The Reading / Listening - China Divorce Test - Level 6

Authorities in China are looking at a new way of halting the country's increasing divorce rate. In parts of China, couples who file for divorce are being asked to take an exam to ascertain how much they still might love each other and whether or not their marriage can be salvaged. Up to half of all Chinese marriages between those who were born in the 1980s have ended in divorce. China's rising divorce rate has been attributed to the increased empowerment of working women, who are more financially independent and less reliant on a partner. Media sources say the rise of social media and dating apps are adding to the problem, as there are increasing numbers of extramarital affairs.



The divorce tests have had a mixed reaction in China. Liu Chunling, the director of a marriage-registration office, told reporters that the test was aimed at reducing the divorce rate and preventing "impulsive divorces". She said: "Only the harmony of millions of family units can achieve the harmony of an entire society." Chinese Internet users were less enthusiastic about the 15-question test being used to determine a couple's love for each other. One post on the Weibo social media site asked: "So if you remember your wedding anniversary you can't divorce? Divorce isn't a case of amnesia." Another wrote: "They are adults and they have the right to divorce. This is interference in domestic affairs."

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    China Divorce Test - Level 4  or  China Divorce Test - Level 5

Sources
  • https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/06/02/warring-chinese-couples-take-divorce-exams-reflect-marriage/
  • http://www.businessinsider.com/china-makes-couples-take-exam-before-divorce-allowed-2018-5
  • https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/30/world/asia/china-divorce-quiz.html


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Warm-ups

1. DIVORCE TESTS: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about divorce tests. Change partners often and share your findings.
2. CHAT: In pairs / groups, talk about these topics or words from the article. What will the article say about them? What can you say about these words and your life?
       authorities / divorce / exam / love / marriage / working women / independent / dating
       impulsive / harmony / family / society / enthusiastic / social media / wedding / right
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. EXAM: Students A strongly believe people should take an exam before their wedding and before a divorce; Students B strongly believe that's silly.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. SUCCESSFUL MARRIAGE: What advice would you give people to have a successful marriage? Do people you know follow this advice? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

Advice

People you know

Money

 

 

Love

 

 

Arguments

 

 

Housework

 

 

Communication

 

 

Free time

 

 

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5. COUPLE: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "couple". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.
6. REASONS FOR DIVORCE: Rank these with your partner. Put the biggest reasons for divorce at the top at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • communication breakdown
  • always arguing
  • lack of equality
  • domestic violence
  • money
  • cheating
  • lazy partner
  • boredom

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. authorities a. Rescued something to see if it can be brought back to working condition.
      2. halting b. Something regarded as being caused by someone or something.
      3. file c. (Especially of sexual relations) occurring outside marriage.
      4. ascertain d. The people or organization(s) having power or control in a particular, typically area (usually political or administrative).
      5. salvaged e. Submit a legal document, application, or charge to be placed on record by the appropriate authority.
      6. attributed f. Find something out for certain; make sure of.
      7. extramarital g. Stopping something or someone suddenly.

    Paragraph 2

      8. reaction h. Having or showing intense and eager enjoyment, interest, or approval.
      9. impulsive i. All of, with no part left out; whole.
      10. harmony j. An action performed or a feeling experienced in response to a situation or event.
      11. entire k. A partial or total loss of memory.
      12. enthusiastic l. Acting or done without thinking first.
      13. amnesia m. Unwanted actions to get in the way of or block someone's life, plans, experiences, etc.
      14. interference n. The quality of making or being a pleasing and agreeable whole.

 

Before reading / listening

1. TRUE / FALSE: Read the headline. Guess if 1-8 below are true (T) or false (F).

  1. Every Chinese couple in China must now take an exam to get divorced.   T / F
  2. Up to half of all marriages between people in their 80s end in divorce.     T / F
  3. One reason for higher divorce rates is there are fewer working women.    T / F
  4. More people are cheating on their partners because of social media.     T / F
  5. The test is to stop people getting divorced on impulse.     T / F
  6. There are 15 questions on the test.     T / F
  7. A social media user suggested divorce wasn't about forgetfulness.     T / F
  8. A social media user called the test an intrusion into national affairs.     T / F

2. SYNONYM MATCH: Match the following synonyms from the article.

  1. halting
  2. file
  3. salvaged
  4. attributed
  5. reliant
  6. impulsive
  7. harmony
  8. enthusiastic
  9. determine
  10. interference
  1. intrusion
  2. put down to
  3. spontaneous
  4. apply
  5. balance
  6. decide
  7. stopping
  8. dependent
  9. keen
  10. saved

