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"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."

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Trivia Game Show
1. Pre-Listening Exercises
2. Listening Exercises
3. Vocabulary
4. Post-Listening Exercises
5. Online Investigations

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difficulttriviagame showman and woman01:55

1. Pre-Listening Exercises [Top]

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?

HELPFUL TIP: Playing trivia games can help build your mental faculties by testing your knowledge of sports, literature, history, and music. Fortunately, many stores sell such games you can play at home. Give them a try.

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2. Listening Exercises [Top]

Listen to the conversation by pressing the "Play" button of the audio type you want to hear, and answer the questions. Press the "Final Score" button to check your quiz.

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1. What is the grand prize of the game show?
A. money and a new car
B. a trip and encyclopedias
C. cash and a trip
D. a boat and jewelery

2. How many muscles does a cat have in each ear?
A. 22
B. 32
C. 42
D. 52

3. What is unique about a shark according to the game show?
A. It can blink with both eyes.
B. It can swim upside down while sleeping.
C. It can eat fish five times its size.
D. It can dive to enormous depths.

4. What creature has the largest eyes in the world?
A. an elephant
B. a giant squid
C. a whale
D. an emu

5. How many verses does the national anthem of Greece have?
A. 134
B. 148
C. 158
D. 185

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Correct answers:

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3. Vocabulary Activities [Top]
Review the key vocabulary from the conversation: [ Why do these? ]

4. Post-Listening Exercises [Top]

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.

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

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?

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