General Listening Quiz

“The Ideal Woman”

Level: Topic: Type: Speakers: Time:
difficult description, personality types conversation two men 01:27

Pre-Listening Exercise

In a small group, describe the “ideal” partner for you. Think in terms of personality, educational and family background, socioeconomic level, job, and personal values and beliefs.

Listening Exercise

A. Listen to the recording and answer the questions.

Rocky was _______ at the beginning of the conversation.

Ed: Hey Rocky! You've been sitting around all night. Get out and dance with someone like that woman over there.

Rocky likes women who _____.

Rocky: I want a woman who's affectionate and fulfills my every need, and that woman over there is just not the right type.

In addition to eating, Rocky feels his household chores include ____.

Ed: Okay, but what are your household responsibilities once you get home from work? Rocky: Hmm. Eat, watch TV, and throw out the garbage.

Rocky's views on women _____.

Ed: Wait, wait, wait. I can't believe I'm hearing this. In fact, you're never going to get married. I recently read a news report that said 40 percent of women don't think their husbands do their share around the house, and you seem to be that type. Rocky: Well, that's the way I am, but what's YOUR idea of the perfect woman?

What probably happens at the end of the conversation?

Ed: Hey, and if I stick with you, this is going to be a long, lonely night. Say hello to Rusty for me.

Post-Listening Exercise

  1. What is your image of the ideal partner? Record your own opinion focusing on such factors as appearance, personality, character, and interests. Share your recording with another student and have them respond to your opinion.
  2. How other cultures view the concept of the “ideal” partner differently from your own?