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Quiz 1: Vocabulary Focus
close-knit • prestigious • entrance
uniform • rebuilt
  1. The city was after the earthquake.
  2. That university is very and hard to get into.
  3. He failed the exam.
  4. All the cookies in box are in color, size and taste.
  5. Her family is very , for they spend a lot of time together.
Quiz 2: Comprehension Q's
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Mixer 143 High School Memories
Listen to six people talk about what they remember most about their high school.
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It was a very close-knit community.

Close-knit people or groups have a stong bond. Notice the following:

  1. The team is very close-knit.
  2. Most army units are very close-nit.


It's quite a prestigious school within the area

When something is prestigious it has high status. Notice the following:

  1. Harvard is a very prestigious university.
  2. He does not have a prestigious job, but it pays well.

entrance exam

Due to the entrance exam, the academic level at the school is quite high.

An entrance exam is a test students must pass or score well on to get into an educational program. Notice the following:

  1. You need to pass an entrance exam to get in that school.
  2. The entrance exam is given just once a year.


While I was there, they actually rebuilt the school.

When you rebuild something, you build it again or make it better. Notice the following:

  1. The school was rebuilt just last year.
  2. The city has rebuilt the downtown area in order to attract more visitors.


Everything was kind of uniform and box-shaped.

When something is uniform, that means it exactly the same as the others in the same group. the following:

  1. All the classrooms in the school are uniform.
  2. Meals on an airplane are all uniform.