Listening Lesson: Why is Friday the 13th unlucky?

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Vocabulary:

superstition = a belief or fear without a basis in reality

floor = a level of a building

fertility = a woman’s ability to have babies

witch = a woman who practices “black magic”

paralyzed = condition when you can’t move

refuse =  say no

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Friday the 13th Listening Quiz

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Question 1
How many times will Friday the 13th occur in 2012?
A
3
B
2
C
1
Question 2
It is ______________ to know why Friday the 13th is considered unlucky.
A
difficult
B
easy
C
impossible
Question 3
In ancient Egyptian culture, the number 13 represented _____________________.
A
a spiritual transformation after death
B
the beginning of a new life
C
love, happiness, and success
Question 4
Friday used to be considered a good day for weddings because _____________________________.
A
it was associated with a goddess of fertility
B
it was blessed by the Christian church
C
it was the day before the weekend
Question 5
The belief that Friday the 13th is especially unlucky comes from _______________.
A
modern times
B
the Middle Ages
C
prehistoric times
Question 6
Some people  don’t get out of bed on Friday the 13th because ___________________.
A
they are so afraid that they can't move
B
they think they will die in a car accident
C
they are too lazy to do anything
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