Tuesday, June 25, 2013

6 More Free Practice Scrambled Paragraphs

By the way, be sure to click on the link under the scrambled paragraph to read more about the topic. This will help you really broaden your knowledge of the world!!!

I have also tried to upload some videos from youtube after each paragraph (some topics do not have good youtube videos, however).

For some topics, however, I have been able to find excellent videos...so, basically, I tried my best to make a site for you that will not just help you unscramble paragraphs but also help you learn interesting stuff.

Answers are below the exercises:

Just before the Nazi occupation of Paris in 1940, the lift cables for the elevators of the Eiffel Tower were cut by the French so that Adolf Hitler would have to climb the steps if he wanted to reach the summit.  

______ (Q) When he visited Paris, Hitler chose not to make the long climb to the top and so it was said that Hitler conquered France, but did not conquer the Eiffel Tower.

______ (R) Von Choltitz disobeyed the order and the elevators of the Tower were working normally within hours of the Liberation of Paris.

______ (S) Consequently, the first German soldiers had to climb to the top to hoist the swastika, but the flag was so large it blew away just a few hours later, and it was replaced by a smaller one.

______ (T) In August 1944, when the Allies were nearing Paris, Hitler did, however, order General Dietrich von Choltitz, the military governor of Paris, to demolish the tower along with the rest of the city.

______ (U) Workers knew that parts to repair the cables would be impossible for the Germans to obtain because of the war.


The earliest written mention of Sumo is found in the Kojiki (Record of Ancient Matters), a book from the year 712, which is the oldest example of Japanese writing.

______ (Q) However, since the Japanese didn't keep any written records until the 8th century, it is impossible to know, aside from this legend, exactly when Sumo did start in Japan.

______ (R) The Kojiki relates a legend about how possession of the Japanese islands was determined by a Sumo match 2,500 years ago between the gods Takemikazuchi and Takeminakata.

______ (S)Thus Sumo from the start was different from most other sporting matches; each match was a religious and historical recreation.

______ (T)The two grappled on the shores of Izumo along the Japan Sea coast until the latter finally lost.

______ (U) Thus control of the islands was ceded to the Japanese people led by Takemikazuchi, who is said to have established the imperial family from which the present emperor traces his ancestry.


The Loch Ness "monster" - affectionately known as "Nessie" - is an alleged plesiosaur-like creature living in Loch Ness, a long, deep lake near Inverness, Scotland.

______ (Q) Many sightings of the "monster" have been recorded, going back at least as far as St. Columba, the Irish monk who converted most of Scotland to Christianity in the 6th century.

______ (R) The locals had known the ancient history of the sea serpent. But after the photo, the scientific experts were called in, and to this day they have found nothing to support the image.

______ (S) Columba apparently converted Nessie, too; for it is said that until he went out on the waters and soothed the beast, she had been a murderess.

______ (T) That photo created quite a fuss because before the photo, Nessie was only the stuff of legend and myth.

______ (U) The modern legend of Nessie begins in 1934 with Dr. Robert Kenneth Wilson, a London physician, who allegedly photographed a plesiosaur-like beast with a long neck emerging out of the murky waters.


Uranus is distinguished by the fact that it is tipped on its side.

______ (Q) Voyager 2 found that one of the most striking influences of this sideways position is its effect on the tail of the magnetic field, which is itself tilted 60 degrees from the planet's axis of rotation.

______ (R) The magnetic field source responsible for this magnetotail and its shape is unknown.

______ (S) Its unusual position is thought to be the result of a collision with a planet-sized body early in the solar system's history.

______ (T) We do know that the magnetic fields of Earth and other planets are believed to arise from electrical currents produced in their molten cores.

______ (U) The magnetotail was shown to be twisted by the planet's rotation into a long corkscrew shape behind the planet.


A songwriter, itinerant laborer, and union organizer, Joe Hill became famous around the world after a Utah court convicted him of murder in 1915.

______ (Q) Nevertheless, Hill’s integrity, honor and dedication to the welfare of workers became stronger after his trial and death; his well-known ironic humor lasted until the end as well.

______ (R) The conviction, we now know, was an injustice; yet a campaign to exonerate Hill  that began two months before the murder trial was futile.

______ (S) And he did die like a rebel; a member of the firing squad at his execution claimed that the command to "Fire!" had come from Hill himself.

______ (T) Shortly before his execution he wrote to the former president of the Western Federation of Miners: "Goodbye Bill: I die like a true rebel. Don't waste any time mourning, organize workers to protect their rights! It is a hundred miles from here to Wyoming. Could you arrange to have my body hauled to the state line to be buried? I wouldn't want to be found dead in Utah."

______ (U) After a brief service in Salt Lake City, Hill's body was sent to Chicago, where thousands of mourners heard Hill's "Rebel Girl" sung for the first time, listened to hours of speeches and then walked behind his casket to Graceland Cemetery.

Many American literary  figures of the late 1800's began to look at the corruption involving large US companies.

______ (Q) These new and socially reforming journalists saw themselves as scientists objectively reporting the conditions and ills of modern industrial society.

______ (R) The writers of this fiction and nonfiction became known as "Muckrakers," a term created by Theodore Roosevelt in reference to their ability to uncover "dirt."

______ (S) They put their talents to work, most often writing investigative fiction based on fact, but sometimes writing stark nonfiction.

______ (T) Most of their articles focused on business and political corruption, such as Ida Tarbell's series on Standard Oil, Lincoln Steffens's investigations of scandals in city and state politics, and Upton Sinclair's exposé of the meat-packing industry.

______ (U) This muckraking grew out of two related developments of the era—a new people-oriented journalism and the impulse to reform social wrongs.


Eiffel: 35241

Sumo: 51423

Nessie: 15243

Uranus: 24153

Hill: 21435

Muckraking: 42153

Yes, I'm the guy who created the scandal in Asia awhile ago. I felt that the Korean performers I was teaching were not being treated up to acceptable standards, and I reported this to a Korean newspaper to help ensure that, in the future, performers would be treated better.