I. 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.

II. 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.

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

Score =
Correct answers:

Game Show Host: Thank you, Thank you and welcome to everyone’s favorite game show, Unbelievable Trivia. Today’s contestant, Julie Jones, has just entered our bonus round and is trying to win our grand prize, $30,000 in cash and an all-expense paid, six-day vacation to China.Okay, Julie. In order to win the grand prize, you must answer all four of the bonus questions correctly. All of the questions are true or false. If false, you must make the statement true by giving the correct information. If not, you go home with our consolation prize: a fine set of encyclopedias on home repairs. [Oh]

Remember. When the buzzer goes off, you must give your answer. Are you ready?

Julie: I’m ready.

Host: The first question: A cat has 32 muscles in each ear.

Julie:Uh. True.

Host: You are correct! Question number two: A tuna is the only fish that can blink with both eyes.

Julie: True, I mean, I mean, I mean false. A SHARK is the only fish that can blink with both eyes.

Host: Correct. Only two more questions. Number three: An elephant has the largest eyes in the world.

Julie: I know that one. False. The giant squid has the largest eyes.

Host: Super. This is the last question Julie. The national anthem of Greece has 134 verses.

Julie: False. The national anthem of Greece has 158 verses.

Host: You are right!

Julie: Did I win?

Host: Yes, Julie, pack your bags, and we’ll pack your wallet. [Alright!] You’re off to China. Well, that’s all for today’s show. See you next time

Julie: Thank you, Thank you.

Key Vocabulary [Top]
  • trivia (noun): detailed facts about a variety of subjects, which are sometimes unimportant
    – Her brain is filled with a lot of trivia, and I bet she would do well on a game show.
  • contestant (noun): someone who competes or participates in a game or contest
    – The other contestants were really sharp, and I just couldn’t answer the questions fast enough.
  • grand (adjective): the best, biggest, or most impressive
    – Everyone was very impressed with the grand plan to build a modern library.
  • consolation prize (noun): a prize given to those who do not win a contest
    – Although I didn’t win on the game show, I still received a nice set of golf clubs as consolation prize.
  • blink (verb): open and close your eyes quickly
    – The bright lights on the game show made me blink a lot.
  • anthem (noun): a song which holds special meaning to a particular group
    – All of the spectators stood to sing the national anthem before the beginning of the baseball game.
  • you’re off: you’re leaving
    We’re off as soon as everyone is seated on the bus.
III. 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.