The Reading / Listening - Asian Giant Hornets - Level 3

There are some scary insects in this world. Few of them are as scary and as venomous as the Asian giant hornet. These fearsome creatures are common in Japan and Korea but are now moving across the Pacific Ocean to the USA and Canada. The hornets kill around 40 people a year in Japan. They also destroy and wipe out colonies of honeybees. A hornet attack can leave piles of dead bees, most of them headless, in their beehive. A few dozen hornets can kill an entire colony of 30,000 bees in a few hours. Authorities in Washington State on the west coast of the USA have warned people to look out for the hornets. Beekeepers are now worried about their beehives.



The hornets are big. They measure about five centimeters in length. They also look scary. Washington bee breeder Susan Cobey said: "They're like something out of a monster cartoon with this huge yellow-orange face." The sting of the hornet is extremely painful. A Vancouver beekeeper described the pain. He said: "It was like having red-hot thumbtacks driven into my flesh." He said the sting was "excruciating". The hornet's stinger is half a centimeter long. It can get through the protective clothing beekeepers wear. Another beekeeper said: "They give a warning before they sting. They snap their jaws and make a clicking sound. But if you stick around to notice that, you're probably already in a world of hurt."

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Asian Giant Hornets - Level 0 Asian Giant Hornets - Level 1   or  Asian Giant Hornets - Level 2

Sources
  • https://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/terrifying-murder-hornets-invade-us/733548
  • https://www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/2020/05/asian-giant-hornets-arrive-united-states/
  • https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2020/05/04/murder-hornets-us-here-6-other-scary-dangerous-bugs/3076740001/


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Warm-ups

1. HORNETS: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about hornets. Change partners often and share your findings.
2. CHAT: In pairs / groups, talk about these topics or words from the article. What will the article say about them? What can you say about these words and your life?
       scary / insects / venomous / creatures / colonies / beehive / colony / west coast /
       length / monster / cartoon / painful / flesh / sting / clothing / warning / jaws / hurt
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. NON-NATIVE: Students A strongly believe countries should kill insects that are non-native to that country; Students B strongly believe this would be terrible.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. USEFUL INSECTS: How useful are these insects? Why? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

Usefulness

Why?

Honeybees

 

 

Spiders

 

 

Ants

 

 

Butterflies

 

 

Earthworms

 

 

Ladybirds

 

 

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5. PACIFIC: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "Pacific". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.
6. SCARIEST: Rank these with your partner. Put the scariest insects at the top at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • hornets
  • centipedes
  • cockroaches
  • mosquitos
  • fire ants
  • tarantulas
  • bed bugs
  • killer bees

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. scary a. With no part left out; whole.
      2. venomous b. An animal, but not a human being.
      3. creature c. Put an end to something by damaging or attacking it.
      4. common d. Frightening; causing fear.
      5. destroy e. A large group of animals or insects of one kind living close together.
      6. colony f. Poisonous, especially when an insect, snake or sea creatures stings or bites you.
      7. entire g. Happening, found, or done often.

    Paragraph 2

      8. measure h. Very, very, very.
      9. huge i. The soft muscle and fat that is found between the skin and bones of an animal or a human.
      10. sting j. The upper and lower bones that form the mouth and contain the teeth.
      11. extremely k. Very, very big.
      12. flesh l. Being able to keep someone or something safe.
      13. protective m. A sharp, burning pain after an insect (like a bee) bites you or puts venom inside you.
      14. jaws n. Find out the size, length, weight, etc. of something.

 

Before reading / listening

1. TRUE / FALSE: Read the headline. Guess if 1-8 below are true (T) or false (F).

  1. The article said the Asian giant hornet is the world's scariest insect.     T / F
  2. The article said the hornets are moving across the Atlantic Ocean.     T / F
  3. The article said honeybees are headless after a hornet attack.     T / F
  4. A few dozen hornets can kill 30,000 bees in a few hours.     T / F
  5. Asian giant hornets can be up to five centimetres long.     T / F
  6. A bee breeder said the hornets are now part of a monster cartoon series. T / F
  7. A hornet's stinger can go through a beekeeper's protective clothing.     T / F
  8. The hornets make a clicking sound with their jaws before they sting.     T / F

2. SYNONYM MATCH: Match the following synonyms from the article.

  1. scary
  2. venomous
  3. entire
  4. authorities
  5. worried
  6. cartoon
  7. extremely
  8. driven
  9. protective
  10. hurt
  1. pain
  2. whole
  3. officials
  4. comic strip
  5. very
  6. frightening
  7. concerned
  8. safety
  9. poisonous
  10. forced