3. PHRASE MATCH: (Sometimes more than one choice is possible.)

  1. couples who file
  2. whether or not their marriage
  3. financially independent and less
  4. dating apps are adding
  5. extramarital
  6. preventing impulsive
  7. the harmony of
  8. determine a couple's love
  9. wedding
  10. they have the right
  1. an entire society
  2. to the problem
  3. anniversary
  4. divorces
  5. reliant
  6. for divorce
  7. can be salvaged
  8. to divorce
  9. affairs
  10. for each other

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
ascertain
reliant
affairs
salvaged
halting
apps
love
attributed

Authorities in China are looking at a new way of (1) ____________ the country's increasing divorce rate. In parts of China, couples who file for divorce are being asked to take an exam to (2) ____________ how much they still might (3) ____________ each other and whether or not their marriage can be (4) ____________. Up to half of all Chinese marriages between those who were born in the 1980s have ended in divorce. China's rising divorce rate has been (5) ____________ to the increased empowerment of working women, who are more financially independent and less (6) ____________ on a partner. Media sources say the rise of social media and dating (7) ____________ are adding to the problem, as there are increasing numbers of extramarital (8) ____________.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
impulsive
determine
domestic
mixed
harmony
amnesia
director
media

The divorce tests have had a (9) ____________ reaction in China. Liu Chunling, the (10) ____________ of a marriage-registration office, told reporters that the test was aimed at reducing the divorce rate and preventing "(11) ____________ divorces". She said: "Only the harmony of millions of family units can achieve the (12) ____________ of an entire society." Chinese Internet users were less enthusiastic about the 15-question test being used to (13) ____________ a couple's love for each other. One post on the Weibo social (14) ____________ site asked: "So if you remember your wedding anniversary you can't divorce? Divorce isn't a case of (15) ____________." Another wrote: "They are adults and they have the right to divorce. This is interference in (16) ____________ affairs."

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  In parts of China, couples who ______...
     a.  file for divorce
     b.  fill for divorce
     c.  vile for divorce
     d.  vial for divorce
2)  and whether or not their marriage ______
     a.  can be savaged
     b.  can be salvaged
     c.  can be salve aged
     d.  can be solved aged
3)  working women, who are more financially independent ______
     a.  and less radiant
     b.  and less reliant
     c.  and less rely ant
     d.  and less really ant
4)  Media sources say the rise of social media and ______ ...
     a.  date-in maps are
     b.  dating naps are
     c.  day tin gaps are
     d.  dating apps are
5)  adding to the problem, as there are increasing numbers of ______
     a.  extra marry tall affairs
     b.  extra mar-it-all affairs
     c.  extramarital affairs
     d.  ex tram are it all affairs

6)  the test was aimed at reducing the divorce rate and preventing "______"
     a.  impulsive divorces
     b.  compulsive divorces
     c.  repulsive divorces
     d.  in pulse sieve divorces
7)  millions of family units can achieve the harmony ______ society
     a.  of all entire
     b.  of an entry
     c.  of an entire
     d.  of end entity
8)  if you remember your wedding anniversary you can't divorce? Divorce isn't a ______."
     a.  case of ambrosia
     b.  case of amnesia
     c.  case of magnesium
     d.  case of Indonesia
9)  Another wrote: "They are adults and they have ______ divorce."
     a.  the light too
     b.  the fight to
     c.  the right to
     d.  the trite two
10)  This is interference in ______
     a.  domestics affairs
     b.  domestically affairs
     c.  domesticity affairs
     d.  domestic affairs

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Authorities in China are looking at (1) ___________________ of halting the country's increasing divorce rate. In parts of China, couples who file for divorce are being asked to take an exam (2) ___________________ much they still might (3) ___________________ and whether or not their marriage can be salvaged. Up to half of all Chinese marriages between those who were born in the 1980s have (4) ___________________. China's rising divorce rate has been attributed to the increased empowerment of working women, who are more financially independent and (5) ___________________ a partner. Media sources say the rise of social media and dating apps are adding to the problem, as there are increasing numbers (6) ___________________.

The divorce tests have had (7) ___________________ in China. Liu Chunling, the director of a marriage-registration office, told reporters that the test (8) ___________________ reducing the divorce rate and preventing "impulsive divorces". She said: "Only (9) ___________________ millions of family units can achieve the harmony of an entire society." Chinese Internet users were (10) ___________________ the 15-question test being used to determine a couple's (11) ___________________ other. One post on the Weibo social media site asked: "So if you remember your wedding anniversary you can't divorce? Divorce isn't a case of amnesia." Another wrote: "They are adults and they have the right to divorce. This is interference (12) ___________________."

