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From the Ted Talk by Jill Dash: Why should you read "Lord of the Flies" by William Golding?

Unscramble the Blue Letters

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Open Cloze

"Lord of the Flies" opens with the boys already on the island, but snippets of conversation hint at their __________ journey— their _____ had been shot down in the midst of an unspecified nuclear war. The boys, _______ in age from 6 to 13, are strangers to each other. All except for a choir, clad in black uniforms and led by a boy named Jack. Just as in Ballantyne’s "Coral ______," the boy’s new home appears to be a paradise— with fresh water, shelter, and ________ food _______. But even from the novel’s opening pages, a macabre darkness _____ over this seemingly tranquil _________. The boys’ shadows are compared to “black, bat-like creatures” while the choir itself first appears as “something dark... fumbling along” the beach. Within hours of their arrival, the boys are already trading terrifying rumors of a vicious “beastie” lurking in the _____.

Solution

  1. sources
  2. terrifying
  3. island
  4. ranging
  5. woods
  6. situation
  7. hangs
  8. plane
  9. abundant

Original Text

"Lord of the Flies" opens with the boys already on the island, but snippets of conversation hint at their terrifying journey— their plane had been shot down in the midst of an unspecified nuclear war. The boys, ranging in age from 6 to 13, are strangers to each other. All except for a choir, clad in black uniforms and led by a boy named Jack. Just as in Ballantyne’s "Coral Island," the boy’s new home appears to be a paradise— with fresh water, shelter, and abundant food sources. But even from the novel’s opening pages, a macabre darkness hangs over this seemingly tranquil situation. The boys’ shadows are compared to “black, bat-like creatures” while the choir itself first appears as “something dark... fumbling along” the beach. Within hours of their arrival, the boys are already trading terrifying rumors of a vicious “beastie” lurking in the woods.

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