General Listening Quiz

“Car Insurance”

Level: Topic: Speakers: Length:
intermediate car insurance man – woman 01:09

Pre-Listening Exercise

There are many factors that determine the cost of car insurance. These could include the following:

  1. a person’s driving record
  2. the type of coverage
  3. age, gender, and marital status
  4. where you live
  5. the type of car you drive
  6. the amount of driving you do
  7. any anti-theft devices you have installed

As you listen, try to guess the reasons for the man’s car insurance issues.


run out of steam” = lose energy, become tired
Our team played well during the first part of the game, but they ran out of steam.”

down the road” = in the future
I want to find a new job down the road.”

Listening Exercise

A. Listen to the recording and answer the questions.

The man wants to go to ______.

Honey. Where are my keys to the car? I need to go work now.

The man has had two _______ violations recently.

Listen. You’ve had two speeding tickets over the last couple of months, and you had that car accident last week.

Then man also ran into a police car while he was ________.

Really? You ran into a police car sitting alongside the road because you were distracted while texting on your phone.

The man has to take a defensive driving course for ______.

It’s only $250 for the 15-hour class.

The man doesn't want to take the class because ______.

What? That’s a rip off. I can’t fork out that kind of money for a course like that. Do they think I’m loaded?

Post-Listening Exercise

Retell the story and give the man suggestions on what he should do next.

Online Investigation

Use the Internet to find the approximate cost for car insurance for a car of your choose. Consider the make, model, and year of the car.