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From the Ted Talk by George Takei: Why I love a country that once betrayed me

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We were taken from our home and loaded on to train cars with other Japanese-American families. There were gaudrs stationed at both ends of each car, as if we were crlinmias. We were taken two thirds of the way across the cnrtouy, rocking on that tarin for four days and three nights, to the swamps of Arkansas. I still remember the bbeard wire fence that cinneofd me. I remember the tall sentry tower with the machine guns pointed at us. I remember the searchlight that followed me when I made the night runs from my barrack to the latrine. But to five-year-old me, I thhgout it was kind of nice that they'd lit the way for me to pee. I was a child, too young to understand the circumstances of my being there.

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We were taken from our home and loaded on to train cars with other Japanese-American families. There were ______ stationed at both ends of each car, as if we were _________. We were taken two thirds of the way across the _______, rocking on that _____ for four days and three nights, to the swamps of Arkansas. I still remember the ______ wire fence that ________ me. I remember the tall sentry tower with the machine guns pointed at us. I remember the searchlight that followed me when I made the night runs from my barrack to the latrine. But to five-year-old me, I _______ it was kind of nice that they'd lit the way for me to pee. I was a child, too young to understand the circumstances of my being there.

Solution

  1. thought
  2. barbed
  3. train
  4. confined
  5. country
  6. guards
  7. criminals

Original Text

We were taken from our home and loaded on to train cars with other Japanese-American families. There were guards stationed at both ends of each car, as if we were criminals. We were taken two thirds of the way across the country, rocking on that train for four days and three nights, to the swamps of Arkansas. I still remember the barbed wire fence that confined me. I remember the tall sentry tower with the machine guns pointed at us. I remember the searchlight that followed me when I made the night runs from my barrack to the latrine. But to five-year-old me, I thought it was kind of nice that they'd lit the way for me to pee. I was a child, too young to understand the circumstances of my being there.

Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

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Important Words

  1. arkansas
  2. barbed
  3. barrack
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  6. child
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  10. criminals
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  24. night
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  27. pointed
  28. remember
  29. rocking
  30. runs
  31. searchlight
  32. sentry
  33. stationed
  34. swamps
  35. tall
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  37. thought
  38. tower
  39. train
  40. understand
  41. wire
  42. young