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BUSINESS ENGLISH: ESL Practice Quiz
Exercise 6 (The U.S. Recession - CNN analysis of the official proclamation that the United States is in a recession)





Here's what you do:
  1. Click on the video below.
  2. Watch the first 1:15 of the video, and pay attention to it! (You can pause and rewind the video.)
  3. Answer the listening comprehension questions below the video.
  4. Check your answers.



QUESTIONS:

1. According to the man, some economists think that the recession started in January or ______________.
  February
  December
  March

2. Who gets to "officially" proclaim that there is a recession?
  The National Bureau of Economic Research
  The U.S. Senate
  The NASDAQ

3. According to a December 2007 poll, how many respondents thought that the U.S. was in a recession?
  over 40%
  over 50%
  over 60%

4. How many jobs does the man think will be lost in total in the United States in 2008?
  2 million
  1.2 million
  500,000

5. According to the man, the US economy is very much dependent on ____________________________.
  consumer confidence
  government bailout packages
  consumer spending

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