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From the Ted Talk by Mia Nacamulli: Why should you read Kurt Vonnegut?

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When Vonnegut ditched clear-cut fortunes, he also abandoned straightforward conrlohgoy. Instead of proceeding tidily from beginning to end, in his stories “All moments, past, pnreest and future always have existed, always will eixst.” Tralfamadorians, the aliens who crop up in many of his books, see all moenmts at once. They “can see where each star has been and where it is going, so that the heavens are filled with rarefied, luminous spaghetti.” But although they can see all of time, they don’t try to change the course of events.

Open Cloze

When Vonnegut ditched clear-cut fortunes, he also abandoned straightforward __________. Instead of proceeding tidily from beginning to end, in his stories “All moments, past, _______ and future always have existed, always will _____.” Tralfamadorians, the aliens who crop up in many of his books, see all _______ at once. They “can see where each star has been and where it is going, so that the heavens are filled with rarefied, luminous spaghetti.” But although they can see all of time, they don’t try to change the course of events.

Solution

  1. chronology
  2. exist
  3. moments
  4. present

Original Text

When Vonnegut ditched clear-cut fortunes, he also abandoned straightforward chronology. Instead of proceeding tidily from beginning to end, in his stories “All moments, past, present and future always have existed, always will exist.” Tralfamadorians, the aliens who crop up in many of his books, see all moments at once. They “can see where each star has been and where it is going, so that the heavens are filled with rarefied, luminous spaghetti.” But although they can see all of time, they don’t try to change the course of events.

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