Posted by: a2cristina | October 12, 2018

Genealogy – Cloze Test


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  1. People are more and more interested in genealogy and the study of their family tree. In your opinion, what is the reason for this?
  2. Cloze test



Read the text and complete the chart below with a word from the list that comes after the text. Every word can only be used ONCE. There are five words that you do not need to use. Question 0 has been answered as an example.


Genealogy is detective work. It’s exciting and very 0) __________ when the effort reveals a new piece for the jigsaw puzzle. Slowly, after 1) __________ through documents after documents, names become people.

One feels like Sherlock Holmes, taking the 2) __________  clues and combining them to 3) __________ a mystery. The internet has made it so much easier, too.  I reached a frustrating dead 4) __________, once. While for most of my lines I had gone back at least seven generations, I ended at just three (a great-grandmother) for one line.  I’d examined all the available censuses, all the birth, marriage, and death records, everything I could find.  And then one day just on a 5) __________ I typed in her name, her husband’s name and their street address into Google and was taken to a transcript someone had made of a memorial book at a cemetery.  It provided enough information that I quickly found the next three generations for that line.

Sometimes one uncovers the most fascinating people. I discovered that my great-great-great-great grandmother was called Mahala.  She was a melungeon [1]and lived in Hancock County, Tennessee. Depending on the 6) __________, she weighed somewhere between 400-650 lbs. She was a famous moonshiner [2]and lived near the top of a mountain. She was able to practice her trade with impunity because the police that wanted to arrest her had no way to get her to the bottom of the mountain.

History becomes reality as one learns how the people being 7) __________ fit into the grand tapestry. The great-great-great grandfather that fled the Irish potato famine.  The great-great grandfather that fought in the US Civil war and another great-great grandfather that fought at the same battle, on the opposite side. The great-great grandmother that had a child out of 8) __________, saving succeeding generations from having the last name “Leach”.

But it isn’t just the history. Genealogy can reveal the humanity. My great-grandfather died the year my father was born.  We knew almost nothing about him, but genealogy revealed so much more. At the age of 14 he was working in a coal mine and 9) __________ his five younger siblings. His life was harder than I could ever imagine mine being – but he persevered. He brought 10) __________ those siblings and then married and had five children of his own, including my grandfather. I see myself, my father, and my grandfather in his eyes.

We are the product of our ancestors. Our genes, our heritage, our birthrights all come from the people who preceded us. We better understand ourselves when we better understand where we come from.


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BRUSHING           INVESTIGATED     POINT                  TINIEST


END                     RAISING               REWARDING        UP

HUNCH                ON                       SOURCE               WEDLOCK


1 6
2 7
3 8
4 9
5 10


[1] Melungeon is a term that first appeared in print in the 19th century, used in Virginia, Tennessee, and North Carolina to describe people of mixed ancestry. Melungeons were considered by outsiders to have a mixture of European, Native American, and African ancestry.

[2] Moonshiner: A person who makes illegal distilled alcohol.





  4. END
  5. HUNCH
  10. UP

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