Friday, June 21, 2013

5 new and amazing practice SHSAT 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 instance, there is nothing meaningful about the Indian leader Pontiac on youtube). 

Some topics have videos, but they are not that good - other topics have 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 stuff..

Answers are below the exercises:

Pontiac subscribed to the religious beliefs of Neolin, a prophet among the Delaware Indians during the 1760s.  

______ (Q) Neolin encouraged his fellow Indians to forsake all English goods and customs because he felt that the natives' dependence on these items had infuriated their gods. 

______ (R) Pontiac concurred with Neolin's views about autonomy from the English, but also felt the Native Americans had to remain militarily strong to drive the Europeans out of the Ohio Country. 

______ (S) The irony is that although Neolin urged the natives to reject all European customs, missionaries from the Moravian Church heavily influenced his views of the Great Spirit who could save the natives from eternal suffering. 

______ (T) To continue their dependence on European ways would condemn the Indians to eternal suffering.  

______ (U) Therefore, the reason why the Native Americans in the Ohio Country currently suffered at the hands of the English was because they had forgotten the true ways of their people.  

 
 

 

Flu has been a regular scourge of humanity for thousands of years.  

______ (Q) The virus is well adapted to their immune systems, and does not usually make them sick. 

______ (R) This leaves the animals free to move around and spread the virus - just what it needs to persist. 

______ (S) Flu viruses each possess a mere 10 genes encoded in RNA.  

______ (T) All of the 16 known genetic subgroups originate in water birds, and especially in ducks.  

______ (U) But sometimes a bird flu virus jumps to an animal whose immune system it is not adapted to.

 
 

 

 

One in three of us will get cancer at some point in our lives.  

______ (Q) Of those with the most common childhood cancer, acute lymphocytic leukemia, 85% are still alive five years later, compared with just 53% in the 1970s.

______ (R) But death rates are falling, thanks to earlier detection of tumors and improved use of existing treatments - mainly chemotherapy and radiotherapy.  

______ (S) The success has been biggest for children: since the mid-1970s, death rates from cancers of childhood have halved.  

______ (T) Cancer has, however, turned out to be tougher to crack than everyone hoped when US President Richard Nixon launched the War on Cancer in 1971.  

______ (U) Once so feared its name was whispered, the disease is no longer an inevitable death sentence.
 

 

 
 

 
Sickle cell anemia is a blood disorder that affects hemoglobin, the protein found in red blood cells (RBCs) that helps carry oxygen throughout the body. 

______ (Q) Instead of being flexible and disc-shaped, these cells are more stiff and curved in the shape of the old farm tool known as a sickle — that's where the disease gets its name.  

______ (R) They can easily "squeeze" through even very small blood vessels, unlike the sickle-shaped cells. 

______ (S) Red blood cells with normal hemoglobin (hemoglobin A, or HbA) move easily through the bloodstream, delivering oxygen to all of the cells of the body.  

______ (T) Sickle cell anemia occurs when a person inherits two abnormal genes (one from each parent) that cause their RBCs to change shape.  

______ (U) Normal RBCs are shaped like discs or doughnuts with the centers partially "scooped out" and are soft and flexible.
 

 

 

The first kayaks were fashioned out of driftwood and animal skins by the natives of the arctic regions of Asia, North America, and Greenland.  

______ (Q) Lashed together with animal sinews, these early boats evolved to use seal bladders filled with air to make the them buoyant and nearly unsinkable.  

______ (R) Native hunters would fill these advanced kayaks with enough supplies for extended hunting expeditions across the inhospitable arctic environment. 

______ (S) In fact, the name kayak means "hunter's boat." 

______ (T) These long, narrow, covered boats were ideally suited for hunting seals and walruses across the frigid arctic waters. 

______ (U) Over time, the Inuits, Aleuts, and other natives modified the kayaks for the area of the arctic that they lived in.
 


 
 

 

Answers:
 

pontiac: 15432

birdflu: 34125

cancer: 53421

sicklecell: 25314

kayak: 45213

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