General Listening Quiz

“Bookstore Shopping”

Level: Topic: Speakers: Length:
easy school supplies man – man 01:31

Pre-Listening Exercise

What are five items that students can buy from a bookstore to use for school?


“read someone like a book” = understand someone very well
My teacher can read students like a book. He knows which students studies, and which students don’t.

“go by the book” = follow rules exactly
If you always go by the book in your work, your company will trust you more.

Listening Exercise

A. Listen to the recording and answer the questions.

What did the young man buy at the bookstore?

Son: "Well, let's see. I have three notebooks, five pencils, an eraser, and oh yeah . . . ."

The son says he carries two smart phones because _______.

Son: "Well, I use one to call you and Mom, and the other, I call my, uh, my teachers. Yeah, yeah, yeah! That's it."

What else does the son have with him?

Son: "Well, Mom thought it was a good idea. And I have, let's see, what else? Two cheeseburgers, some fries, and oooh, a melted ice cream."

How did he pay for everything?

Father: How how did you pay for all that? Son: Well, uh, ooh, uh. Time is passing. Gotta go! Bye, Dad! Father: Hey, where's my credit card? Come back!!

About when does the conversation take place?

Father: "Your birthday isn't until June. That's six months away."

Vocabulary Practice

Do the vocabulary quizzes using the words from the conversation for more practice:

Post-Listening Exercise

Where do you usually get your textbooks for class? Do you get them free from your school, or do you need to buy them?

Online Investigation

Find two online bookstores where you can buy these items. Then, answer these questions:

  • What is the name and mailing address of the company?
  • How much do the items cost?
  • What is the price of shipping?
  • What is the company’s return policy?