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"money doesn't grow on trees" = don't waste money because it isn't always easy to come by

"Watch how much you spend because money doesn't grow on trees."

"have a green thumb" = special ability at making plants grow well

"She has a real green thumb for growing beautiful decorative trees."

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[ Quiz Script | Text Completion Quiz ]

I Love Trees
1. Pre-Listening Exercises
2. Listening Exercises
3. Post-Listening Exercises

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1. Pre-Listening Exercises [Top]

Recycling and protecting the environment is very important in our world today. Now, you will listen to an award-winning essay on trees in which a girl explains why she loves trees? What ideas would you expect to hear in such an essay?

HELPFUL TIP: Deforestation is a serious problem around the world, and planting new trees never seems to keep up with the demand. You can help by recycling paper and even just simply reusing paper for different purposes.


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. What does the girl do when painting pictures of trees?
A. She uses many different colors of paint.
B. She goes to the mountains to be surrounded by trees.
C. She climbs her grandfather's tree to concentrate on her work.

2. What aspect of trees is the girl referring to when she says that "it's" a glass of cool water on a hot day"?
A. the color
B. the feel
C. the smell

3. What is one thing the girl does NOT mention about climbing her grandfather's tree?
A. She likes to think and relax in the tree.
B. She enjoys eating the apples.
C. She likes to play games in the branches.

4. According to the girl, how do trees make life possible?
A. They produce oxygen so we can breathe.
B. They provide food and shelter for countless animal species.
C. They serve as an important energy source.

5. How does the beauty of trees make the girl feel according to her closing statement?
A. Trees make her feel a greater interest in protecting the environment.
B. The beauty of trees makes her want to study plants in the future.
C. The girl believes that trees help her become a better person.

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3. Post-Listening Exercises [Top]

What environmental problems can you think that pose great danger to nature and our world (e.g., acid rain, deforestation, water pollution)? Are these threats caused by human activity or by natural occurrences? What are some solutions to these problems? Share your ideas on these important issues.

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