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From the Ted Talk by Iseult Gillespie: Why should you read "Fahrenheit 451"?

Unscramble the Blue Letters

As culture daspeiarps, imagination and self-expression follow. Even the way people talk is short-circuited - such as when Montag’s boss Captain Beatty describes the acceleration of mass culture: "Speed up the film, Montag, qicuk. Click? Pic? Look, Eye, Now, Flick, Here, There, Swift, Pace, Up, Down, In, Out, Why, How, Who, What, Where, Eh? Uh! Bang! Smack! Wallop, Bing, Bong, Boom! Digest-digests, digest-digest-digests. Politics? One column, two sentences, a headline! Then, in mid-air, all vanishes!" In this barren world, Montag learns how difficult it is to resist when there's nothing left to hold on to. Altogether, feirhahent 451 is a prtrioat of independent tgohhut on the brink of entiicoxtn - and a parable about a sceotiy which is complicit in its own combustion.

Open Cloze

As culture __________, imagination and self-expression follow. Even the way people talk is short-circuited - such as when Montag’s boss Captain Beatty describes the acceleration of mass culture: "Speed up the film, Montag, _____. Click? Pic? Look, Eye, Now, Flick, Here, There, Swift, Pace, Up, Down, In, Out, Why, How, Who, What, Where, Eh? Uh! Bang! Smack! Wallop, Bing, Bong, Boom! Digest-digests, digest-digest-digests. Politics? One column, two sentences, a headline! Then, in mid-air, all vanishes!" In this barren world, Montag learns how difficult it is to resist when there's nothing left to hold on to. Altogether, __________ 451 is a ________ of independent _______ on the brink of __________ - and a parable about a _______ which is complicit in its own combustion.

Solution

  1. extinction
  2. fahrenheit
  3. society
  4. disappears
  5. quick
  6. portrait
  7. thought

Original Text

As culture disappears, imagination and self-expression follow. Even the way people talk is short-circuited - such as when Montag’s boss Captain Beatty describes the acceleration of mass culture: "Speed up the film, Montag, quick. Click? Pic? Look, Eye, Now, Flick, Here, There, Swift, Pace, Up, Down, In, Out, Why, How, Who, What, Where, Eh? Uh! Bang! Smack! Wallop, Bing, Bong, Boom! Digest-digests, digest-digest-digests. Politics? One column, two sentences, a headline! Then, in mid-air, all vanishes!" In this barren world, Montag learns how difficult it is to resist when there's nothing left to hold on to. Altogether, Fahrenheit 451 is a portrait of independent thought on the brink of extinction - and a parable about a society which is complicit in its own combustion.

Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

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Important Words

  1. acceleration
  2. altogether
  3. barren
  4. beatty
  5. bing
  6. bong
  7. boss
  8. brink
  9. captain
  10. click
  11. column
  12. combustion
  13. complicit
  14. culture
  15. describes
  16. difficult
  17. disappears
  18. eh
  19. extinction
  20. eye
  21. fahrenheit
  22. film
  23. flick
  24. follow
  25. hold
  26. imagination
  27. independent
  28. learns
  29. left
  30. mass
  31. montag
  32. pace
  33. parable
  34. people
  35. pic
  36. politics
  37. portrait
  38. quick
  39. resist
  40. sentences
  41. society
  42. swift
  43. talk
  44. thought
  45. wallop
  46. world