Life in North Korea
Published: 3.20.2017
Level 5   |   Time: 3:23
Accent: British
Source: BBC Global News Podcast (3.17.2017)

A book written by a North Korean author about ordinary life in North Korea.


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triangle Directions

  1. REVIEW the vocabulary.
  2. LISTEN to the audio.
  3. ANSWER the questions.
  4. CHECK your answers (Show Answers)

triangle Vocabulary

  • insight [n] - understanding
  • an accusation [n] - blame
  • forbidden [adj] - prohibited / not allowed
  • anonymous [adj] - nameless
  • severe [adj] - strong
  • a pen name [n] - a fake name used by the author of a book
  • a firefly [n] - an insect that glows
  • falling foul [exp] - get in trouble with
  • a regime [n] - government
  • Karl Marx [n] - the writer of the Communist Manifesto
  • Booker Prize [n] - a famous prize for English literature
  • nuanced [adj] - accurate in subtle/specific ways
  • credible [adj] - believable
  • smuggle [v] - sneak (something) out
  • a defector [n] - someone who escpaes a country
  • an activist [n] - someone who fights for a belief
  • abductees [n] - someone kidnapped / stolen from their family
  • a heavy heart [n] - sadness
  • a yoke [n] - oppression
  • drenched [adj] - very wet
  • shabby [adj] - messy / not neat
  • an invalid [n] - someone who can't take care of themself
  • primitive [adj] - not modern

[n] - noun,  [v] - verb,  [adj] - adjective,  [exp] - expression

triangle Questions

  1. What is the book about?
    the government of North Korea
    the North Korean language
    ordinary life in North Korea

  2. How did the book get out of North Korea?
    It was sold to a South Korean company.
    It was smuggled out of North Korea.
    It was written by someone in China.

  3. Who wrote the book?
    an anonymous North Korean author
    a North Korean government official
    an English writer

  4. What has the book been turned into in South Korea?
    a famous movie
    a popular TV show
    an award winning radio drama

  5. What is the pen name of author?
    Deborah Smith

  6. What does his pen name mean?
    short stories
    falling foul

  7. In one of the stories, why does a baby start crying?
    It is hungry.
    Someone bumps into it.
    It sees a picture of Karl Marx.

  8. Who is Dohee Yoon?
    someone who knows Bandi
    a character in the book
    the publisher of the book

  9. What do we know about Bandi?
    his real name
    his sex
    his age
    his job
    his general location
    his exact location

  10. Why is Bandi's life in danger?
    The book is internationally known.
    He wants to free people.
    He is in the military.

  11. Who wants the book to be known internationally?
    Dohee Yoon
    the North Korean government

  12. Which words are missing from the poem?

    50 years in this northern a land
    living as a 1)_____ that speaks
    living as a human under a yolk
    written not with pen and ink
    but with 2)_____ drenched with blood and tears
    is this writing of mine.
    Though they be dry as 3)_____
    and rough as a grassland,
    shabby as invalid
    4) _____ as stone tools
    Reader, I beg you to read my words.

    1) machine 2) bones 3) desert 4) primitive

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