3. PHRASE MATCH: (Sometimes more than one choice is possible.)

  1. Few of them are as scary
  2. These fearsome creatures are
  3. wipe out colonies
  4. A hornet attack can leave
  5. on the west
  6. They measure about five centimeters
  7. They're like something out of a
  8. The sting of the hornet is extremely
  9. It can get through the protective clothing
  10. They snap their jaws and make a
  1. in length
  2. piles of dead bees
  3. clicking sound
  4. of honeybees
  5. painful
  6. common in Japan
  7. beekeepers wear
  8. coast of the USA
  9. monster cartoon
  10. and as venomous

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
venomous
destroy
worried
entire
common
coast
insects
attack

There are some scary (1) ____________ in this world. Few of them are as scary and as (2) ____________ as the Asian giant hornet. These fearsome creatures are (3) ____________ in Japan and Korea but are now moving across the Pacific Ocean to the USA and Canada. The hornets kill around 40 people a year in Japan. They also (4) ____________ and wipe out colonies of honeybees. A hornet (5) ____________ can leave piles of dead bees, most of them headless, in their beehive. A few dozen hornets can kill an (6) ____________ colony of 30,000 bees in a few hours. Authorities in Washington State on the west (7) ____________ of the USA have warned people to look out for the hornets. Beekeepers are now (8) ____________ about their beehives.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
flesh
monster
jaws
notice
measure
protective
extremely
sting

The hornets are big. They (9) ____________ about five centimeters in length. They also look scary. Washington bee breeder Susan Cobey said: "They're like something out of a (10) ____________ cartoon with this huge yellow-orange face." The sting of the hornet is (11) ____________ painful. A Vancouver beekeeper described the pain. He said: "It was like having red-hot thumbtacks driven into my (12) ____________." He said the sting was "excruciating". The hornet's stinger is half a centimeter long. It can get through the (13) ____________ clothing beekeepers wear. Another beekeeper said: "They give a warning before they (14) ____________. They snap their (15) ____________ and make a clicking sound. But if you stick around to (16) ____________ that, you're probably already in a world of hurt."

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  some scary insects in this world. Few of them are as scary ______
     a.  and was venomous
     b.  and as venomous
     c.  and is venomous
     d.  and has venomous
2)  These fearsome creatures are ______
     a.  commonly in Japan
     b.  commoner in Japan
     c.  common in Japan
     d.  commons in Japan
3)  hornets kill around 40 people a year in Japan. They also destroy and ______
     a.  wipe out colonies
     b.  wipe outer colonies
     c.  wipe out colonise
     d.  wipe out colon ease
4)  A hornet attack can leave piles of dead bees, most ______
     a.  of them heedless
     b.  of these headless
     c.  of these heedless
     d.  of them headless
5)  Authorities in Washington State on the west ______ USA
     a.  coats off the
     b.  coaster the
     c.  coast of the
     d.  coast off the

6)  The hornets are big. They measure about five ______
     a.  centimeter in length
     b.  centimeters on lengths
     c.  centimeters in length
     d.  centimeters in lengths
7)  The sting of the hornet is ______
     a.  extremity painful
     b.  extreme lip painful
     c.  extreme lip aim full
     d.  extremely painful
8)  It can get through the protective clothing ______
     a.  beekeeper wear
     b.  beekeepers wears
     c.  beekeepers wear
     d.  beekeeper wears
9)  Another beekeeper said: "They give a warning ______"
     a.  before they sing
     b.  before them swing
     c.  before these sling
     d.  before they sting
10)  They snap their jaws and make ______
     a.  a clicking sound
     b.  a click king sound
     c.  a click in sound
     d.  a click kin sound

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

There are (1) ___________________ in this world. Few of them are as scary and as venomous as the Asian giant hornet. These fearsome (2) ___________________ in Japan and Korea but are now moving across the Pacific Ocean to the USA and Canada. The hornets kill around 40 people a year in Japan. They also (3) ___________________ out colonies of honeybees. A hornet attack can leave (4) ___________________ bees, most of them headless, in their beehive. A few dozen hornets can (5) ___________________ colony of 30,000 bees in a few hours. Authorities in Washington State on the (6) ___________________ the USA have warned people to look out for the hornets. Beekeepers are now worried about their beehives.

