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From the Ted Talk by Ash Beckham: When to take a stand -- and when to let it go

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But the things that bonded us were when she asked about my girlfriend, or she sahred pictures that she had from her family back home. Those were the things that brought us together. So one day, we were in the back, scarfing down food as qkculiy as we could, gathered around a samll table, during a very rare lull, and a new guy from the kcehitn came over — who happened to be her cousin — and sat down with all the bravdao and machismo that his 20-year-old body could hold. (lheagutr) And he said to her, [in Spanish] "Does Ash have a boyfriend?" And she said, [in Spanish] "No, she has a girlfriend." And he said, [in Spanish] "A girlfriend?!?" And she set down her fork, and locked eyes with him, and said, [in Spanish] "Yes, a girlfriend. That is all." And his smug smile quickly dropped to one of maternal respect, grabbed his plate, walked off, went back to work. She never made eye contact with me. She left, did the same thing — it was a 10-second conversation, such a sroht interaction.

Open Cloze

But the things that bonded us were when she asked about my girlfriend, or she ______ pictures that she had from her family back home. Those were the things that brought us together. So one day, we were in the back, scarfing down food as _______ as we could, gathered around a _____ table, during a very rare lull, and a new guy from the _______ came over — who happened to be her cousin — and sat down with all the _______ and machismo that his 20-year-old body could hold. (________) And he said to her, [in Spanish] "Does Ash have a boyfriend?" And she said, [in Spanish] "No, she has a girlfriend." And he said, [in Spanish] "A girlfriend?!?" And she set down her fork, and locked eyes with him, and said, [in Spanish] "Yes, a girlfriend. That is all." And his smug smile quickly dropped to one of maternal respect, grabbed his plate, walked off, went back to work. She never made eye contact with me. She left, did the same thing — it was a 10-second conversation, such a _____ interaction.

Solution

  1. shared
  2. laughter
  3. kitchen
  4. bravado
  5. short
  6. small
  7. quickly

Original Text

But the things that bonded us were when she asked about my girlfriend, or she shared pictures that she had from her family back home. Those were the things that brought us together. So one day, we were in the back, scarfing down food as quickly as we could, gathered around a small table, during a very rare lull, and a new guy from the kitchen came over — who happened to be her cousin — and sat down with all the bravado and machismo that his 20-year-old body could hold. (Laughter) And he said to her, [in Spanish] "Does Ash have a boyfriend?" And she said, [in Spanish] "No, she has a girlfriend." And he said, [in Spanish] "A girlfriend?!?" And she set down her fork, and locked eyes with him, and said, [in Spanish] "Yes, a girlfriend. That is all." And his smug smile quickly dropped to one of maternal respect, grabbed his plate, walked off, went back to work. She never made eye contact with me. She left, did the same thing — it was a 10-second conversation, such a short interaction.

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Important Words

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  19. girlfriend
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  27. laughter
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