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From the Ted Talk by Iseult Gillespie: Why should you read Flannery O'Connor?

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For O’Connor, no subject was off limits. Though she was a devout Catholic, she wasn’t aairfd to explore the possibility of pious thought and uunipos behavior co-existing in the same person. In her novel The Violent Bear it Away, the main character grapples with the choice to become a man of God – but also sets freis and commits murder. The book opens with the reluctant prophet in a particularly compromising position: “Francis miaorn Tarwater’s uncle had been dead for only half a day when the boy got too drunk to finish digging his grave.” This laeevs a pesasbry to “drag the body from the breakfast table where it was still sntitig and bury it […] with enough dirt on top to keep the dogs from digging it up.”

Open Cloze

For O’Connor, no subject was off limits. Though she was a devout Catholic, she wasn’t ______ to explore the possibility of pious thought and _______ behavior co-existing in the same person. In her novel The Violent Bear it Away, the main character grapples with the choice to become a man of God – but also sets _____ and commits murder. The book opens with the reluctant prophet in a particularly compromising position: “Francis ______ Tarwater’s uncle had been dead for only half a day when the boy got too drunk to finish digging his grave.” This ______ a ________ to “drag the body from the breakfast table where it was still _______ and bury it […] with enough dirt on top to keep the dogs from digging it up.”

Solution

  1. marion
  2. sitting
  3. leaves
  4. unpious
  5. passerby
  6. fires
  7. afraid

Original Text

For O’Connor, no subject was off limits. Though she was a devout Catholic, she wasn’t afraid to explore the possibility of pious thought and unpious behavior co-existing in the same person. In her novel The Violent Bear it Away, the main character grapples with the choice to become a man of God – but also sets fires and commits murder. The book opens with the reluctant prophet in a particularly compromising position: “Francis Marion Tarwater’s uncle had been dead for only half a day when the boy got too drunk to finish digging his grave.” This leaves a passerby to “drag the body from the breakfast table where it was still sitting and bury it […] with enough dirt on top to keep the dogs from digging it up.”

Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

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Important Words

  1. afraid
  2. bear
  3. behavior
  4. body
  5. book
  6. boy
  7. breakfast
  8. bury
  9. catholic
  10. character
  11. choice
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  13. compromising
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  16. devout
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  18. dirt
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  21. explore
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  24. god
  25. grapples
  26. grave
  27. leaves
  28. limits
  29. main
  30. man
  31. marion
  32. murder
  33. opens
  34. passerby
  35. person
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  37. possibility
  38. prophet
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  41. sitting
  42. subject
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  44. thought
  45. top
  46. uncle
  47. unpious
  48. violent