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"get (all) worked up" = become upset or emotional

"My mom got worked up when she found out that someone broke into her car and stole her purse."

"pull the wool over someone's eyes" = deceive or trick someone

"Don't let that used car salesman pull the wool over your eyes. Be sure you get a detailed report on that car's history."

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[ Quiz Script ]

Home Security
Burglar Alarms and Security Systems
1. Pre-Listening Exercises
2. Listening Exercises
3. Vocabulary
4. Post-Listening
5. Online Investigations

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1. Pre-Listening Exercises [Top]

Home owners should always take precautions to protect their places from burglars and theft. In addition to home alarm systems, what are two other things that people can do to protect their homes from crime?

HELPFUL TIP: You don't have to pay a lot of money to protect your home with an expensive home alarm system. Simply keeping your doors and windows locked can keep your home secure.


2. Listening Exercises [Top]
Listen to the recording by pressing the "Play Audio" button and answer the questions. Press the "Final Score" button to check your quiz.

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1. Based on the recording, where might the homeowner have been when the theft occurred?
A. at school
B. at the supermarket
C. in the shower

2. What evidence do we have that a burglar entered the house?
A. a broken window in the bedroom
B. an unlocked door to the house
C. a mark of a person's shoe

3. According to the announcer, you should never leave a house key:
A. with a neighbor you don't know well.
B. in places a burglar might suspect.
C. inside your unlocked car.

4. Which of the following safeguards was NOT mentioned in protecting your home?
A. putting in good lights around the house
B. setting up a neighborhood watch group
C. installing security cameras in your house

5. If you encounter an intruder in your house, what should you do according to the commercial?
A. You should avoid the intruder if possible.
B. You should call the police after you find the burglar.
C. You should hide under your bed until the intruder leaves.

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

4. Post-Listening Exercises [Top]
What are three things you do to protect your apartment or home from burglary? Use the Internet to find two other ideas on how to make your place safer. Are there certain crime-prevention methods that you might see in one culture, but you wouldn't see them in other countries? You might need to talk to other students to answer this question.

5. Online Investigations - [ What's This? ] [Top]
Finding the ideal home security system for your place can take some research. Do you need a full-scale system including motion detectors to protect your dwelling, or is there a similar solution like a watch dog? Use the Internet to review two companies and their products and review the advantages and disadvantages of these solutions.

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