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"get worked up" = become upset or emotional

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

"keep someone on" = continue to employ someone in a job

"After the flower shop was robbed, the owner realized he didn't have enough money to keep some of the employees on for a while."

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[ Quiz Script ]

Security Systems
Home, Business, and Bank
Are you protected?
1. Pre-Listening Exercises
2. Listening Exercises
3. Vocabulary
4. Post-Listening Exercises
5. Online Investigations

Level:Topic: Type:Speakers:Length:
difficultcrimeconversationman - woman02:16

1. Pre-Listening Exercises [Top]

Businesses and homes often fall victim to crime, particularly robbery and burglary, and having methods of protecting your life and property such as burglar alarms can be important. So, what are some common methods that businesses use to protect their property? How about homeowners or even yourself if you are living in an apartment or dormitory at school? In this conversation, how was the man caught?

HELPFUL TIP: While traveling, it is often a good idea not to "look" like a tourist so thieves won't single you out. Carrying big, bulking cameras and large amounts of cash on you could possibly lead to problems.


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

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1. Where does this conversation take place?
A. at a restaurant
B. at a hotel
C. at a bank

2. The man tries to rob the business by _________________.
A. using a fake weapon
B. pretending to be a police officer
C. trying to pass a stolen check

3. What is the first problem the robber encounters?
A. The employee tells him that the business is closing early.
B. The worker says that she doesn't have much money to give him.
C. The woman explains that she can't open the cash register.

4. What happens to the robber's car out front of the business?
A. It was hauled away.
B. It was hit by another vehicle.
C. It was stolen.

5. Based on the content of the story, what do you think happens next?
A. The robber uses his gun to escape.
B. The woman complies with the robber's demands.
C. The man is arrested and taken away.

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Listen to the conversation again as you read the Quiz Script.

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

4. Post-Listening Exercises [Top]

If you found yourself in a similar position as in the conversation (you are being robbed at home, in the street, or at work), what would you do to protect yourself and your valuables?

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

What devices are available for purchase in your area (or that can be found online) to protect yourself against attack or intruders to your home or while you are walking in public? One example could be a loud whistle or can of mace. Find three things that can be used legally in your area for self protection. How much do they cost? How effective are they?

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