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"hit the road" = leave or depart from a specific place

"Okay. It's time to hit the road. Everyone get in the car."

"drive at something" = What do you mean or imply?

"Hey, what are you driving at? Are you trying to say that I'm a bad driver?"

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[ Quiz Script | Text Completion Quiz ]

News Report
Disaster Relief and Other Emergencies
1. Pre-Listening Exercises
2. Listening Exercises
3. Post-Listening Exercises
4. Online Investigations

Level:Topic: Type:Speakers:Length:
difficultcurrent newsnews reportman01:01

1. Pre-Listening Exercises [Top]

What are three of the most important or significant news events that have occurred over the last three months in your area or country? How do these events affect your life, directly or indirectly?

HELPFUL TIP: Reading multiple news reports can often give you a clearer picture of world around you.

2. Listening Exercises [Top]
Watch the video and answer the questions. Press the "Final Score" button to check your quiz. [NOTE: This was one of the first videos Randall created back in the 1990s.]

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1. What news event is being reported?
A. a bomb threat at a hospital
B. a flood at a school
C. a fire at an apartment building

2. When did this event occur?
A. in the morning
B. in the early afternoon
C. in the evening

3. Who was rescued?
A. a baby
B. a boy
C. an elderly woman

4. The dog helped rescue this person by ______________.
A. attracting people's attention by barking
B. pulling the person to safety
C. comforting the person until help came

5. What is the current medical condition of the survivor?
A. in critical, but stable condition
B. in serious condition
C. in good condition

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Correct answers:

Listen to the conversation again as you read the Quiz Script and complete the Text Completion Quiz.

3. Post-Listening Exercises [Top]

Review the story with a partner. What interesting details do we learn about this event? In some societies, a dog is often said to be a man's best friend. Are there certain pets that people value or keep as faithful companions?

4. Online Investigations - [ What's This? ] [Top]

Find one interesting news story that involves animals and people. Who was involved in the event? What happened and how did things turn out?

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