Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Could Men Become Extinct?

Good day everyone. The above is the alarming title of this week's Six Minute English Quiz. Listen and draw your own conclusions.

In the programme, Rosie and Neil talk about a new study which suggests that men may become extinct in as little as 100,000 years. Listen to find out why this might be happening.

This week's official question: 

1. What is the ratio of men to women in the world? Is it

a) Equal – so 100 males to every 100 females;
b) 101 males to every 100 females;
c) 100 males to every 105 females? 

Listen out for the answer at the end of the programme.

For the following questions, you have two options. If you see a ____, this represents one missing word. Listen and see if you can identify the missing word in each case.

Alternatively, if you see a ....... (series of dots), answer the question in your own words. But you can use the words you hear in the programme.

2. According to the most pessimistic research, how long will it be before men could be extinct?

3. Men separated from the rhesus __________  _____ _____ million years ago.

4. Jennifer Hughes of the Whitehead Institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts, says that human genes will remain _____ for many ____ ____ _____ to come.

5. She says that ____ ____ is doing a very good job in preserving those genes.

6. What, according to the discussion, is the difference between men's sex chromosomes and those of women?

7. What difference would it make, according to the presenters, if there were no men?

Rosie says, "......................."
She says her boyfriend had never _____ ____ _____ _____ until he was ____ years old.

8. Neil says that if there were only women in the world, "....................... !"

9. Rosie's boyfriend is terrified of ______.

10. Rosie says that men are useful for ____ ____ ____ and opening jars with the ____ ____ ____ ____.

11. On a more serious note, Rosie says that if there were only women, there would be ____ ____ ____ if there were only women.

12. She says women would be more likely to ____ ____ ____ than _____ ____ ____.

listen to the programme. Then write your answers in a Comment, using the Comments link just below this post. Or use the Tag Board, which allows up to 200 characters per message.

I look forward to getting everyone's answers!
More later this week.

1 comment:

Graziana said...

Hi Mike,
Could Men Become Extinct?
Question 1: b)
3)...from the rhesus monkey with 25 million...
4) ...human genes will remain white for many many interview to come.
5)She says that natural selection
7) Rosie repet natural selection. her boyfriend had never used washing machine until he was 30 years old
8)Neil ...he never get to the bathroom!
9)Rosie's ...of males
12) ...likely to talk resolve to violence ...
Sorry for my mistakes
Thank you