and one of the fire hose nozzles, a giant, heavy piece of metal, toppled off a shelf and hit him. A few days later, his shoulder started to hurt. Two days after that, he spiked a fever. The fever climbed and climbed. His wife was taking care of him, but nothing she did made a difference, and when they got the local doctor in, nothing he did mattered either.

Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

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antibiotic resistance 3
worldwide toll 3
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making antibiotics 2
infection resistant 2
united states 2
social norms 2

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Important Words

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  10. doctor
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  27. joe
  28. local
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  30. mattered
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  35. player
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  37. railings
  38. shelf
  39. shoulder
  40. spiked
  41. started
  42. toppled
  43. truck
  44. uncle
  45. walls
  46. wife
  47. york
  48. young
  49. younger