The hornets are big. They (7) ___________________ centimeters in length. They also look scary. Washington bee breeder Susan Cobey said: "They're like something out of (8) ___________________ with this huge yellow-orange face." The sting of the hornet (9) ___________________. A Vancouver beekeeper described the pain. He said: "It was like having red-hot thumbtacks (10) ___________________ flesh." He said the sting was "excruciating". The hornet's stinger is half a centimeter long. It can get through the protective clothing beekeepers wear. Another beekeeper said: "They give a warning before they sting. They (11) ___________________ and make a clicking sound. But if you stick around to notice that, you're probably already in a (12) ___________________."

Comprehension questions

  1. What did the article say the hornets were besides scary and fearsome?
  2. Where do the hornets kill around 40 people a year?
  3. What shape are dead bees in after a hornet attack?
  4. How many honeybees can a few dozen hornets kill in a few hours?
  5. What are beekeepers now worried about?
  6. How long are Asian giant hornets?
  7. What colour is the face of the giant Asian hornet?
  8. What did the article say was half a centimeter long?
  9. What do hornets snap before they sting?
  10. What world might you be in if you hear a hornet's warning?




Multiple choice quiz

1) What did the article say the hornets were besides scary and fearsome?
a) boring
b) colourful
c) cute
d) venomous
2) Where do the hornets kill around 40 people a year?
a) Australia
b) Japan
c) Thailand
d) Papua New Guinea
3) What shape are dead bees in after a hornet attack?
a) messy
b) triangular
c) square
d) headless
4) How many honeybees can a few dozen hornets kill in a few hours?
a) 33,000
b) 13,000
c) 30,000
d) 3,000
5) What are beekeepers now worried about?
a) a giant hornet invasion
b) honey
c) getting stung
d) their beehives

6) How long are Asian giant hornets?
a) 5mm
b) 15cm
c) 5cm
d) 50cm
7) What colour is the face of the giant Asian hornet?
a) yellow-orange
b) greeny-blue
c) yellowy-brown
d) pinkish
8) What did the article say was half a centimeter long?
a) the hornet's wings
b) the hornet's head
c) the hornet's stinger
d) the hornets eyes
9) What do hornets snap before they sting?
a) their wings
b) their jaws
c) their legs
d) their eyelids
10) What world might you be in if you hear a hornet's warning?
a) a world of hurt
b) another world
c) their own world
d) this world

Role play

Role  A – Hornets
You think hornets are the worst insects. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their insects aren't as bad. Also, tell the others which is the least scary of these (and why): centipedes, tarantulas or bed bugs.

Role  B – Centipedes
You think centipedes are the worst insects. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their insects aren't as bad. Also, tell the others which is the least scary of these (and why): hornets, tarantulas or bed bugs.

Role  C – Tarantulas
You think tarantulas are the worst insects. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their insects aren't as bad. Also, tell the others which is the least scary of these (and why): centipedes, hornets or bed bugs.

Role  D – Bed Bugs
You think bed bugs are the worst insects. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their insects aren't as bad. Also, tell the others which is the least scary of these (and why): centipedes, tarantulas or hornets.

After reading / listening

1. WORD SEARCH: Look in your dictionary / computer to find collocates, other meanings, information, synonyms … for the words...

'hornet'

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  • ________________
  • ________________
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  • ________________
  • and 'insect'.

  • ________________
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  • • Share your findings with your partners.

    • Make questions using the words you found.

    • Ask your partner / group your questions.

    2. ARTICLE QUESTIONS: Look back at the article and write down some questions you would like to ask the class about the text.

    •Share your questions with other classmates / groups. •Ask your partner / group your questions.

    3. GAP FILL: In pairs / groups, compare your answers to this exercise. Check your answers. Talk about the words from the activity. Were they new, interesting, worth learning…?

    4. VOCABULARY: Circle any words you do not understand. In groups, pool unknown words and use dictionaries to find their meanings.

    5. TEST EACH OTHER: Look at the words below. With your partner, try to recall how they were used in the text:

    • some
    • creatures
    • moving
    • wipe
    • entire
    • hours
    • measure
    • cartoon
    • extremely
    • driven
    • wear
    • notice




    Student survey

    Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

    (Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

    Discussion - Asian Giant Hornets

    STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

    1. What did you think when you read the headline?
    2. What images are in your mind when you hear the word 'giant'?
    3. What do you know about hornets?
    4. What do you think about insects?
    5. What is your favourite insect?
    6. Why are people afraid of insects?
    7. What would you do if you saw an Asian giant hornet?
    8. Why are honeybees so useful?
    9. What are the differences between hornets and bees?
    10. What is the world's scariest insect?

    STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

    1. Did you like reading this article? Why/not?
    2. What do you think of when you hear the word 'insect'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. Would you kill a hornet if you saw one?
    5. Have you ever been stung by an insect?
    6. What is the most pain you've been in?
    7. What three adjectives best describe this story?
    8. What advice do you have for the beekeepers?
    9. How do you deal with pain?
    10. What questions would you like to ask beekeepers?

    Discussion — Write your own questions

    STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

    (a) ________________

    (b) ________________

    (c) ________________

    (d) ________________

    (e) ________________

    STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

    (f) ________________

    (g) ________________

    (h) ________________

    (i) ________________

    (j) ________________





    Language — Cloze (Gap-fill)

    There are some scary insects (1) ____ this world. Few of them are as scary and as venomous as the Asian giant hornet. These (2) ____ creatures are common in Japan and Korea but are now moving across the Pacific Ocean to the USA and Canada. The hornets kill around 40 people a year in Japan. They also destroy and (3) ____ out colonies of honeybees. A hornet attack can leave (4) ____ of dead bees, most of them headless, in their beehive. A few dozen hornets can kill an (5) ____ colony of 30,000 bees in a few hours. Authorities in Washington State on the west coast of the USA have warned people to look (6) ____ for the hornets. Beekeepers are now worried about their beehives.

    The hornets are big. They measure about five centimeters (7) ____ length. They also look scary. Washington bee breeder Susan Cobey said: "They're like something out of a monster cartoon with this (8) ____ yellow-orange face." The sting of the hornet is extremely painful. A Vancouver beekeeper described the pain. He said: "It was like having red-hot thumbtacks (9) ____ into my flesh." He said the sting was "excruciating". The hornet's stinger is half a centimeter long. It can get through the protective clothing beekeepers (10) ____. Another beekeeper said: "They give a warning before they sting. They (11) ____ their jaws and make a clicking sound. But if you stick around to notice that, you're probably already in a world of (12) ____."

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     at     (b)     in     (c)     to     (d)     by    
    2. (a)     fare     (b)     fears     (c)     fear     (d)     fearsome    
    3. (a)     whip     (b)     wipe     (c)     wisp     (d)     wasp    
    4. (a)     tops     (b)     pills     (c)     piles     (d)     caps    
    5. (a)     entire     (b)     whole     (c)     all     (d)     every    
    6. (a)     out     (b)     in     (c)     up     (d)     at    
    7. (a)     to     (b)     of     (c)     at     (d)     in    
    8. (a)     huge     (b)     scour     (c)     last     (d)     watch    
    9. (a)     cycled     (b)     driven     (c)     walked     (d)     sailed    
    10. (a)     clothe     (b)     dress     (c)     wear     (d)     put    
    11. (a)     behind     (b)     up     (c)     snap     (d)     contact    
    12. (a)     ached     (b)     hurt     (c)     sore     (d)     numb

    Spelling

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    Put the text back together

    (...)  The hornets are big. They measure about five centimeters in length. They also look scary. Washington bee
    (...)  an entire colony of 30,000 bees in a few hours. Authorities in Washington State on the west coast of the USA have warned
    (...)  across the Pacific Ocean to the USA and Canada. The hornets kill around 40 people
    (...)  pain. He said: "It was like having red-hot thumbtacks driven into my flesh." He said the sting was "excruciating". The hornet's stinger is half
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    (...)  beekeeper said: "They give a warning before they sting. They snap their jaws and make a clicking
    (...)  as the Asian giant hornet. These fearsome creatures are common in Japan and Korea but are now moving
    (...)  sound. But if you stick around to notice that, you're probably already in a world of hurt."
    (...)  of dead bees, most of them headless, in their beehive. A few dozen hornets can kill
    (...)  a year in Japan. They also destroy and wipe out colonies of honeybees. A hornet attack can leave piles
    (...)  people to look out for the hornets. Beekeepers are now worried about their beehives.
    (...)  a centimeter long. It can get through the protective clothing beekeepers wear. Another
    (...)  face." The sting of the hornet is extremely painful. A Vancouver beekeeper described the
    (...)  breeder Susan Cobey said: "They're like something out of a monster cartoon with this huge yellow-orange

    Put the words in the right order

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    9. protective   beekeepers   clothing   through   the   wear   .   Get
    10. a   clicking   sound   .   Snap   make   and   jaws   their

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    There are some scary / scars insects in this world. Few of them are as scary and as venomous / venom as the Asian giant hornet. These fearsome creatures are common / commonly in Japan and Korea but are non / now moving across the Pacific Ocean to the USA and Canada. The hornets kill around 40 people a year in Japan. They also / addition destroy and wipe out colonies for / of honeybees. A hornet attack can stay / leave piles of dead bees, most of them headless, in their / them beehive. A few dozen hornets can kill an entire colony of 30,000 bees at / in a few hours. Authorities in Washington State on the west coast of the USA have warned people to look in / out for the hornets. Beekeepers are now worried about their beehives.

