USC speech

May 20, 2008

New knowledge 2008

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abuse : rude and offensive words said to another person  • acquainted : knowing or being familiar with a person  • affect : to have an influence on someone or something, or to cause them to change  • aphrodisiac : something, usually a drug or food, which is believed to cause sexual desire in people  • appetizing : describes food or smells that make you want to eat  • ashamed : feeling guilty or embarrassed about something you have done or a quality in your character  • asparagus : a plant with pale green juicy stems that are cooked and eaten as a vegetable  • combination : a mixture obtained when two or more things are combined  • communicate : to share information with others by speaking, writing, moving your body or using other signals  • conception : the process of a sperm and an egg joining and causing a baby to start to form  • crave : to have a strong or uncontrollable desire  • depression : a feeling of unhappiness and lack of hope for the future  • deprive : to take something, especially something necessary or pleasant, away from someone  • descent : the state or fact of being related to a particular person or group of people who lived in the past  • dork : a stupid awkward person  • excessive : too much  • function : the natural purpose (of something) or the duty (of a person)  • genuinely : really  • guaranteed : If something is guaranteed to happen or have a particular result, it is certain that it will happen or have that result  • idiot : a stupid person or someone who is behaving in a stupid way  • impression : an idea or opinion of what something is like  • injection : when someone puts a liquid, especially a drug, into a person’s body using a needle and a syringe (= small tube)  • instant messaging : a type of service available on the Internet that allows you to exchange written messages with someone else who is using the service at the same time  • ketchup : a thick cold red sauce made from tomatoes  • link : to make a connection between two or more people, things or ideas  • necessary : needed in order to achieve a particular result  • odor : a smell, often one that is unpleasant  • overweight : fat  • peanut butter : a soft pale brown substance made from crushed peanuts which is often eaten spread on bread  • pickle : a cucumber which has been preserved in vinegar or salty water, or slices of this  • pregnant : (of a woman and some female animals) having young developing inside the womb  • proportion : the number or amount of a group or part of something when compared to the whole  • risk : the possibility of something bad happening  • side effect : an unpleasant effect of a drug that happens in addition to the main effect  • tease : to laugh at someone or say unkind things about them, either because you are joking or because you want to upset them  • term : a word or expression used in relation to a particular subject, often to describe something official or technical  • tuna : a large fish which lives in warm seas, or its flesh eaten as food  • verbal : spoken rather than written  • vulnerable : able to be easily physically, emotionally, or mentally hurt, influenced or attacked  • worship : to have or show a strong feeling of respect and admiration for God or a god





01 Which of these things was once worshipped as a god in Japan?

A Rice.

B Tuna.

C Hello Kitty.


How many times have you been to Japan? What is your general impression of Japan and its culture? What do you find most appealing about Japan or Japanese culture? What do you find least appealing? Are you, or have you ever been, a Hello Kitty fan? What other unusual things about Japan do you know?





02 In the African country of Ivory Coast, what type of injection has become popular?

A One that is supposed to change your body odor to make you more attractive to the opposite sex.

B One that is supposed to improve your memory.

C One that is supposed to make your butt bigger.


If it was guaranteed to be effective without causing any side effects, which of the injections would you get? Which of the injections do you think would probably be most popular in Taiwan? Have you ever gotten any injections or taken any drugs that were not medically necessary?





03 Which country outside of Africa has the most people of African descent?

A America.

B Brazil.

C India.


Have you ever been personally acquainted with someone of African descent? What is your impression of blacks? Which of the countries listed as answer choices have you visited? What did you think of them? Which country would you most like to visit (again, if you’ve already been there)?





04 How many e-mails are sent every day in the UK?

A About 10 million (10,000,000).

B Almost 3 billion (3,000,000,000).

C More than half a trillion (500,000,000,000).


About how many e-mails do you send per day on average? What proportion of your e-mail is for work, and what proportion is personal? Which is probably the most important form of communication for you—e-mail, instant messaging, or phone calls? How do their functions differ for you?





05 What country’s people eats the most fast food?

A America.

B Japan.

C The United Kingdom.



Which fast food restaurant do you like most? What do you usually order there? When you eat fast food, is it usually for convenience or because you really like the food? When you need to have a quick meal, where do you usually go and what do you eat there?





06 Which of these statements about asparagus is true?

A It is an aphrodisiac.

B It is actually a baby tree.

C Men tend to like it more than women do.


How often do you eat asparagus? How much do you like it? What are your favorite vegetables? What about your least favorite? If asparagus is an aphrodisiac, will you eat more of it? Do you think there are any foods are truly aphrodisiacs? What foods have you found that women tend to like more than men do? What reasons can you think of that this might be true?

07 Which of these unusual combinations of food is most commonly craved by pregnant women?

A Chocolate and fish.

B Ice cream and ketchup.

C Pickles and peanut butter.


Which of the foods listed do you like most? Which combination sounds the most appetizing to you? Which sounds least appetizing? Do you ever crave unusual combinations of foods? If you’ve been pregnant, or lived closely with someone who was, what did you find most surprising or interesting about pregnancy?





08 What did a recent study find to be linked to high-calorie diets in women at the time of conception?

A A greater chance of having a boy.

B A greater chance of having a child with a low IQ.

C A greater chance of having an overweight child.


How many children do you plan to have? Do you genuinely like children? What reasons do you have for wanting (or not wanting) children? Would you prefer having a boy or girl? Why? If your child had a low IQ, would you feel ashamed? If you were child were overweight, would you force him or her to lose weight?





09 Which of these things increases the risk of sleepwalking?

A Excessive sexual desire. 

B Sleep deprivation.

C Too much sugar in the diet.


Have you ever walked in your sleep? Have you ever suffered from excessive sexual desire? What did you do about it? Have you ever been sleep deprived for an extended period of time? How did it affect you? How much sugar do you eat? What are your favorite sweets? Do you think you eat too much?





10 Which of these groups was found to most easily become jealous?

A Overweight women.

B Poor people.

C Short men.


How easily do you get jealous? What kind of people make you feel jealous? Would you be most likely to feel jealous about someone who was thinner than you, richer than you, or taller than you? Would you rather be physically attractive but poor, or physically unattractive but rich? How often do you think you make other people jealous? What do you think makes them jealous about you?

11 When are people most vulnerable to depression?

A In their 20s.

B In their 40s.

C In their 60s.


How vulnerable do you think you are to depression? Do you often get depressed for no reason? When you are depressed, can people around you easily know it? When you are depressed, how likely are you to share what you’re feelings with somebody else? Who are you most likely to talk to about your depression?





12 In the UK, which of these words is the most frequently used term of abuse among schoolchildren?

A Dork.

B Gay.

C Idiot.


What term of abuse in English do you use most often? Which of the terms of abuse would you probably find most upsetting if it was used against you? When you dislike someone, or someone makes you very angry, how likely are you to abuse them verbally? When you were growing up, were you often teased? How often did you tease other children?





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





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