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"black sheep of the family" = a family member who doesn't follow family or social norms or rules

"Sarah is the black sheep of the family. She is always getting in trouble and has been in jail twice."

"run the the family" = have a particulary characteristic common among many family members

"Everyone in their family loves sports. I guess it runs in the family."

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[ Quiz Script | Text Completion Quiz ]

Our Family Roots: Genealogy
1. Pre-Listening Exercises
2. Listening Exercises
3. Post-Listening Exercises

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1. Pre-Listening Exercises [Top]

Doing your genealogy or family history is an exciting way of learning about your past. Now, watch a short documentary of Randall's family roots. What details would you expect to hear about the life of Randall's grandmother, Ana Maria Cavazos?

HELPFUL TIP: Our ancestors are never forgotten as long as they remain in our memory. Keeping a journey is one way to do this.

2. Listening Exercises [Top]
Watch the video answer the questions. Press the "Final Score" button to check your quiz.

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1. When was Ana Maria Cavazos born?
A. June 7, 1908
B. June 8, 1908
C. June 9, 1908

2. Where was she born?
A. Mexico
B. Texas
C. New Mexico

3. How many brothers and sisters did she have, not including herself?
A. eleven
B. twelve
C. thirteen

4. Where was Ana's father from originally?
A. Texas
B. Mexico
C. California

5. In what year did Ana's parents marry?
A. 1878
B. 1880
C. 1882

6. Ana's family migrated to the United States because of:
A. war
B. famine
C. severe unemployment

7. How many children did Abel and Ana Contreras have?
A. nine
B. ten
C. eleven

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3. Post-Listening Exercises [Top]
Collect information on one of your ancestors by interviewing relatives and prepare a short presentation. Details could include:

  1. where the person was born
  2. the names and occupations of his or her parents
  3. childhood and early family experiences
  4. the person's educational background
  5. his or her work history
  6. the person's hobbies and interests

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