General Listening Quiz

"Trivia Game Show"

Level: Topic: Speakers: Length:
difficult trivia man and woman 01:55

Pre-Listening Exercise

What kinds of game shows do you have in your country? What types of questions do the game show hosts ask? What prizes are awarded to the winners?

Idioms

"gray matter" = your intelligence or brain
"Contestants really have to use their gray matter to answer those tough questions."

"on the ball" = thinking quickly and intelligently
"If you not on the ball, you won't be able to win the game."

Listening Exercise

A. Listen to the recording and answer the questions.

The grand prizes for the game show are _____,

Game Show Host: Thank you, Thank you and welcome to everyone's favorite game show, Unbelievable Trivia. Today's contestant, Julie Jones, has just entered our bonus round and is trying to win our grand prize, $30,000 in cash and an all-expense paid, six-day vacation to China.

A cat has _____ in each ear.

Host: The first question: A cat has 32 muscles in each ear.

A shark is unique because it can _____.

Host: You are correct! Question number two: A tuna is the only fish that can blink with both eyes. Julie: True, I mean, I mean, I mean false. A SHARK is the only fish that can blink with both eyes.

What creature has the largest eyes in the world?

Host: Correct. Only two more questions. Number three: An elephant has the largest eyes in the world. Julie: I know that one. False. The giant squid has the largest eyes. Julie: I know that one. False. The giant squid has the largest eyes.

The national anthem of Greece has _____ verses.

Host: Super. This is the last question Julie. The national anthem of Greece has 134 verses.

Post-Listening Exercise

Think about the types of questions in the conversation. Then, think of five other trivia questions you want other students to answer. Use the Internet or other reference books to help you. These questions could be on anything including history, music, science, literature, sports, or current events.

Online Investigation

Trivia board games and similar TV shows can be a fun way to test your knowledge of world events and facts. There are also such online trivia games that can challenge you as well. Use the Internet to find such an online, try it out, and report your experience to a partner. What were the positive and negative aspects of the game?