Saturday, August 24, 2013

5 NEW scrambled paragraphs

Answers are below the exercises:

Against overwhelming odds, Alexander led his army to victories across the Persian territories of Asia Minor, Syria and Egypt without suffering a single defeat.

_____ (Q) His greatest victory was at the Battle of Gaugamela, in what is now northern Iraq, in 331 BC.

_____ (R) This was united by a common Greek language and culture, while the king himself adopted foreign customs in order to rule his millions of ethnically diverse subjects.

_____ (S) The young king of Macedonia, leader of the Greeks, overlord of Asia Minor and pharaoh of Egypt thus became 'great king' of Persia at the age of 25.

_____ (T) The entire area from Greece in the west, north to the Danube, south into Egypt and as far to the east as the Indian Punjab, was linked together in a vast international network of trade and commerce. 

_____ (U) Over the next eight years, in his capacity as king, commander, politician, scholar and explorer, Alexander led his army a further 11,000 miles, founding over 70 cities and creating an empire that stretched across three continents and covered around two million square miles.

The Sun Dance ceremony is the most important religious ceremony of the Plains Nations and it is the ceremony that is most misunderstood by Non Native Americans.

_____ (Q) Among the reasons people choose to participate in the Sun Dance ritual is to thank the Creator / Great Mystery / Wakan Tanka for the blessings received, fulfilling a vow made in a crisis for help, asking for protection of loved ones in harms way, asking for physical healing of a sick family member or friend, and asking for the protection of the whole tribe or nation.

_____ (R) While each tribe may do the ceremony in different ways, each tribe includes the smoking of the pipe, dancing, singing, drumming, experiencing of visions, and fasting.

_____ (S) All of the reasons are non-selfish in as much the reason does not include benefits for oneself, but asks for benefits for others or is to give thanks but when the request is personal it is for help and understanding to be a better person so the individual can live a life to benefit his family and the people.

_____ (T) Some tribes, like the Sioux, practice self-torture by the piercing of the skin on the chest or back as a personal sacrifice the individual makes for the good of all of the people of the tribe.

_____ (U) This deeply spiritual and grueling ceremony is held at the time of the Summer Solstice and lasts from four to eight days. 

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Scorpions are often misunderstood.

_____ (Q) The venom in a scorpion's stinger is the same all through a scorpion's life.

_____ (R) Many people say that scorpions are so aggressive they will sting themselves to death, but this is not a natural behavior of scorpions in the wild. 

_____ (S) Perhaps the biggest myth is that all scorpions are deadly, and this is totally wrong.

_____ (T) Other people say the sting of a baby scorpion is more dangerous than the sting of an adult, but again, this is false. 

_____ (U) Only a very few scorpions are potentially dangerous to people, indeed, of the 1,500 known scorpion species, only 25 have a sting potent enough to be considered potentially dangerous to humans.

Pressure and temperature within the earth increase gradually with distance below the surface.

_____ (Q) This molten material is MAGMA, and is normally less dense than the overlying solid rock. 

_____ (R) At depths of several tens of miles the material which makes up the earth's crust (depending upon its composition) may become partially molten.

_____ (S) The intrusive magma which has cooled and solidified is known as IGNEOUS ROCK (granite, granodiorite, diorite, gabbro).

_____ (T) As the magma is subjected to tectonic forces, it may be squeezed upward along weak zones in the crust.

_____ (U) This process by which magma penetrates the crustal rock is called INTRUSION.

Chopin may have been the most innovative and patriotic of composers, but he was no revolutionary.

_____ (Q) It was not that he was particularly conservative by inclination, but he loved refinement, luxury, good manners and all the other attributes of the aristocratic society in which he thrived.

_____ (R) Unlike most of his compatriots, however, he quickly accommodated himself to the hedonistic regime of King Louis-Philippe (r. 1830-48). 

_____ (S) He carried on to Paris, where he was to have gone anyway, and there manifested his solidarity with his fellow Poles by choosing a life of exile.

_____ (T) In November 1830, when revolution broke out on the streets of Warsaw and the Kingdom of Poland created by the Congress of Vienna attempted to throw off the Russian yoke, the 20-year-old composer was in Vienna on the first leg of a tour of Europe. 

_____ (U) And, although he spent half of his life as a political exile, this was largely the result of circumstance.

Answers are below:


Alexander --------> 1,5,2,4,3      1=Q, 5=R, 2=S, 4=T, 3=U
Sun Dance -------> 4,2,5,3,1
Scorpions ---------> 3,1,4,2,5
Igneous Rock -------> 2,1,5,3,4
Chopin ---------> 5,4,3,2,1

Yes, I'm the guy who created the scandal in Asia awhile ago. I felt that the Korean performers I was teaching in New York City 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.