Listening Exercise 1: A Brief History of the United States

Listening is one of the basic language skills you need and use in every language. When you are having a conversation, you’re not only talking but you need to listen as well to make sure you understand what the other person is saying. If this is not the case, it’s really difficult to have a real conversation.

That’s why it is really important that you practice your English listening skills. You can do this in multiple ways, but a convenient way is watching videos and answering questions. This listening exercise is exactly that!

You can find two sets of questions below the video and you should try and answer one (or both of them) after watching the video. Once you answered the questions, you can check to see how you did. The correction keys to the questions are also available below the video.

A Brief History of the United States

This video is about the history of the United States. In 2002, Michael Moore released a documentary about gun violence (Bowling for Columbine) and the video you need to watch for this exercise was released together with the documentary. It tries to show why guns are so important in the USA nowadays and why they are part of American culture.

For this listening exercise, you need to watch the video and answer the questions.


Links to download the questions

Correction keys

Links to download the correction keys