Listen to today’s story on National Public Radio (NPR) and try to answer the listening questions below. This is a tough listening exercise and focuses on listening to statistics. You may have to rewind and listen to it several times in order to get all the answers.

http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/11/18/245984142/hoops-he-did-it-again-player-has-second-100-point-game

Answer the following questions and record what time in the radio story that the answer is presented.

1. How tall is Jack Taylor?
2. Who did they play against yesterday?
3. What was Taylor’s shooting average?
4. What was the final score?
5. How many points did Jack Taylor score in the recent game?
6. What records in basketball history?
7. How many points did he average last season?
8. How many points did the team average last night?
9. Do Grinell have any “set plays?”
10. What is Grinell’s ultimate goal?
11. What is their goal this year?
12. What country would he like to play?
13. What is his major?

HERE ARE THE ANSWERS IN A PDF FILE:

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/45852891/Hoops%20he%20did%20it%20again%20-%20Answers.pdf

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I had a great question about knock-knock jokes.  Knock Knock jokes can be compared to the “cold humor” jokes of Taiwanese culture.  They are not always intuitive, sometimes ridiculous, and therefore often present difficulties for non-native speakers.  It’s hard enough to see how jokes from a different culture can be funny, but then taking that to the next level, with knock-knock jokes (and cold humor), you have to see how they are funny by NOT being funny.

The situation of the joke is that there is a person knocking at the door and another person who is asking who is knocking at the door.  When someone says “knock-knock” to you, you must reply with “who’s there”.  The person telling the joke would then traditionally say a person’s first name, but may also reply with any other phrase if the joke is more complex.  The second person then always responds by asking for the imaginary person’s last name by simply repeating what the joke teller said followed by “who”?

For example:

1: Knock-knock

2: Who’s there

1: Donna

2: Donna who?

1: Donna ask who this is!

** this is funny because the name “Donna” sounds like “Do not”, so the answer to “Donna who?” is.. don’t ask….get it??

Sometimes they are funny because they rhyme with a common word or phrase, have a double meaning.  Sometimes they just offer a reply that is a mundane play on words, or references famous people.  The “knock-knock” part is just a setup to create a dialogue with your friend to prepare for a “one-liner”.  A “one-liner” is a short joke that is supposed to be funny. Look up some jokes on the internet and let me know if you have any questions!