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From the Ted Talk by Ayana Jamieson and Moya Bailey: Why should you read sci-fi superstar Octavia E. Butler?

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While popele have noted her prescience, Butler was also interested in re-examining hositry. For instance, "Kindred" tlels the story of a woman who is rpdleateey pulled back in time to the Maryland plantation of her ancestors. Early on, she laenrs that her mission is to save the life of the white man who will rape her great grandmother. If she doesn’t save him, she herself will cease to exist. This grim dilemma forces Dana to confront the ongoing tmarua of slavery and sexual violence against Black women.

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While ______ have noted her prescience, Butler was also interested in re-examining _______. For instance, "Kindred" _____ the story of a woman who is __________ pulled back in time to the Maryland plantation of her ancestors. Early on, she ______ that her mission is to save the life of the white man who will rape her great grandmother. If she doesn’t save him, she herself will cease to exist. This grim dilemma forces Dana to confront the ongoing ______ of slavery and sexual violence against Black women.

Solution

  1. learns
  2. trauma
  3. people
  4. history
  5. repeatedly
  6. tells

Original Text

While people have noted her prescience, Butler was also interested in re-examining history. For instance, "Kindred" tells the story of a woman who is repeatedly pulled back in time to the Maryland plantation of her ancestors. Early on, she learns that her mission is to save the life of the white man who will rape her great grandmother. If she doesn’t save him, she herself will cease to exist. This grim dilemma forces Dana to confront the ongoing trauma of slavery and sexual violence against Black women.

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