USC speech

December 25, 2007

New knowledge quiz

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aggressive : behaving in an angry and violent way towards another person  • birthmark : a brownish or reddish mark which is on a person’s skin from when they are born  • chew : to bite something with your teeth, usually in order to taste its flavor  •  conceive : to become pregnant, or to cause a baby to begin to form  • designer : made by a famous or fashionable designer  • director : a person who is in charge of a film and tells the actors how to play their parts  •  district : an area of a country or town which has fixed borders that are used for official purposes, or which has a particular feature that makes it different from surrounding areas  •  enforce : to make people obey a law, or to make a particular situation happen or be accepted  •  equivalent : something having the same amount, value, purpose, qualities, etc as something else  •  feature : a typical quality or an important part of something  • furnishings : the furniture, curtains and other decorations in a room or building  • genre : a style, especially in the arts, that involves a particular set of characteristics  • kidney : either of a pair of small organs in the body which take away waste matter from the blood to produce urine  •  lack : to not have or not have enough of something that is needed or wanted  •  likely : describes something that will probably happen or is expected  •  manicure : treatment for the hands which involves softening the skin and making the fingernails look better by cutting, smoothing and possibly painting them  • mane : the long thick hair that grows along the top of a horse’s neck or around the face and neck of a lion  •  mate : an animal’s sexual partner  • nipple : the dark part of the skin which sticks out from the breast of a mammal and through which milk is supplied to the young  •  overall : in general rather than in particular, or including all the people or things in a particular group or situation  •  penis : the part of a male’s body which is used for urinating and in sexual activity  •   pest : an insect or small animal which is harmful or which damages crops  •  profit : money which is earned in trade or business, especially after paying the costs of producing and selling goods and services  •  promiscuous : having a lot of different sexual partners or sexual relationships, or (of sexual habits) involving a lot of different partners  •  prone : tending to show a particular negative characteristic  • raw materials : materials that have not been processed or are in a natural state  • relative : being judged or measured in comparison with something else  •  reveal : to make known or show something that is surprising or that was previously secret  • search engine : a computer program which finds information on the Internet by looking for words which you have typed in  •  sidewalk : a path with a hard surface beside one or both sides of a road, that people walk on  • specific : relating to one thing and not others; particular  •  spit : to force out the contents of the mouth, especially saliva  • user interface : way of showing information to a user  • worthless : unimportant or useless

01 What proportion of Europeans was conceived in an Ikea bed?

A Around 2 or 3 out of 100.

B About 1 in 10.

C Roughly a third.

What kind of bed do you sleep in? Do you own any home furnishings from Ikea? How often do you go to Ikea? What do you think of Ikea’s design sense? How is your home furnished?

02 What preference do female lions have about their mates?

A That the male be able to run fast.

B That the male have a dark brown mane.

C That the male be smaller in size than they are.

Do you like a mate who is athletic? What preferences do you have about hair color? What about height or weight? What other specific preferences do you have in a potential mate?

03 “I jump out of planes, I could be covered in cockroaches, I do all sorts of things, but I just don’t like the feel of ________’ bodies,” says Nicole Kidman, explaining why she is afraid of ________. What is she scared of?

A Black guys.

B Butterflies.

C Cats.

Which of the things mentioned are you scared of? Would you be willing to jump out of plane? What are some other things that frighten you? 

04 What does the length of a man’s fingers relative to his overall body size reveal?

A His intelligence.

B The length of his penis.

C How physically aggressive he is.

May I see your fingers, please? What do you think of the way your hands look? Have you ever gotten a manicure? Do you pay much attention to the way other people’s fingers or hands look? Do you think fingers or hands can be sexy? What kinds of fingers or hands are sexiest?

05 What does one in every 18 people have?

A A third eye.

B A third nipple.

C A third kidney.

Is there anything unusual about your body—for example, an interesting-looking birthmark? If you had to have one of the extra body parts, which would you choose and why? If you could choose, where would you put it?

06 How many pieces of chewing gum are there for every square meter of sidewalk in the London district of Westminster?

A 3.

B 20.

C 76.

Do you think there should be a law against spitting out gum onto sidewalks and that it should be strictly enforced? How often do you chew gum? When you do chew gum, what flavor, brand, or type do you prefer? Do you chew gum mostly for the taste, to freshen your breath, or for some other reason? During the day, do you pay attention to keeping your breath fresh? What do you do to keep it fresh?

07 What word is most often misspelled when Internet search engines are used?

A Foreign.

B Restaurant.

C Separate.

Do you have any trouble spelling any of these words? What English words’ spellings give you trouble? What Chinese characters do you find hard to remember how to write? What search engine do you use when you want to find something on the Internet? Why do you use this search engine? What tricks do you know for finding the information you need easily and quickly? What kinds of information do you most often use search engines to find?

08 How do the chances of being bitten by a human and by a rat compare?

A You are 10 times more likely to be bitten by a human.

B You are 10 times more likely to be bitten by a rat.

C You are about equally likely to be bitten by either.

Have you ever been bitten by an animal? How about by a human? Have you ever bitten anyone? Have you ever had rats in your home? What did you do to get rid of them? What pest problems do you have in your home now?

09 How much in raw materials is needed to make one mobile phone?

A 1.5 kilograms.

B 75 kilograms.

C 250 kilograms.

What kind of mobile phone do you use? How long have you been using it? Why did you choose it? What do you think of its features? What about its appearance? How about its user interface? Would you recommend it? What other phones have you used in the past, and how do they compare to your current phone? What mobile phone network do you use? Do you use any special services? What do you think overall of this network?

10 What is the most profitable film ever made?

A Deep Throat (深喉嚨).

B Gone With The Wind (亂世佳人).

C Shrek 2 (史瑞克2).

Which of the movies have you seen? What did you think of them? What was the last movie that you saw? What are a few of your favorite movies? Do you have any favorite directors, actors/actresses, or genres? How do you generally choose a movie to watch? 

11 What does research on first- and last-born children reveal?

A The former are less creative but more stable, while the latter are more promiscuous.

B The former are less prone to psychological problems and enjoy better overall health, while the latter tend to achieve more in their careers.

C The former are more self-confident but lacking in social skills, while the latter are more intelligent.

Were you either the first- and last-born child in your family? How are the first- and last-born in your family most different? Which of the descriptions mentioned in the answer choices describes you best? If you had to choose between the being the first-born and last-born child described in each of the answer choices, which would you choose and why?

12 What does the Japanese word chokuegambo mean?

A The act of describing something as worthless.  

B A situation where two people are waiting for the other to do what neither person wants to do.

C The wish that there were more designer-brand shops on a given street.

Which of the answer choices define a word that you would probably find most useful? How often do you find yourself in the situation described by answer choice B? How often do you have the wish described in answer choice C? Do you know any English words with unusual meanings, or that don’t have a good equivalent in Chinese? Do you have any favorite words (in any language)?

ANSWERS : 01-B | 02-B | 03-B | 04-C | 05-B | 06-B | 07-B | 08-A | 09-B | 10-A | 11-A | 12-C

WARM-UP QUESTIONS : How much do you keep up with the current state of knowledge in the field in which you work? How about the field you studied in school? In general, how familiar are you with recent additions to our knowledge?



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