Comprehension questions

  1. What are couples in China filing for?
  2. How many Chinese couples born in the 1980s have got divorced?
  3. Who are China's working women less reliant on?
  4. What kind of apps have added to the rise in divorce rates?
  5. What kind of affairs are people having more of?
  6. What kind of reaction have the divorce exams had in China?
  7. What kind of divorces is the test aimed at preventing?
  8. How many questions does the test have?
  9. What did a social media user say divorce wasn't a case of?
  10. What did a social media user say the test interfered with?




Multiple choice quiz

1) What are couples in China filing for?
a) in line
b) nails
c) divorce
d) papers
2) How many Chinese couples born in the 1980s have got divorced?
a) up to half
b) over half
c) 20 million
d) 200 million
3) Who are China's working women less reliant on?
a) themselves
b) their parents
c) the state
d) partners
4) What kind of apps have added to the rise in divorce rates?
a) news apps
b) dating apps
c) financial apps
d) legal advice apps
5) What kind of affairs are people having more of?
a) current affairs
b) internal affairs
c) extramarital affairs
d) national affairs

6) What kind of reaction have the divorce exams had in China?
a) a chain reaction
b) a mixed reaction
c) an allergic reaction
d) a delayed reaction
7) What kind of divorces is the test aimed at preventing?
a) immersive divorces
b) repulsive divorces
c) compulsive divorces
d) impulsive divorces
8) How many questions does the test have?
a) 12
b) 15
c) 30
d) 75
9) What did a social media user say divorce wasn't a case of?
a) amnesia
b) ambrosia
c) Indonesia
d) easier
10) What did a social media user say the test interfered with?
a) internal affairs
b) international affairs
c) national affairs
d) domestic affairs

Role play

Role  A – Money
You think money is the biggest reason to get divorced. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their reasons aren't as bad. Also, tell the others of these is the worst reason to get divorced (and why): cheating, a lazy partner or boredom.

Role  B – Cheating
You think cheating is the biggest reason to get divorced. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their reasons aren't as bad. Also, tell the others of these is the worst reason to get divorced (and why): money, a lazy partner or boredom.

Role  C – Lazy Partner
You think a lazy partner is the biggest reason to get divorced. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their reasons aren't as bad. Also, tell the others of these is the worst reason to get divorced (and why): cheating, money or boredom.

Role  D – Boredom
You think boredom is the biggest reason to get divorced. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their reasons aren't as bad. Also, tell the others of these is the worst reason to get divorced (and why):  cheating, a lazy partner or money.

After reading / listening

1. WORD SEARCH: Look in your dictionary / computer to find collocates, other meanings, information, synonyms … for the words...

'divorce'

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  • ________________
  • and 'exam'.

  • ________________
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  • • Share your findings with your partners.

    • Make questions using the words you found.

    • Ask your partner / group your questions.

    2. ARTICLE QUESTIONS: Look back at the article and write down some questions you would like to ask the class about the text.

    •Share your questions with other classmates / groups. •Ask your partner / group your questions.

    3. GAP FILL: In pairs / groups, compare your answers to this exercise. Check your answers. Talk about the words from the activity. Were they new, interesting, worth learning…?

    4. VOCABULARY: Circle any words you do not understand. In groups, pool unknown words and use dictionaries to find their meanings.

    5. TEST EACH OTHER: Look at the words below. With your partner, try to recall how they were used in the text:

    • mixed
    • aimed
    • millions
    • 15
    • asked
    • adults
    • new
    • asked
    • half
    • working
    • less
    • apps




    Student survey

    Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

    (Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

    Discussion - Chinese couples asked to take divorce exam

    STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

    1. What did you think when you read the headline?
    2. What images are in your mind when you hear the word 'divorce'?
    3. What do you think of the divorce exam?
    4. Would it be better to have a marriage exam before weddings?
    5. Can an exam ascertain how much love there is between a couple?
    6. What questions would you put in the exam?
    7. What's the divorce rate like in your country?
    8. What are the biggest reasons for divorce
    9. What kind of mess is left after a divorce?
    10. What do you think of extramarital affairs?

    STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

    1. Did you like reading this article? Why/not?
    2. What do you think of when you hear the word 'exam'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. What do you think about divorce?
    5. Why would someone get divorced on an impulse?
    6. Is it harder to stay married these days?
    7. Should the authorities get involved with divorcing couples?
    8. What damage does divorce do to society?
    9. What would happen if divorce was made illegal?
    10. What questions would you like to ask the Chinese authorities?