    The hornets are big. They measurement / measure about five centimeters in length. They also look scary. Washington bee brooder / breeder Susan Cobey said: "They're like something out / in of a monster cartoon with this huge yellow-orange face." The string / sting of the hornet is extremely painless / painful. A Vancouver beekeeper described the pain. He said: "It was like having red-hot thumbtacks cycled / driven into my flesh." He said the sting was "excruciating". The hornet's stinger is half the / a centimeter long. It can get through the protective / protect clothing beekeepers wear. Another beekeeper said: "They give a warning before they sting. They snap their jaws and make a clicking hear / sound. But if you stick around to notice that, you're probably already in a world of hurt / hunt."

    Talk about the connection between each pair of words in italics, and why the correct word is correct.

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    there are some scary insects in this world few of them are as scary and as venomous as the asian giant hornet these fearsome creatures are common in japan and korea but are now moving across the pacific ocean to the usa and canada the hornets kill around 40 people a year in japan they also destroy and wipe out colonies of honeybees a hornet attack can leave piles of dead bees most of them headless in their beehive a few dozen hornets can kill an entire colony of 30000 bees in a few hours authorities in washington state on the west coast of the usa have warned people to look out for the hornets beekeepers are now worried about their beehives

    the hornets are big they measure about five centimeters in length they also look scary washington bee breeder susan cobey said theyre like something out of a monster cartoon with this huge yelloworange face the sting of the hornet is extremely painful a vancouver beekeeper described the pain he said it was like having redhot thumbtacks driven into my flesh he said the sting was excruciating the hornets stinger is half a centimeter long it can get through the protective clothing beekeepers wear another beekeeper said they give a warning before they sting they snap their jaws and make a clicking sound but if you stick around to notice that youre probably already in a world of hurt

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    Therearesomescaryinsectsinthisworld.Fewofthemareasscaryandas
    venomousastheAsiangianthornet.Thesefearsomecreaturesarecom
    moninJapanandKoreabutarenowmovingacrossthePacificOceantoth
    eUSAandCanada.Thehornetskillaround40peopleayearinJapan.They
    alsodestroyandwipeoutcoloniesofhoneybees.Ahornetattackcanleav
    epilesofdeadbees,mostofthemheadless,intheirbeehive.Afewdozenh
    ornetscankillanentirecolonyof30,000beesinafewhours.Authoritiesin
    WashingtonStateonthewestcoastoftheUSAhavewarnedpeopletoloo
    koutforthehornets.Beekeepersarenowworriedabouttheirbeehives.T
    hehornetsarebig.Theymeasureaboutfivecentimetersinlength.Theya
    lsolookscary.WashingtonbeebreederSusanCobeysaid:"They'relikes
    omethingoutofamonstercartoonwiththishugeyellow-orangeface."T
    hestingofthehornetisextremelypainful.AVancouverbeekeeperdescri
    bedthepain.Hesaid:"Itwaslikehavingred-hotthumbtacksdrivenint
    omyflesh."Hesaidthestingwas"excruciating".Thehornet'sstingerish
    alfacentimeterlong.Itcangetthroughtheprotectiveclothingbeekeepe
    rswear.Anotherbeekeepersaid:"Theygiveawarningbeforetheysting.
    Theysnaptheirjawsandmakeaclickingsound.Butifyoustickaroundton
    oticethat,you'reprobablyalreadyinaworldofhurt."

    Free writing

    Write about Asian giant hornet for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    The world needs to spend lots more money to protect honeybees. Discuss.

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    Homework

    1. VOCABULARY EXTENSION: Choose several of the words from the text. Use a dictionary or Google's search field (or another search engine) to build up more associations / collocations of each word.
    2. INTERNET: Search the Internet and find out more about this news story. Share what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.
    3. HORNETS: Make a poster about hornets. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. HONEY BEES: Write a magazine article about all communities keeping honeybees. Include imaginary interviews with people who are for and against this.
    Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Write down any new words and expressions you hear from your partner(s).
    5. WHAT HAPPENED NEXT? Write a newspaper article about the next stage in this news story. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.
    6. LETTER: Write a letter to an expert on hornets. Ask him/her three questions about them. Give him/her three of your opinions on Asian giant hornets. Read your letter to your partner(s) in your next lesson. Your partner(s) will answer your questions.

    Answers

    (Please look at page 26 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

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