Monday, July 1, 2013

FIVE new practice scrambled paragraphs

Answers are below the exercises.

Siegfried, the hero of the 13th century epic poem "The Nibelungenlied," was a mighty warrior worthy of the favor of the Nordic gods.

_____ (Q) Desirous of fame, Siegfried is convinced by Regin to go the wasteland of Gnitahead and kill the dragon Fafnir.

_____ (R) Having thus armed his hunter, Regin accompanies Siegfried to Gnitahead and promises to support and advise him during the battle with the dragon.

_____ (S) Regin even takes the broken pieces of Gram, the sword of Siegfried's father, and reforges it so that Siegfried will have a weapon potent enough for dragon slaying.

_____ (T) Although suspicious of Regin, Siegfried remains motivated to go on the dangerous quest.

_____ (U) Although strong and brave, Siegfried was aided in the task of slaying the dragon Fafnir by the scheming dwarf Regin.

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Mansa Musa is mostly remembered for his extravagant hajj, or pilgrimage, to Mecca with, according to the Arab historian al-Umari, 100 camel-loads of gold, each weighing 300 lbs.; 500 slaves, each carrying a 4 lb. gold staff; thousands of his subjects; as well as his senior wife, with her 500 attendants.

_____ (Q) With his lavish spending and generosity in Cairo and Mecca, however, he ran out of money and had to borrow at usurious rates of interest for the return trip.  

_____ (R) Additionally, Al-Umari states that Mansa Musa and his retinue "gave out so much gold that they depressed its value in Egypt and caused its value to fall."  

_____ (S) In 1339, for instance, Mali appeared on a "Map of the World" and in 1367, another map of the world showed a road leading from North Africa through the Atlas Mountains into the Western Sudan. 

_____ (T) However, attention should be focused on the effects of the hajj, rather than the pilgrimage itself.  

_____ (U) The hajj planted Mali in men's minds and its riches fired up the imagination as El Dorado did later.

In May 1919, Atatürk began a nationalist revolution in Anatolia, organizing resistance to the peace settlement imposed on Turkey by the victorious Allies.
_____ (Q) He established a single party regime that lasted almost without interruption until 1945. 
_____ (R) This was particularly focused on resisting Greek attempts to seize Smyrna and its hinterland.
_____ (S) Thus, in 1921, Atatürk established a provisional government in Ankara.

_____ (T) Indeed, victory over the Greeks finally enabled him to secure revision of the peace settlement in the Treaty of Lausanne.
_____ (U) The following year the Ottoman Sultanate was formally abolished and, in 1923, Turkey became a secular republic with Atatürk as its president.

The early 1920s found social patterns in chaos.

_____ (Q) Among these modernists, intellectual experimentation flourished.  

_____ (R) On the one hand, traditionalists, the older Victorians, worried that everything valuable was ending.  

_____ (S) Americans danced to the sound of the Jazz Age, showed their contempt for alcoholic prohibition, debated abstract art and Freudian theories.  

_____ (T) Yet, in a response to the new social patterns set in motion by modernism, a wave of revivalism developed, becoming especially strong in the American South. 

_____ (U) Younger modernists, however, no longer asked whether society would approve of their behavior, only whether their behavior met the approval of their intellect.

Joseph Priestley (1733-1804) was a Unitarian minister, teacher, author and natural philosopher from Yorkshire.
_____ (Q) He discovered that heating this compound produced a gas in which a candle would burn more brightly and a mouse could live four times as long compared to the normal atmosphere: this gas was oxygen.

_____ (R) In one of these experiments, Priestley used a magnifying glass to focus the sun's rays on a sample of the compound mercury (ll) oxide.

_____ (S) From 1773 to 1780 he was employed as librarian and literary companion to the Earl of Shelburne, owner of Bowood House.  
_____ (T) This role gave Priestley the time and facilities to pursue his groundbreaking experiments in 'pneumatic' chemistry.

_____ (U) Although Priestley could not accurately interpret these results using the scientific knowledge of the time, his work was later used by Antoine Lavoisier to construct the theories that now underpin modern chemistry.

Answers are below:


Siegfried - 2,4,3,5,1
Mansa Musa - 1,2,5,3,4
Ataturk - 5,1,3,2,4
1920s - 3,1,4,5,2
Priestly - 4,3,1,2,5
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