    Discussion — Write your own questions

    STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

    (a) ________________

    (b) ________________

    (c) ________________

    (d) ________________

    (e) ________________

    STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

    (f) ________________

    (g) ________________

    (h) ________________

    (i) ________________

    (j) ________________





    Language — Cloze (Gap-fill)

    Authorities in China are looking at a new way of (1) ____ the country's increasing divorce rate. In parts of China, couples who (2) ____ for divorce are being asked to take an exam to (3) ____ how much they still might love each other and whether or not their marriage can be (4) ____. Up to half of all Chinese marriages between those who were born in the 1980s have ended in divorce. China's rising divorce rate has been attributed to the increased empowerment of working women, who are more financially independent and less reliant (5) ____ a partner. Media sources say the rise of social media and dating apps are adding to the problem, (6) ____ there are increasing numbers of extramarital affairs.

    The divorce tests have had a (7) ____ reaction in China. Liu Chunling, the director of a marriage-registration office, told reporters that the test was aimed (8) ____ reducing the divorce rate and preventing "impulsive divorces". She said: "Only the harmony of millions of family units can (9) ____ the harmony of an entire society." Chinese Internet users were less enthusiastic about the 15-question test being used to determine a couple's (10) ____ for each other. One post on the Weibo social media site asked: "So if you remember your wedding anniversary you can't divorce? Divorce isn't a case of (11) ____." Another wrote: "They are adults and they have the right to divorce. This is interference (12) ____ domestic affairs."

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     exalting     (b)     vaulting     (c)     halting     (d)     salting    
    2. (a)     file     (b)     case     (c)     folder     (d)     document    
    3. (a)     ascertain     (b)     retain     (c)     entertain     (d)     contain    
    4. (a)     salvaged     (b)     savaged     (c)     suave     (d)     assuaged    
    5. (a)     in     (b)     on     (c)     to     (d)     at    
    6. (a)     is     (b)     has     (c)     was     (d)     as    
    7. (a)     tonic     (b)     clean     (c)     mixed     (d)     frame    
    8. (a)     by     (b)     to     (c)     on     (d)     at    
    9. (a)     achieve     (b)     archive     (c)     archery     (d)     reprieve    
    10. (a)     love     (b)     lovely     (c)     loveliness     (d)     lovey-dovey    
    11. (a)     magnesium     (b)     amnesia     (c)     forget     (d)     old photos    
    12. (a)     at     (b)     by     (c)     in     (d)     as

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

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    Paragraph 2

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    Put the text back together

    (...)  The divorce tests have had a mixed reaction in China. Liu Chunling, the director of a marriage-registration
    (...)  China, couples who file for divorce are being asked to take an exam to ascertain how much they still might love
    (...)  born in the 1980s have ended in divorce. China's rising divorce rate has been attributed
    (...)  adults and they have the right to divorce. This is interference in domestic affairs."
    (...)  couple's love for each other. One post on the Weibo social media site asked: "So if you remember your wedding
    (...)  society." Chinese Internet users were less enthusiastic about the 15-question test being used to determine a
    (...)  anniversary you can't divorce? Divorce isn't a case of amnesia." Another wrote: "They are
    (...)  independent and less reliant on a partner. Media sources say the rise of social media and dating apps are
    (...)  to the increased empowerment of working women, who are more financially
    (...)  office, told reporters that the test was aimed at reducing the divorce rate and preventing "impulsive
    (...)  divorces". She said: "Only the harmony of millions of family units can achieve the harmony of an entire
    (...)  each other and whether or not their marriage can be salvaged. Up to half of all Chinese marriages between those who were
    (...)  adding to the problem, as there are increasing numbers of extramarital affairs.
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    Put the words in the right order

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    2. an   to   Take   exam   much   .   ascertain   how
    3. can   marriage   their   Whether   not   salvaged   .   or   be
    4. the   working   Attributed   to   increased   of   women  .  empowerment
    5. of   numbers   increasing   extramarital   affairs   .   are   There
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    7. the   reducing   test   aimed   rate   .   was   The   at
    8. the   test   .   less   about   15-question   were   Users   enthusiastic
    9. love   for   a   determine   each   couple's   To   other   .
    10. have   They   and   are   they   the   adults   right   .

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    Authorities in China are looking at a newly / new way of halting the country's increasing divorce rate. In parts of China, couples who file / pile for divorce are being asked to take an exam to concertina / ascertain how much they still might love each / one other and whether or not their marriage can be salvaged / savaged. Up to half of all Chinese marriages between those who were born in the 1980s have ended on / in divorce. China's rising divorce rate has been attribution / attributed to the increased empowerment of working women, who are more financially / finance independent and less reliant on a partner. Media sources say the rise / raise of social media and dating apps are adding to the problem, as there are increasing numbers by / of extramarital affairs.

    The divorce tests have had a mixture / mixed reaction in China. Liu Chunling, the director of a marriage-registration office, told reports / reporters that the test was aimed by / at reducing the divorce rate and preventing "impulsive divorces". She said: "Only a / the harmony of millions of family units can achieve the harmony of an entire social / society." Chinese Internet users were less / lesser enthusiastic about the 15-question test being used to / for determine a couple's love for each other. One post on the Weibo social media site asked: "So if you remembrance / remember your wedding anniversary you can't divorce? Divorce isn't a case of ambrosia / amnesia." Another wrote: "They are adults and they have the right to divorce. This is interference in / at domestic affairs."

    Talk about the connection between each pair of words in italics, and why the correct word is correct.

    Insert the vowels (a, e, i, o, u)

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    Punctuate the text and add capitals

    authorities in china are looking at a new way of halting the countrys increasing divorce rate in parts of china couples who file for divorce are being asked to take an exam to ascertain how much they still might love each other and whether or not their marriage can be salvaged up to half of all chinese marriages between those who were born in the 1980s have ended in divorce chinas rising divorce rate has been attributed to the increased empowerment of working women who are more financially independent and less reliant on a partner media sources say the rise of social media and dating apps are adding to the problem as there are increasing numbers of extramarital affairs

    the divorce tests have had a mixed reaction in china liu chunling the director of a marriage registration office told reporters that the test was aimed at reducing the divorce rate and preventing impulsive divorces she said only the harmony of millions of family units can achieve the harmony of an entire society chinese internet users were less enthusiastic about the 15question test being used to determine a couples love for each other one post on the weibo social media site asked so if you remember your wedding anniversary you cant divorce divorce isnt a case of amnesia another wrote they are adults and they have the right to divorce this is interference in domestic affairs

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    AuthoritiesinChinaarelookingatanewwayofhaltingthecountry'sincre
    asingdivorcerate.InpartsofChina,coupleswhofilefordivorcearebeing
    askedtotakeanexamtoascertainhowmuchtheystillmightloveeachoth
    erandwhetherornottheirmarriagecanbesalvaged.UptohalfofallChine
    semarriagesbetweenthosewhowereborninthe1980shaveendedindi
    vorce.China'srisingdivorceratehasbeenattributedtotheincreasedem
    powermentofworkingwomen,whoaremorefinanciallyindependentan
    dlessreliantonapartner.Mediasourcessaytheriseofsocialmediaandd
    atingappsareaddingtotheproblem,asthereareincreasingnumbersof
    extramaritalaffairs.ThedivorcetestshavehadamixedreactioninChina
    .LiuChunling,thedirectorofamarriage-registrationoffice,toldreport
    ersthatthetestwasaimedatreducingthedivorcerateandpreventing"i
    mpulsivedivorces".Shesaid:"Onlytheharmonyofmillionsoffamilyuni
    tscanachievetheharmonyofanentiresociety."ChineseInternetusers
    werelessenthusiasticaboutthe15-questiontestbeingusedtodetermi
    neacouple'sloveforeachother.OnepostontheWeibosocialmediasitea
    sked:"Soifyourememberyourweddinganniversaryyoucan'tdivorce?
    Divorceisn'tacaseofamnesia."Anotherwrote:"Theyareadultsandthe
    yhavetherighttodivorce.Thisisinterferenceindomesticaffairs."

    Free writing

    Write about China divorce for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    Divorce tests are a good way of saving marriages. Discuss.

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    Homework

    1. VOCABULARY EXTENSION: Choose several of the words from the text. Use a dictionary or Google's search field (or another search engine) to build up more associations / collocations of each word.
    2. INTERNET: Search the Internet and find out more about this news story. Share what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.
    3. DIVORCE TESTS: Make a poster about divorce tests. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. SAVE MARRIAGES: Write a magazine article about using divorce tests as a solution to saving marriages. Include imaginary interviews with people who are for and against this.
    Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Write down any new words and expressions you hear from your partner(s).
    5. WHAT HAPPENED NEXT? Write a newspaper article about the next stage in this news story. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.
    6. LETTER: Write a letter to an expert on divorce tests. Ask him/her three questions about divorce tests. Give him/her three of your ideas. Read your letter to your partner(s) in your next lesson. Your partner(s) will answer your questions.

    Answers

    (Please look at page 26 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

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